Monday, November 8, 2010

Tried and True or Something New? {and a giveaway!}

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THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN: IT IS SHARON, WHO SAID:

Biggest debate is ...pie or cake!

NOVEMBER 9, 2010 12:38 AM

CONGRATS SHARON! I'M SENDING YOU AN EMAIL!

Have you seen Swanson’s “Great Stuffing Debate”? It all started with the debate of whether you cook your stuffing inside the bird or on the side.  (I’m an “on the side” kind of girl myself.)  But every Monday, they list a new Thanksgiving debate.  This got me thinking about what the debate would be in my kitchen.  And I realized my biggest dilemma every year is:

Tried and True or Something New?

I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving before.  Luckily, I have great family (on both sides!) and it usually ends up being more of a pot-luck event. In the past, I’ve brought pies, I’ve brought sweet potatoes, I’ve brought salads.  But no matter what I bring, I always debate on whether I should make something that I know is good, or if I should use the opportunity to try a new recipe.  Now, many of you know that I’m always game for a new recipe.  In fact, 90% of the meals I make at home are recipes I’ve never made before.  But when you are cooking for others, is it better to make something that you’ve made before and that you know will be good?

I don’t know what I’m contributing to the Thanksgiving feast this year, but I thought I’d have fun with testing out my debate.  I made two dressing recipes – one tried and true and one a new recipe that I’ve never tried before.  And do you know what?  I think I would have been safe bringing either of these to the Thanksgiving table!

First up – tried and true.  This recipe is actually one that my sister makes every year, and I LOVE it.  I have to be honest – I love turkey and all, but I mostly get excited about the side dishes.  And the dressing – one of my favorite side dishes!!  This dressing has so many flavors going on and it really brings all of the flavors of Thanksgiving to the table for me.

Sausage, Apple & Cranberry Dressing

1 ½ cups cubed whole wheat bread
3 ¾ cups cubed white bread
1 pound turkey sausage
1 cup chopped onion
¾ cup chopped celery
¾ cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
2 ½ teaspoons dried sage
1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
½ teaspoon thyme
1 golden delicious apple, chopped
¾ cup Swanson’s chicken broth
4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until evenly toasted.

Meanwhile, cook the sausage and onions in a skillet, breaking up the sausage.  Cook until browned and cooked through.  Add the celery, sage, rosemary and thyme and cook another 2 minutes to heat through.

Put the toasted bread cubes in a large bowl and pour sausage over.  Add the apples, cranberries and parsley.  Mix lightly.

Grease a baking dish and pour dressing mixture in.  Cover with foil.  Bake in the heated oven for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes to brown the top.

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Then there is something new.  I chose to make this recipe for 2 reasons.  First – I wanted something meat-free since I knew the tried and true recipe I was making had sausage in it.  Second, I wanted something very simple and fuss-free that anyone could make.  This recipe was perfect for both reasons!!  This recipe could even easily be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable stock for the chicken stock.  And on the easiness scale – it really doesn’t get any easier than this!  In fact, this recipe could easily be made up as a side dish for dinner any night – not just on Thanksgiving!  The only change I would make would be to use a different vegetable blend next time.  I made the mistake of going to the grocery store on a Saturday afternoon – and in Utah, if you go on a Saturday afternoon, you can expect half of the things you want to be gone!  This was the only kind of mixed vegetables I could find, and I really think a good, high quality mix would make this so much better.

Garden Vegetable Stuffing

1 ¾ cups Swanson Chicken Broth
1 bag (16 oz) frozen vegetable combination
5 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing

Heat the broth to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan over high heat.  Add the vegetables and heat to a boil.  Remove the saucepan from the heat.  Add the stuffing and mix lightly.

Spoon the stuffing mixture into a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.  Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until the stuffing mixture is heated through

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So in the end, I still didn’t even solve my own debate!  I guess that means I need to bring something tried and true and something new!

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654 comments:

  1. Our biggest debate is wheter or not we actually need pumpkin pie. Most of us prefer apple, but it just does not seem like Thanksgiving with out a pumpkin pie sitting there!

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  2. The biggest debate is of course WHO will make WHAT!

