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Old 09-01-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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Need "Funky" veggies

Going to make a long story short.........

My BIL of 13 years does not like my cooking (bbq) nor I his (cooking bags and cans). About five years ago it came to a head when it was their turn for Thanksgiving and I was asked to bring "..Iced Tea, just the tea.." I bit my tongue and brought Peach flavored ice tea After the food was on the table, my BIL asked me to carve the turkey. It was so over done and dry, that all I had to do was 'shake' the carcass, which I did, and the meat fell off onto the plate. That led to a three year hiatus of neither going to the others for holiday or any meals.*

The past two years we more or less came to an unwritten rule....go to the others house, shut your mouth, eat what you want and then go home. Usually his two sons w/family and my brother are also there, so that's why the 'truce', just to keep peace.

I was just informed by my SIL that it's 'our' turn for Thanksgiving..again. Ok fine. Then at the end of the conversation, I hear my BIL chime in, "Tell him not to cook any funky vegetables, like asparagus, because we won't eat them"!!!

We always cook some of the traditional fare....mashed taters, green bean casserole, cranberry jelly and I always throw in something different, like sweet potato casserole, some broccoli w/cheese sauce, chunky orange, nut and cranberry salad, etc. Nothing 'funky'!!

Alrighty I'm already planning on grilled leeks and yellow beets in the skin with honey glaze, possibly some grilled bacon wrapped brussel sprouts. Any other 'funky' veggies I should consider?

* I know, I know...I don't help matters either

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Old 09-01-2008, 11:12 AM   #2
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Celery root and jicima are sure to freak him out.
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:18 AM   #3
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Turnip mashed potatoes!! MMMM so good but sounds strange to others!
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:31 AM   #4
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How about edamome, aka edible soybeans?
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:38 AM   #5
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This is how you do it:
"We're having Thanksgiving dinner. This is what we're having. They're will be plenty, if you'd like to share our meal with us. If you have any dietary needs, you're welcome to bring them. As you are family I would like you to come, but will understand if you've made other plans." PERIOD. No room for misunderstanding or sourpuss faces with that.
Remember the rule: You can please some of the people some of the time...... (but never your BIL)

And if they decide not to come, you're off the hook, and plenty of left overs to share with us. hint, hint. I'd go for those 'funky' veggies!


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Old 09-01-2008, 11:44 AM   #6
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daikon, lotus root, hearts of palm, fava beans...
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:51 AM   #7
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LOL! Good one, Connie!

How about stuffed artichokes? Or steamed artichokes served with melted garlic butter?

Fried okra?

The thing is, that I love everything mentioned so far!

How do you prepare the brussels sprouts, Butcher? Steam the sprouts first, then wrap and grill?

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Old 09-01-2008, 11:57 AM   #8
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How do you prepare the brussels sprouts, Butcher? Steam the sprouts first, then wrap and grill?

Lee
I give them a quick nuke, just to give them a jump start. Season with the rub du jour, wrap with bacon and grill indirect until the bacon is done. If the bacon is too fatty, I'll pre-cook that a little bit as well.
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:30 PM   #9
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Yumm, Butcher! I would love those, maybe cut the big ones in half, as appetizers!

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Old 09-01-2008, 01:30 PM   #10
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how about joining in a thanksgiving invocation, "prayer" whatever you want to call it and thank them for being a part of your extended crazy family and how much you appreciate them and just watch their faces.......inform them that funky relatives are on the menu and how much you enjoy having them..........bury the hatchet.......believe me........I know all about it........you can't choose your family.......they are a packaged deal from a higher being with a sense of humor........laugh and accept them and of course you make a better turkey!!! :):):)
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