Ranking Thanksgiving Foods: May The Best Food Win

Ranking Thanksgiving Foods: May The Best Food Win

Because not all foods are created equal.

Thanksgiving break is coming, I can see it in the air as students anxiously await the return home. We all know that the best part about Thanksgiving is the food. Who doesn't like to gorge on a meal with enough side dishes for months once in awhile? But let's be honest not all of the Thanksgiving staples are created equal. Here is my definitive ranking of Thanksgiving foods (in my opinion). Let the eating begin!

10. Green Bean Casserole

Maybe I'm just biased because this was never a traditional dish at my family Thanksgiving, but green bean casserole just sounds like a filler dish that no one really likes but eats anyway. The combo of onions and beans and creamy sauce just doesn't sound appealing. So sorry, but I''m a green bean hater. Give me a different plate because this is a pass.

9. Stuffing

Here is where I get controversial. I think stuffing is overrated. *Cue backlash* What is stuffing anyway? Soggy bread. Maybe I'm crazy but I'm just not into stuffing myself with stuffing (see what I did there?). Once again this is another dish I'd pass.

8. Pumpkin Pie

Once again, controversy continues. I do not think that pumpkin pie is the most superior of the pies served at Thanksgiving being way more partial to pecan or apple. There is something about the texture of pumpkin pie that reminds me of baby food, though I do understand why people enjoy it. It tastes like fall, and I can't hate that too much.

7. Cranberry sauce

Cranberries were good enough for the first Thanksgiving, so they are good enough for me. I love the addition of cranberry sauce to turkey, and mixed in with other parts of the meal. It adds a sweet tartness to dishes that are heavy. Though I like this sauce, it does not outrank the next six meal items.

6. Corn

Another food that was at the first Thanksgiving is corn. Corn is such a traditional food, and is my favorite vegetable so it is always a good addition to any meal.

5. Rolls

Nothing tastes better than biting into a fresh roll right out of the oven. Add some butter and you are close to paradise. Though bread is the obvious filler food in a Thanksgiving meal, rolls are too tasty to rank badly. Especially since by the end of the meal I will probably have eaten four.

4. Pecan Pie

This sweet pie is my favorite Thanksgiving dessert dish. The crunch and taste of the crust and pecans is heavenly, but I love candied pecans so I'm biased. Add a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy pure happiness.

3. Sweet Potato Casserole

Though I'm not usually a huge fan of sweet potatoes, this casserole dish is another sweet addition to the traditional meal. I only have this once a year on Thanksgiving so I always enjoy its presence at the dinner table.

2. Turkey

Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without turkey. It is the main tradition, the truest symbol of the meal. If it was absent Thanksgiving would be incomplete, you need to have the meat, and a giant turkey provides it. Let the arguing over who gets what pieces ensue. However, it is not my favorite part of Thanksgiving *cue gasps*

1. Mashed Potatoes

I LOVE POTATOES! No shock here for those who know me that mashed potatoes are my favorite Thanksgiving dish. I love mixing my food with them, and eating helping after helping of them. Homemade mashed potatoes are the best and add so much to the Thanksgiving meal. Best food ever.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.


The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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