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Thanksgiving Dinner Musts & Must Nots!
Many people list Thanksgiving as their favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is all about being grateful, and there’s no better way to celebrate this holiday than by bonding with loved ones while eating your favorite food. Here at Lady Luck Casino® Nemacolin, we love Thanksgiving, too. But we couldn’t help but notice that every year, some dishes just don’t measure up, while others are a cut above the rest.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
There's nothing worse than psyching yourself up for a great meal, only to be let down by a meal that didn’t taste as good as you hoped it would. A dish can be bad because it’s boring, doesn’t taste good or anything in between. Whether you’re bringing a dish to someone’s house or hosting Thanksgiving this year, here’s a list of the best and worst Thanksgiving side dishes:
• Runny Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce is usually forced upon us every holiday, so if it’s going to be there, make sure it’s not runny! Too many times the cranberry sauce is left untouched on the table. So sad.
• Cold Mixed Veggies: Can anyone say snooze-fest? Come on people, Thanksgiving is all about indulging! Save the strict diet rules for when Thanksgiving is over or, better yet, New Years! But if you’re dead set on making mixed veggies, please season them. Veggies don’t have to be bland. They just don’t.
• Overly-Gooey Corn Pudding: (Sigh) A note to aspiring chefs: not everything needs to be made into pudding. Corn actually tastes amazingly delicious on its own! (Note: corn is an acceptable vegetable.) Just don’t add gooey stuff. Nature got this one right already.
• Holiday Pie: You literally can’t go wrong when you add pie to a Thanksgiving meal. It’s the perfect ending to a hearty feast. The great thing about pie is you can find a flavor to suit just about anyone. Apple, pumpkin, lemon… you’re bound to find plenty of people who can’t resist pie. Full disclosure… don’t expect any pie to be left over!
• Creamy Macaroni and Cheese: Thanksgiving dinner is already packed with carbs, but who can say no to mac 'n' cheese? Not us. We’re sure that there are some people out there who might, but they wouldn’t be silly enough to state it out loud. Mac 'n' cheese is wonderful because it’s the perfect comfort food. Cheese and pasta will pretty much put you in a food coma, but that’s what makes it so great!
• Succulent Ham: We’re not shy about the fact that we’re bacon lovers, so of course we had to make sure pork made it on our best Thanksgiving dishes list. Although turkey is what people usually think of when they think of Thanksgiving, let’s face it… ham just tastes better. It doesn't get nearly as dry as turkey can. It’s sweet and salty, all at the same time, and doesn’t take as long to cook. Add ham to your next Thanksgiving feast. You’ll thank us later!
Our Thanksgiving Special
If you don’t feel like cooking a Thanksgiving feast, you’re more than welcome to come enjoy the holiday at our restaurant, Otis & Henry’s®! The more, the merrier! We have a great all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving special with all the fixings for just $15.99. Here’s just a taste of what we’ll have to offer.
When: Thursday, November 26, 11 a.m. to close.
• Roasted Tom Turkey with dressing
• Glazed Ham with candied yams
• Broiled Salmon with wild mushroom and spinach garnish
• Carved Prime Rib of Beef
• Cajun Pork loin
• Sweet potatoes
• Garlic smashed potatoes
• Green bean casserole
• Creamed corn
• Garlic roasted potatoes
• Broccoli & Cauliflower Polonaise
• Assorted Salads & Desserts
If you can’t make it, be sure to enjoy your time with loved ones because that’s really what the day is all about — oh, and apple pie and mac 'n' cheese! Enjoy!