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Help give my Thanksgiving a kick in the pants

foodrocks | Oct 24, 2006 08:48 PM

Every year of my entire life, the menu has been the same: pale turkey, soupy green bean casserole, cranberry sauce from a can, canned yams with marhsmellows, stove top stuffing, broccoli and cheese rice casserole, potato salad, dinner rolls, mashed potatoes with no flavor at all, mac and cheese made with velvetta and NOT baked, and of course, from a can pumpkin pie.
Now, I love my family. I really do. But after 25 years of the same menu, I felt it my duty to waken up my family's taste buds before they go to waste. I have already searched chowhound for previous posts, so please don't suggest that. What I need are new recipes, mainly side dishes, that are not listed above, or at least kicked up a bit.
This is what I have already: Maple Roasted Turkey with cornbread stuffing (Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen), newly reformed Greenbean casserole (from the latest Cook's Illustrated), Roasted Banana and Sweet Potato Casserole (Tyler Florence's Eat this Book), Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Potato Pancakes (can't decide), homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce.
I would love any and all vegetable recipes, any good starch recipes including but not limited to rice and potato recipes, and any new dessert/pumpkin recipes. Please help. If I see another Jello mold or bean salad this year, it could get ugly. Thank you.

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