Picky Eaters and Thanksgiving

I’m auditioning at Wayfair again! This time I am writing about the healthiest, sanest way to approach Thanksgiving with picky eaters. It’s a philosophy I learned over the summer, and I’ve found it makes meal times far more enjoyable. Mikey and Nicholas aren’t finicky, thank goodness, but they do go through picky stages. Nico happens to be in one right now.

I would be ever so grateful for your support over there. (See what I did there?)

I will most likely take next week off. We’re hosting Thanksgiving, so I need to start cracking on the cooking. Hey, quick question. I’ve never made nor tried an oyster dressing, but the idea intrigues me! I’ll still make a regular stuffing, but if you have a recipe for oyster dressing you are willing to share, I’d be grateful for that, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jules Kendall writes about books, family, and easygoing simplicity.


  1. Rose says

    I was just looking at The Pioneer Woman’s oyster dressing, also wondering if I should make something like it. I combed the the comment section and a lot of people said they ate it growing up, others hadn’t heard of it and thought it gross, even more people referenced that the oyster dressing they grew up with actually was a concotion of oysters, crushed saltine crackers, milk/cream and some other ingredients which was baked — which a few actually called scalloped oysters. I am still undecided. I’ve only ever had smoked oysters and like them and I am 99% positive I would be the only one to try it at our table (maybe great grandma would too), so I’m not sure if it’s worth the effort. but I’ll be keeping an eye on your comment section to see what other recipes might be out there.

  2. says

    My sister’s son is a finicky eater. My partner and I host Thanksgiving and the only thing I remember him eating at the table last year was rolls. We remembered we had some peanut butter and cheese so he did get some protein as well but not from the meal we’d prepared. This year she’s announced she’s bringing turkey dogs (hot dogs made with turkey meat).
    Your description of your little brother during the 80’s sounds like my nephew. Except noodles make him gag. New tastes also trigger his gag reflex. Meal times are stressful for me to witness because the rule at their house is “one taste” of everything that was prepared.

  3. JoRo says

    The oyster stuffing I’ve had is oysters, crushed saltines, cream, creamed corn – and baked in a casserole…and absolutely DELISH.

  4. Fairfax Avenue says

    Now I’m a pretty good eater. However, my mother said I wouldn’t touch baby food from jars. Spaghetti had to be plain, no sauce and my mother made me a hamburger so I’d get some protein. I didn’t touch salad dressing until I was 15 years old. And yes, I am blessed with some kids who eat different things but not everything. The oldest three eat almost everything, but the younger six are fussier. Daughter two doesn’t eat cucumbers so she gets to sit next to son four, he doesn’t eat tomatoes; they share. One daughter is in a nut-free school, one is not. But no one wants the same sack lunch. One adores tangerines, one can’t stand citrus. And my husband and I agree on Brussels sprouts: I never serve them. However, all of us agree on four main foods: chocolate, coffee, sushi and pasta.

  5. says

    I quick clicked over there {and look forward to reading the post} but wanted to ask if those are the pretzel rolls from Costco? If so….I just had two, for dinner.
    They’re pretty amazing.

  6. says

    My aunt and uncle always made oyster dressing–it was quite tasty. But I’ve got nothing to help you in terms of a recipe (of course, it’s Monday–so you’re probably covered by now, anyway). We opt for a sausage sage dressing . . . which brings a tear to my eye it’s so good.

    With that, a happy Thanksgiving week to you . . .

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