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Am I the only one who hates pumpkin but loves the holidays?

Now that the holidays are approaching, Chow is alive with holiday discussions...namely, pumpkin things. I HATE pumpkin. Okay, I guess an all caps HATE is pretty strong....I DISLIKE pumpkin. I feel the same about most sweet potato things, too. Don't even think about trying to serve me that yam/marshmallow cassarole at Thanksgiving. But I love most everything else at holiday time...Stuffing, gravy, turkey, stuffing, duck, cranberries, stuffing, apple pie...What are your most hated/most loved dishes of the holiday season?

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  1. Fortunately, there's plenty of choice at any holiday gathering.

    I skip the Rum Balls (any other cookie is fine), any stuffing that includes meat, especially my best friend's family-tradition one that features ground beef (I get my favorite bread-almond stuffing "fix" a day after), and my own Mom's traditional Christmas Eve oyster stew (she also makes great chili, for the rest of us).

    Regarding your title question - Yes, you are the only one - everybody loves pumpkin. What's wrong with you? (just joking)

    1. The I hate pumpkin threads have been up this season. I guess their sheer abundance contributed to that. But, like MidTT suggests the choices both traditional and wild for enjoying your holiday feast are endless. Unless you're aiming to please the most difficult guests at your gathering this year, it's pretty hard to imagine not having plenty of choices.

      Bread & chestnut stuffing, bowls of gravy, a 15 lb turkey, cranberry sauce, 4 pies, ,mashed potatoes, 4 veggies and homemade ice cream make up our main dinner on Thanksgiving...but its the leftovers for Thanksgiving dinner sandwiches that we really enjoy!

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      1. re: HillJ

        Dinner sounds great, and completely agree about the next-day sandwiches. Out of curiousity, what are your four veg dishes?

        1. re: monfrancisco

          walnut brussel sprouts (I add walnuts the last 10 minutes while pan roasting the b.s. and finish w/a walnut oil drizzle)
          maple carrots ( I soak baby carrots in maple syrup for 4 hours and then roast fast & hot in the oven)
          mashed garlic potatoes (I add whipped cream cheese to the mash instead of butter or cream and roasted garlic cloves)
          a tossed green salad with lemon dressing
          sesame green beans

          I added the mashed potatoes, so it's five total.

          1. re: HillJ

            Some of my thanks this year will be headed your way! Appreciate it.

            1. re: monfrancisco

              My pleasure! I look forward to reading all about your holiday meal plans!

      2. Pumpkin is meh! Can eat, but we never do. ~~ Turkey if it's smoked is OK. Double Smoked Ham is a favorite, as is Smoked Duck and Andouille Gumbo with a few fresh oysters thrown in at the very last minute. Oysters in general. Generations old recipe for Cornbread dressing is a must. Pecan pie is a must as one of the desserts. Sweet potatoes in some form will always be there. I can personally take or leave cranberries, others require it.

        1. I like pumpkin pie,but I really can't stand all this fake pumpkin flavored crap that is everywhere now; pumpkin coffee, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin everything, yuck.

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          1. re: Kat

            Pumpkin coffee sounds unbelievably disgusting.

            1. re: Kat

              I tried pumpkin Pop-Tarts and they were inedible.

            2. File under "hate":: Creamed onions. Nice roasted ones with vinegar and s&p, on the other hand, may I have some more?

              1. I hate turkey. The only part of a turkey worth eating, IMO, is the skin. However, I have NO problem making a meal of Thanksgiving sides, as long as I make them. When I was a kid, there was almost nothing I would eat at Thanksgiving - I hated green bean casserole (still do), my mother's stuffing (still do), this corn pudding thing she calls spoonbread (still do) and pumpkin pie (still do).

                We're thinking of going to my parents' house for T-day for the first time in 15 years and I'm not quite sure what to do! Luckily my mother has expanded her culinary horizons a bit, and she's open to my contributions, so at least I'll have my stuffing, some good Brussels sprouts and probably another vegetable side of my choosing. Oh, and at least one pie that isn't pumpkin! :)

                1. We're living in era of pumpkin overload so I hear you. I love a good made from scratch pumpkin pie or tart but I loathe pumpkin beer and other bad renditions of pumpkin stuff. Some things just weren't meant to be pumpkin flavored!!!!

                  1. Anyone catch the SNL skit last night on just how far pumpkin spice has gone, it was hilarious.

                    Or, the piece on pumpkin derby's on CBS Sunday Morning today?

                    We're surrounded!!

                    1. I thought I would just add to this discussion for this year--I also hate pumpkin, and it seems like the pumpkin-related products are already being pumped-out for the year. GROSS to me. Good for others. BUT EWW, I will not be purchasing them.

                      1. I've never liked pumpkin flavored anything, until I tried pumpkin beer. Still don't like anything else pumpkin.The only holiday food I can't stand is pickled beets, which always get served at my family holiday dinners.

                        1. I used to not like pumpkin and pumpkin pie. Then I tried this recipe for pumpkin pie that made a convert out of me. Now I love it but only if I make it. My least favorite of the holiday season is cranberry sauce. Something about the texture and taste really turn me off. Yeah, not a fan.

                          1. I have never met a holiday food I didn't like, and it shows.

                            1. I dislike pumpkin everything except whoopie pies. Luckily, my family never served pumpkin; don't really care for anything cranberry laced either but I will eat dried cranberries out of hand once in a blue moon or a piece of cranberry walnut bread. Not into the green bean casserole but love unladen green beans.

                              Growing up, my family always made the marshmallow topped too sweet sweet potatoes, which I never ate. Too teeth throbbingly sweet. Now, I make a sweet potato hash for the holidays which has a couple tablespoons of brown sugar in it that's delicious. Oh, and I love sweet potato pie, though.

                              1. You know, not to be a hypocrite…but I just remembered this pumpkin/cream cheese muffin that Starbucks rolls out every year…and it's pretty darn great. It tastes more like spice cake, though. I think that's why I like it.

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                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                  See, it just took a while for the "right" pumpkin dish to come along.

                                2. I love me some Sweet Potato Pie.Home made is the best.My brother says to him store bought is the best.An ol family friend said for my brothers taste,the boy is crazy!I also like Sweet Potato Pudding.One Halloween I bought a nice size pumpkin and dressed it in a hat.The Pumpkin began to get in my moms way and she told the Pumpkin you need to be cooked.I like Pumpkin but it is tough to sweeten,and it is also stringy.I love the Holidays.Ah the smell of that Turkey cooking in the oven overnight is so wonderful.I love me some dressing.

                                  1. No. I hate everything pumpkin. I make up for it by consuming mass quantities of pecan pie.