November 17th, 2010
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Even the most adventurous eaters often give their inner food warrior the day off on Thanksgiving - nothing but the same turkey, stuffing (or dressing!), cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie they've been eating since childhood. If one of those dishes goes missing, the whole meal just doesn't feel right.

Other families stray away from the standards - some friends of ours have to have collard greens, whiskey sours and banana pudding for the day to feel right, while another family dives into duck - and develop their own must-indulge traditions.

iReporter Joshua Estrin (a.k.a. "Celebbuzzz") sat down with 'Rules of Engagement' star Megyn Price to chat about the challenges of feeding a half vegetarian, half meat-eating family on the holidays and why her celery walnut salad just flat-out rules.

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  1. E

    Kat- Can you track this clown's IP address? He is a truly sick, disgusting, creepy individual.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  2. Lpo

    Her family dinners are probably pretty interesting, considering her parents are brother and sister. Which means her own parents are also her aunt and uncle . . . .

    November 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Please don't tell me she's from Arkansas.

      November 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
      • Lpo

        No, I don't think she's from Arkansas, but it's true that her parents are siblings. Look it up.

        November 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  3. Phil, Ohio

    You do know we have been eating that same green bean casserole for 50+ years!
    Can't Campbell's or someone please come-up with something new?

    November 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
    • Ted

      Be creative, come up with something on your own. :)

      November 18, 2010 at 10:25 am |
    • Mabry Agnew

      It's pretty easy to improve on green bean casserole, just add plenty of garlic, a bit of worcestershire sauce, and a lot of dill. I always make it this way, and it's delicious.

      November 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  4. McDrizzle Squarepants

    I'm a loser.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Are you a cousin?

      November 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  5. Shante's mom

    Like I said yesterday "My favorite holiday"....

    November 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  6. ? @Kat

    Did you give Sarah sunscreen,dark glasses an umbrella and breadcrumbs as she never gets out of the office? Better call out the Mounties in case she gets lost!

    November 17, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  7. The Exorcist@Jerv

    For some reason this is my busy time of the year.I like the Easter Bunny too,but he craps eggs all over the sanctuary!

    November 17, 2010 at 11:06 am |
    • Jerv

      Cryin' lauging with tears!

      November 17, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  8. Erica

    Oh man, another thread for Audrey to get off on her soap box. YIKES.

    November 17, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • Rocky Balboa

      Left you the answer on another thread.

      November 17, 2010 at 10:52 am |
      • Erica


        November 17, 2010 at 10:56 am |
    • Rocky Balboa

      Lunchtime Poll yesterday. You can thank me later.

      November 17, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  9. Truth

    Is it my imagination, or does it seem all too often that holidays are way more trouble than they are worth, between the travel hassles, the cranky relatives and the rest?

    November 17, 2010 at 10:46 am |
    • RichardHead@Truth

      This is why I have a CHP and load it with Blanks. It helps my older relatives if they are constipated.

      November 17, 2010 at 10:56 am |
    • Jerv

      Truth speaks the truth. I have literally exorcised myself from my family to avoid all the drama, hate and guilt trips that accommodate the "holidays." I've been happy for years now. I love Santa and the Easter Bunny.

      November 17, 2010 at 10:57 am |
      • Snow

        You could have Audrey over... ;)

        November 17, 2010 at 10:58 am |
      • Truth@RichHead, Jerv, JDizz

        Thankfully, my parents are in NY, and I am in Colo, so no real expectations to visit since my work is busy at year end. The inlaws are in Asia, so that is a non-issue.

        I've lived with enough GFs though, to see the holiday hell in action. I think women tend to overdo things in the pursuit of perfection that most of us guys have LONG since abandoned.

        November 17, 2010 at 11:00 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        My family on my Mom's side is pretty chill (think Prop 19), so it's a fun time. My Dad's side is fragmented heavily, though I talk to a few of them. Half of them, including myself, don't even talk to my Dad. He and his 4th wife are so judgmental of everyone it starts fights, so we just keep the communication to zero with some family members. Problem solved!

        November 17, 2010 at 11:04 am |
      • Jerv

        @Snow With or without the soap box?

        November 17, 2010 at 11:05 am |
      • Snow


        November 17, 2010 at 11:35 am |
      • Truth@JDizz

        How can anyone with a fourth wife be judgemental???

        November 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Cause he's a know-it-all.

        November 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
    • Sir Biddle-Dee-Bobity-Boo

      Couldn't agree more. Though fun and entertaining, they come at a high cost: plane/train tix, ackward forced conversations, and juggling between multiple family visits. Jdizzle – What size lampshade do you wear?

      November 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        November 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  10. RichardHead

    Please Kat-Not again! I don't think I can take anymore of the Vegans trying to make me eat veggies.I may go watch "Attack of The Killer Tomatoes" instead!

    November 17, 2010 at 10:16 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      I bet they like TubeSteak, though.

      November 17, 2010 at 10:18 am |
      • RichardHead

        smothered in underwear with cream gravy. Highly recommended by Richard Simmons.

        November 17, 2010 at 10:26 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Don't forget the sprouts.

        November 17, 2010 at 10:27 am |
      • RichardHead

        We're gonna get in trouble,I can already tell. Waiting on Robert DeNiro. LOL.

        November 17, 2010 at 10:30 am |
      • Cousin Vinnie

        Yous two are wise guys, yeah? I'm comin' to break yo' faces!

        November 17, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  11. Dimitrios

    Funny, touching, memorable short Thanksgiving stories about holiday disasters, family & friends.

    November 17, 2010 at 10:08 am |
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