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Post# 967990   11/14/2017 at 22:16 (249 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

Going to my Yahoo home page, it was the headline story: what the 'experts' say we shouldn't prepare for our Thanksgiving meal.

Turns out it's the sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows on top.

Now, I don't make this, or eat this at any time of the year but Thanksgiving. And if I don't fix it when it's my turn to fix, I'll be asked about it. It's been a staple of our family my whole life. Actually, it's not bad to me any more than the ubiquitous green bean casserole, or homemade fruitcake.

I don't know about the rest of you, but there's just enough jackass in me to automatically discount these people. Of course, if I had better sense I'd skip the article in the first place. They know how to reel in people like me...

Post# 967999 , Reply# 1   11/14/2017 at 23:28 (249 days old) by Revvinkevin (Southern California)        

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OK, so "they" said we shouldn't make it.... but did they explain WHY?

Post# 968001 , Reply# 2   11/14/2017 at 23:40 (249 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Too sweet

and too boring...

Post# 968004 , Reply# 3   11/15/2017 at 00:30 (249 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Is too sweet!! I LOVE it, I make mine with sweet potatoes, crushed pineapple,butter,rasins, brown sugar and white sugar, and of course, cinnamon and marshmallows

Post# 968005 , Reply# 4   11/15/2017 at 00:42 (249 days old) by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

Screw that article and the people who wrote it.

When T-day is in my home, we make whatever we *want* to make and feel like having.

If you like sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping, by all means.

You know who I think is boring? The people who wrote the article you read... ;-)

"Too sweet"? Eat a smaller portion.

"Too boring?" Eat a smaller portion and get more of the *other* stuff. Good grief, in the middle of a Thanksgiving, with so many dishes, "boring", *really*?!?


One of these days, just because karma is a bitch, those authors will go to the French Laundry and come out of it saying that they had the *best* dinner of their lives, and the pièce de résistance that "anchored the entire dinner" was the sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping, they'll claim it was delicious. In the sidebar we'll find the recipe that Thomas Keller gave them, and we'll laugh uncontrollably because it will be the most standard recipe *ever*, probably taken from The Joy of Cooking. Because good food doesn't have to be hard to make or take a long time to make or even use expensive imported ingredients -- good food is made with love and fresh ingredients. I mean, as fresh as one can say Jet-Puffed marshmallows are.


Post# 968006 , Reply# 5   11/15/2017 at 00:43 (249 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

You know, the other holiday staple that I like is fruitcake. Of course, we have the famous Collin Street Bakery over here in Corsicana south of Dallas, and I like their cakes, but they have them so crammed full of nuts and fruit that there's very little cake left! I don't know how or why it turned into a holiday joke, but I always liked it, rum or no rum. I was always too lazy to make one, though...

Post# 968015 , Reply# 6   11/15/2017 at 01:51 (249 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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A part of me is sort of amused at this casserole being called "boring." As far as I'm concerned, the whole traditional dinner is boring, period.

Post# 968016 , Reply# 7   11/15/2017 at 01:54 (249 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I've liked fruitcake, too, but I've never had anything better than grocery store fruitcake. I don't get it any more, since the stuff I see locally has high fructose corn syrup, which I do my best to avoid.

Post# 968036 , Reply# 8   11/15/2017 at 04:56 (248 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Yes, marshmallow-topped yams are sweet enough to be a dessert...but I wouldn't dream of robbing my nephew's tykes the experience of peering through the oven window to watch the marshmallows expand and brown before their very eyes.

Post# 968037 , Reply# 9   11/15/2017 at 05:00 (248 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Am I the only heathen to sprinkle chopped pecans between the yams and marshmallows? wink

Post# 968039 , Reply# 10   11/15/2017 at 05:05 (248 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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We should have a thread about heathen habits concerning foods!

Post# 968092 , Reply# 11   11/15/2017 at 11:16 (248 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I would like to see/hear more of what you guys cook, and how your recipe may differ from others....

Hans and Louie have just given me some ideas to try and add....

as a majority of the food is placed across the counters and island.....I use steamers to cook the veggies, and set to low during the meal to keep things hot....

mashed potatos are placed in a crock pot....set to low/warm

gravy is placed in a large pyrex measuring cup, and placed on one of those hot pads used for your coffee cup....

sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, candied carrots are cooked and served in electric skillets....

most of this stuff frees up the stove for other keeps everything hot at the same time when ready to serve....

Post# 968118 , Reply# 12   11/15/2017 at 14:05 (248 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Thanksgiving is a special occasion so go ahead and eat what you like. I love sweet potatoes but I'm one of those extra-weird people that prefers to keep very sweet and savory separate. I don't even care for cranberry sauce on the same plate as turkey, but for the gazillion people that do...manja!   


A little Thanksgiving humor courtesy of Alexa...Why did the cranberry sauce cross the road? To get to the other sides.    

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Post# 968171 , Reply# 13   11/15/2017 at 18:29 (248 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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I do enjoy that sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. I'm not a big sweet potato eater, but that is one dish with it that I will eat.

I like so many of the Thanksgiving sides - the stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, so many. I usually eat more sides than I do ham or turkey.

My aunt typically gives me a big piece of fruitcake at Thanksgiving that I usually eat most of. She knows someone that makes and sells them so has a good supply. No one else eats it.

Post# 968177 , Reply# 14   11/15/2017 at 18:51 (248 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Louis:  We should have a thread about heathen habits concerning foods!
My family sometimes bucks tradition and does Mexican food, chicken spaghetti, or whatever for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  I'll be running solo for Thanksgiving (again) so maybe it'll be Hamburger Helper, fish fillets, chicken breast, a frozen pizza or bag meal, or whatever grabs my fancy.  A pay period ends on 11/23/2017 so I'll have plenty work to do for that night.  My doctor's office is having a drawing for a traditional meal package.  They said a drawing every week so maybe that means weekly between now and Christmas.  Perhaps I'll get lucky ...

Post# 968190 , Reply# 15   11/15/2017 at 19:39 (248 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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Ralph and I are going to our friends Joe and Mary Ellen for dinner. They invite an extended family for the festivities at Thanksgiving and Christmas and have been doing this for years. It's fun for everyone. Then a visit with other neighbors for a nice drink or two. I do have to come up with a unique appetizer.

Post# 968243 , Reply# 16   11/15/2017 at 22:14 (248 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re Sweet potatoes

I have several different sweet potato casseroles I make, One is made with grated raw sweet potatoes,one is topped with brown sugar, butter, flour and chopped pecans, and then I have one that is layered sweets and granny smith apples.

Post# 968247 , Reply# 17   11/15/2017 at 22:31 (248 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Is Deviled Eggs...NO way NO HOW will I fix a smelly boiled egg!

Post# 968986 , Reply# 18   11/19/2017 at 20:32 (244 days old) by diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        

I adore deviled eggs!! I have to take 8 at once before they are all gone.

Post# 968991 , Reply# 19   11/19/2017 at 20:40 (244 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Deviled Eggs

I'll eat any of the extra deviled eggs that people don't like. There are actually times that I'll fix them just for me, making extras to keep in the icebox.

Funny how different tastes can be...but I'm a guy who'll happily eat anchovies straight from the can.

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