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  3. The greatest debate around our family is where we are going for christmas haha!!

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  4. Around here our biggest debate is probably pies, as in, do I really have to make them? Caleb loves pie--me, not so much! I have come to like pecan pie (which is his favorite) so I usually make one of those.

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  5. our biggest debate? Sweet potatoes - with marshmallows or in a "casserole" southern style. (me, I love the casserole version)

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  6. My debate question was..."would you rather eat with a cowboy or a saint?" I'm not a football fan but I picked cowboy because I'm from Texas! And so far, Cowboy's had 53%, Saint's only had 47%. So goooooo Cowboy's!

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  7. Our biggest debate is if we need mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes or if one or the other will do.

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  8. I LOVE these stuffing recipes, Deborah - especially the sausage and apple stuffing. I have everything I need for that recipe, and I've been looking all around for one just like it! Thanks so much for sharing... Printing that one now!

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  9. As for the stuffing debate, I chose outside of the bird. Cooking it inside the bird seems like an extra step, and not to mention a possible heath hazard. Raw turkey? Gross! Raw turkey all over my stuffing? Just not acceptable!

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  10. I follow on Twitter! https://twitter.com/StacySays7

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  11. Our biggest debate is over who is where Thanksgiving is... it happens every year. I like the have leftovers and I love eating at either my parents or make my own. BUT his family likes to go out to eat- and I hate that. I want my LEFTOVERS!!!!

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  12. I already follow you on Facebook. :-)

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  13. On the debate- I chose Cowboys-- because I feel bad and they need a win. hahahah

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  14. Our biggest debate will have to be drawing names for Christmas on Thanksgiving and if we are going to allow the men to go shopping with us on Friday. :o) Food wish will be if I will make a ham and a turkey, three of the guys do not like Turkey.

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  15. I "liked" the Great Stuffing Debate on Facebook.

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  16. Our biggest debate is who's house it's going to be at each year. We stick with all our traditional foods. Nothing new.

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  17. Honestly, the only debate is where we're going for Thanksgiving! His family's in one state, mine in another.

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  18. I follow Taste and Tell via Google Reader.

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  19. I went to the Great Stuffing Debate and answered "Stuffing served in the bird. What side are you on?" I answered "Inside. Where else?" Stuffing is only stuffing if it's STUFFED in the bird; otherwise, it's dressing.

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  20. Our biggest debate for the past few years has been where to host it. Growing up it was always at my grandparents' house, so I always vote for that because I like tradition (also they stick with the tried and true dishes where the rest of my family likes being experimental). But my grandparents are getting kind of old so the rest of the family has been helping out. We had it at my uncle's last year and it was great, we've had it at my house too but that means Christmas isn't at my house, and that's a tradition I don't like to let go of either!

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  21. The biggest debate at my house is what time should we eat - lunchtime or dinnertime.

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  22. Canned cranberry sauce or homemade!

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  23. The biggest debate is french onions vs saltines on green bean casserole. Also, whether or not spam belongs in there or not.

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  24. The biggest debate with our family is whether to have turkey or not. Most of our family members only like ham, but there are a small portion that also like turkey.

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  25. The biggest debate at our house has to be dessert - hubby likes traditional pumpkin pie, oldest daughter only wants cherry pie, youngest daughter wants anything except pumpkin pie, and I like to change up pumpkin pie - experiment by making it a chiffon or cheesecake or just changing out some of the ingredients like replacing some of the milk with eggnog or sour cream.

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  26. Our biggest debate is whether to go Prime Rib or Turkey. Usually it's prime rib but this year it is turkey...so far! ;)

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  27. I follow you on Twitter. I cant believe I didn't before. I retweeted too!

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  28. Our big debate is how long to wait before dessert!

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  29. Actually there are no debates over the topic of Thanksgiving at our house. Everyone loves my Thanksgiving menu at our house and I'm sticking to it! :)

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  30. Our biggest debate is about whether the sides (beyond the cornbread dressing) should the traditional ones we had growing up -- spinach madeline and sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans -- or something that is new and different and not a casserole!

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  31. Our family's debate is new or traditional...do we stick with traditional or try something new. It seems everyone has a different favorite that would get taken away if we tried new.

