I went to a good friend’s for Thanksgiving dinner. It's a tradition. She's a bit of a snob-foodie, but not to the point of arrogance. Last year I ate with the same host, and both years she served the fabled cranberry sauce. I was surprised last year to see this given her snobbery. The year before we had no cranberry sauce. I helped out last year with the prep work. One of my tasks was to retrieve the Cranberry sauce from the pantry; her pantry is more like a high-end food vault. I spyed a wee two dram vial of pine nuts with a 9$ label? Anyway, I was shocked to find three, generic brand, cans of cranberry sauce within. Well, I grabbed one, and I feel a little guilty a year latter because I marked the other two with my finger nail, knowing I’d most probably be back this year. I did go back this year. Before diner I snuck away to check the pantry and what do you think I found? One less can of (at least) year old generic cranberry sauce. While everyone was stuffing themselves with turkey I was off to the garbage can, searching for the evidence. I found it. The marked can was there. She’s guilty. I had to be sure since I'm going to email this link to her in a day or two. She's a doll. She will love it. But that’s not the point. Is cranberry sauce a joke? My foodie friend must think so. I saw people eat it, but they certainly didn’t complement the host on how good it was. No one rolled their eyes with the first bite. I noticed most didn't start with "please" when they asked, "pass the cranberry sauce". The "pass the turkey" always got "please" before it. Turkey gets respect. Do you eat it? Do you eat it straight? Do you eat it becasue it's tradition? The Fiddler on the Roof got in big trouble because of tradition. Do you allow it to mix with your other food? No one craves the stuff – right? I’d really like to hear from non-Americans as well. Maybe this is a way you can share our Thanksgiving.