‘Get Stupid With It': Nicki Minaj, Brandy & Styles P Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Memories
As we flood the supermarkets today, preparing for Thanksgiving Day, many people are just trying to get home so they can join in the festivities with family, eat turkey and hibernate.
“Well, last year was kinda funny. We had absolutely no Thanksgiving and we were just looking around like, ‘Wow guys, damn. The world’s enjoying Thanksgiving dinner and we’re just sitting here thinking about where we’re gonna order food from.’ We were so busy that we forgot it was about to be Thanksgiving and when Thanksgiving actually happened we were assed out. Maybe this year we can get some real food. We’ll see.
“It depends on if it’s an American Thanksgiving, then I’d love some collard greens, some mac and cheese, stuffing and turkey. But if it’s a Trini[dadian] Thanksgiving, then I want the same thing I always want, which is curry chicken, roti, oxtails. The same old thing that we always eat.”
“I just love Thanksgiving. I love being with my family. I remember one Thanksgiving when my mom didn’t want to cook. I didn’t know her recipes at the time — I still don’t know them all the way — but I hired a catering company to make the food for Thanksgiving. I set my house up really nice for my mom and my family. We all got together and everyone had a good time. I made sure that the house looked nice and everything.
“It was nothing like my mom’s cooking but I just knew she didn’t feel like cooking that year so I did something special for her and kinda gave her Thanksgiving off, even though I didn’t cook none of the food [laughs]. She had a good time. When my mom cooks, we just all get together and hang out and just laugh and talk. It’s just the best time. We’re gonna go to Mississippi this year for Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to that. Most of my family is out there and then my mom lights up like a tree when we get down there ’cause those are her stomping grounds.
“I love the dressing. They call it stuffing. I love my mom’s dressing, and I love it with sweet potato pie. Dressing and sweet potato pie together. It’s good! Trust me, I have the strangest taste buds in town and if I say it’s good to me, it’s gon’ be good to all! It may have to just be my mom’s though, my mom’s sweet potato pie and dressing. I don’t know that it works for everybody but my mom’s sweet potato pie and dressing together? It’s amazing!”
“I can’t remember any single memory in particular because Thanksgiving is usually just my whole family being there. It’s really just the essence of seeing family and friends you don’t usually get to see, just sitting down and seeing each other. Just relaxing and being humble about having the time to do that. We go big. I ain’t gon’ lie.
“We do Thanksgiving big and what I really love about it, it’s hard to say because we do it at my house sometimes, or we’ll go to my mom’s house, then we go to my wife’s mom’s house, then we go to the sister-in law’s house. My cousins, my other cousins’ [house] … We go to different houses, so that’s dope too. Just to experience going to everybody’s house every year. So yeah, it’s always dope to see so much of your family and break bread.
“I love stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey of course. My favorite, favorite are the yams with the marshmallows in ’em. Gotta do it with the marshmallows. I don’t know, ’cause at my house it’s always mad shit, it’s everything. We do the Thanksgiving [turkey] then we do the fish, we do the steaks, all the meat, the lamb — all that shit. But me? I’m mainly the turkey, stuffing, yams kinda guy. I ain’t really that big on the macaroni and cheese, it fucks with my stomach, but I like it that day.
I love greens too, in all the different varieties. Cornbread of course, and the biscuits. It’s like a battle between the cornbread and the biscuits. Then it’s the apple pie, the sweet potato pie. The red velvet and the yellow cakes. So it’s like, we get stupid with it.”
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