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Old 11-19-2006, 07:23 PM   #61
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Marmalady, I'll be doing my shopping on Tuesday, so I will certainly look for the wings, great suggestion. Thank you- I LOVE gravy, so I want to make sure there's plenty!
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:32 AM   #62
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I am so pleased! Don't ask me why it took this long, but I was rolling my eyes and desparing over having to iron a table cloth. He just said, "Call the cleaners". Yay!!! Now the worst part of the day will be the house cleaning on Wednesday. Don't ask me why I didn't send them out to begin with. Just habit, I guess. I'm used to doing my own laundry.

I'm afraid I don't use recipes for Thanksgiving. I just go by eye. For example, some years, some places I've lived, the stuffing "feels like" it needs an egg. Other places, other years, no. In recent years I've made stock from chicken and frozen it months in advance so I have it for stuffing and gravy. But other years (remember, military here) I've just made some up from dried mix or used water. My mom (and, therefore, me) learned to cook from a series of military wives -- French, German, Japanese war brides; Americans who came from border to border and coast to coast. Neither her nor my dad's mothers were good cooks, they just were happy to get something edible on the table a few times a day.
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:36 AM   #63
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Here's my final menu, for me and fiancee, plus 7 of her friends.

Salad with Orange Vinagrette
Tomato-Basil soup
Farfalle with Green and White Asparagus and Red Pepper Cream Sauce
The Bird
Stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Corn
Biscuits and Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie

I really hope the farfalle turns out well; that item is mainly because I felt I need an item that could act as a "main course" for the vegetarians that will be joining us, and hopefully everyone else will like some as well.

Since dinner is Wednesday, I think I'm going to do a little prep today, and most of it tomorrow. I think I'll actually finish the soup today, as well as par-cook the farfalle to be quickly finished in the pan the day of. The orange vinagrette will get done either today or tomorrow as well. I want to do my apple pie today, because I'm trying a new recipe and want to make sure it turns out correctly.

Most everything else should be easy to finish the day of.

Good luck to everyone in preperation for your Thankgiving meals, and have a happy holiday! Remember to enjoy yourself!
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Old 11-20-2006, 11:00 AM   #64
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Nothing fancy. I'm cooking for myself only this year. John is not able to join me. It's a long story but he lives 7 hours away (no, we didn't meet online !) His mother had a stroke and he's just moved her from the hospital to a nursing home. He has to visit her daily.

My brother Scott is busy having a new house built and trying to sell his existing house. My parents live in South Carolina, 13 hours away, and can't be bothered with the whole holiday scene anymore (they're in their 80's).

Anyway, I'm roasting a cornish game hen. I'll be making some cornbread stuffing. I'm also roasting a split buttercup squash and plan to spoon half of the stuffing on top about 3/4 of the way through. Steamed broccoli (or maybe brussels sprouts; I have both in the freezer) will round out the meal. If I feel like it I might also make some sort of soup as a starter.

This will make enough for two meals for me. I'm nothing if not frugal; have to be considering I haven't worked in over 2 years and receive no sort of public assistance.

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Old 11-20-2006, 04:54 PM   #65
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Well, I get to cook Thanksgiving this year (normally I work that day, can't work it this year).

I'm planning on roasting a turkey, mashed potatoes, sage bread stuffing for PeppA, cornbread dressing for me, corn, green beans mixed with cream of mushroom soup (for PeppA, she doesn't like the onions from the casserole), cranberry sauce (from scratch this year, first time I've convinced her to let me make it), and pumpkin pie.

I just made two pumpkin pies. First time I've ever made one. I just followed the recipe on a large can of Libby's pumpkin. I did use two frozen pie crusts. I still consider this an improvement over last year, as PeppA always buys a store-bought pumpkin and dutch apple (I'm not crazy on dutch apple, and that's all she allows in the house).
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:01 PM   #66
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Here's my final menu, for me and fiancee, plus 7 of her friends.

Salad with Orange Vinagrette
Tomato-Basil soup
Farfalle with Green and White Asparagus and Red Pepper Cream Sauce
The Bird
Stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Corn
Biscuits and Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie

I really hope the farfalle turns out well; that item is mainly because I felt I need an item that could act as a "main course" for the vegetarians that will be joining us, and hopefully everyone else will like some as well.

