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Old 10-09-2010, 11:24 AM   #21
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...Since so many of you prefer other meats on your Thanksgiving, maybe you could give some thought to having a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner...
Other meats? Traditional meats? Zhizara, it's not that simple. Some have said that a Life Magazine Cover by Norman Rockwell established the "traditional turkey dinner," but in truth other American traditional meats besides turkey, (not necessarily all inclusive) include:

Pork Roast
Ham

Goose (Probably served at the first Thanksgiving dinner)
Duck (Probably served at the first Thanksgiving dinner)
Venison (Probably served at the first Thanksgiving dinner)
Lobster (Probably served at the first Thanksgiving dinner)
Fish (Probably served at the first Thanksgiving dinner)
Clams (Probably served at the first Thanksgiving dinner)
New England Oyster Stew
Gulf Coast Seafood Gumbo
Moose Nose (High fat content was cherished by early Great Plains Pioneers)
Beaver Tail (High fat content was cherished by early Great Plains Pioneers)
Salmon (Atlantic)
Buffalo Hump (High fat content was cherished by early Great Plains Pioneers)
Whale (Northwest & Alaska Fishermen/Whalers and Christian Eskimo Natives & Native Americans)

And some of these "traditional meats" linger even today. While I don't claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination, I do enjoy reading about American history and the unusual things they used to eat.

History can be such fun!
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:28 AM   #22
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Happy Thanksgiving to all you Canadians.

Since so many of you prefer other meats on your Thanksgiving, maybe you could give some thought to having a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. We have so many wonderful traditional dishes for this feast, I wouldn't want you to miss out. I realize our Thanksgiving day is on a work day for you, but perhaps the following weekend. So many of our dishes are made with fall harvest vegetables.
Actually, Zhizara, turkey and trimmings is still very traditional here as well for Thanksgiving. It just seems that for any of the three "turkey days" of the year (Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving), many people have ham as well, or instead. One of my aunts was of Romanian descent and she would prepare the full turkey dinner for Thanksgiving plus cabbage rolls, perogie,
and stuffed peppers, etc.
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:34 AM   #23
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We do turkey for Thanksgiving and roast beef (standing rib or tenderloin roast) for Christmas. Easter is a toss up that includes ham and something else.
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:13 PM   #24
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We do turkey for Thanksgiving and roast beef (standing rib or tenderloin roast) for Christmas. Easter is a toss up that includes ham and something else.
Is the "something else" from a list or do you just not want to talk about it?
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:20 PM   #25
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Is the "something else" from a list or do you just not want to talk about it?
My sister usually does Easter. She will do a ham and a turkey breast or small roast beef just to be sure there's enough...
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:43 PM   #26
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A very happy Thanksgiving to all of our northern neighbors. Frankly I sure wish I lived closer to Canada. I know you will all have a wonderful food celebration with all the trimmings. It would be so nice to celebrate Thanksgiving in October rather than November, and have it further away from Christmas!! For my family we must have turkey....I just can't imagine Thanksgiving without it.
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:29 PM   #27
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My sister usually does Easter. She will do a ham and a turkey breast or small roast beef just to be sure there's enough...
My sister usually does Easter as well - she makes reservations
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:40 PM   #28
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My sister usually does Easter as well - she makes reservations
When I was growing up my mom did Thanksgiving and usually Easter, and my Aunt Janet did Christmas and sometimes Easter. After Aunt Janet and her family moved to Minnesota my mom did Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we started going out for Easter.

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A big huge HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA!!!!!
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:32 PM   #30
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I'm in B.C.- I debone and stuff my turkey ( bones to pressure cooker for gravy broth ) I later do a roux based gravy. I do a gratin of Yam ( thin cut on mandoline )cooked in cream mixed with chilpotle sauce.
DW makes garlic mashed potatoes and get the veggies ready for me ( brussel sprouts and carrot glased in honey and butter with dill ). Dw makes pumpkin pie as well. we use our own homegrown potatoes ,garlic,dill,pumpkin and herbs.
(I make our bread and beer and yogurt as well)
We have done this two to three times a year for about 20 years , I do suggest prime rib for a change of menu but am outvoted every time. My kids have had me show them how to do the turkey ( or chicken ) but have not done it alone yet.
The deboned turkey saves alot of troubles and time, I dislike the white meat so redistribute it in thinner layers.
I'm sure I no longer could carve a turkey well anymore.
Regards and happy thanksgiving Gage-- we had ours yesterday due to kids schedules.
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