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From green bean casserole to stuffing: Carroll Countians tell us their favorite Thanksgiving meal sides

The traditional staple food for Thanksgiving is turkey but what makes the holiday meal enjoyable are the side dishes that surround the giant bird.

The Times caught up with a few Carroll countians to see what Thanksgiving side dish is their favorite.

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Eric Kerchner, executive director of Carroll County Arts Council
Eric Kerchner, executive director of Carroll County Arts Council

Eric Kerchner, executive director of Carroll County Arts Council: He said his favorite is creamed corn, a signature dish made by his Aunt Fay, and sweet potato casserole with the marshmallow topping.

”My great Aunt Fay made this dish for our large family gathering with extended relatives. It is the wonderful aroma that I remember most. Is it OK to be triggered by cream corn? That smell reminds me of the large gathering, the warmth of the table and the stories shared there. That dish was missed after she passed away.

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The sweet potato casserole was a favorite as a kid because it was essentially a dessert. As the dishes were passed around the table, my brother and I jockeyed for position to make sure we not only got a healthy spoonful of sweet potato mash, but got the crispy topping as well. Then you stirred the melting marshmallows into the mash for a really sweet treat. The true desserts would follow, but this was a primer.”

Richard Turner, executive director of Community Media Center of Carroll County, will give the keynote address at the annual Carroll County NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.
Richard Turner, executive director of Community Media Center of Carroll County, will give the keynote address at the annual Carroll County NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. (Charles Votaw Photography)

Richard Turner, executive director of Community Media Center: “My favorite side dish is corn pudding which is a Turner family traditional dish at Thanksgiving. While I’m pretty sure each generation has influenced the recipe, I recall calling my mom to get the recipe hoping I had remembered the right proportions. It is always a joy to serve it up hot in a casserole dish with a reminder of family Thanksgiving’s past and new traditions to now pass onto my adult children who have started having their own Thanksgiving dinners.”

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Julia Jasken will be McDaniel College's 10th president on June 1. (McDaniel College)

Julia Jasken, president of McDaniel College: “Warm pumpkin pie with ice cream because it reminds me of Thanksgiving as a child at my grandmother’s.”

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Dr. James D. Ball, president, Carroll Community College introduces mascot, “Lynx Lightnin’ ” as its name is revealed. (Carroll Community College)

James Ball, president of Carroll Community College: “My favorite side dish is [stuffing] with oysters and chestnuts. But we rarely have that since my family doesn’t like it. So then I’ll go with traditional, bad for you, green bean casserole in mushroom soup, cheddar cheese slivered almonds and finished by broiling crispy fried onion rings on top.”

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Westminster High School wrestling coach Mike Flemming has been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times)

Mike Flemming, head wrestling coach at Westminster High School: “Stuffing. My mother’s mother makes the best stuffing in the world and she passed the recipe down.” He said the stuffing pairs nicely with his wife’s cranberry sauce.

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Garrett Hoover is the new president of Carroll Hospital

Garrett Hoover, president of Carroll Hospital: “My sister is a great cook and makes the traditional green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup, topped with French’s French fried onions, that’s delicious. It’s always a savory dish that I looked forward to.”

Carroll County Public School's new Superintendent Steven Lockard talks about his goals for the coming school year.
Carroll County Public School's new Superintendent Steven Lockard talks about his goals for the coming school year. (Ken Koons/Carroll County Times/Carroll County Times)

Steven Lockard, superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools: “Green bean casserole with little crunchy fried onions on top. I never liked green beans as a kid until I had my grandmother’s green bean casserole at Thanksgiving — ever since then it’s a mandatory side in our house at Thanksgiving.”

Carroll County Board of Commissioners president Ed Rothstein speaks during Tuesday's televised State of the County Address from the Reagan Room of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster Jan. 12, 2021.
Carroll County Board of Commissioners president Ed Rothstein speaks during Tuesday's televised State of the County Address from the Reagan Room of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster Jan. 12, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

Ed Rothstein, president of the Board of Carroll County Commissioners: “My favorite side dish is Ruth Chris sweet potatoes topped with candied pecans. My daughter has the recipe and it is awesome. Any time I can have a side dish that can also be a dessert, I’m a happy man.”

Boys and Girls Club of Westminster President Bonnae Meshulam
Boys and Girls Club of Westminster President Bonnae Meshulam (Dylan Slagle)

Bonnae Meshulam, president & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster: She said her favorite is Jewish casserole called Kugela. It’s a sweet noodle casserole that is a tradition in her husband’s family.

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce President Mike McMullin reacts to the news that the Baltimore Ravens chose to forgo the annual summer training camp at McDaniel College.
Carroll County Chamber of Commerce President Mike McMullin reacts to the news that the Baltimore Ravens chose to forgo the annual summer training camp at McDaniel College. (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron)

Mike McMullin, president of Carroll County Chamber of Commerce: “This is an easy question for me, because I love stuffing! The recipe was passed on from my grandparents to my mom and includes sausage, potatoes, onions, celery and all the appropriate holiday spices! It reminds me of Thanksgiving when I was young. It’s one of the dishes I have historically prepared for our family every year for the past 37 years.”

Donald Rowe, executive director of The Arc Carroll County
Donald Rowe, executive director of The Arc Carroll County (Submitted photo, Carroll County Times)

Donald Rowe, executive director of The Arc Carroll County: “As a child my father introduced me to the pork/sauerkraut/mashed potato side dish, It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it! It’s also checks the ‘better the second day box’ too.”

Kristen McMasters, executive director of the Historical Society of Carroll County: “My favorite is cranberry sauce. Americans consume almost 140 million pounds of cranberries a year. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are the top cranberry growing states but there were also cranberries in Carroll County.”

Lyndi McNulty, Gizmos Art; Kristen McMasters, previous interim director of the Historical Society of Carroll County; and City Councilwoman Ann Thomas Gilbert are pictured attending the Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bocce event, held Sept. 13 at Rob’s Bluegrass Barn and hosted by the Historical Society of Carroll County.
Lyndi McNulty, Gizmos Art; Kristen McMasters, previous interim director of the Historical Society of Carroll County; and City Councilwoman Ann Thomas Gilbert are pictured attending the Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bocce event, held Sept. 13 at Rob’s Bluegrass Barn and hosted by the Historical Society of Carroll County. (Courtesy Photo)
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