Every year for Thanksgiving (except during the pandemic years) my wife and I spend time with her sister, which includes a great dinner. I really look forward to it every year.

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Since I have no clue how to cook or prepare dinner, my wife and her sister handle all the hard work that comes with purchasing, assembling, and cooking the dinner. There have been times I would like to suggest that they prepare too much food for Thanksgiving, but since I'm not the one doing all the hard work, it's best to be quiet and enjoy all that delicious food.

I do get asked from time to time what I'd like as the main course or a side. The only thing I must have at every Thanksgiving dinner is cranberry sauce. Or as my wife describes it - gelatinous goo.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce in the shape of the can.

But you know what would be good as a side for a Thanksgiving dinner? Something that you really enjoy from one of your current or past favorite Binghamton area restaurants. I asked that question on Facebook, and I received some interesting responses.

It seems from the many responses, that mac-n-cheese dished from various Southern Tier restaurants is the number one choice. Some reactions included the Spicy Slaw fromThe Beef, Little Venice's Fettuccini Alfredo, Utica Greens from Oaks Inn, and the mac n cheese from Smokey Legend Gourmet BBQ, to name just a few.

The list of sides you'd love to have for Thanksgiving dinner is really interesting and makes me hungry for these excellent choices. Check out below more of the types of sides from your favorite restaurants perfect to add to that Thanksgiving dinner.

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Did You Know This?? 13 Upstate Food Favorites You Can't Buy Outside of New York State

Upstate New York is the home to many fantastic food favorites. Mention sponge candy to somebody 100 miles outside Buffalo and you are probably going to get a blank stare. Mention a Michigan hot dog to anybody not from around Plattsburgh. Same stare. So here is a list of 13 regional food icons that you cannot buy outside of the empire State.

I will add this asterisk. You certainly can buy some of these items online, like the Saratoga Peppermint Pigs. Perhaps the Stix and Sauce item is known by another name somewhere in the country. Salt potatoes may have gravitated elsewhere but if so nobody knows where they started. And Grandma Brown. Well, you can buy that sweet lady's baked beans on eBay. But for the most part you would have to walk into a store or restaurant in Upstate New York to enjoy these "regional" fan favorite foods.

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