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Old 06-25-2012, 12:09 PM   #31
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Oh my gravy, Crystal, that's an ambitious menu! For how many people are you cooking?
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:22 PM   #32
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Oh my gravy, Crystal, that's an ambitious menu! For how many people are you cooking?
So far 15 adults, and about 4 kiddies, and could be up to 30 odd. I will have the use of a huge kitchen, which will be a plus. We have one huge circle. But everyone is gonna chip in for the food

So far everyone in on the surprize will do something, one/two is decorating the house, I've passed off the drink selection onto someone else,
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:26 PM   #33
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That's quite a list.

Don't feel the need to go too extravagant. Despite the Norman Rockwell image, in most American homes we typically serve one main meat (usually turkey or other fowl) with mashed potatoes, dressing/stuffing (my favorite), gravy, and two or three sides. Sides might include cranberries, seasonal vegetables, etc. And it wouldn't be in bad taste to ask your guests to bring a dish or two. This was the gist of the so-called first American Thanksgiving: everyone brought something to the table.

But the most important thing to remember about Thanksgiving is that, while the feast tends to be the centerpiece, the underlying theme is giving thanks for the things that we have in our life. At our house, before anyone commences eating, we go round the table and everyone talks about the things that he/she is thankful for.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:11 AM   #34
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When it comes to holiday meals, I do Thanksgiving and a friend does Christmas. She always asks me to do the "appetizers" because I don't over-do it. I've taken to doing what was very "in" in the US in the 60s, that is to say "stuffed celery". I (I'm talking Christmas here) spread ribs of celery (cut in halves or thirds), half with plain Philadelphia cream cheese, half with a prepared pimento cheese spread. I put a little sweet paprika on the pink ones, a little of any green herb on the white ones. Voila! Christmas colors. I'll toss on a few olives, maybe a few pickled mushrooms, small pickles of any kind. What is great about this is that kids pretty much like anything that is cut down to their size. The other great thing is that it is not filling. If you go to over the top with "appetizers" they are no longer appetizers, they are what we called in Hawaii, "heavy pupus", which are a meal in themselves. This just gives folk something to munch when you're busy doing last minute stuff in the kitchen. If I remember right, it used to be called "cruditees" when I was a teen taking home ec.
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I've invited a few friends round at the weekend to have a starter weekend. To critique the starters I've got planned. I know I need to look at the brie recipe as the recipe calls for a larger brie portion. So that will be scaled down greatly.

I think the ones up for debate will be the chowder & soup. Though I could just put all the fillings into the vol-au-vents.

Good thing that has come out of this, is that I'm actually slowly compiling my family's own recipes, as I go, as I'm thinking - I'm sure mum's got this sort of recipe. So will put them into a scrapbook for safe keeping.

I just want to thank everyone who has posted, and putting up with this 'Brits' naivity.
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My favorite part is the leftovers. I make a kind of Shepherds pie with them layering turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy and whatever else suits my fancy. It is great!
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We always run out of gravy at christmas, so understand that sentiment
I make a lot of gravy. I buy turkey wings and legs and make a stock using the usual vegetables. I make gravy using pan drippings and the broth thicken it and we have at least a quart.
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My favorite part is the leftovers. I make a kind of Shepherds pie with them layering turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy and whatever else suits my fancy. It is great!
I do the same. It's so good with a bit of cranberry sauce!

I've even frozen the dish, Thanksgiving in July!
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My favorite part is the leftovers. I make a kind of Shepherds pie with them layering turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy and whatever else suits my fancy. It is great!
That sounds delicious, will have to remember that. Where's my pen & notebook
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I do the same. It's so good with a bit of cranberry sauce!

I've even frozen the dish, Thanksgiving in July!
I have never frozen it, but will next time. Thanks. I also serve it with cranberry sauce. That's all you need. Sooo good.
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