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  32. our biggest debate would be whom to invite for the holidays and who are all gonna be left out...Thanks for this giveaway...

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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  33. The biggest debate is which family we are eating with. We usually switch on and off, but it seems like every year there is a reason why we should switch it.

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  34. We always have two debates ... Who's making the stuffing and who's making the pie's. The answer should be my Mom for both. She knows just the right things to make for Thanksgiving.

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  35. For the "Fruit and nuts in stuffing" debate, I'm firmly on the "No, sounds like trail mix" side. I can still see myself picking through Grandma's stuffing and picking out all of the golden raisins each year. Nope, not for me!

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  36. Or biggest debate is usually over whether or not we've made enough stuffing. No matter how much extra we seem to make, it is always gone in a flash.
    Well, either that or whether or not we should have peas, which there are two FIRM camps about.

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  37. Our biggest debate is what family we are going to visit that year!

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  38. I like to rotisserie my turkey, so the debate is whether or not there will be juices for the gravy. I always reassure them that there will be and to hold their horses.

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  39. The biggest debate is who is going to do the cooking!

    Not me! Not me!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  40. Our biggest debate is whether to have stuffing in the turkey or not. My father-in-law gets very passionate about this...

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  41. The biggest debate is...okay, maybe we are pretty passive about Thanksgiving dinner, but it all just flows. There's no issues about where it's going to be, or who cooks or brings what or how things should be done. Thanksgiving is a side dish extravaganza in our family (with obligatory turkey & dessert) and there's always plenty of wine, so everyone's always happy.

    Your sausage, cranberry and apple stuffing looks so yummy!

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  42. The biggest debate is where to hold Thanksgiving Dinner.

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  43. We had a big debate last year - the adults wanted to do a non-traditional dinner (steak, twice baked potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, pear/feta salad), but the kids wanted tradition. Needless to say, tradition won out...otherwise we would have had some very unhappy kids!

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  44. I thought long and hard, but there is no debate...we hold a traditional thanksgiving every year and invite the same people every year. We don't try anything new with the standbys (turkey, stuffing, homemade rolls, potatoes and gray) as they are the things people look forward to EVERY year. Pumpkin pie is a must as well as a chocolate pie for the non-pumpkin lovers.

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  45. That is always my debate- going with a tried and true recipe or going with a new recipe. I usually do the same thing though, and make both recipes! Or just do a 'new' dessert recipe because there are always a ton of other desserts!

    We also debate on what type of turkey to have- fried, smoked, or traditional. And then half the family says stuffing while the other half says dressing!

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  46. Our debate around our house is turkey or ham? We love turkey and like sticking with the whole tradition thing but we also like ham with pineapples, cherries and cloves covered with a mixture of brown sugar, pineapple juice, mustard, and cherry juice. To die for. So you see we have a diffucult decision to make.

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  47. Oh and the Yams with or with out pecans and marshmellows. I vote with. I don't always win.:(

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  48. I had to laugh because we have a huge debate going on right now at our house. Usually, our desserts consist of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, and apple pie. Well, this year I wanted to do a "dessert remix." I figure to put a new twist on the classic desserts like a Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Sweet Potato Bars, Chocolate Pecan Pie Cups and Cream Cheese Apple Pie Bars. Some of my family members are having a fit that we can't sway away from tradition. Still haven't figured out yet what we're doing but I'm hoping I win! ;)

    P.S. What an awesome giveaway!
    lisaberkery(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Our biggest debate is whether to cook the Turkey on the day, or the day ahead. Less work on the day, but everyone loves the smell of it cooking throughout the day...

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  50. I retweeted under @Berksgirl
    http://twitter.com/BerksGirl/status/1713344792760320

    lisaberkery(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Normally, it is whether a pie a person is too much...

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  52. I definitely struggle with going with something traditional versus something new and modern...we almost always end up going traditional...

