Roundtable Discussion: Thanksgiving Edition
Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to eat and eat and eat and drink and eat some more. So we tasked our writers to share their favorite component of the Thanksgiving meal, as well as what they’ll be drinking at dinner this year!
Lindsay- I absolutely love green bean casserole! I’m actually making it this year just so I can have some. I have no idea what I’ll be drinking at Thanksgiving this year. I’m sure there will be some sort of beer to drink, but my aunt and uncle live in the heart of Michigan wine country, so that will probably be the beverage of choice.
Mike Z- It might be boring but I like turkey. I especially like the day after when you can make turkey sandwiches.
As for beer my mom works for MillerCoors so we always have some newer beer that the company is releasing. This year it’s called Third Shift. It hasn’t been released in markets here in Illinois not sure about anywhere else in the country. I tried it at their brewery last week and it was very good. We will also have leinenkugel…always have leinenkugel.
Charlie- I like to think of my Thanksgiving plate as one dish. The ingredients, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, may all be placed on the dish separately, but once unified with gravy, blend into a homogenous blob of holiday awesome. If i’m feeling kinky, I may use a little bit of cranberry sauce too. Usually I’d drink wine with Thanksgiving, but since I’m living in Egypt, I’ll certainly be drinking the local beer, Stella. It tastes like Budweiser with a roll of pennies in it.
Scott- Pumpkin Pie, every variation available. That’s my go-to Thanksgiving food. My mom also makes a killer broccoli, cheese and rice dish, and that’s probably my favorite item at dinner. I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws for the first time this year, and they don’t really drink too often. However, my wife and I have been trying to start a tradition of bringing several bombers otherwise not available in Kentucky for an impromptu tasting session with her family. It’s become kind of popular, and I now know the limits of what they are willing to drink. Note to self: do not bring sours.
Bethany- Sweet potato pie!! No contest. My great grandma had her “famous” recipe and has passed it down. I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with a family in Colorado Springs and I’m pretty sure they’ll be drinking wine or champagne. But we’ll see. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all 🙂
Nik- The cornucopia of pleasures that is turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cornbread and cranberry sauce, all stirred together in one giant blob of goodness on my plate. “Thanksgiving Glop,” as the natives called it. Maybe. As for drink, my grandfather and I make glögg, a Scandinavian mulled wine. The recipe has been passed down the family, and an assortment of red wine, brandy, sherry, cinnamon, orange, almond, and cloves make it the best warmed drink in the world. No contest!
Coit- My family is a LARGE Italian family from the east coast. While much of the family still resides in New York, where my grandparents immigrated and lived until they passed a few years ago, some family members (my fam included) have moved to other locales around the U.S. So in order to stay in touch during the holidays the fam from coast to coast does what’s known as a “Call Out”. This is basically where you get a phone call at any point during the holiday from a family member and if you take the call, you take a shot…of tequila. Many “Happy Thanksgivings” are traded as toasts for the shot, and much catching up is done with the aide of a bit of social lubricant. There is no time constraint or limit to the amount of calls you can receive in a day. Call Outs typically come during the preparation of Thanksgiving dinner which means for those of us west of the Mississippi, shit gets real….real fast. Additionally, like most Italians I know, my family has a deviant streak and like I said, most live on the east coast. It’s not atypical to be awoken at 7am on Thanksgiving morning to a shot thrust into my half awake consciousness, or to have to put one Call Out on hold while taking another on the other line. The tradition ends when the person proposing the Call Out asks the person they just called “Who the hell is this!?” Typically around 1am. So I will be drinking tequila on Thanksgiving….LOTS AND LOTS of tequila.