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That's funny! I went to the linked 'mac and cheese' map on Slate and apparently the entire south (plus a few stray connected states) does mac and cheese with thanksgiving except for Arkansas! My grandmother would say having mac and cheese with dressing would be too many starches!
My SO, first time she cooked a holiday meal for me, had something she called Banana Croquette. It was mad of peeled banana's rolled in mayonnaise, and dipped in peanuts. I was horrified. But gamely I took a bite...and spit it right back out. Don't think that didn't cause a stir!Eventually I came to appreciate banana croquettes. I had better :-)
Carniflex, I'm having sympathy revulsion over here.
@ EricThe first time I had her chili...wow!! We barely made it through that-lol I made her alter her recipe for that one though.Actually its not as bad as it sounds (the banana thing)
If Yankee Doodle invites you to his house for thanksgiving dinner, don't eat the mac and cheese. I really don't think YD knows what macaroni is.
This story reminds me the 2004 micro-scandal revolving around Teresa Heinz Kerry and Wendys chili.
What percentage of your posts include the n-word, Julius? What's the over under on that? I'd say 35.
Haha I love how sinister music plays after what is an innocuous clip.That is funny, Shanna. As a fellow Arkansan, I've never heard of mac and cheese at holidays either.
Thanks Dead Julius, for bringing the level of discourse here up a notch.
Yeah, this is the guy that Jesus has on speed dial.
I must say, I big pan of mac and cheese with toasted breadcrumb topping sounds pretty fantastic right now. Might have to implement that tradition in the Hunt house.
@Seven Machos-What percentage of your posts include the n-word, Julius?First time! And here I reference it as part of an accepted and documented "urban" phrase. Contrast that to, say, y'er conservative hero Rick Perry, who used N-head for... what?... a decade or two?
The buffet table was set with unusual things. Collard greens and mustard greens, fried chicken, refrigerator rolls, cranberry ... slurp ... straight out of a tin, scalloped potatoes, along with regular TG things, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, frozen green beans in cream of mushroom soup ringed with Durkee onions. I asked, "What is the Frank's hot sauce for specifically?" shrug "Black people like hot sauce on everything."
In the Baltimore area sauerkraut has a traditional place on the Thanksgiving table.
Look how many people knew all about the Southern/black Mac and cheese tradition. So cosmopolitan. Not like that fool Robertson.
Mac and cheese is a black thang, you wouldn't understand.
I don't know if other regions or other groups also have this tradition, but around here black families do in fact have macaroni and cheese as a traditional Thanksgiving dish. Is this something of which one may not speak?
Yeah, that dumb ol' Rick Perry. Not at all a man of the world like Conscience of the Senate Robert "White Niggers" Byrd:"Me, I wish never to fight beside a negro. Rather I should die a thusand times and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt. . ." Tell me Julius, since you're all wee-wee'd up (in the words of your precious Little Black Jesus), how many years was ol' Bobby a Klan recruiter? A hell of a lot longer than Perry went fishing at Niggerhead, I'll bet. Fo shizzle, my nizzle!
Rigel, if you talk about it, you can't get puffed up with self righteousness among all the right people.
Is it a white thing to think disciplined incuriousity makes one not racist?
@Christopher in MA-...how many years was ol' Bobby a Klan recruiter? A hell of a lot longer than Perry went fishing at Niggerhead, I'll bet.Who is ol' Bobby?
The lady who won the Mac'n'Cheese Throw Down against Bobby Flay on the Food Network?Yep.Black.
I bet when Pat Roobertson dances, the overbite is enough to bowl him over forwards.
Is it a white thing to think disciplined incuriousity makes one not racist?Heh.
Might have to implement that tradition in the Hunt house.Too many starches (tm grandmother)!Look how many people knew all about the Southern/black Mac and cheese tradition. Maybe they are run DMC fans (rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese)? Although that was a christmas song, not thanksgiving. And they are from NY.
I'll second the notion of the dramatic analysis of a rather innocuous clip.The statute of limitations passed once there was no immediate outrage from the hostess.His question was a teaser in a friendly way. Nothing more than that.
Is it a white thing to think disciplined incuriousity makes one not racist? Maybe white people who don't actually know any black people are under the impression that they get horribly offended at any question about tradition.
He probably got confused, after multiple screenings of "The Mack," or all those nights he was "mackin' up some ho" for Jesus.And everybody and they momma knows "cheese" is cash money. Maybe not during the holidays but, throughout the rest of the year, I can easily picture me and Patty Boy AKA "Pat-T" running in the same circles,...