Since dinner is Wednesday, I think I'm going to do a little prep today, and most of it tomorrow. I think I'll actually finish the soup today, as well as par-cook the farfalle to be quickly finished in the pan the day of. The orange vinagrette will get done either today or tomorrow as well. I want to do my apple pie today, because I'm trying a new recipe and want to make sure it turns out correctly.

Most everything else should be easy to finish the day of.

Good luck to everyone in preperation for your Thankgiving meals, and have a happy holiday! Remember to enjoy yourself!
are you really a college kid, making all this? Bravo!! But shouldn't you be studying for midterms or something?
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:11 PM   #67
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My Mom, daughter and I will be cooking for around 20. Sometimes my sister and her DIL and grandaughter make it in time to help too. We have it at my Mom and Dad's every year. We also have the same menu with very little variation. Mom's famous stuffing - which daughter and I now make (Mom supervises), turkey, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, biscuits, cranberry sauce, marinated veggies (sometimes we switch this for marinated slaw), and sweet potato pies with whipped cream for those who like it that way. Sometimes we make a couple of SP Pies with pecans and sometimes we add a pumpkin one as well. Since Mom is diabetic we make one SP with Splenda and SF pancake syrup instead of brown sugar. Most of the family likes SP better. We also sometimes make deviled eggs for appetizers. My brother and his family are the clean up crew since they're always the last to arrive.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:41 PM   #68
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My youngest daughter and my ex were going to come for dinner. She doesn't think it's going to happen - he wants her to cook.

Usually, when we were in the house we had a crowd - all of our single male friends - sometimes another couple from the Marina or two. This year we are hoping a friend will make it from New York state. Another friend now has a SO and she's doing Thanksgiving at his house for her family. Another has ticked me off severely and I'm not excited about him coming. Etc. Etc. Etc. This is looking like 2 for dinner.

Last year was: Cider Brined Turkey
Stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Bourbon Cider Gravy
Mashed Turnips
Roasted Veggies (sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, squash)
Brusssle Sprouts w/chestnuts
Pumpkin Gingerbread trifle
Apple pie

It wasn't the usual feast since I was only 2 weeks post surgery. This year I think we'll do the same turkey, a new dressing recipe from Bon Appetite, mashed potatoes, the bourbon cider gravy, cranberry sauce. some creamed onions, and brussles sprouts. I have an apple pie in the freezer that I'm going to top with caramel and pecans and serve with Schwans French Vanilla special holiday ice cream. We'll just keep it simple, have to - there's not much room.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:58 PM   #69
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deep fried turkey
mashed potatoes/cornbread dressing
small ham not everyone likes turkey
deviled eggs/olives/pickels/homemade bread
corn/green beans
carmel apple salad
apple crisp/vanilla ice cream/strawberry pie
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:30 PM   #70
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My youngest daughter and my ex were going to come for dinner. She doesn't think it's going to happen - he wants her to cook.

Usually, when we were in the house we had a crowd - all of our single male friends - sometimes another couple from the Marina or two. This year we are hoping a friend will make it from New York state. Another friend now has a SO and she's doing Thanksgiving at his house for her family. Another has ticked me off severely and I'm not excited about him coming. Etc. Etc. Etc. This is looking like 2 for dinner.

Last year was: Cider Brined Turkey
Stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Bourbon Cider Gravy
Mashed Turnips
Roasted Veggies (sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, squash)
Brusssle Sprouts w/chestnuts
Pumpkin Gingerbread trifle
Apple pie

It wasn't the usual feast since I was only 2 weeks post surgery. This year I think we'll do the same turkey, a new dressing recipe from Bon Appetite, mashed potatoes, the bourbon cider gravy, cranberry sauce. some creamed onions, and brussles sprouts. I have an apple pie in the freezer that I'm going to top with caramel and pecans and serve with Schwans French Vanilla special holiday ice cream. We'll just keep it simple, have to - there's not much room.

I do a cider brine for my turkey too....but I'm not familir with this cider bourbon gravy....care to discuss it more?? Please...? I must insist
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