So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
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20-11-2012, 08:51 AM
So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
Who's cooking?

I generally don't much like to cook but do like to make Thanksgiving dinner for some reason. Having lived away from family for so many years means I had to learn to be the one to prepare the meal, it's my one big cooking adventure every year.

The turkey is thawing in the fridge. My specialties are turkey gravy and my spicy pumpkin pie. Drooling There will also be mashed potatoes, baked mac and cheese, green beans, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and dinner rolls. It will just be my son, husband, and I this year so I won't have a lot of the snacking stuff I have had in years past.

Of course there will be way too much food and we will be tired of turkey long before it's gone.

Do you have a signature dish that the family looks forward to every year?

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20-11-2012, 09:00 AM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
bah humbug.

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20-11-2012, 09:45 AM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
Geez HoC, you are even against good food? Ya grump.

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20-11-2012, 09:47 AM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
Turkey, Dressing this year instead of stuffing (cornbread variety), Pumpkin pie, Apple Pie (I hope), corn, yeast rolls (if we can find the bloody things), home-made mac and cheese.

The yeast rolls with turkey the next day are heaven...

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20-11-2012, 09:48 AM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
Helping my parents cook shit tomorrow, so might not be online much on Wednesday or Thursday.

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20-11-2012, 10:03 AM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
I considered cooking just for myself - I love leftover turkey and stuffing - but at the store decided not to and just to go with some ham and fixings and also bought a big slice of very decadent chocoloate cake. I may buy a turkey yet after thanksgiving - I don't really understand why we eat turkey thanksgiving and xmas - twice in a row - and none all year round.

I decided to just skip thanksgiving this year and make it a spa day - soak in my jet tub, pamper myself, drink some bubbly...eat chocolate cake... take a nap... and just take it very easy. Total opposite of many thanksgivings in the past when I was rushing around with a house full of people...

This year isn't right yet for me to do a holiday - I would miss hubby too much and am afraid it would be a disaster. So I am going to just take it easy... and I am looking forward to it.

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20-11-2012, 08:10 PM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
I love cranberry sauce but I hate the gelatinous mess that comes in the cans. I make a Pear-Ginger Cranberry Sauce every year, except now I substitute Splenda insterad of sugar 'cause of the diabetes.

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20-11-2012, 09:06 PM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
Once you start making your own cranberry stuff, the shit in the cans just looks horrifying. And it's not even hard to do.

Used to eat at the grandparents', this year I am eating at my cousin's because the grandparents moved into a smaller house and have like 50 people coming over, and I don't even want to deal with that.

But every year, people expect me to bring pies. Always pies. Lemon meringue, lime, raspberry chocolate cheesecake, chocolate mousse pies, etc. Probably doing some kinda pumpkin thing on Thursday though, possibly more than one. People also expect me to bring pies for Christmas, birthdays, and any other occasion. I don't mind though, even though I don't really eat much pie myself. I am told that I make good pies though.
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21-11-2012, 06:23 PM
RE: So, who's cooking a big Thanksgiving feast? And whatcha making?
My friend Marilyn and her sister Marcia were doing veggie prep this afternoon, and Marcia brought over three pies - pumpkin, pecan, and apple. Drooling Dinner will be six of us.

I just finished getting the turkey into the brine - I've never done this before. My big job tomorrow is to make gravy. I'm pretty good at that.

The turkey wasn't entirely thawed when it went into the brine; anyone with experience here to tell me if this is a problem? Should I add time?

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21-11-2012, 06:28 PM
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(21-11-2012 06:23 PM)Chas Wrote:  My friend Marilyn and her sister Marcia were doing veggie prep this afternoon, and Marcia brought over three pies - pumpkin, pecan, and apple. Drooling Dinner will be six of us.

I just finished getting the turkey into the brine - I've never done this before. My big job tomorrow is to make gravy. I'm pretty good at that.

The turkey wasn't entirely thawed when it went into the brine; anyone with experience here to tell me if this is a problem? Should I add time?


Should be fine.

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