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Hi, I am a student from Amarillo TX, and an aspiring chef. This looks to be a wonderful website and im lucky to have stumbled upon it. My reason for not only posting this, but finding this site is because I am writing a story about unusual and unorthodox Thanksgiving Dinners in the school paper. I would appreciate any help anyone could give me. Thanks

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  1. I am trying a turducken with Cornbread stuffing this weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October). It is not unusual but it is different. Hopefully it will work out.

    I find thanksgiving interesting because unlike with Christmas and the very traditional cultural meals (English, Italian, German, etc... ) at Thanksgiving people tend to put their own cultural twist to the meal.

    1. I once made braised squid in its own ink, from Paula Wolfert's World of food. She says it is a dish unique to the Ionian island of Cephalonia. Not for my traditional family, but for a group of foodie friends.

      1. We made our turkey in a garbage can a few years ago. I wasn't responsible, but it involved setting the turkey up on a spit in the sandbox, covering it with a metal garbage can, and surrounding it with coals. It was a pretty cool project, but didn't taste any better than oven roasted. We still talk about it, though.

        "Just cause it's cooked in a garbage can, don't make it garbage." - Brandene on The Simpsons

        1. Before I met my husband, I went to a friend's place for Thanksgiving every year, where we co-hosted a huge group of other unattached friends/coworkers who weren't able to visit family for the holiday. It was a different mix of people every year, and everyone was encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share (whether it was traditional to Thanksgiving or not) - we'd have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, curry, mac and cheese, flan, potstickers and caprese salad all on the same table! One year a friend asked me to make my Italian Stuffed Meatloaf as an alternative to turkey, and the turkey was barely touched! We had a dizzying assortment of stuff each year, and it was always fun to hear the stories behind why each person chose that particular dish. Family and regional peculiarities are always good for a few laughs!

          1. One year my family decided to forego turkey and had a brother coming up from NC bring about 8 pounds of eastern-style NC pork BBQ. It was wonderful.....except no turkey sandwiches for the rest of the weekend, and no turkey hash on Sunday night. That's why we decided to go back to the turkey ever after.

            1. Hello Fellow Texan. Our story is we are anti-turkey...each year we do anything but. Last year we did a beautiful duck breast. The year before was a bone-in prime rib roast. The year before, we tried to eat out. We went to a well known upscale Steak restaurant in Dallas...they failed to tell us for T-day they do a set menu consisting of a turkey dinner, cooked salmon, or pork. What no steak? You are a steak restaurant. I ran an 8-miile Turkey trot dreaming of a perfectly cooked bone in steak and got a over cooked pork chop? No way...we cook from now on....after we run. Good luck with your paper.

              1. My non-Thanksgiving dinner (works for any holiday) is sometimes penne with vodka sauce. Growing up, we ALWAYS had the BIG turkey dinner with lasagna and all the sides...and I still do that (sans lasagna), but there are times penne with vodka sauce does the trick quite nicely--especially with fewer folks to feed.

                It's also fun to abandon tradition entirely and go out for Chinese. :)

                1. While we were married, my ex-husband had a group of single, male friends....and me who loved to cook....so every year we'd have them over with differing themes.....traditional American Thanksgiving + a full homemade Italian meal (tortellini, lasagna, etc) and one year, I did all Greek dishes, no turkey - roasted leg of lamb in yogurt/tomato sauce along with a ton of other treats....

                  1. I don't know if this is unusual, but we regard Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks for all our blessings, include good food, which means we celebrate with our favorite feast foods, rather than the traditional menu. Everyone in the family gets to choose something they love, and we make them all. My son always asks for homemade pizza or mac and cheese; my daughter loves the Moroccan lamb pie from the Epicurious website; I like my mother's basic sage dressing and make that even though it goes with nothing else we serve; my husband always asks for an arugula and goat cheese salad. We rarely serve turkey because no one enjoys it enough to think of it as a special food.