Live Poll: Happy Hanksgiving — A Day to Celebrate Tom Hanks

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Hanksgiving is an event celebrated the fourth Thursday of each November since 2009. Often, it is confused with another holiday that falls on the same day, Hanksgiving has it's own traditions and menu. A typical celebration includes a Tom Hanks-inspired feast, the company of friends and family and the watching of Tom Hanks movies all day long.

Which combination of a Tom Hanks-inspired menu dish and Tom Hanks movie/TV series would you most like to have a helping of this Hanksgiving holiday?

A special thanks to yrnej for her many suggestions. Celebrate Hanksgiving 2018 with these: Serious Eats Hanksgiving Recipes or Vulture Hanksgiving Recipes

See the partial list of Tom Hanks-inspired menu dishes and Tom Hanks movies/TV series combinations here:https://www.imdb.com/list/ls032648745/ 

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/gWupAhA1nTA/
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Don't see your favorite Tom Hanks movie or TV series listed and/or have an idea for a Tom Hanks-inspired menu dish that plays off the title, make a suggestion.

2019 Greyhound i.e. upcoming Tom Hanks movie about HMS GREYHOUND destroyer in WW2. Hanksgiving menu item: Greyhound Puppies, a depth charge-shaped hush puppy deep-fried and spiced with British mixed spice to give it a little extra kick when they go down.

2018 The Post
2017/I The Circle
2016/I Inferno
2016 Sully
2015 Ithaca
2015 Bridge of Spies
2013 Saving Mr. Banks
2013 Captain Phillips
2012 Cloud Atlas
2012 Electric City (TV Series short)
2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
2011 Larry Crowne
2010 Toy Story 3
2010 The Pacific (TV Mini-Series)
2009 Angels & Demons
2008 The Great Buck Howard
2007 Charlie Wilson's War
2007 The Simpsons Movie
2006 The Da Vinci Code
2006 Cars
2004 The Polar Express
2004 Elvis Has Left the Building
2004 The Terminal
2004 The Ladykillers
2002 Catch Me If You Can
2002 Road to Perdition
2001 Band of Brothers (TV Mini-Series)
 2000 Cast Away
1999 The Green Mile
1999 Toy Story 2
1998 You've Got Mail
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series)
1995 Toy Story
1995/I Apollo 13
1994 Forrest Gump
1993 Philadelphia
1993 Sleepless in Seattle
1992 A League of Their Own
1992 Radio Flyer
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano
1989 Turner & Hooch
1989 The 'Burbs
1988 Punchline
1988 Big
1987 Dragnet
1986 Every Time We Say Goodbye
1986 Nothing in Common
1986 The Money Pit
1985 Volunteers
1985 The Man with One Red Shoe
1984 Bachelor Party
1984 Splash  
1980-1982 Bosom Buddies (TV Series)
1980 He Knows You're Alone
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Urb,

What an wondrously awful collection of puns. Did you ever work in the advertising industry?

My vote:
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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I like Turnips & Hooch, for its playful turn on the title; but I am with you Catch Me If You Cran-berries sounds the most appetizing. Most of these are Tom Hanks inspired Hanksgiving menu items with actual recipes from Serious Eats Hanksgiving Recipes or Vulture Hanksgiving Recipes.
 
Catch Me If You Cran-berries:
As colorful and festive as a sixties airport lounge!

Ingredients:

1 12-ounce bag of cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1 tbs. finely chopped ginger
1 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a pan and simmer until the cranberries are very soft and the liquid is thick and jammy, about 20 minutes. Recipe by Tejal Rao; restaurant critic, Bloomberg

The rest Jen or I came up on our own, when this was a poll suggestion on the old message boards, Jen was a big help. It was not that difficult with over fifty Tom Hanks movie titles to work with and the menu items only have to sound good, not necessarily taste good. Plus,  you can use an existing recipe and just add the pun-able ingredient to make it work. The tough part is the time involved and having the pun pop into your head.

I have added some more, so here's a new one, if you appreciate wonderfully awful puns.

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 | Movie 7.5 (134,721)
Hanksgiving menu item: Glazing Mr. Shanks
Braised pork shanks covered in a pineapple, orange and brown sugar glaze

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Urb,

You may find this recent article pertinent:
In Defense of Puns
By James Geary
November 15, 2018
https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/11/15/in-defense-of-puns/
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Thanks, I did find interesting, especially the famous pun masters and its place in history. How did you ever run across it?
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Urb,

It appeared in the Pocket Recommendations in Firefox.