Who does broccoli rice and corn pudding? These are must-haves with my in-laws, but I'd never heard of them as holiday dishes before I got married. Than again, I hadn't heard of those dishes at all before I got married. They're good though, so I'm not complaining.
Oops. Then again. I'm typing on a touchscreen. "Typing."
Who does broccoli rice and corn pudding? My aunt is bringing some sort of corn pudding tomorrow, which will be the first time we've had it. Apparently lots of people do broccoli rice casserole since two of my coworkers mentioned it and my ex sister in law insisted on it one year.
Three things:1) Until now, I didn't say the word nigger (restrained myself, don'tcha know,...)2) Who gives a shit about ANYONE eating mac 'n' cheese as part of the Thanksgiving meal?3) Yes, it's been a part of every T-Day dinner I've ever known,...but not the out-of-a-box kind - straight from scratch.
I don't see what the big thing is here. I mean, I've known for years that mac' and cheese was a southern soul food staple, but I think I found out that it was a Thanksgiving tradition a few years ago. The traditions that we all know about are those of the people who control the media. Most of us have no idea of the live of people outside of the blue state media monopoly. What do Mormons eat for thanksgiving? What do upers eat? What do people in New Orleans eat? I have no idea. I suppose that Pat Robertson is supposed to have a comprehensive knowledge of this. He doesn't know about much else.
"What do upers eat?"Pasties.
FreemanCorn pudding has always been a staple of Thanksgiving dinners I have shared. Don't mistake it for creamed corn, its not the same thing...corn pudding is baked and has a thicker body than creamed corn.
Never new Mac'n'cheese had any ethnic or regional connotation. It was a staple in Northwest Indiana way back when. Also in school cafeterias -- I don't think you can get more generic than that.
I made baked mac and cheese on Monday. It was fabulous, as always. You really can't go wrong with it. I don't put breadcrumbs on top, just more cheese (mozz and parmesan) so it gets a nice brown crispy cheese top. Yum.Not on Thanksgiving though. Turkey, sweet potato casserole (with pecans on top), baked carrots and parsnips, and cornbread. Pumpkin pie for desert.
The issue was Mac and cheese at Thanksgiving, not Mac and cheese in general.
This is what my Thanksgiving requires: Turkey, stuffing with a lot of sage, mashed potatoes, gravy, two kinds of cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. I like other things to be there too, but if those things are not there, it is not Thanksgiving.
I'm thinking about whipping together a Kraft single mac and cheese packet tomorrow, just for you people.
What the F&$# is all this BS about you Southerners inventing mac & cheese. That's first and foremost a Yankee dish made famous so we could survive our harsh and cold winters. Of course, the best version was made by those who spread toasted oyster crackers topped by melted cheese over the dish.
Oh yeah, stuffing. My Mom always made her grandmother's recipe; that stuffing included lots of onions and apples and sage. Yum.We switched to sweet potatoes from mashed white potatoes a couple years ago. Highly recommended.
MadisonMan,Turkey, sweet potato casserole (with pecans on top),...Pecans on top?!? Oh, you people are INSANE,....
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, the 4 pillars of Thanksgiving food.Whatever else you add is up to you.Eat, drink, be merry, be thankful, be generous.
MadisonManThere does seem to be a split over the spud of choice, whether white or sweet...
parsnipsI had thanksgiving with an aunt who is originally from boston a few years ago and that was the first time I had parsnips. Yum!I am currently baking the mini sweet potato pies for our thanksgiving! This is the first opportunity I've gotten to use those cool leaf cutout pie crust things I got at williams sonoma last year.
We usually have both white and sweet.
In Wisconsin a law requires that it be called 'Cheese and Mac'. We have our priorities right, at least on this one thing.It will be on my Thanksgiving table next year. I appreciate the idea. Thanks.
Freeman Hunt said...Is it a white thing to think disciplined incuriosity makes one not racist?Very well put. I'd say it's a white coward thing. Dead Julius and his ilk want to SHUT US UP. That's the point of their totally predictable knee jerk attack on anyone who doesn't toe the whites must grovel to blacks line. What did Robertson do? He was innocently ignorant of a black custom and asked about it. And that evoked an attack. There can be no kowtowing to leftist thugs any longer. Not if we want to keep our country.