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  53. our biggest debate is whether or not to do thanksgiving at all. my husband isn't from the US originally and doesn't really "get" thanksgiving. we don't live near family and have 2 small kids, so it's basically just a meal for 2 adults with foods that the kids probably won't eat. and the hubby doesn't like the sides, just the turkey. add in that i've been on a mission to lose weight and you get a meal that's not really wanted by anyone... EXCEPT i'm a huge fan of tradition.

    so.. thanksgiving meal or no thanksgiving meal? that is the question.

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  54. Our biggest debate: should we skip breakfast or not? We usually decide on tiny breakfast and then stuff away! By the way, I always make stuffing on the side, and I always change the stuffing I make...keeps people on their toes.

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  55. This will be the first year I'm hosting Thanksgiving, and my debate is which dessert to make?! Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie, or Pomegranate cheesecake...ahhh! :)

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  56. Every year on Thanksgiving, my Mom makes a delicious juice tender baked Turkey. At the same table my lovely Father-In Law has made his traditional Fried Turkey(s). Our biggest debate is which is better. (I prefer my Mom's but don't tell my Father-In-Law that, he would be crushed)!

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  57. The biggest debate is whether or not it matters if you brine the turkey!

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  58. Our biggest debate is which is better, canned cranberry sauce or homemade from fresh cranberries.

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  59. We don't have many debates, mostly because if someone wants something that isn't being made, they bring it. The biggest issue is always space - for food and guests.

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  60. I share this debate you have along with, girls versus boys - who makes the best turkey! We judge year to year and so far GIRLS RULE.

    Please enter me, I am hosting this year and could really use the cash! I am going completely NEW this year.

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  61. Our debate is whether or not to get into a debate about politics, and every other area of potential disagreement!

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  62. Our BIGGEST debate is who cooks what! We have so many amazing recipes that we all love and we want to make them ALL so we delagate who cooks what! Oh I can't wait for thanksgiving!

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  63. I have a pretty large extended family (altogether we make 22). Our biggest debate? Whether or not to give Christmas presents :)

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  64. Apple pie or pumpkin pie? Who knows. I change it up every year.

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  65. Our biggest debate this year is turkey breast vs whole turkey.

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  66. Our biggest debate is over sweet potatoes. Only one person in our family likes them and it's a guy but he won't make them

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  67. Ham or Turkey..different family members love and hate each one.

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  68. Our biggest debate is turkey or ham. I think it's not Thanksgiving without turkey, but my husband loves ham.

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  69. Our Biggest debate is usually where we are going to have Thanksgiving? My hubands side of the family is pretty large. There can be up to 20 or more people! The other part of that debate is who will bring what? So this year we decided on doing a Progressive Thanksgiving. It will be different and fun. And each family member invovled with be able to offer something special.

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  70. We don't debate on anything. I just let my in-laws make their usual and I bring whatever dessert or side dish I feel like. :-)

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  71. Biggest debate around my family is chicken or turkey. I'm not a big turkey fan, I usually win out ;).

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  72. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/suyujo/status/1741840273379328

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  73. Our biggest debate is where to actually have Thanksgiving dinner! There are lots of siblings that live close and were it's going to be is a big decision every year. . .

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  74. our biggest debate is about the sweet potatoes... do we need them!? does anyone besides my father even eat them!? haha- great giveaway!

    keeping my fingers crossed!

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  75. It use to be who got the wishbone, now that we are adults it is white or dark meat.

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  76. I just Tweeted this post with a link to it http://twitter.com/tiffpalm

    I also follow you on Face Book!

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  77. the biggest debate around of house is chitlins or turkey or ham? what meat will we have and what is the best

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  78. I tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/whateverdeedee/status/1745112908439553

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  79. FOOD is always our biggest debate. Who likes what best. We all make different things and I will tell you the gingerbread stuffing was the worst I have ever tasted. But the loudest debate at Thanksgiving! :)

    sims.whitney at gmail.com

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  80. I'd say the biggest debate is over what type of pie to have. My favorite is pecan whereas other favorites are pumpkin...
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    kmassman (at) gmail (dot) com

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  81. Biggest debate is always WHERE we are having THanksgiving. Everyone wants to host.

