This month’s Person on the Street takes on the question: What Thanksgiving food is your favorite, and tell us why. And, what are your Thanksgiving Day plans?
Walking into Redstone Cyclery, I found Jimi Alida surrounded by bicycles behind a long counter covered with bike tools and parts. She was working on a suspension in front of a bright green mountain bike. She smiled when I asked which Thanksgiving food she likes the best.
“My favorite is sweet potatoes,” she said, “They’re one of my favorite foods. I love vegetables but I also love sweets, so it’s kind of like combining my 2 favorite things.”
I asked her if sweet potatoes had always been her favorite, and she replied, “I didn’t grow up having Thanksgiving, but I like them now. I like the sides, I could take or leave the turkey.”
This year Jimi’s family has different plans. “We would have all liked to be together but it’s just not in the cards,” Jimi says.
She looks forward to spending Thanksgiving with friend Dave Bailey and his boys in Moab.
I caught up with Jayme Friedman at Solace, to ask what her favorite Thanksgiving food is. She replied, “Turkey, the dark meat. It’s the only time I ever eat it.”
Jayme actually has a system for eating the turkey, she says, “Scoop up your mashed potatoes, and then add your turkey and dip it all in gravy, and then you have your perfect bite!”
Besides eating turkey, Jayme and her husband and their two kids, along with his mom, brother, and his family, have a pretty cool tradition of choosing a destination for Thanksgiving. “We pick a destination and we meet. This year it’s San Diego and we’re staying on a 2-acre ranch with goats, chickens, and a swimming pool.”
In past years the family has visited Las Vegas, Boston, and Palm Springs, the latter being the favorite, “It was super warm and a ton of fun.”
When met Nicole Bookman in Sage + Grace Botanicals, and asked what her favorite Thanksgiving food is she had no hesitation whatsoever, exclaiming with delight, “My mother’s cornbread stuffing!“
Nicole says her mother Barbara, 86, of Maryville, TN, “Always made it from scratch and the whole house would smell like sage and herbs, and comfort and tradition.”
“My mom never put the stuffing inside the turkey, the dressing was always on the side, and the turkey was filled with a bundle of herbs.”
Nicole says the cornbread has to be cooked in a cast-iron skillet and has her own collection, which belonged to her Grandmother.
“I make it every year. If I’m not with my mom, I’m on Facetime with her making it,” Nicole laughs.
Nicole’s mom is from Louisiana and whose cooking is influenced by French Cajun foods, such as étouffée.
This year Nicole will spend Thanksgiving with her girls and close friends who have become family. She’s not sure of the location but she says confidently, “We’ll come together and cook together and be thankful. The most important thing is we’ll be together.”
It was the end of the day when I spoke to Occupational Therapist Jackie Brennan, inside Lyons Physical Therapy.
“I love Thanksgiving,” Jackie said, “It’s my favorite.”
When I asked her about her favorite Thanksgiving food, she said, “ I love the turkey and the dressing, but this year I want to try a new recipe with sweet potatoes, not with marshmallows, but natural, cooked with feta cheese and pecans. That’s the new dish I’m introducing this year.”
Jackie will spend Thanksgiving with a small gathering of family from Fort Collins, including her brother-in-law, her niece, and her boyfriend, and her nephew with his son and girlfriend.
Article and all photographs are by Kate Hart (copyright)
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