I've seen this post on 5 awful Thanksgiving side dishes referenced on quite a few blogs lately. I have to admit that even though the day is almost here, I'm still in denial that it's time for Thanksgiving dinner already. But since I have a personal connection to each of these items, I can't help but offer my spin...
1. Green Bean Casserole - Take a can of beans, add a can of soup, bake, and top with fried onions. I fail to see the attraction. I am thrilled to say that this side dish has successfully stayed off of my family's Thanksgiving table. That is, until my brother got married and his sweet bride offered to bring it. It's ok - I just don't eat it.
2. Candied Yams - Like the author of the original post, I am a big fan of sweet potatoes. Keep that canned, marshmallow-covered, baked baby-food looking stuff away from me.
3. Stovetop Stuffing - Ouch. This gets personal. Let's just leave it at this: (A) My father was employed as a food chemist by General Foods. One of his first assignments was to create a dressing that could be prepared on the stove top, not baked. (B) I have not had any communication with my father in over a year and I plan on keeping things that way. (C) I am very happy to say Stove Top will never be a part of my Thanksgiving dinner again.
4. Cranberry Gelatin Mold - The canned stuff is good on cold turkey and dressing sandwiches. That's only because the homemade stuff is far better and there's none left by the time it's sandwich time.
5. I don't think I have a fifth item to add. Do you?