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  82. The biggest debate in our family is who is making what and even after thats been decided all my aunts will make the same thing as the other so the end result is usually 4 chocolate pies, 2 trays of deviled eggs, etc. LOL

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  83. Our big debate has more to do about breakfast Thanksgiving day rather than the actualy meal. Every Thanksgiving we get up early to start preparing, well of course we get hungry. My family can't seem to just eat something light, ya know, like ceral or a breakfast bar. So every darn Thanksgiving we end up making a big breakfast, eggs, sausage, bacon, bisquits and gravy. We eat this breakfast about 10am, sometime 11am. Well, Thanksgiving dinner is served at 2pm, so no one is really hungry yet! Plus we have so many things to snack on that by the time the actual meal comes around everyone is stuffed!

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  84. Our biggest debate is whose house to go to! We are newly married and both of our parents are divorced. It is impossible to please everyone! I honestly think I'm going to start hosting it at our hosue and if people want to see us they can travel!

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  85. Our biggest debate is when to arrive for turkey day...Wed or Thursday...We all know what we are making and this year it will be at my dad's house.

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  86. sabrams78@yahoo.comNovember 8, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Our biggest debate is where to have dinner - usually my house after all is said and done but every year we have to discuss with all the family!

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  87. Our biggest debate is how to divide up the leftovers :)

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  88. The big debate is if the meal should be at my house or at my sisters place. It worked out that this year it will be at my sister's and that my husband will be going to his family's.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  89. Our biggest debate is whether or not we have to have a turkey! I really don't like turkey and would prefer a roast chicken, but of course, it's not really Thanksgiving if you don't have a turkey. :)

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  90. Our family is huge, so we have a potluck dinner. Everyone is so good about what they are going to bring so that is usually not a debate. The debate is, "What time we are eating?!" We have some family members that doing get moving as fast as others so they want a little later and the others want to eat at noon so we can have the oppourtunity to "pig out" all day long! Ha! Ha!

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  91. Our biggest debate is whether to cook a full turkey or just a breast for 6 people (2 of which are kids).

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  92. our debate is why we don't go to my in-law's for Thanksgiving because we go to my parent's for Christmas Eve.

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  93. As for the stuffing . . . has to be outside. I HATE trying to stuff a turkey!

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  94. As for canned vs. homemade cranberry sauce . . . I personally like the canned because I really don't like the texture of whole cranberries and since I work in retail I have to be to work on Friday at usually 3am so anywhere I can cut corners and still have it tasted good is awesome!!

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  95. Our debate has always been whether or not to put dried cranberries in the stuffing or leave it plain.

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  96. Here is what we decided on the dessert thing. I hate pumpkin pie and everyone on my side of the family knows that, so they all bring a pumpkin pie, a coconut creme (yuck) pie and a banana creme (yuck) pie and I don't eat dessert. And then they wonder why. I brought a homemade dutch apple pie once and was chewed out by my 4 sisters and 4 brothers because no one likes apple pie. Needless to say, I got to take the entire pie home for me.

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  97. Well, I am a purist when it comes to Thanksgiving (easily my most favorite holiday of the year). I want the traditional, same dinner with no surprises. To me, Thanksgiving is about tradition and family.
    On the other hand, Bob would love to do something different every Thanksgiving. He dared to mention grilled salmon one year! *gasp*
    So every year we go round and round.
    And every year we have an awesome traditional Thanksgiving dinner!
    Why does he make me crazy every year? ;-)

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  98. Our family's biggest debate would be how many people to have. My husband would invite the whole town, while I, on the other hand kind of prefer for everyone to have their own seat at a table, and proper flatware, plates, etc. We are learning to compromise. :)

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  99. Our biggest debate is who's house we are going to first for dinner!

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  100. our biggest debate this year is whether to go all out with delicious, not-so-healthy dishes, or to make lighter versions of old favorites (three family members are losing weight currently).

    ck9@geneseo.edu

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  101. My biggest debate is who's house we're having thanksgiving at. My boyfriend and I both live far away from our parents so we always want to see them during the holidays!

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  102. Our biggest debate is should we have an antipasto, or do we want room for the turkey this year.

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  103. Our biggest debate is whether to cook the turkey traditionally in the oven or smoke/deep fry it. I would prefer it to be cooked in the oven!!!