Pocket Recommendations in Firefox FAQ
https://help.getpocket.com/article/1142-firefox-new-tab-recommendations-faq

I probably would have eventually come across the article. I'm a big fan of puns, word play and the word origins.
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Cool, I love pocket too,

I probably read a half dozen articles a day from my Firefox browser. I either missed it or we are set up for different interests. I found it interesting too, as I am a origins fan too and the story behind the story stuff.
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Hanksgiving Countdown: 2 Days
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#12.
Frigid of Pies:

A frozen french vanilla ice cream filled pie mixed with chopped pecans, chopped peanut butter cups, chopped ButterfingerTM candy bars and a caramel sauce topping.
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YUM,YUM
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Hi Urb, what a great poll! I noticed one small typo in option #1: "latter" instead of "later." There's some great wordplay in this poll, though, so I might just be missing the usage. :)
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Thanks, corrected.
Cravin' Private Ryan: An oversized fried turkey, nicknamed "Private Ryan" with juicy tender turkey meat, a delicious flaky crust and plenty of leftovers saved for later.
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Another typo:
...but Hanksgiving has its own traditions and menu.
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Corrected, a couple last minute menu additions


The Terminal 2004 | Movie 7.3 (353,877)
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Corn-minal
A covered basket of warm gluten-free, low fat, low calorie and low sugar cornbread muffins.



The Post 2017 | Movie 7.2 (93,748)
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Roast
A platter assortment of carved roast meats: lamb, pork, pot and rump.



Sleepless in Seattle
1993 | Movie 6.8 (140,752)
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Sleepless in Se-Apple
An apple cider cream pie topped with
cinnamon-sprinkled Washington state grown baked apple slices.


Splash 1984 | Movie 6.2 (61,649)
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Spl-Hash
A russet potato hash
and a splash of hot sauce mixed with bacon, yellow onion, red bell pepper, baby spinach and spiced with chopped garlic, kosher salt and black pepper.


Cast Away 2000 | Movie 7.8 (458,007)
Hanksgiving Menu Item: Cast Iron Way Chili
A 3-way, 4-way or 5-way chili prepared in a cast iron skillet.

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When/where did I make suggestions on this?

Few edits:
1. - I think it's more accurate to say "a delicious, crispy skin" - turkey doesn't have a crust unless it is part of a turkey pot pie.
24. - You have periods at the end of all of the descriptions but this one.
25. - The outer skin of citrus fruits is called zest. I suggest changing rinds to zest.
30. - You need a space between button mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms.
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Corrected, I made the suggested edits. Thanks again for all your help.

You made these unique suggestions for Hanksgiving 2016: A Soy Story Too, Pig, Mode to Perfection Salad, Punch Lime, Dough versus the Volcano, The Bean Pile, Ladyfinger Chillers, The 'Herbs and Philadelphia Cheese Cake. Although, I may have tweaked the recipes or description a bit, in some cases. You also put me onto a second article that had a bunch Tom Hanks inspired Hanksgiving menu items that helped fill out the answer pool. As a result, you are either directly or indirectly responsible for over half the answer pool items.

The outer colored part of the peel of citrus fruit has the following synonyms: zest, rind, peel and skin, it is just a matter of personal preference.
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FYC:
The Roasts - Your choice of lamb, pork, pot, rump, etc.
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Hanksgiving menu addition

The Post 2017 | Movie 7.2 (93,748)
Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Roast
A platter assortment of carved roast meats: lamb, pork, pot and rump.

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Oops...someone already recommended this. Sorry!
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Thanks, Enjoy your Hanksgiving Holiday.
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I was curious to see what would drive the votes; the title, the menu item or the wit, when the question asks which combination do you prefer. So, far early votes would seem to indicate the title seems to be driving force, as some more appetizing menu items have lower totals than their less tasty counterparts.
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You might consider making a small change and asking for a re-push:
Sweetness in Se-Apple
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Thanks, changed #13 menu item "Sleepless in Se-Apple" to "Sweetness in Se-Apple"
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Congrats on a great poll!

I noticed a typo in #9: A butternut squash and chickpea salad mixed with tahini.
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Thanks, corrected #9 spelling "tahani" "tahini"
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Hanksgiving Menu Item: Mr. Rogers' Banana Day in a Cheese Neighborhood

A before or after dinner snack to magically transport you to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood with a tasty cheese slice wrapped banana.

(tentative Hanksgiving menu item, unless a better suggestion is made or a menu item is featured in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 2019 | Movie)
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