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Old 10-23-2006, 04:38 PM   #1
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Oh DEAR! It's Thanksgiving again - do you have a menu yet?

ok - it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. This year I want to make some "tried and true classics" but I'd like to make something new too. I usually have:

brined turkey
dressing (regular and oyster)
mashed potatoes
rosemary peas (kansasgirl's recipe)
Grandma's broccoli casserole
sweet potato casserole
Frog Eye Salad (google it)
some sort of cranberry sauce/dressing
squash casserole
fresh corn of some kind - either plain or creamed
fresh green beans - plain (well with bacon and onions)
Brussels sprouts
sometimes a spinach salad
edited - forgot the wild mushroom bread pudding!!!!


pecan pie
pumpkin pie
pumpkin cheesecake
Slice of Sin

I don't have my regular list in front of me but that covers most of it anyway. It's hard to vary from traditional - it wouldn't be "Thanksgiving", would it???

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Old 10-23-2006, 04:56 PM   #2
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I don't know if I'll get to do Thanksgiving. S.O. HATES it as much as I love it.

I keep trying to invite folks over for Thanksgiving Dinner so I'll get to cook one, but no luck so far.
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:58 PM   #3
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No plans yet. I'm still waiting to see of my brothers and their families are coming down from MI. If not then we'll be heading up there.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:08 PM   #4
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It all depends on if one, the other or both daughters (one with her family) will be coming. If it is just hubby and I; doubt that I will do much.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:11 PM   #5
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I've had gatherings as large as 20 people and as small as 4. It's looking like it might be a small gathering this year...just 4 or 5.
There are some things that must be prepared and served regardless of the guest count.

The first course is always antipasto with ham, salami, sharp provolone, olives, mushrooms, aritchokes, anchovies, roasted peppers, eggplant...

I tinker with the second course. Some years it's a soup, others it's pasta. I haven't decided whether to do a shrimp bisque or chestnut ravioli yet.

Dinner has many 'must haves' as well.
Turkey
sausage stuffing
mashed potatoes
candied mashed sweet potatoes
peas
sauteed mushrooms
home made applesauce and cranberry sauce
lemon creme mold
roasted pearl onions
gravy
breads and rolls
I prefer cabernet, but can offer a white by request.

The next course is dried and fresh fruits, nuts and cheeses. I usually do three to five cheese varieties, depending on the number of guests.

Coffee, cognac, port, madiera and dessert - always an apple pie, something pumpkin, something chocolate and something nut.


I'm thinking of heading into the city the night before to watch the balloons too!
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for posting what you have had in the past. I forgot one year I did a pearl onion and ???? port wine dish - it was WONDERFUL! I wonder where I got that recipe or if I still have it? lol

I want to hear what everyone is or could be fixing if they were cooking!!! I need some new ideas!
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:26 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
I don't know if I'll get to do Thanksgiving. S.O. HATES it as much as I love it.

I keep trying to invite folks over for Thanksgiving Dinner so I'll get to cook one, but no luck so far.
Just don't call it Thanksgiving - call it dinner!!!!!
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:30 PM   #8
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I llike to do a traditional Thanksgiving.

Roast Turkey
Sage stuffing
Giblet gravy
Cranberry sauce
Rice Pilaf (that was my tradition growing up)
Butternut Squash
Creamed Spinach
Pearl onions in cream sauce
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Vanilla ice cream
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:31 PM   #9
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Pap cooks turkey, coleslaw, stuffed celery with cream chs. & olives, cranberry sauce, taters, veggies, & often gets chocolates.
great to be with my family.
suppose my dish oughta be presented, since i'm thier little chef.
great thread, elfie, appreciate it!
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:36 PM   #10
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Well, due to a family situation, I don't know if I'll be doing Thanksgiving this year. This was my 2004 Thanksgiving menu though:

mushroom turnovers Mushroom Turnovers
dill pickle sandwiches


smoked turkey (we smoked 2)
ham
green bean cass.
pineapple cass.
mac & cheese
corn
sweet potatoes
dressing
giblet gravy
mashed potatoes
deviled eggs
cranberry sauce
yeast rolls

pumpkin crunch cake
brownies
chocolate eclaire dessert

This was more than enough food for 20 people.

Last year I scaled it down a lot since it was just the 4 of us & my parents.
We had turkey, dressing, mac & cheese, sweet potatoes, giblet gravy, green bean cass., pineapple cass., cranberry sauce, mini pecan pies, & pumpkin crunch cake.
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