In our winter issue story, Through the Lens you will see a quote from Michael Symon, “Every lesson I learned as a kid was at the dinner table. Being Greek, Sicilian and Ruthenian—we are an emotional bunch. It is where we laughed, cried and yelled—but most importantly, where we bonded and connected.” It is so true. I often say to people that if there isn’t tears or laughter at a meal, then there isn’t a meal. Thanksgiving is that meal. We give thanks for what we are grateful for and as you can see from some of our readers, some of those things we are most grateful for are just getting through the day. Perhaps you can relate to some of these hilarious, thoughtful and honest answers from our Thankful readers. Happy Thanksgiving from us to you.

Edible Indy: What is your favorite dish during Thanksgiving?

Family secret dinner rolls. – Beverly, Mother to Publisher of Edible Indy

The stuffing! My sister makes it absolutely perfect. – Caroline, Intern at Edible Indy

Deviled Eggs (hold the paprika). – Ryan, Market Wagon

EI: What is a funny memory you have during Thanksgiving?

When I first moved to New York City after college my brother and I gathered with all of our friends in my little sublet in Woodside, Queens and baked a turkey in the tiniest of ovens. I had collard greens for the first time, and we all sat on the floor (due to that 20-something approach to decor – less is more) eating and laughing our asses off, at what I cannot remember. It was the first time I did a holiday as an adult on my own and it was fabulous. – Colleen, Edible Indy managing editor

The first year my husband and I spent Thanksgiving at my family’s house, he brought a VHS recording of a football game from the 90s to watch. My family hasn’t had cable tv in years and the thought of Thanksgiving without football was just too much for him. – Caryn, Graphics, Edible Indy

EI: What dish should NEVER EVER be served again for Thanksgiving?

Jello- Any kind. It’s just not right. – Ryan

Kale. – Sandy, Community Health

Shredded Carrot Jello Mold – The texture makes me gag! – Jennifer, Edible Indy

EI: What is the worst dish you’ve had or made during Thanksgiving and why?

Cooked my turkey with bag of giblets inside – Sandy
We once over-cooked the turkey. It happens. We laughed and felt like Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” which, by the way, is the movie I love to watch after Thanksgiving. – Colleen

Ham made with pineapple. It’s too sweet. Ham shouldn’t be a dessert. – Ryan

EI: Do you have a fail proof tip you want to share for your Thanksgiving meal?

Serve more veggies than heavy sides – plates will still be filled but your stomach will thank you afterwards! – Caryn

Use crock pot bags! They make clean up a breeze! Ryan

Allow someone else to cook. – Sandy

EI: What do you drink during thanksgiving?

Gin & Tonic. My uncle introduced me to this drink everyone else in my family derided as a “pine tree in a glass”. But I appreciated the fresh, botanical cocktail, and was thrilled to introduce my uncle to the locally distilled Golf Gin from Hotel Tango last year. – Katie, Hotel Tango

I like a cool ginger beer while I cook, then wine at dinner and tea or hot chocolate to slow down at night. – Colleen

EI: Do you have a favorite cooking gadget you use during the holiday?

Hand crank grinder for cranberry relish. – Sandy

Definitely my cooking thermometer so I can discern when the turkey is done. – Colleen

Nutrabullet. Anything that could be blended is, whether its mashed potatoes or cookies, we always through it in the nutrabullet.. – Caroline

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EI: What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Our freedoms and family. Living in the USA. Hugh blessing – Beverly

Family and good health. Sandy

My community of friends, artists, students, readers, colleagues, teachers and visionaries. I belong to a web of beauty through them. And it’s that sense of belonging that keeps my heart warm and my spirit light. – Colleen

My lovely wife, family, my dogs Shiloh and Layla and cat Betsy and amazing friends. – Ryan

That I am still alive and that our USA IS STILL RELATIVELY SAFE! – Myrna

Thankful for all of God’s provisions despite our endless attempts to mess everything up. -Caryn

I am thankful that my family is so accessible, so even though we don’t live in the same city, we work hard to see one another. They are unconditionally loving and supportive of me and I am blessed and grateful for them. – Caroline

I am thankful to have the luxury of celebrating every day with people who I love and who love me. I am thankful to tell stories of everyday people who amaze me and who are the heroes of my life. Thank you for believing in Edible Indy and me. – Jennifer

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