A PhD historian friend believes the first Thanksgiving meal was most likely lobster, maize, root vegetables and greens. Lobsters were so omnipresent in Plymouth Rock that they were considered a pest. Easy to catch, easy to cook. No plucking.
I think that interview is pretty funny, btw. Talk about culture clash.
Odd -This came through in the family e-mail today here in Northern Virginia (so and so is bringing mac and cheese - for the children).I was incredulous.In northern Pennsylvania, which was culturally NH/CT, nothing was sweet or cheesy at Thanksgiving. Here, everything has sugar or canned soup added to it.In PA -- scalloped corn, scalloped white potatoes, a plate with pickles and olives and celery, stuffing, turkey, cranberries.
plate with pickles and olives and celeryAnd here I always thought my dad was just being weird with that.
@don't treadDid you know that there is a very good pasty shop right here in Southern California? In the city of Los Alamitos, believe it or not. I ate many a pasty when I was stationed in the U.P. for four years and was pleasantly surprised to find them here.
Don't Tread 2012,Eat, drink, be merry, be thankful, be generous.Damn. Always tellin' motherfuckers what to do,...
It IS a black thing, isn't it?At least, all the people I've ever known who consider mac and cheese to be a traditional Thanksgiving side dish are black. Could just be a coincidence, I guess.
ricpic,What did Robertson do? He was innocently ignorant of a black custom and asked about it. And that evoked an attack.Yeah, sure, "innocent,"....
Revenant,It IS a black thing, isn't it?They wouldn't understand.(Sorry, had to,...)
My British grandmother always served a ring of green Jello that had shredded cabbage inside. In the center of the ring was a bowl that contained half mayo and half cream. That goo was drizzled on the Jello after it was on one's plate.Weird. Pretty tasty, though.
Weird. Pretty tasty, though. That sounds really gross to me! But then, my grandmother used to serve a half canned pear, with a blob of mayo and some cheese as a dessert (not on thanksgiving, though).
Never knew Mac & Cheese was a Thanksgiving tradition for Black folks.Guess Pat R. and I have at least one thing in common.
I thought Mid-westerners had Mac and Cheese about once a week.
Love how all the Limousine Liberals who wouldn't be caught dead eating "Mac & Cheese" are all atwitter over Pat's remark.Liberals you see are so down for the struggle -they now love Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese.
Mac and Cheese...food for children.
In my household "Sweet Potatoes" were the real treat on Thanksgiving.Don't think we ever had them any other time. That and homemade mincemeat pie. Never could figure out what was "mincemeat" - but it sure was good. The store pies are awful by comparison.
"It was mad of peeled banana's rolled in mayonnaise, and dipped in peanuts."O. M. G. O.o
We had rice (white of course), no potatoes. My SIL's family has mashed potatoes and mashed turnips.I remember banana & mayo sandwiches growing up, and I still fix PB & banana sandwiches, but never tried all three together.I haven't had corn pudding or spoon bread since my grandmother stopped cooking 25 years ago.
What is all this mayo? Is it an old people thing?
If someone served me cabbage jello and mayo sauce, I'd think it was a joke!
Mac & Cheese aka "butt cheese"
I love me some mac-and-cheese, but the thought of it wedged somewhere inbetween the turkey, stuffing, squash and cranberries is unthinkable.There's a place and a time.
What about turkey, stuffing, and potatoes would make anyone want to eat an olive or a pickle? In fact, add olives or pickles to that list and you have one of those "one of these things is not like the others" puzzles for children.
What is all this mayo?It's a dessert toppingAND a floor wax.
I don't get the olives/pickles thing either, but we do do deviled eggs sometimes. But mainly because we just like any excuse for deviled eggs...
Pickles are supposed to increase the appetite.Mom pulled out the watermelon rind pickle once a year at Christmas.
I learned about the "mac and cheese" thing mainly as a result of the movie What's Cooking? which is the story of four different ethnic families in LA celebrating Thanksgiving: there's an Asian family, a black family, a Hispanic family, and a Jewish family. It's directed by Gurinder Chadha, who is most famous for Bend it Like Beckham. In the film, Alfre Woodard's character has a gourmet Thanksgiving planned, but then her mother-in-law shows up and makes a scene about there being no mac and cheese on the menu and fixes hers.
Dibs on the snood.
