Contact Us

Have an Off-Beat Thanksgiving Dinner with These 10 Food Items

Bojangles, Wikimedia Commons; fotoosvanrobin / gromgull / loridstone, Flickr

While many Thanksgiving tables will be laden with turkey, stuffing and other more traditional fare, there's no rule that says you have to blend in with the crowd. In fact, doing something a little different could make you the most popular chef in your social circle — so don't be afraid to branch out.

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.


1
 
 

The soy-based meat substitute, which is stuffed with mushrooms, herbs and wild rice, is a favorite among vegetarians, who swear its taste and consistency are similar to the real thing.

 
dainec, Flickr
dainec, Flickr
2
 
 

When a simple turkey just won't do, how about stuffing it with a chicken that's been stuffed into a duck? It's a three-fer! And while it's enough to make the vegetarians among us blanch, the turducken has become an increasingly popular item on Thanksgiving tables.

 
Bojangles, Wikimedia Commons
Bojangles, Wikimedia Commons
 

Standard butter pats are so passe. Spice up your table with molded butter instead — you can use candy molds in any shape you want, but of course the traditional turkey may be the best choice.

 
VictorianChocolateMolds.com
VictorianChocolateMolds.com
 

For a twist on the traditional cranberry sauce, try a delicious cranberry-nut bread. Best of all, any leftovers will pair nicely with your morning coffee.

 
loridstone, Flickr
loridstone, Flickr
 

Pumpkin isn't just for pie anymore. This creamy soup gets its texture from chorizo and onion, and the subtle pumpkin flavor melds with the broth to create an unforgettable taste.

 
vidya365, Flickr
vidya365, Flickr
 

Buck tradition and bring a little New Orleans to your Thanksgiving table with a jambalaya. Make it as spicy or mild as you like, and use your choice of meats — turkey, chicken, or shrimp are always popular ideas.

 
gromgull, Flickr
gromgull, Flickr
 

Tired of the tried-and-true corn? This yummy side dish has the added benefit of being prepared in a crockpot — which means you don't have to tend to it while it cooks. In addition, the sweet smell of carrots and ginger will make your whole house smell festive.

 
fotoosvanrobin, Flickr
fotoosvanrobin, Flickr
 

If you'll have non meat-eaters at the table, keep in mind not all of them like faux meat (in fact, many are decided haters of the aforementioned Tofurky). Satisfy them with this hearty Italian staple — and they won't feel they've missed a thing.

 
zeke_, Flickr
zeke_, Flickr
 

Swap out the traditional sweet potato casserole with these individual servings, each topped with a heavenly pecan and marshmallow streusel.

 
Food Network
Food Network
10
 
 

Lo these many years ago, harvest celebrations in coastal New England featured a whole, stuffed cod as the main dish. Harken back to those times with this delicious entree, using a simple stuffing of bread crumbs and Ritz crackers.

 
WhatAreWeHavingForDinner
WhatAreWeHavingForDinner
Texas Tech v Texas
[

Longhorns’ Spelling Error Delights Rival Fans

Sometimes and oops happens.  And this is one that Aggie fans are gonna run with!

In the University of Texas' media guide, it didn't take long at Big 12 Media Days to discover that "Texas" was misspelled.  

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News Tags: ,
police-lights
[

Accident Victim Was A Teen On Her Way To Freshman Orientation at SFA

 

A bad accident Wednesday night claimed the life of an Austin woman, and Stephen F Austin said she was on her way to freshman orientation.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: , ,
Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images
[

Governor Perry Is Sending Troops To The Texas-Mexico Border

Governor Rick Perry announced Monday he was sending a thousand troops to the border with Mexico to combat the border crisis, and said that process will happen over the next month.

Read More|Comment

Malaysian Airlines Flight Reported Missing On Route To Beijing
[

Malaysian Passenger Jet With 295 Onboard Crashes Near Ukraine-Russia Border [UPDATED]

A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying nearly 300 people crashed near the border between Russia and Ukraine, according to Reuters and Interfax. The airline company has confirmed that it has lost contact with the plane, a Boeing 777.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, World News
Stuart Scott
ESPN, YouTube
[

Watch Stuart Scott’s Heartbreaking Speech at the ESPYs [VIDEO]

Longtime ESPN personality Stuart Scott literally took center stage at Tuesday night's ESPY Awards when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. And his speech did not disappoint.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, Sports, Television Tags:
McAllen Police Dept
McAllen Police Dept
[

Texas Judge Arrested for DWI

Late Saturday night, Nora Longoria, a justice with the 13th Court of Appeals in McAllen was arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI. 

Read More|Comment

Category: Texas News Tags:
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
[

Thousands Help Lone Survivor After Her Family Is Killed in Spring, TX

After her family was killed execution style last Wednesday near Houston, people are coming out in droves to help the 15-year old sole survivor.

Cassidy Stay's parents and four siblings were killed in the shootings at their home, but Cassidy survived after a bullet grazed her head and she played dead until the violence ended. Now almost $300,000 has been raised for her benefit, as she starts her new life without her family.

Read More|Comment

Getty Images-Online USA
Getty Images-Online USA
[

Lone Ranger Outfit Brings In Big Bucks at Texas Auction

The family of a late businessman and collector decided to put the original Lone Ranger outfit on the auction block, and it brought in $195,000 at the auction in Waco Saturday.

Read More|Comment

Monkey Business
Monkey Business
[

Three Weeks Left To Nominate a Lufkin Small Business Of The Year

Do you have a favorite ice cream shop, burger joint, lawn service or barber?  Tell everyone about them!

Now is the time to nominate your favorite Mom or Pop shop for Small Business of the Year with the Lufkin Chamber of Commerce.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: ,
David McNew/Getty Images
David McNew/Getty Images
[

Game Wardens Have Been Targeting Lakes Looking for Drunk Boaters

If one of your favorite things to do during the summer is pack some frosty beverages on ice and head to the lake, be safe when you hop on the boat!

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags:

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksfa860.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!