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The 12 People You’ll Share the Table With at Every Thanksgiving

The 12 People You’ll Share the Table With at Every Thanksgiving


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There’s a lot of personality for one meal

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Thanksgiving is a holiday when many family member travels far and wide to be together. And of course you have your standard characters: the insecure cook, the loud uncle and the people who desperately want to be anywhere else. These are the 12 people you’ll share the table with at every Thanksgiving.

The grandma who’s really concerned about what’s on your plate

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Commenting on others’ plates is something you should never do on Thanksgiving, but Grandma can’t help herself. Are you eating enough?” “Wow, you’ve really piled on those mashed potatoes.” It’s a wonder she can eat her own meal because her eyes are solely on others’ plates.

The loud uncle

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There’s always that family member who doesn't know what an "inside voice" is.

The eat-and-runner

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This family member is not staying at Thanksgiving a moment longer than they have to. The second they take that last bite of apple pie and drink their last swig of wine, they’re out the door. Perhaps they’re in a rush to start Black Friday shopping.

The insecure cook

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It’s this person’s first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner. They followed a bunch of easy Thanksgiving recipes, and whether or not that turkey turned out perfect or dreadfully dry, they’re spending the entire meal asking people how the meal turned out (and simultaneously fishing for compliments).

The nosey neighbor

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They ask those questions you really, truly dread (and questions that are frankly very rude). “Why don’t you have a boyfriend?” “When will you get a real job?” They also can’t stop gossiping about people you haven’t seen in years and ask how someone you haven’t talked to in over a decade is doing.

The in-law with a lot of food sensitivities

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This person is not technically allergic, but they claim that gluten, dairy and soy make them feel uneasy. They demand to have allergen-free Thanksgiving dishes, but they haven’t bothered to bring any of their own and no one knows how to prepare them. They spend the entire dinner fuming.

The random co-worker

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Wait, who is that guy again? He’s not dating anyone in the family, but he couldn’t make it home for the holidays. Your family took him in, and he’s trying his best to be courteous. At least he doesn’t have to spend the holiday alone.

The reproductive inquisitor

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Your poor father-in-law. He wants a grandbaby so bad, and he’s definitely willing to ask when you’ll start planning your family, no matter how much the question makes you squirm.

The sibling who’s itching to bring up politics

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We all have that family member who has gone off to college and found their political calling and identity. While politics are one of those topics best avoided at family functions, this person is just itching to bring up the upcoming election and will frankly ask everyone whom they’re voting for. It’s almost like they’re trying to start a fight. The new politician is closely related to the teenage bro who has gone off to college, discovered drugs and can’t stop campaigning for the legalization of marijuana and hallucinogens.

The sports fanatics

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Your cousins are mad they’re at the family Thanksgiving. They’d rather be tailgating at the football game. But they’re settling by making everyone shush up while they yell at the TV.

The stepparent who’s trying really hard to impress

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They’ve been in the family for, like, eight years, but they still don’t feel fully comfortable. They’re trying to get the kids interested in playing games, telling corny jokes and complimenting the chef at every turn. Their charms sort of work, though.

The out-of-town visitor

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12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!


12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Heather Dessinger 18 Comments This post contains affiliate links.

I love Thanksgiving . . . and really, who doesn’t love a holiday centered around food? I mean giving thanks. For food. And family. And farmers.

When my family first went gluten-free, it was difficult to find recipes that my husband and I loved as much as the ones we grew up with. Over nearly ten years of gluten-free baking and cooking, though, I’ve refined those original recipes into dishes that we truly look forward to (and don’t make us feel like we’re missing out at all).

You’ll find some of my favorites below. Also, if you’re carving up a pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind that instructions written for conventional turkeys can leave you with a dry, flavorless main course. Do this instead!