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Auburn students talk favorite thanksgiving dishes

<p>Thanksgiving food memorabilia inside of Auburn's Rhapsody gift shop on Nov. 17, 2022.</p>

Thanksgiving food memorabilia inside of Auburn's Rhapsody gift shop on Nov. 17, 2022.

It's officially that time of year. The temperature is finally dropping, the leaves are falling, and the fall outfits are starting to appear. Although, it seems the time isn’t the only thing changing this time of year. Students are trying to push through and find ways to make it to, what can be said to be, one of the campus's favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving break is the time that students get to visit their families, take a break from all the studying they do while on-campus, and most of all, enjoy a home-cooked meal. Here are some Thanksgiving food favorites that Auburn students are looking forward to indulging in this year.

Mary Byrne Callahan, freshman in microbiology, explains that mashed potatoes are her go-to at the Thanksgiving table because her grandma makes them really well.

Addy Evans, freshman in pre-vet, reveals that it is a tough decision to make when choosing a favorite Thanksgiving dish.

“I don’t really know because I’m a picky eater, but I would say dessert of some sort, like pie,” Evans said.

Kaitlin Mixon, freshman in nursing, also finds it difficult to choose between two dishes that she equally enjoys.

“Either mac and cheese because it’s a homemade dish or hash-brown casserole because it’s every bit of goodness in one dish,” Mixon said.

Natalee Norwood, freshman in speech language and hearing sciences, says what makes Thanksgiving so special to her is that this is the only time during the year that her family eats her favorite foods.

“My grandparents always make the dressing, and my dad always bakes a ham,” Norwood said. 

Continuing with the only eating certain foods on certain holidays notion, Railey Mccord, freshman in biomedical sciences pre-pharmacy, shares that her favorite Thanksgiving food to enjoy correlates with the time of year she eats it.

“My favorite is sweet potato casserole because it’s something my family only eats on holidays,” Mccord said.

As casseroles seem to be a popularly favored item, the love for sweet potato casserole comes from the fact that it’s sweet, and it reminds her of her mom, Emma Bond, freshman in general social science education, shares.

Finally, to end the casserole pattern, Nolan Harris, freshman in psychology, says she enjoys sweet potato casserole because it holds sentimental value, as she shares this moment with her family.

“I make it with my grandma and it’s our tradition,” Harris said.

As students prepare their minds to get through the week, it’s important to know the true motivation comes from the food they are looking forward to eating. Whether it be a baked ham or a casserole or some sort, Auburn students’ drive to finish the week strong is pronounced. Nevertheless, the true reason for loving the Thanksgiving holiday so much is not just the delicious food students get to appreciate but, it’s who they get to share this special time with. 

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