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Old 11-13-2017, 11:27 AM   #31
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Wish I didn't have to do T'giving. Too much work and too many leftovers for 3 people.
First, I noticed you are in Canada, so I'm surprised you are doing T-day in the first place. Are you originally from the US? Second, why do you have to do it? I live in the US, and I don't. It was very freeing when we gave it up. Take back your T-day, and do what you want!
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:35 AM   #32
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Looks like our menu is set.

Roast Turkey
Stuffing
Pilaf
Butternut Squash
Broccoli
Cranberry Sauce
Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls
Gravy
Cider
Pumpkin Roll
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Chocolate Cake with Ganache and a candle (for grandson's birthday)
Vanilla Ice Cream
Wine
Beer
Coffee
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:38 PM   #33
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First, I noticed you are in Canada, so I'm surprised you are doing T-day in the first place. Are you originally from the US? Second, why do you have to do it? I live in the US, and I don't. It was very freeing when we gave it up. Take back your T-day, and do what you want!
CWS has been living with and taking care of her elderly parents in Minnesota for about a year now. I imagine she's doing Thanksgiving for her their sake.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:16 PM   #34
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We are expecting about 9 folks for dinner but the menu is simple this year with several folks bring part of dinner.

2 Turkeys - brined and cooked in the Big Easy
Homemade gravy
Stuffing - one will be vegetarian
cranberry relish
Cranberry sauce
Sweet potatoes baked with apples
Plate of pickles, olives etc
Fresh green beans w/ almonds
Mashed Potatoes
Pumpkin pie
another dessert - tbd
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As usual we are doing 2 turkeys - both about 15 lbs. One cooks for dinner and the second one goes into cook during dinner. a 15 lb turkey in the Big Easy cooks in about 2 hours. The second one gets cut up and sent home with guests so they can have leftovers.

I am responsible for the birds, dressing, gravy, beans, cleaning the house and cranberries. The rest of the menu has been delegated to guests.

Now the scary part - my DH usually makes cranberry relish. He takes this job seriously and he is particular about the relish but he is traveling and so I have to make it. You may remember the year we narrowly averted a disaster with this relish - now it's my turn Cranberries vs. Hubby - Round 1

There is no exact recipe so my chances of getting it just perfect are slim....
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Old 11-13-2017, 04:42 PM   #35
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CWS has been living with and taking care of her elderly parents in Minnesota for about a year now. I imagine she's doing Thanksgiving for her their sake.
Got it! I was confused why a Canadian would be celebrating an American holiday!
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Old 11-13-2017, 05:25 PM   #36
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Trying to keep the tempting foods and leftovers to a minimum so it will be pretty basic.

Stuffed chicken breast.
Mashed yellow turnip.
Brussels Sprouts.
Cabbage salad.
Pickles, ripe olives and whole cranberry sauce.
Pumpkin custard with whipped cream.
That sounds like a wonderful meal Aunt Bea! Those are all things that I can eat (though the stuffing would have to be gluten free )
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:28 AM   #37
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I'll probably smoke a 12# turkey on the Egg. We don't really have any room in our freezers to justify using the off-set as I don't like to fire it up unless I can fill the cooking chamber. Sides haven't been settled on, but a from scratch green bean casserole will probably be in the mix. That means homemade cream of mushroom using some wild and some crimini.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:44 AM   #38
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I am so glad to hear that for those who are cooking, you are all planning to make sure you have enough leftovers for your company to take home to make sandwiches next day.

The American tradition is to sit at the holiday table and stuff yourself 'til you just can't eat another bite. Yet you want to. So the guests go home, fall in bed still full, with happy memories. Then next morning when everyone wakes up, their first thoughts go to that great dinner. And they want more. But thanks to the American tradition, there are leftovers that your hostess so graciously gave you in the fridge, and a bite or two before breakfast is called for. What will it be? The stuffing? Those creamy potatoes? Aha! The pumpkin pie. Just a small slice will do.

So everyone gets to relive that glorious feast the next day thanks to a wonderful hostess and cook. And all because of another American tradition. LEFTOVERS! Yea!!!
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:29 AM   #39
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Old 11-17-2017, 01:25 AM   #40
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The last several years we've done holiday dinners at the home of my older son and his family. He has decided on ham for Thanksgiving. What? He must be pulling my chain again, right? Hmm, when he asked what I would be bringing for the menu I told him "turkey dinner". There's no way we can have a Thanksgiving without at least turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed spuds and gravy. I'll cook up a Butterball boneless turkey roast to go with his ham.
The other family members can fill in the blanks.
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