Thanksgiving food traditions of the Conant community

Ananya Maddulapalli | Conant Crier

Members of the Conant community share their special Thanksgiving food traditions with the Conant Crier.

Thanksgiving helps to set the festive mood of the holiday season, yet it can be overshadowed by other winter holidays. Members of the Conant community have Thanksgiving traditions that make the holiday just as memorable as any other. Just as Thanksgiving does, their traditions revolve around food.

We just invite a family friend over and have a big dinner. My mom makes shepherd’s pie out of the leftovers, and me and my friends usually eat it all within an hour. Ankit Rath, ‘24.

Our uncle gives me and my brother a wishbone and whoever gets the biggest half gets to have the first plate of turkey. Tyler Marrazzo, ‘23.

We gather at my Aunt’s house and eat American Thanksgiving food (turkey, mashed potatoes, Mac and Cheese, etc.) and we also add Korean foods (japchae, rice, bulgogi, etc.). Mixing both Korean and American foods really brings out our culture. Irene Kim, ‘23

On my mom’s side of the family, we always have cream corn every year. It’s just a recipe my mom discovered, which is similar to a restaurant called Lawry’s, and my aunt makes it every year. Lauren Manikis, ‘23

We usually make mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and whatever traditional Turkish dish we’re craving. Last year we made sarma, or stuffed grape leaves, and kofte, Turkish meatballs. Ezra Goodwin, ‘23

We don’t have a specific tradition, but every year my whole family in the U.S would come over to my house with their own preparations of food and dessert. It’s like a potluck. The eldest member of the family usually prays for the meal. We can’t really do it this year due to the virus. Conant student, ‘22

Always a turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. My mom’s side of the family is Italian so we also always have a pasta dish. Usually lasagna. Yum! Amy Differding, Math teacher

If you have any food traditions that make your Thanksgivings unique, share them in the comments or tag us @ConantCrier on Twitter and @theconantcrier on Instagram.

Ananya Maddulapalli

Ananya Maddulapalli is Opinions Editor and a junior at Conant. This is her third year on the Crier Staff. At Conant, Ananya is apart of the Conant Marching Band, Conant Theatre, and RISE. Outside of Conant, she enjoys playing the clarinet and tenor saxophone and being with her dog.

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