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Old 11-27-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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Try anything new for Thanksgiving? Hit or Miss?

Although I appreciate the traditional foods made for each holiday, I also like to mix thins up a bit so the meals dont become boring. Sometimes they are a hit. Sometimes a miss. I was wondering if anyone tried anything new this year and how well it was perceived by others.

My Hit was the potato / cheese bake I did. It was the only thing that was %100 finished .

My Miss was the rutabaga ,parsnip, carrot mash ( with butter, cream s&p). People kinda stayed away from it, or took a small sample, but didnt go back for seconds. ( Tasted good to me though ).

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Old 11-27-2008, 10:27 PM   #2
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I put too much roasted garlic in the butternut squash. Not great.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:19 PM   #3
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I was going to just show up and volunteer this year and serve dinner at a local church on the west side of town but the weather was mild (we had been getting a lot of snow and colder temps of late) and my mom wanted to go out to eat--so that is what I did instead. She had a wonderful time and I have a ton of leftovers but I really miss making the meal.

However, I am very thankful that we were together. We did a lot of reminiscing.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:35 PM   #4
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It's all about tradition, here. SO introduced the cornbread stuffing w/ sausage--it went over well. Other than that, it was all the Thanksgiving staples--mashed turnips, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy (put out some giblet style, with limited appeal), rolls, and cranberry relish. Turkey, of course.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:40 PM   #5
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Tried an oyster stuffing. Not bad, was a little moist for my taste.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:00 AM   #6
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White Sweet Potato pie.

Not bold enough flavor, brought almost all of it home.


OTOH that may have been due to my also making apple, pecan and custard pies. Not much of those came home, especially the custard.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:11 AM   #7
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DW "doctored up" the green bean casserole with bacon and some other goodies (she watched Guy Fieri make some killer beans) and that was a big hit. I made 2 loaves of Challah bread. SIL never has any bread at her dinners, and was reluctant to put any out. "There's plenty of stuffing if they want bread" is her usual response. It was big hit and all disappeared as well (23 for dinner). Yes, I kept my mouth shut. Next time I'll make dinner rolls.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:10 AM   #8
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Joe, it's just not right without bread!! hehe

Nothing new tried, just someone new doing the turkey. It was all good though. A little different as the cooks were young and not use to cooking Thanksgiving food, lol
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:42 AM   #9
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Yes no family, just hubbie and me.
Went to see parents in am, my sister was having dinner for them this year
Daughter and family were at her hubbie family.
It was nice, very lil dishes to do and watch Holiday movies all day and did some sewing- Hubbie did his thing in the garage.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:17 AM   #10
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HIT!!!!! I did Alton Brown's brined turkey this year with the help of Andy M - it was a HUGE hit - this was the most beautiful and best tasting turkey any of us had ever had - this will now be the tradition!
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