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Old 11-10-2008, 02:26 PM   #11
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Since I am the sole survivor of the nuclear family and my wife's is all way out of state and scattered, and since our kids don't care what scraps they get (dogs, LOL)....
we have the luxury of cooking whatever we want for the holidays.
Last year we went traditional. This year I am thinking turkey again, perhaps with a non-traditional rub and seasonings. Gonna try an oyster stuffing I think.
(Which reminds me, we need a How to Make Fluffy Stuffing thread).
As for side dishes, haven't decided yet.
One problem is we like to have a big feast, which is hard for 2 to eat up! oink.
I totally misread this - thought your wife was scattered out of state. Sorry. Read it again and found it made sense.

We have a friend who lives in California who gave us a Thanksgiving meal when they over in the UK a few years back.

Have a great thanksgiving everyone
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:27 PM   #12
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We apparently are not having pumpkin pie this year. Going to Chicago to my sister's, who has handed out assignments. The dessert assignment has turned out to be chocolate expresso pecan pie. My BIl and nephews are making it.

I think I can live w/o the pumpkin pie.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:33 PM   #13
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DH wants to go to his parents' in MI for the holiday, so if we do that, dinner won't be up to me. I'm pretty much a traditionalist, though. Usually when we have Thanksgiving away from home, the following weekend, I stock up and make all the main items for us anyway. And I roast a 14-lb. turkey for the two of us. I love Thanksgiving leftovers.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:23 PM   #14
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i am having two meals this year and not cooking either one. yeah, maybe i can sit down for a change and catch up with everyone.

my son or his daughter-in-law will be doing one on the day. don't know if they want me to bring anything or not.

oldest granddaughter is having one the sunday after, work schedules. not just her mom and me, but live ins family as well. asked me to bring green beans, sweet potatoes.
corn bread stuffing. i bought a couple bottles of champaign sp. all easy dishes for me.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:32 PM   #15
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Being vegetarian, we are always throwing a loop in the menu. We always go to my moms, who makes the traditional turkey, cranberry sauce .... But there is always something different for us, like an eggplant parmesian , or something of that nature. and what is funny is that our stuff goes quicker than the turkey. The one year my mother bought a " tofu turkey". No, im not talking about the ' tofurkey ( which in my opinion tastes like garbage) , but this was a huge slab of tofu, in the shape of a turkey. Im not talking the anatomical shape, but as f u had one of those cut out paper turkey decorations that u tape on your window. It was the most horrible thing (almost made me crave meat) and they charged her $25 for it. No more tofu turkey for me. The eggplant is fine..
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:48 PM   #16
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Just my little gang at my MIL's.... nobody else.
I'll bring what she tells me to.
But I really like to try out new stuff, and her husband eats anything.... so I have a thanksgiving stuffed onion I've wanted to try for years... he's an onion freak...
I may just bring a few for fun!
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:29 PM   #17
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One year, after my mom, daughter and MIL had passed, it was just my dad, me, Dh and his pop. Dad hated turkey, so I cooked a pork loin.
I have also cooked Cornish game hens or ham for Thanksgiving. I don't think it matters what you eat...it's a day to be with your loved ones and give thanks for your blessings.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:40 PM   #18
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i have done all the cooking for turkey day since i was 18 ..
i always make a ham and a turkey .. the sides do differ a little though ..
usually the veggies .. last year i fried the turkey .. it was fantastic ..
but thinking about smoking it this year ..
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:32 PM   #19
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One year, after my mom, daughter and MIL had passed, it was just my dad, me, Dh and his pop. Dad hated turkey, so I cooked a pork loin.
I have also cooked Cornish game hens or ham for Thanksgiving. I don't think it matters what you eat...it's a day to be with your loved ones and give thanks for your blessings.

There you go, bringing some common sense into this thread.
But for a lot of people, WHAT you serve is also important.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:27 AM   #20
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I am a widower and I am going over to my great niece for dinner, will probably bring fresh baked rolls.
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