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  104. I guess our biggest debate is that half the family is vegetarians so I have to make two different dressings and pretty much two entirely different meals without letting any of the meaty foods toughing any of the veggie foods,its hard!
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  105. http://twitter.com/meeyeehere/status/1786108111233024
    tweeted too
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  106. The biggest debate is white meat versus dark meat. Thanks for the giveaway.

    But quick question, how are we supposed to use the giftcard for a thanksgiving dinner if the giveaway does end until the 1st of december?

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  107. Super giveaway :) I'm not sure it's an actual debate but when we're having a big holiday meal...the rest of the family always wants the old stand by's, mashed potatoes and corn. I always want to try something different so we usually end up just having some of each :)

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  108. http://meeyeehere.blogspot.com/2010/11/huge-gift-card-giveaway.html
    Blogged! I got my fingers crossed and please wish me luck!
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  109. Uhm definitely what to do with the turkey the next day. We agree on every part of the dinner, thankfully!

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  110. Our debate is who brings what!!! Of course the tried and true vs.something new is a very close second!!

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  111. tweeted

    http://twitter.com/HavensTwit/status/1791902563180546

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  112. I blogged

    http://havensinformer.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-stuffing-debate.html

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  113. Biggest debate: whipped cream or not on the pumpkin pie.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  114. Our biggest debate is mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes - I always say both!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  115. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/1798929964335104
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  116. Our biggest debate is who gets the leftovers. We all seem to scramble for certain extra-special bits.

    jfalksen at gmail dot com

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  117. What kind of potatoes to make!

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  118. the biggest debate is whether someone will make a green bean casserole, and if we do, who will eat it!
    daniela8598@yahoo

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  119. This is the first year my boyfriend and I aren't going back home for Thanksgiving so the biggest debate is what to make for ourselves and our visiting friends!

    danabnsn at gmail dot com

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  120. Who gets to bring the dressing, I like mine, my MIL likes hers.
    mellisa.willis@sbcglobal.net

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  121. amazing giveaway! the biggest debate here is which family we will see for the holiday

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  122. Our biggest debate is who is going to win the Iron Bowl - Auburn or Alabama. There is a bit of raz in it, but my family is serious about their college football. And we're a house divided!
    cassoncorner.blogspot.com

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  123. hmm...oh gosh, probably food when it comes to me b/c I'm not a turkey fan but everyone else is! LOL

    -lauren
    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  124. In our household the biggest debate is whether we should make my great grandmother's stuffing or not. My brother insists that it is traditional; my sister insists that she will only eat stuffing from a box. In the end mom usually does both. lol.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  125. The only debate I can think of is whether to make sweet potatoes, the kids love them but me and my husband dont care for them. I generally make a bit for the kids anyways.
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  126. Our household debate is whether or not any other pumpkin dessert is as good as pumpkin pie.

    phjones21@yahoo.com

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  127. We debate the whole menu, but our biggest debate is probably whether or not to have turkey. Neither of us are huge turkey fans, but there is something about being traditional. We have had a ham only year, and years when we have done ham and turkey. One year we were at Disney world and ate French food.

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  128. I tweeted
    sweokgrl@gmail.com
    http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/1821500109750272

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  129. I like the sausage and cranberry stuffing best. Mostly because it is a great opportunity to add sausage and cranberries to the table. The vegetable version looks delicious, but my guess is that some of them will already make an appearance on the Tday table.

    Our debate is always whether or not to have turkey or ham, or both.

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  130. Our biggest debate is always where to go. So this year we are hosting but my nephew will be doing the cooking, he's a culinary student and wants to test his skills.... we're in for an adventure.

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  131. Biggest debate? Roasted or fried. (Turkey, that is.) Great giveaway!

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  132. My husband and I's debate is if we should host Thanksgiving dinner at our home or not. I say yes and invite the family, he says yes but don't invite anyone. See the problem?

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  133. Our biggest debate is always cream of chicken soup vs. cream of mushroom soup in the green bean casserole (fairly minor, I know, but it can be huge when you're not a mushroom fan :)

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  134. I blogged about the giveaway because I REALLY WANT TO WIN! REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to win and serve my family something other than TV Dinners for Thanksgiving.

    http://barbieandkyle.blogspot.com/2010/11/we-want-visa-gift-card.html

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  135. Our big debate is usually about which family we spend the day with...yikes!

