FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On the eve of Thanksgiving, residents of Fairbanks are getting ready to enjoy a day of food and family. We went to a local Fred Meyer store to speak to shoppers about their favorite Thanksgiving foods.
KTVF spoke with shoppers on the night before Thanksgiving to find out which meals would likely end up on their table. (John Dougherty/KTVF)
Responses varied between shoppers. Some people, like Dan Doty, preferred meals that evoked memories of childhood. When asked about his Thanksgiving favorites, Doty said “traditionally turkey”, but smiled before adding, “But I prefer ham, actually. Baked ham.” When asked why, Doty shrugged and said, “It’s just something we used to have when I was little.”
Turkey made way for another main course on Jayson Kowalchuk’s table, as well. Kowalchuk’s agricultural upbringing had informed the tradition in his home. “Our family actually likes to have prime rib at Thanksgiving versus turkey,” said Kowalchuk. “Turkey's great, but we tend to go with the prime rib.”
Other shoppers dished about their favorite sides. Charles Mason carried on a family tradition, proclaiming, “Mashed potatoes and gravy, hands down. The buttery potatoes my mother made.” Mason’s recipe was simple, yet effective. “I throw in a bunch of butter and make a really rich gravy and I can eat it all day,” said Mason.
Shopper Jenny Grey also kept it simple when it came to sides. "Cranberries with oranges in it. Cooked. I could eat the whole bowl," said Grey.
When it was time for dessert, shopper Laura Smiddy said, "My favorite food for Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie."
Pumpkin is not the only filling people will be pouring into their piecrusts, however. For Stephanie Vaughn, apple is her pie of choice. When asked why she preferred apple pie, Vaughn responded with, “Because it’s kind of fun to make, actually.”
We wish viewers, readers, and everyone else a Happy Thanksgiving.
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