I'm having a wintertime Thanksgiving down here in New Zealand, on the 4th Thursday in May (followed by Midwinter Christmas on June 21st- the longest day here.) Most guests come from various areas of America, with a couple of Kiwis, and me the only Brit. A few things are baffling me. French fried onions for instance. From the recipes I've seen, these appear to come out of tins or jars, but I would need to make these from scratch. How do I do that? Green bean casserole recipes also vary- some have tinned mushroom soup, some jars of alfredo dressing, some none of the above. If I make 2 dips, what would be traditional? Pumpkin pie, pecan pie or both? And marshmallows on top of mashed sweet potatoes- really? What have you GOT to have. One site said you HAD to have mashed potatoes- is that right? Are roast potatoes not so traditional?