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  136. Do it all myself or let my guests bring dishes... not much of a debate from my point of view (I want it all to myself) but my guests don't always agree :-D

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  137. UGH! Who gets to eat the giblets. I can't believe people even eat them let alone fight over them. I am almost dry heaving just thinking about it.

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  138. The biggest debate? Who's going to win my in-laws bocci game, the girls? or boys? (it WILL be the girls!)

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  139. Our biggest debate is whether we should plan a date when all the married siblings can attend, or just eat on Thanksgiving day with whomever shows up. (as long as I get stuffing, I couldn't care less!)

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  140. Our biggest debate is over the dessert, half the family loves pumpkin pie the other half can't stand it. Most years I do 2-3 desserts just to make everyone happy! :o

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  141. Our biggest debate is who is making what.

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  142. Without a doubt...the dressing. My mom and sister prefer my grandmother's traditional stuffing recipe (which is great, but very time-consuming and a bit boring after all these years). I, of course, want to spice things up! This is a great giveaway, and I loved seeing these tried and true or new recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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  143. The biggest debate is who sets the table! As long as it's food, my family is game.

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  144. Where to go shopping the next day (:

    jeng.arthur@gmail.com

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  145. Entire turkey or turkey breast. We don't really like dark meat, but my father-in-law does. We usually go with the whole thing.

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  146. Biggest debate is ...pie or cake!

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  147. The biggest debate at my house is whether we really "need" to put the Christmas tree up the next day. :P

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  148. My biggest debate is the same as yours. I like to try one or two new recipes, but my family is very traditional when it comes to food.

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  149. Our biggest debate has to do with the turkey: roasting or frying it! I prefer a traditional roasted turkey but my fiance prefers it deep fried! Last year we opted for deep fried and it just wasn't the same, so this year it will be roasted!

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  150. The biggest debate my family has is what to do after the big meal when we're all feeling stuffed and sleepy.

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  151. The biggest debate in our house is if the hubbie is going to go to the football game or stay home and help me get ready for the the 10 guests.

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  152. Great giveaway! The biggest debate in our house is whether or not to eat mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.

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  153. Our biggest debate is usually what team is gonna win,what to watch on tv and keeping the kids out of the pumpkin pie until after dinner

    truthhole@gmail.com

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  154. The biggest debate in our house is where to have Thanksgiving! We all want to have it at our houses and have been rotating every year, but for some reason we all want to host!

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  155. The biggest Thanksgiving debate around my house is ALWAYS who is going to do the dishes after we eat.

    Aly at infertilityoverachievers dot com

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  156. Every year there's always the question of where are we all going to gather. A lot of houses, a lot of family, everyone wants to host...which, I guess is a good thing. :-)

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  157. Our biggest debate is how many potato dishes are we going to have; mashed, cheesy, sweet. So we usually just have them all.

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  158. craberry jelly in a can! those ridges - ugh!

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  159. The biggest debate we have is fried turkey or roasted, so it is usually both!
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  160. tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/2014147059388416

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  161. Our biggest debate is what pies to buy Apple? Pumpkin? Chocolate Cream?

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  162. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/2015816606289921

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  163. Our biggest debate is who is going to take a walk after the big wonderful meal or go sit on the couch and fall asleep watching the football game.

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  164. I guess the only debate is with myself.. My husband grew up having parnips with his Thanksgiving dinner. Every year he ask if I am making them and I debate whether to just say no I am not or just be nice and fix them. Well so far the nice person in me wins and he enjoys them all by himself.

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  165. Our biggest debate is weather my sister in-law shows up with her can's of mushroom soup and still frozen greenbeans in a shopping bag at 4:55 when dinner is being served at 5:00...

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  166. Our debate is whether to get a whole turkey or just a breast. The outcome changes year to year. I am a vegetarian so I don't care, except I vote on breast because I have to cook it, and the cook time is shorter!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  167. The biggest debate around our house is always dessert. My family is all about sticking to traditions and I like adding a new twist to our favorite desserts. My family wants pumpkin pie but I want to try a sweet potato pie instead. We'll see who wins.

