The Water Cooler – Your ‘Must Have’ Food at Thanksgiving Dinner

November 22, 2017 12:00 pm · 39 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

Besides Turkey or Tofurkey, what food is a ‘must have’ at Thanksgiving dinner?

Talk about it….

Concordejet November 22, 2017 at 12:03 PM


anon November 22, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Pumpkin pie- don’t care for it any other time but Thanksgiving.

CSS November 22, 2017 at 12:29 PM

Red cabbage

Lambie November 22, 2017 at 12:36 PM

My special mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, stuffing.
No green bean casserole, yuck.

muse November 22, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Cranberry Sauce!

KAD November 22, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Homemade cranberry sauce.

Mr. Fixit November 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

A Big Mac!!!

The Professor November 22, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Canned jellied cranberry, but that’s not what we call it. At my house, it’s called “dog food”. LOVE IT!!!

Way to go November 22, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Oyster dressing! And cranberry sauce, of course.

Dorothy November 22, 2017 at 1:37 PM

Real (white) potatoes with brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows.

Silva November 22, 2017 at 1:46 PM

It doesn’t much matter, long as the gravy’s excellent. When I used to get asked to Thanksgiving at a friend’s house a lot, I was always asked to bring a cranberry relish, which had green apple, pecans, tangerine rind, lemon juice, sugar and cardamon all minced into littleish pieces and refrigerated overnight. I don’t know what happened. Maybe they learned to make it themselves.

Chris N. November 22, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Just having dinner with my girls from Luckys is fun enough. Btw, if any one is shopping at Luckys,come say hi to me. I am the cashier at aisle 2

Elwood November 22, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Pickled Possum!

Concord Mike November 22, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Punkin pie with whipped cream.

anon November 22, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Not that I don’t have plenty to be thankful for, but I can’t stand that too full feeling Thanksgiving used to give me so I skip everything but the Pumpkin pie. I have to have Pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day. Sometimes it is preceded by a Turkey sandwich … maybe.

Dawg November 22, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Anything prepared by my sister. We grew up in a Sicilian household and her Sicilian style cooking is wonderful. She learned from my grandmother and my mom who are from Sicily.
We have the traditional Thanksgiving food, but it’s prepared with a touch of Sicily.

Pony November 22, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Stuffing cooked inside the bird

Kentucky Derby November 22, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Homemade dressing.

Mimi (original) November 22, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Green Bean casserole!! Petite onions!

Shasta Daisy November 22, 2017 at 2:56 PM

A “must” have….a new recipe for a side dish.
Love to cook and love to try new recipes.
There is always something better than last year.


Foonman November 22, 2017 at 2:57 PM

Cranberries…..yes, either fresh,glazed, or jellied…..a true American food.

Kirkwood November 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Cranberry, orange relish.

JazzMan November 22, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Greens! That’s the “well duh!” response at my house. White guy, African-American mother in law. She taught me well.

Julio November 22, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Plain green beans! That mushroom stuff is krap. Stuffing inside the bird although I personally do not do it anymore. Any kind of cranberries.

Bad Nombre November 22, 2017 at 3:56 PM

Duck … instead of turkey!

Original G November 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Barbecued Turkey, ten gallons of mashed potatoes with turkey gravy.

The Beverly Hillbillies do Thanksgiving.

Publius November 22, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Stuffing, cranberry sauce

Silva November 22, 2017 at 4:09 PM

This is interesting. How culinary propaganda in a women’s magazine made Thanksgiving a thing;

grandmato3 November 22, 2017 at 4:12 PM

Stuffing, especially with a turkey and cranberry relish sandwich the next day.

Did I Say That Out Loud November 22, 2017 at 4:19 PM

We always have all the traditional, but my kids, and now the rest of the family, requests Jello Pretzel Salad ….then they debate whether it’s a side dish or dessert.

Cyco Miko November 22, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Pumpkin and pineapple in brown sugar and butter

Weppin November 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM


Roz November 22, 2017 at 6:33 PM

@ Dawg #16
I too am Sicilian, 3 of 4 Grandparents straight from the old country.
I know you will be enjoying Thanksgiving as much as I.

Be gentle November 22, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Homemade everything!

Antler November 22, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Fresh, raw cranberry/tangerine relish.
Put the fruit through a grinder; add sugar to taste; let the mixture rest in the fridge overnight.
This is one of my husband’s favorite memories of his mother’s cooking.

Dr. Fumducker November 23, 2017 at 12:39 AM

We’ve been tofurkists for a number of years now. As long as it’s fresh and hot and surrounded by all the usual fixings, including savory gravy and fluffy mashed potatoes, we don’t feel like we’ve missed anything. For me, the quintessential T-day dish has always been buttery, maple glazed sweet potatoes using real Vermont maple syrup from a friend’s sugar house in the Green Mountain state.

Cowellian November 23, 2017 at 8:17 AM

I love the whole turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy thing. And of course, there are all the veggies. We always have creamed peas with pearl onions, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash, and homemade cranberry salad.

My daughter is a vegetarian, but she has never felt the need to have any kind of fake turkey, since there are so many other choices.

chuckie the troll November 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Cornbread stuffing with gibbet gravy.

Mary Fouts November 23, 2017 at 1:50 PM

My slow roasted turkey. 18 pound Willie Bird was in the oven at 5:15 this morning. Will be fall off the bone tender, makes the best reruns (leftovers) ever.

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