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Old 11-02-2004, 04:48 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving Must Haves

I thought it might be interesting to start a topic on dishes you must have at Thanksgiving...it might give us new ideas for our own menus.
As for myself..I am always trying something new...however my husband must have a String Bean Casserole. I would say I'm a bit of a food snob..meaning everything must be home made and from scratch..no mushroom soup for me..however I do believe that Thanksgiving is about comfort..so on this Holiday..I believe whatever foods make you feel good should be on your menu...made from scratch or not!!

As for new ideas..I'm working on spinach dishes, sweet corn pudding, hazelnut stuffing....and hoping to see a must have from one of you that might become part of my menu.

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Old 11-02-2004, 05:02 PM   #2
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I am totally traditional in my menu - turkey, cornbread dressing [NOT in the turkey], giblet gravy, very small green bean casserole, canned jelly cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes...[will probably try something whipped/creamy this year] deviled egg tray with raw veggies and olives, pecan and pumpkin pie. This year - it all depends on whether we are in the house or the apartment - I am NOT cooking a big meal in this tiny little kitchen
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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Chez suz - So make a green bean casserole from scratch! Fresh green beans, bechemel, sauteed mushrooms in a casserole, with thin sliced flour-coated fried onions on top.

My 'must haves' are stuffing (out of the bird), cranberry sauce, and my maple/pecan/bourbon sweet potatoes. I change around the 'green' dishes and salads from year to year.
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:29 PM   #4
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Chez suz - So make a green bean casserole from scratch! Fresh green beans, bechemel, sauteed mushrooms in a casserole, with thin sliced flour-coated fried onions on top.
Have done similar recipes to your suggestion...I like them..but there is something about that mushroom soup and Durkee onion rings that are in a league of there own!
Your sweet potatoes sound great...want to share your recipe?
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:48 PM   #5
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Great idea, chez suz, and in enough time to alter other menus.

Roast Turkey with giblet, seasoned cornbred (I cheat with Marie Cubbisons, cannot make it from scratch as good), onions, celery, water chestnuts, fresh parsley, sage, butter, chicken stock.

Mashed Potatoes seasoned with buttermilk, fresh ground pepper

Brussel Sprouts & Parsnips in dijon, roasted whole mustard seeds, and butter.

Acorn Squash roasted then mashed and seasoned with pecans, REAL maple syrup, butter, nutmeg.

Gravey made from drippings in pan w/stock added if required.

Rolls Homemade with wholewheat with wheat berries, quinoa, flax, sunflower seeds, and topped with egg wash and sesame seeds.

My daughter is a vegetarian so the following is her menu:

Tofurkey Slices stuffed with stuffing (made with No-Chicken Stock) and rolled like an encillada, in a casserole with seam down and gravey over garnished with Hungarian Paprika, scallions.

Acorn Squash stuffed and roasted with rice cooked in No Chicken Stock, with scallions, roasted pine nuts, onions, celery, parsley, rasins, and a beaten egg to hold together and get some REAL protein into the kid.

I do not worry about appetizers much, my friends/family usually bring them and I order pies from a local pie maker as I am a lousy pastry person. Eat it but have not developed the knack every time for good pie dough. Do not want a hocky puck on my table.
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:49 PM   #6
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Re: Thanksgiving Must Haves

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I thought it might be interesting to start a topic on dishes you must have at Thanksgiving...it might give us new ideas for our own menus.
As for myself..I am always trying something new...however my husband must have a String Bean Casserole. I would say I'm a bit of a food snob..meaning everything must be home made and from scratch..no mushroom soup for me..however I do believe that Thanksgiving is about comfort..so on this Holiday..I believe whatever foods make you feel good should be on your menu...made from scratch or not!!

As for new ideas..I'm working on spinach dishes, sweet corn pudding, hazelnut stuffing....and hoping to see a must have from one of you that might become part of my menu.
I should have read your idea before I posted mine. I am going to add hazelnuts to something on my menu, they grow wild here in Oregon.
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Old 11-02-2004, 10:47 PM   #7
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turkey, stuffing, mashed tatos, gravy, cranberry sauce
sweet tatos, deviled eggs, pumpkin and chocolate pie
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Old 11-02-2004, 10:57 PM   #8
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must have onions in cream sauce...
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we have turkey,stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, peas, canned crescent rolls and butter, this green jell-o dessert, pecans, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, chocolates, red wine...

if it were up to me, sigh...
we'd have herb and peppercorn-encrusted rack of lamb, a great red wine, a lightly steamed green bean dish, potatoes in some shape or form, a cheese course rather than dessert, and a cheesecake for those who DID want dessert.
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I'm sorry, chez suz - it's a law that the green bean casserole appear on the table at Thanksgiving. However, you may make it from scratch.
I am always surprised at how many people have mashed potatoes on this holiday. We never do - sweet potatoes only. The gravy goes on the non-cornbread stuffing.
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