Thanksgiving Survey from the Food Network Kitchens

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would ask the Food Network Kitchens crew a few critical questions about some Thanksgiving favorites.

While most of the choices were easy, two questions were particularly difficult. Brining is downright controversial in the FN Kitchens. Although many stand by the method, one of our recipe developers' take was, "brine, well, that just makes me angry!"

Not so surprisingly, it looks like our cooks just can’t get out of the kitchen, except those who still crave mom’s cooking or just can’t stand the clean-up.

Rob, our executive chef, struggled with his response: “Well, in a perfect world, I’d want a house big enough to cook it all and host all the guests,” while Athen, our steward, cuts right to the chase: "Cook? You must be crazy, I just want to eat and leave!"

Happy Thanksgiving!

Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer

Click through for recipes and results:

Turkey: Brine or No Brine?

Brine: 9

No Brine: 8

Stuffing: Inside or Outside the bird?

Inside: 10

Outside: 7

Potatoes: Sweet or Mashed?

Sweet: 9

Mashed: 8

Vegetables: Brussels Sprouts or Green Beans?

Brussels Sprouts: 13

Green Beans: 4

Ham: Yes or No?

Yes: 7

No: 10

Cornbread: 7

Dinner Rolls:10

Cranberries: Jelly or Relish?

Jelly: 3

Relish: 14

Pie: Pumpkin or Apple?

Pumpkin: 10

Apple: 7

And, the most important question of them all: cook or be a guest?

Cook: 13

Guest: 4

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