Freeman Hunt says: "If someone served me cabbage jello and mayo sauce, I'd think it was a joke!"That comment made me think of Susan Stamberg's cranberry relish, which contains none of those ingredients, but is probably about as appealing. If I remember correctly, the ingredients include: cranberries, an onion, sugar, horseradish, and sour cream. I tried making it one year, and most people wouldn't touch it. I was left with leftovers, which I tossed after I tried a few more bites over the next day or two, but eventually felt like I could smell the onion and horseradish seeping out of my pores.
I like mac and cheese. Especially with a sharp cheddar cheese. I never knew it was a black thing. Live and learn and when it comes to food God bless diversity.Pat Robertson likes fancy food as well. Heck I saw him chowing down at a restaurant (expensive and with a few nice bottles of wine) at the Venetian hotel in Vegas a couple years ago. He may be old and senile but he likes expensive food.Now tomorrow we are going to have two types of turkey, one marinated with garlic and sour orange along with white rice, black beans, yucca with mojo, corn tamales and fried sweet plantains and a traditional American turkey with stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce with pumpkin pie, pecan pie, carrot cake and a flan.This of course will be washed down with both kinds of wine, red and white (did I make a racial faux pas?) and beer. And if you are on the right side of the ground and have food to eat, a place to live and friends and family that you love and care for it is indeed a great day to be thankful.
You can watch the trailer for What's Cooking? here. Notice it includes a shot of the mac and cheese being prepared.
First, I would stipulate that Pat Robertson is a huge jackass- based on all the nonsense in his past. But… this Mac 'n' Cheese thing I find innocent. In fact, it seems that Robertson was trying to reach out in a pop-culture context to his African-American guest. Certainly, the phrase "Black thing" has long since entered the pop vernacular. (cf. "You wouldn't understand…) I think that ol' Pat was trying to be hip. Look at the way he said it; who he's talking to, etc. You can argue that it was a good or bad idea, but to post the video at rightwingwatch.org, alongside the rubric, "Speak out against intolerance," is pure demagogy.So- what are the rules for conservatives using a black cultural reference? Simple- the rules are whatever your opponents decide -- to make you look the worst. Something that would be hip- a laugh line on Jimmy Fallon, becomes racism -- if it scores points against the opposition.Cynical & divisive- an excellent fit for Campaign 2012.
Mac and cheese rather than stuffing sounds like an improvement. MadMan's suggestion of adding more cheese to the mac and cheese and baking is another improvement. Sprinkling pecans on the mac and cheese crust sounds like another improvement.
I just can't make mac and cheese go with turkey and dressing in my mind. There's a clash there, and with the mashed potatoes we're getting into the range of having so much starch there could be a spontaneous explosion. My family always had a broccoli and rice casserole. I like the idea of green bean casserole but can't get it to come out the way I wish. To me mac and cheese is comfort food sort of like chicken soup.
A Thanksgiving Day meal is supposed to resemble the original meal of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash and pumpkin pie with Cool Whip on top of it. Adding any other cultural crap to the meal is heresy.
Mac and cheese is a vegetable and as such is allowable any place vegetables are served.Of course it's a vegetable! When you get the veggie plate at The Cupboard in Memphis, one of your options is mac and cheese.I'm not making mac and cheese until tomorrow. Today, it's ropa vieja (made with llama) and Fritos. I don't really like turkey.
Good thing he hasn't found out about Italian families and Lasagna, for at Thanksgiving.Personally I find it fascinating to look at other peoples traditions. We are supposed to be a melting pot. TG, just shows us how we are melting together. Besides, I am unaware of an official menu that's been handed down from on high.Though we really should encourage more venison. Though in my family that's traditionally eating at xmass, which can't get here fast enough.
Making Fannie Farmer's mac and cheese right now.
Holy cow. I'm a believer.
Once you get into food, the whole point of charging racism becomes exceedingly silly.I for one have never had man and cheese for thanksgiving, so might wonder if it were a southern or black tradition. But even if it were a black thing, so what? Why would that be the least bit offensive to ask, or to reveal.It would be like getting outraged if someone asked whether spaghetti was an Italian thing, or potatoes were an Irish thing.
I can't understand it Paula Deen has mac and cheese to die for. Kraft has mac and cheese with mostly white people selling it on TV. It's a cheap and delicious dish, perhaps the patrician Robertson never had to deign to eat such "peasant" food. But it is surely not a "black thing". Perhaps Robertson should have asked What Would Jesus Have Eaten on Thanksgiving before posing this question?
I had to dig up this old thread to figure out what macaroni and cheese I made last year.
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