Butternut Squash and Rice Gratin; Moroccan Cats — 7 Comments

  1. We have a terrible stray cat problem here. Because we’re rural, people who, for whatever reason don’t want their cats anymore, just bring them out this way and dump them. So disheartening. We have a TNR program and people really try to help them, but oh my, there are so many.

    I do turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, kielbasa and sauerkraut, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. All those things people say they hate but somehow, almost completely manage to disappear from my table by the end of the meal

    I think you’re right. Some people just shouldn’t bother with Thanksgiving.

    • I do miss Thanksgiving dinner…. sometimes. It’s too much for just us but I do stuff a chicken or a capon once in awhile. The hubs prefers chicken.
      Andorra does not put down animals so both the French and Spanish use to bring their unwanted pets into the country and dump them That’s how we got Sedi, our German Shepherd / Dob mix. She still had the rope around her neck when she decided to adopt us.She’d chewed herself free.Feral, fertile cats can get to be a problem very quickly – so sad to see it.

  2. Are those cats chewing on the wind shield wipers?! I hope not; I hope not!

    Your butternut squash and rice gratin sounds delicious. It would go very well with green bean casserole. But how on earth could that be one of the most disliked foods? Unless it’s because whoever has made it is just a bad cook and has foolishly used canned green beans and then baked the casserole for as many hours as the turkey.

    I just looked at one of those “most hated Thanksgiving foods” lists and cannot believe that sweet potato is there. Perhaps it’s because of the idiocy of adding marshmallows to it.

    I’m a little surprised that parsnips and Brussels sprouts didn’t make the list. Or are those not traditional Thanksgiving foods in the USA?

    (I am not a fan of turkey and stuffing either. Chicken and stuffing is far superior. And if two or three chickens are roasted for the table, there are fewer arguments about who gets the drumsticks.)

    • Traditional (thus the usual) green bean casserole uses canned green beans, canned mushroom soup and canned fried onions. Any questions?
      Thankfully, my other always simply baked the sweet potatoes, in skins. That marshmallow thing is disgusting.
      Parsnips – never tasted until I moved here and Brussels sprouts – maybe at Christmas, with the ham lol

      • Aside from carrots and sweet potato, parsnips and Brussels sprouts were the only fresh vegetables we had when I was growing up. But the green beans were frozen rather than canned.

        I didn’t even know about the existence of green bean casserole until a few years ago. The first one I had was made from scratch, with fresh green beans, homemade mushroom soup and homemade crispy fried onions. This is probably why I cannot fathom how people could loathe it.

        Ham for Christmas?! What?? 😀

  3. You never had parsnips until you moved there? Parsnip puree is awesome! And they’re great added to mashed potatoes.

    That “bad dates” line is from Raiders of the Lost Ark 😉

    • Fresh vegetables were limited where I grew up. Carrots and rutabagas at the store, other’s from the garden in summer and the rest was cans (peas & carrots a staple). I didn’t have broccoli or cauliflower until I moved to the ‘city’.