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Thanksgiving column: My favorite Thanksgiving side dish

Mashed potatoes are my favorite and undisputed best side dish on Thanksgiving.  

They bring the whole meal together. I wouldn’t say I am a mashed potato connoisseur or enthusiast, but I know when I am eating some good, mashed potatoes. 

My love for this dish started from a very young age. My grandma used to make the best-mashed potatoes that I have ever had. The taste and texture were superb. 

It has always been a family tradition to go over to my aunt and uncle’s house for Thanksgiving. We eat, socialize, watch football and enjoy each other’s company.  

Each year my uncle makes mashed potatoes, and they are the closest thing to when my grandma used to make them. Honestly, they are not as good, but still amazing, nonetheless. 

It has gotten to the point now where I must give my uncle the approval of the mashed potatoes and give him my opinion. I recall from a few years ago him saying, “Jason, are the mashed potatoes up to par?” and almost every time he knocks it out of the park. 

He is very consistent every year with it, and I am of course looking forward to this year’s Thanksgiving servings of mashed potatoes.  

Do I eat portions way bigger than I should? Of course. Do I care that much about it? Not at all. My mindset for Thanksgiving is to go all out on my favorite side dish. 

Call me crazy but I know some other people care this much about their favorite Thanksgiving dish.

Regardless of the food, appreciate your loved ones and be thankful for what you have in your life because that is always what is most important. 

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