Holiday Dinner- Ethnic Style

Are you as tired of “turkey and all the fixins” as I am?” White or dark meet? Who cares?  How about a giant white bread dressing? I will pass. Please, never again offer me a green bean casserole made with canned mushroom soup. Can a good pumpkin pie ever result with frozen pie crust and canned pumpkin? No!

I offer apologies in advance to those who would never consider ethnic foods; favoring political correctness over culinary enjoyment. Also, I offer my sympathy to those who will allow themselves to suffer silently through another traditional dinner.

My small boyhood hometown Houston, Pennsylvania (1,500 residents in the fifties and still that size today) was comprised of many nationalities. Some of the most prominent were Greek, Italian, Czechoslovakian and Polish. My mother was born to Russian immigrants. I did not include any Russian recipes because they were not very good dishes. Take Borscht beet soup for example.

Here are some winners that were a part of life back then. Give making them a try or order some from abundant online sources.

May I have seconds?

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During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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2 Responses to Holiday Dinner- Ethnic Style

  1. In answer to your question, You may!
    I’ll stick to the turkey, thank you very much . . . As Bob Crachit said to “Uncle” Ebenezer Scrooge: “It’s only once a year, Sir.” And make it white meat, please . . . 🙂


  2. allenrizzi says:

    I agree Bill. We have had everything from Greek lamb to Austrian goulash for Thanksgiving. However this year, we did smoke a turkey breast and served it with smoked hot Italian sausages.


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