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Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Yanks!

Oh, yes. We observe Thanksgiving. And then some. We do it as a late night meal, though, so I’m just doing prep now.

Candied yams. Which the Internet tells me is almost certainly sweet potatoes. Apparently, the two plants aren’t even related. The more I look at pictures, though, the more confused I am as to what they sell here. Seeing as we’re closer to Africa (yam country) than South America (land of the sweet potato).

Sweet potato. I think.

Picture nicked from the North Carolina Sweet Potato website, which has many excellent recipes and other sweet potato facts. Please don’t hurt me, ncsweetpotatoes.com.

I’ve never understood why candied yams are a side dish and not part of the dessert course. Where I hail from, those suckers are sweet. Also, they taste so much like pumpkin, it’s kind of redundant if you’re having pumpkin pie.

Oh, and somebody once told me the canned pumpkin pie filling in the States is almost always really butternut squash. So much disillusion.

Happy, happy! I have tomorrow off and I hope you do, too!


Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: November 28, 2019, 10:39 pm

Happy Tday, Sweaz ‘n’ Unc Badger! I have dined at the nursing home with my mother. . .but next weekend my best friend and I will do our annual dinner with the parts of Tday dinner we actually both like. No candied yams, but we DO have sweet potato casserole which, when my friend (who makes that dish) is feeling specially generous, is topped with marshmallows. . .

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 28, 2019, 11:11 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, ‘murkins ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅฎ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿช๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿง๐Ÿฎ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿง†๐Ÿจ๐Ÿต๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด

Comment from Mitch
Time: November 29, 2019, 12:10 am

In our house one of the Main Dishes was always mashed sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows on top. I guess it was more of a puree but whatever. “Yams” were some abomination that the uncultured yankees Up North choked down.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Comment from OldFert
Time: November 29, 2019, 1:37 am

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 29, 2019, 2:52 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I wish I could have shared our dinner with you all. My wife and I went to my sister and BIL’s house (15 min. drive), where I cooked the standing rib roast, and sister did the Yorkshire pudding, braised potatoes, and fresh sweet peas. A nice cabernet sauvignon accompanied, and we topped it off with both apple pie with sharp cheddar and pumpkin (butternut squash?) pie with whipped cream.

I have been feeling most grateful for our many blessings today, but right at the moment I am most grateful for a belly full of delicious food partaken with loving family.

Comment from Carl
Time: November 29, 2019, 10:58 am

Swease, did you find the culinary cinnamon? I mentioned it to Mrs C and she produced a bottle from her spices drawer. Langdales Essence of Cinnamon (best before August 2002!). Looking on Langdales website I see that your local stockist is Rye Health Store.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 29, 2019, 11:05 am

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow minions!

All went well at Badger House… except we have a cat that doesn’t like turkey. Or chicken, for that matter. Should I contact the Guinness Book of Records, do you think?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 29, 2019, 2:59 pm

We too did a late evening Thanksgiving – which was nice since we avoided the insanity of getting it all prepped and served by some magical x:o’clock time.

Turned out leisurely and pleasant with very little of the, uh, normal, uh, loud voices, that frequently accompanies holiday prep hereabouts.

Only 2 of the three heirs to the manse were present, the other, married, is busy preparing to make yours truly a grandfather so that next year we can fight over where “Jack” is going to spend his first Thanksgiving.

Yes, Jack.
I suggested Agamemnon, but once again it was turned down.

for the viewing public, here are rare photos of the (interior only) Badger House that lives in my head, courtesy of the Daily Fail.


I’m sure Uncle B will be surprised ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment from weasel again
Time: November 29, 2019, 8:21 pm

Wellll, Durned. Our is also Grade II listed, but it’s considerably humbler than that. We speculate it was built for the farm overseer of the Lord that lived several houses over.

I say lived. He built it. I’m not sure he ever lived in it. He went off to the Crusades in 15-something and got kilt.

Comment from AliceH
Time: November 29, 2019, 8:24 pm

Pumpkin or squash? It’s complicated:


I’ve never used anything but Libby’s, so that’s as pure pumpkin as it gets without making my own.

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