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post #1 of 19 Old 11-01-2012, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Holiday meal veg advise - soft and creamed or crunchy?

My Mother in Law is the best, really she is wonderful, I love her.

She had her knee replaced a few months ago, and just had the second one done - so I am giving her Thanksgiving off and I am cooking the meal.

Except there's a conflict of interest. I am a Brit, although I live in the US. I am used to crispy/crunchy/ al dente/steamed vegetables (not sure what to call them), my MIL creams everything.

I usually go there really early the morning of the holiday and help her cook the everlasting crap out of the vegetables then cover in cream or cheesy type sauce.

I have asked sister in law to bring desert as she usually brings one single dish of yams, out of a can, covered in brown sugar and marsh mellows. Gagtastic! Then we hear all meal about the traumas she had cooking her one single dish.

Hubby says I should do it my way as I am cooking the meal. I asked my MIL, she is a sweetheart and says she doesn't mind and likes veg a little crunchy, but she's just being nice - she once told a foster kid that she makes her veg 'good and soft'.

Is it acceptable to modern the meal up a little and make the veg taste like the veg they are supposed to be? Or is it a tradition that I shouldn't mess with and I should do it her way?

Thoughts please.
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I would do both! I know many in my family would miss some of our classics, like broccoli cheese rice casserole. But we all bring lots of new dishes too! It's a woman bonding competition thing.

So do a couple of hers, some of yours and call up SIL and see if she wants in.

Personally I LOVE grilled/crisp veggies with turkey!
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JWTA you are so great helping her out!
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Both - do her favourite veg soft and stewed, and your favourite with texture and flavour. Enjoy the day, she'll love you for it.

Oh - yams, brown sugar and marshmallows? Eurch?

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What they said!
Doing both is what I thought of too.
Every family has different traditions for any given holiday and I think it has become more of the norm to not do the "same ol' same ol'. "
I think it would be nice to honor your MIL with a favorite dish of hers, but maybe even do the same veggie is a new and gresh way.
Think about what you would want to pass along to your kids in terms of what/how you cook the meal and or what you actually eat.
For us, I like to try to stick with a few traditional things, but fix them in different ways as well as always adding something new and interesting.

And honestly, I don't think it will bother your MIL if you do things a little bit more your way. Just be sure to let her help some (if she is up to it) and make her in charge of a specific thing (again, if she is up to it) and she won't feel left out at all.
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-01-2012, 11:48 PM
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Your MIL won't be around forever, cook her what she likes, especially since she cannot cook for herself right now.

I'd give anything to eat those gagtastic marshmallow sweet potatoes with my MIL again.
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Here's a recipe for creamed corn that everyone should love:
Southwest Cream Corn

Serves 6
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 3 strips of bacon, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 (16-oz.) package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose barbecue dry rub seasoning blend
1. Preheat oven to 500. Bake pepper on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes or until skin looks blistered. Place pepper in a plastic freezer bag; seal and let stand 10 minutes to loosen skin. Peel pepper; remove and discard seeds. Dice pepper. 2. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat, 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp. 3. Add red pepper and onion to bacon and drippings; cook, stirring often, 4 minutes over medium heat. Stir in corn and poblano; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Add cream cheese, stirring until cream cheese melts. 4. Stir in half-and-half and seasoning blend; cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat, 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened.

I had this at Toby Keith's restaurant in Bricktown, Oklahoma City. I thought I had died and gone straight to heaven.

Otherwise, I'd vote for crunchy and flavorful!

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Good thinking everyone thanks. I can do that.

Will have to ask Brad which are MIL's favorites, I have no idea.

No way in heck I am joining in the SIL though, she is a PITA. Really she will bring store bought deserts and we will have to hear how it was a pain for her to get to the store, how she wanted a, they only had b, she had to go somewhere else - the conversation will last for much of the meal. That's how it is with her yams, and it's the only dish she makes when MIL and I make the entire meal. I'd rather leave her out of the cooking, it's just not worth the ear ache.

Now onto figuring out what the heck to cook.
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Dreamcatcher that's perfect, thank you.

I wish I could change the title of this to make it a share your fav holiday recipe conversation.
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both is what I would do and have done for my sister in lawyer that will eat only certain things cook the way she likes

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