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I'm looking for some good side dishes to make for the holidays.  I always seem to make the standard things and its getting old.  Nothing wild or exotic just flavorful and not what I'd always
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Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 7:48 AM EST
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I'm looking for some good side dishes to make for the holidays.  I always seem to make the standard things and its getting old.  Nothing wild or exotic just flavorful and not what I'd always make. Plus any good easy vegetable dishes?

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 8:09 AM EST
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   I make scalloped potatoes and a strawberry jello that has strawberry jello. frozen strawberries, crushed pineapple, and bananas in it (topped with whipped cream or whipped topping) at Christmas.  Also a vegetable dish (Confetti Squash) that consists of diced yellow squash, diced zucchini, onions, and parsley seasoned with salt and pepper to taste and done in the microwave is quick and easy.  Hope these suggestion help.  Mary Ann S.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 8:10 AM EST
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I don't know what your "usuals" are but my family loves Baked Corn, Waldorf Salad, Pineapple Rings with lime jello and nothing fancy sweet potatoes.  Oh and cinnamon jello at Christmas!

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 8:11 AM EST
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Oh and I forgot Cinnamon Jello with apples, celery and walnuts at Christmas!! YUM!!

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 8:58 AM EST
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Butternut squash casserole with buttered American bread crumbs. Carnation evaporated milk only is a must..

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 9:12 AM EST
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Isn't it engraved on stone somewhere that a Thanksgiving dinner must  include mashed potaotes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, corn,  orange jello with carrots and pineapple and very important cole slaw?
Dessert can be anything - usually a second (or third) trip to the mashed potatoes and slaw.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 9:37 AM EST
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My family would kill me if I didn't make Sweet Potato Puffs!  Not complcated, and can be done on a simpler basis - basically cinamon mashed sweet potates or yams with marshmallow.  I have posted the recipie here, but haven't looked in the archives to see if old stuff is still here.

Renee C - I have never heard of Cinnamon Jello!  Do you make it yourself from plain?  That little dish sounds very good.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 10:01 AM EST
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we do creamed spinch plus the usual and my pie is custard punpkin that is lighter then regular

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 10:17 AM EST
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i love sweet potatoes.i bake or boil at laest 6-7  of them.once soft. i let cool slightly.if baked i spoon them into mixing bowl, mash them up in bowl. i like to use large mixer. i put in 1/2 c. heavy cream,1 stick butter,1/2 t-spoon cinnamon. mix well. place in buttered baking bowl.
     then make the topping
    1- stick butter- 1/2 c brown sugar---1/2/c quick oats and flour.---1c toasted pecans. 1/2 t-spoon cinnamom
you mix to make it crumbly.. sprinkle on casserole.( i doudle it beacause i love the topping. do not put on until ready to bake) bake 35-45 min.until hot....so good.you can use low-fat cream add more cinnamom.love it.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 5:20 PM EST
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Renne, What is cinnamon jello?  And how do you make baked corn?  I haven't made the orange jello with carrots in years.  That's a good idea.  Simple too. I always make a molded jello salad with green jello, cottage cheese, mayo, and pineapple.   There are just 4 of us for dinner.  My husband and I plus 2 grown sons.  Julie I like your way of making the sweet potatoes.  I've always made them with the marshmallows but they are too sweet for me although the kids like it.  I think everyone will like this too.  Nancy, I never thought of cole slaw for Thanksgiving although I make it all summer long.  These ideas are all great.  I love hearing all the ideas. Thanks so much.  I look forward to more ideas because its so much fun to see what others are making and I'm learning new things.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 5:21 PM EST
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Julie I make my sweet potatoes in a casserole dish with the same topping only I slice my sweet potatoes and layer them with apples.....add cinnamon and butter between the layers and add the same topping you do on yours.....that is the one item I have to make for thanksgiving......they all ask for that

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 6:05 PM EST
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i love coleslaw, it goes well with many things.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 7:56 PM EST
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One of the things we usually have(because Mom always did for years) is a mixed vegetable/rice mix.  You can use any brand frozen or canned mixed vegetables, mix in about 1/2 cup instant rice and cook for the time needed to heat the vegetables through. ( I always add about 1/2 cup water no matter what the package directions are.)  You can season with salt and pepper before serving or let everyone season their own.

I think this year instead of the usual sweet potatoes, I will make roasted root vegetables.  Sweet potatoes, white potatoes, parsnips, carrots and leek.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder and bake for about 40 minutes at 400*.  You can also add other spices.  I have used basil, rosemary, oregano with good results.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 9:14 PM EST
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Great ideas everyone, haven't had the jello salad mold in years, think I am overdue to make it, lol. I make my sweet potatoes without the marshmellows, my family always liked it that way. Thanksgiving will be Sat for all of us since my daughter Charlotte will be in the hospital for her uterine cancer surgery. Going in Tues and back to her home on Friday. Her inlaws are having the dinner and invited Brian and me over.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 9:31 PM EST
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I wonder if everyone would post their cole slaw recipe........
Mine is simply MIRACLE WHIP .... not mayonnaise :-) with lots of sugar and a bit of vinegar.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 10:04 PM EST
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I make a jell-o dish that is perfect for Christmas holiday's.  The ingredients is strawberry jell-o, frozen strawberries, crushed pineapple, crushed bananas and sour cream.  Yum!!

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 10:19 PM EST
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Susan - that sounds like ME :-)  What's the recipe, please?

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 10:37 PM EST
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Fresh cranberry salad with apples,oranges and walnuts, growing up we never ate canned cranberry salad.I'm going to make something I haven't had in years Watergate salad.Roasted garlic mashed potatoes.I love Thanksgiving and I love the kiss I always get from my husband when he finishes his meal and thanks me.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 10:51 PM EST
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Why not try some "original" foods like the Pilgrims had at the first Thanksgiving?

A nice article listing what was and was not available can be found at: http://festivals.iloveindia.com/thanks-giving/dinner/food-in-history.html Another site that looks like it is trying to sell a book is: http://www.squidoo.com/pilgrim-thanksgiving-recipes Just scroll down, it has several "updated" original type recipes.

Re: Holiday side dishes

posted at 11/13/2010 10:56 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Holiday side dishes:
Why not try some "original" foods like the Pilgrims had at the first Thanksgiving? A nice article listing what was and was not available can be found at: http://festivals.iloveindia.com/thanks-giving/dinner/food-in-history.html Another site that looks like it is trying to sell a book is: http://www.squidoo.com/pilgrim-thanksgiving-recipes Just scroll down, it has several "updated" original type recipes.
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Thanks Cam
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