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Old 11-20-2013, 07:39 PM   #31
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I've decided on Thanksgiving dinner:

Appetizers:
Celery and carrots with ranch dip
Smoked oysters on crackers

Dinner:
Turkey - crockpot(breast) or roasted (whole)?
Real mashed potatoes
Gravy
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits
Steamed broccoli and cauliflower with melted cheese
Lakisha's seasoned green beans

Dessert:
Cherry pie (Papa's favorite)
Pumpkin bread

I can make the pie ahead and freeze it. I already have the pumpkin bread frozen. I've picked very simple recipes for this so I'm not having a hissy over such complicated other recipes.

Now, the turkey; should I buy a nice plump breast and use the crockpot for my first time? I'd love to do the whole turkey. Perhaps later, when Mamma can help me, yes? Is it best to use the crockpot this time?

Also, if I use the crockpot, there will be none of this running back and forth to baste the turkey. I'll be able to let the crockpot perform the work.

I thought it best to keep this simple.

With love,
~Cat
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #32
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You know you're going to get a lot of opinions on this I would not recommend using the crock pot for a turkey breast. Crock-pot cooking is long, low-temperature cooking for tenderizing tough cuts of meat. A turkey breast is already tender. You could roast it and get a better result.

There is no need to baste a whole turkey. That's an outdated technique that only results in rubbery skin. When the fat under the skin renders as the turkey roasts, that bastes the meat and as the fat melts into the pan, the skin becomes crispy. Then you have nice drippings in the pan with which to make your gravy. This method also helps the turkey to cook faster because you are not constantly opening the oven and letting heat out.

I like lots of turkey leftovers, so I will be roasting a whole turkey, just for the two of us
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #33
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Turkey is a very easy thing to cook just follow the directions on the wrapper, remember to remove the bag of giblets and the neck.

You can bake the biscuits while the turkey is resting.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #34
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I agree with Aunt Bea and GG. Much as I love the CP, I wouldn't use it to roast a turkey breast. Oven roasted is the way to go. And if I could roast a turkey at your age, Cat, anyone can! As has been said, just read and follow the package directions and when in doubt, there's always DC and the Butterball Hotline! Roasting a breast or two would actually be even easier than roasting a whole turkey.

Your menu sounds perfect, by the way!
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:40 PM   #35
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Oh, I see. I fix very nice roasted whole chickens in my roaster. I can put a turkey in it also. I've done some research and so I know of Butterball.

Perhaps, then, a nice smaller Butterball turkey and the hotline for Butterball on the top of my cellphone list, along with my little Acer computer in the kitchen so I can flee here for help?

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Old 11-22-2013, 10:20 AM   #36
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Oh, I see. I fix very nice roasted whole chickens in my roaster. I can put a turkey in it also. I've done some research and so I know of Butterball.

Perhaps, then, a nice smaller Butterball turkey and the hotline for Butterball on the top of my cellphone list, along with my little Acer computer in the kitchen so I can flee here for help?With love,
~Cat
You silly girl. Of course you can. And don't forget, you Mama will be there with you to help. As I keep telling you, make her feel that you still need her. And you know you do. I know how eager you are to let her know you are doing all right. And you are. But she still needs to feel that her little girl still needs her.

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Old 11-22-2013, 08:58 PM   #37
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You silly girl. Of course you can. And don't forget, you Mama will be there with you to help. As I keep telling you, make her feel that you still need her. And you know you do. I know how eager you are to let her know you are doing all right. And you are. But she still needs to feel that her little girl still needs her.

Oh, I see. But I do need her. No matter of how old I am, I will always need my Mamma and Papa.

I'll do this. I'm her little one and I need Mamma and, of course, Papa.

Thank you for telling me. I need them. One day I won't have them and this is very frightening for me.

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Old 11-24-2013, 09:52 PM   #38
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All right, as Mamma says. I have everything for dinner. Lakisha, her Mamma and her uncle and DA's boyfriend and Gwen will be our guests.

Their room is ready. They are only bringing personal items on the plane trip. Mamma put money into my account for buying them clothes for here. I have all those now for them, according to her list.

I can't relax. I'm too excited!

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All right, as Mamma says. I have everything for dinner. Lakisha, her Mamma and her uncle and DA's boyfriend and Gwen will be our guests.

Their room is ready. They are only bringing personal items on the plane trip. Mamma put money into my account for buying them clothes for here. I have all those now for them, according to her list.

I can't relax. I'm too excited!

With love,
~Cat
I can feel your excitement, Cat. You must feel like a child trying to sleep on Christmas Eve awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus.

Try to get some sleep anyway so you can greet your parents fresh and rested.

You're going to have a ball!!!!
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I can feel your excitement, Cat. You must feel like a child trying to sleep on Christmas Eve awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus.

Try to get some sleep anyway so you can greet your parents fresh and rested.

You're going to have a ball!!!!
Oh yes, I will! I bought them all the right clothes, and I bought good sheets and fluffy comforters for their bed. I'm worried, for there is nasty icy weather on Monday and Tuesday here. But I'll get to them! I drove in very nasty snowy, icy weather in Brasov in my little old Dacia so this won't be any problem.

I think, no matter that I am an adult now, I'll never stop needing my parents. Now I'm able to do for them what all they have done for me. One part of me feels very much in control, where I have everything planned and ready for them and our guests, and I know I can do this, and I'll do it well.

The other part of me is the child part. I still desire their approval and so it is why I've made sure everything is in order for them. It's sometimes difficult at my age, yes?

But I think all is well with this. I've done my best, and so it shall be.

As long as I don't poison anyone and put myself up for a lawsuit, I think it will all be all right.

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