Talk Turkey to me!

During Thanksgiving, which happens to be one of my favorite holidays, we do not often think about how we can be judgmental, consciously or subconsciously, about the food being served. Each person has their own tastes, and people will often label certain foods as overrated or underrated.

As Thanksgiving approaches, many people are beginning to talk to friends and family about the foods that they want to eat for their holiday feast. 

Many people attack turkey for being dry and bland or cranberries for being too sour. A simple fix to a dry turkey is to cook it breast side down on a turkey rack for the first half of the cooking time and stuff it with onions, celery, and carrots. For the second half of the cooking time, the turkey can be cooked with the breast facing upward, stuffed with stuffing. I promise that there will be no disappointments with that method. Cranberry sauce is truly not so bad, but it is not filling and will get you nowhere. If you are choosing one sauce to place on the table, gravy is more than enough.

What is the most overrated Thanksgiving food? 

Turkey is often dubbed as overrated because many see it as the symbol of Thanksgiving. However, turkey is more than just a symbol of the holiday. One of the reasons that we celebrate the holiday itself is because at a certain point in history, it gave everyone a chance to celebrate all of the sacrifices and to bless the harvest from that year as a group. It gave families and friends a chance to gather, pray, eat, dance and talk. 

Sometimes people today forget about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. If we had limited food options, as people did in times past, we probably would pray for the food that we consider today as overrated. Turkey actually provides a healthy and fairly priced well-rounded meal in itself, and can also be used in sandwiches and cut up in salads. Despite its label of being highly overrated, turkey brings everyone together. 

Ham is another overrated Thanksgiving dish. It tends to become too salty and dry. Cloves are used to cook ham not only for the flavor and aroma they add to the meat, but also because they have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that prevent harmful invaders from entering our bodies. Since I know people who have potbelly pigs as pets, I try to stay away from eating pork as much as humanly possible. In a domestic capacity, pigs are loving and act just like cats and dogs, craving love and attention. 

Baked beans can be overrated at times, but they are a great source of protein and are crucial in regulating body processes and functions. 

In my opinion, cranberry sauce is the most overrated Thanksgiving food because it is not filling. You could liquify it into a drink and it wont do anything for you except give you one heck of a sour sugar rush. Tasty, but overrated.