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Old 09-10-2015, 05:06 PM   #51
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Turns out Brother and crew may not be there if he has to work. That cuts it down by 7 people. Will know more in November about that. It might be just us and Mom & Dad...it that is the case we will have a Cajun inspired meal. Weather is very dependent on the how many we are expecting. If it's bad out, my Sisters won't be here either.
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:14 PM   #52
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Turns out Brother and crew may not be there if he has to work. That cuts it down by 7 people. Will know more in November about that. It might be just us and Mom & Dad...it that is the case we will have a Cajun inspired meal. Weather is very dependent on the how many we are expecting. If it's bad out, my Sisters won't be here either.
Relax and cook the foods that mean Thanksgiving to you and Shrek.

Holidays have always been sort of "loaves and fishes" type meals, if they all show up everyone will get fed. If the weather is bad you may end up feeding a whole new bunch of family and friends that get pulled out of a snowdrift by the highway patrol!
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:49 AM   #53
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Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal to make. It's also the easiest IMO. Once the turkey is stuffed and in the oven, the rest is, well....just gravy! LOL
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Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal to make. It's also the easiest IMO. Once the turkey is stuffed and in the oven, the rest is, well....just gravy! LOL
For the past twenty-three years Shrek and I have tried out different cultures foods for Thanksgiving. I would pick whatever country and come up with a menu. Now that there is family involved, they expect traditional...I can do that, too!
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:59 AM   #55
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Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal to make. It's also the easiest IMO. Once the turkey is stuffed and in the oven, the rest is, well....just gravy! LOL

This is my problem too. I love to prepare traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I start a week or two before and fit stuff in as needed until the day before when the action gets hectic. And dinner is always late. My kids make book on when dinner will actually be ready.
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This is my problem too. I love to prepare traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I start a week or two before and fit stuff in as needed until the day before when the action gets hectic. And dinner is always late. My kids make book on when dinner will actually be ready.
I'm with you guys. I have 360 odd other days to try different things. For me Thanksgiving is the one day each year where I expect turkey with all the trimmings. I may make occasional modifications to some of the trimmings, but the guest of honor is a necessity.
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There aren't any leftovers that are as good as Thanksgiving leftovers. The turkey, stuffing, cranberries...all of it, delicious!
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I couldn't imagine having picky family members being vocal about what they did and did not want. In our family it's usually a pot luck, the turkey is cooked at the hosts house. If someone doesn't like how someone cooks a certain dish, they bring their version and nobody thinks much of it.

My menu will likely be very similar to recent years, pretty much everyone likes everything I make.

Gravy, there has to be homemade gravy.
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We often go to my M-I-L's home for Thanksgiving. My B-I-L complained the time I helped with the turkey. The white meat wasn't dry enough for his taste.
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We often go to my M-I-L's home for Thanksgiving. My B-I-L complained the time I helped with the turkey. The white meat wasn't dry enough for his taste.
The first time I gave my sister a juicy chicken breast to eat, she cut into it and asked if I was sure it was done.
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