For many families, Thanksgiving dinners have become a kind of "controlled pot luck". The hostess cooks the turkey, and guests bring a dish to contribute. Over time certain dishes become family traditions. Just for kicks, I went online in search of recipes that offer you a way to tweak your traditions this year.  Let's start with a side dish- instead of the old green beans, soup and french-fried onions, how about one of these recipes from the Food Network's hosts (click on the  titles to link to the recipes at
Not Your Mama's Green Bean Casserole (Food Network)

 Alton Brown, host of "Iron Chef America" and "Good Eats", came up with "Not Your Mama's Green Bean Casserole."  With a name like that, it's got to be worth a try!

Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic (Food Network)

This recipe from "Down Home with the Neely's" is so easy, even I could do it.  The Neely's say it takes just 17 minutes to make Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic.

Orange Scented Green Beans (Food Network)

How about a green bean dish you can make in under 10 minutes? Orange Scented Green Beans is from Rachel Ray of "30 Minute Meals" fame.

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions (Food Network)

Tyler Florence's Green Beans with Caramelized Onions sounds pretty elegant, but he says it takes under an hour to make.

Garlic Green Beans (Food Network)

And finally, Garlic Green Beans a 6-minute dish with a one-two punch...garlic and cayenne pepper!

Check in tomorrow for more great Thanksgiving recipe ideas!

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