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  168. Biggest debate -- Who gets to get comfortable on the sofa first following dinner. :-)

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  169. Not too much debate at our place...we probably do about 75% tried & true recipes, and the rest are new. This year's biggest debate will be the flavor of pie - I prefer pecan but my kids want to try pumpkin!

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  170. My biggest debate is to put oysters in the dressing or not. My family loves oyster dressing, but my sister in law can't stand oysters. She ususally gets her own personal little pan of dressing without oysters.

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  171. The biggest debate with my in-laws revolves around yams. I LOVE them as does another related-by-marriage family member, but my in-laws don't care for them and don't typically serve them for Thanksgiving. And they are from the south! They should love yams like I do.

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  172. The biggest debate is ALWAYS how much food needs to be made. It's always too much, of course, but mom, sister, & I always argue about varying degrees of too much :)

    http://twitter.com/Christy0611/status/2051409323229184

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  173. I avoid all such debates but always lucking out with an invitation to someone else's house. A good thing, too, since I don't cook.

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  174. Biggest debate in our family is raisins in the stuffing or not!

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  175. Our biggest debate is what kind of dessert to have. I generally want too many things and we have a hard time narrowing it down!

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  176. our biggest debate is who gets to break the wishbone! i love side dishes too :)

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  177. Pies, pumpkin or not? This year my daughter decided she wants chocolate creme pie, my son will get apple, and I will get cherry because she doesn't like pumpkin.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  178. The debate here is whether my husband tries out a crazy new stuffing recipe or if he makes the one I already love --- sounds a lot like your own challenge! :)

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  179. oops I forgot to put my email address on my post --- what a day!

    mgjere1@msn.com

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  180. Hmm, I guess our biggest debate is where everyone is sitting, or which salt and pepper shakers to choose from. My mom collects them so it is a tradition for each of us to have one at our place setting. There are a few faves.

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  181. The big debate in our home is who cleans and does what before the guests come. We are always totally exhausted by the time they leave. It's my favorite holiday!

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  182. Our debate is over rolls. My mom makes awesome homemade rolls but I know they're labor intensive. Sometimes she wants to take the easy route with store bought. We usually win! :D

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  183. Biggest debate? Who does the dishes!! :)

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  184. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/amandascookin/status/2094486528200704

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  185. The biggest debate is what dessert to make in addition to pumpkin pie.
    flowerpower0097 at live dot com

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  186. Biggest debate is over the pecan pie, add chocolate or leave it alone. So I trade off year to year, this year no chocolate.
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  187. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/cmjhawaii/status/2102561100267520
    flowerpower0097 at live dot com

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  188. Our biggest debate is who's home we are celebrating at! :)

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  189. Our biggest debate used to be 'What will Grandma let us do?". Thanksgiving has always been at her house and she's always cooked everything. We would try to help by saying we'd bring the pies, which we would, but we'd find she had made several pies "just in case". Even when she finally got tired of us pestering her several years ago and gave up some control(my sister started doing the turkey) she'd always have to spend the day in the kitchen "helping". She passed away last year just before Thanksgiving at 94. Oh how I wish we could still debate with her about letting us help.

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  190. The biggest debate with my hubby and I at Thanksgiving is which vegetable casseroles are allowed. He is so annoying when it comes to Thanksgiving sides - he doesn't like sweet potatoes so those are out and he isn't a fan of my favorite casserole, scalloped corn. So we go back and forth and I always tempt him with green bean casserole so I can have one of my favs.

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  191. our biggest debate used to be to fry or not to fry (the turkey that is), now i am a vegetarian...so i no longer weigh on that (although if i did, i would side with frying). and in that same vein, i would have to say stuffing outside the bird so that i can eat it!

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  192. Our biggest debate is whether or not we can have pasta instead of turkey. The answer is always no, but sometimes we can have pasta as well as turkey.

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  193. Yum! Those recipes look delicious. The biggest debate is what to cook! We go back and forth between Traditional and Chinese. Haha.

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