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It is coming around to that time of the year when families come together to potentially come apart around a table due to politics and many other topics.

Here is a list of Thanksgiving foods and where I would rank them! (Always make sure the food is good, people can’t get mad at good food)

1. Mashed Potatoes

Easy 1st place in my heart. It goes with anything and are automatically gluten-free (usually) and can easily be made as vegan to make sure everyone can enjoy. An always and forever comfort food.

2. Gravy

Gravy and mashed potatoes, best combination ever. Since you don’t really eat gravy by itself, we can have it as an automatic sub-category for mashed potatoes.

3. Corn

Another great addition to the mashed potatoes and gravy train. You can eat corn alone but come on, have you mixed it with mashed potatoes and gravy? Game changer!

4. Turkey

A basic but a must have. The turkey is the star of the dinner. I don’t eat much turkey any other time of year, but it’s important to be there.

5. Gravy

Yes, gravy again. Dry turkey? Put some gravy on top. Poorly seasoned turkey? Gravy! A must for any touchups the turkey may need.

6. Ham

Sometimes families have ham instead of turkey, some have it with turkey. I didn’t want to give it its own number since it’s not a main character, but I would say it falls with turkey, something I don’t eat often but when it’s good it’s good.

7. Pie

Pumpkin pie is usually the go-to on this day, but for people like me, have an alternative. You can’t go wrong with having an apple or pecan pie there as well. Plus, two pies are better than one! Make sure to have some vanilla ice cream and whipped cream to really step it up.

8. Cornbread/rolls

A delicious addition, but I find myself eating this before or after the meal, not much with it.

9. Stuffing

Some love it, some hate it. I only but is further down because I think it is very hit or miss based on how it is made.

9. Mac and cheese

Don’t get me wrong, I love mac and cheese as much as the next guy, but I have never had it at my own Thanksgiving dinner and I’m not sure how I would feel about it if I did. Now I do know that many other families do and live by it, but I can’t speak for my own opinion on it.

10. Sweet potato pie

Another one I haven’t personally had, but I would be open to trying.

11. Cranberry sauce

It’s been at my table, but I have been afraid to try it. I know this is a slightly controversial dish as is, but I’m not sure how I feel about it going on my turkey.

12. Green bean casserole

Never been at my table and hopefully never will be, for me personally. I am not a fan of green beans to begin with, but just from the controversy I’ve heard, I think my table tastes great without it.

13. Pizza

Last but most certainly not least, pizza. The “when all else has failed” solution.

Happy Thanksgiving! Everything on this list is based off my own opinions, so please don’t take any of it personally, I love seeing family and Thanksgiving overall! I hope you all have a great holiday and get lots of food.

Lauren Stauch

Scranton '24

Hi! I am a junior at the University of Scranton majoring in kinesiology and minoring in psychology. I am also a member of the womens crew team.