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Old 09-11-2015, 09:07 PM   #61
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We have a couple of farm-raised turkeys on order with a friend. I got one last year, pre-salted it for two days before roasting, and it was the best turkey we've ever had. I was happy with our Costco fresh free-range turkeys, but now we're totally spoiled, so this year I ordered two.

DD is gluten intolerant and SIL has Crohn's so we will make two dressings, cauliflower mash along with the potatoes. And I'll get used to using cornstarch in my gravy, yesIwill...

Beyond that we tend to do whatever suits our fancy at the time. I'll make Aunt Margaret's Rolls for for those of us that do gluten, some sort of fruit salad and vegie. And something pumpkin-ey for a dessert. SIL makes a mean creme brulee, so maybe we'll make a pumpkin brulee.

We'll probably invite my sis to fly up from Palm Springs since we'll have a month-old great-niece for her to meet!
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:21 PM   #62
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I'm envious, BB. We have friends who are hobby farmers and raise livestock, including a few turkeys, but I've met the turkeys and they're pets. No way I could eat them.
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:38 PM   #63
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Dawg, I hear you. That's why I don't raise my own. I like my homegrown meat frozen in packages. My friend tried to introduce me to last year's TDay dinner and I declined.
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We helped raise a goose, Irene. We had her for Solstice supper. It didn't bother me or my ex. It did bother our friend. It also gave all the dogs a real scare. We were living in a trailer at the friend's dad's trout farm. There were seven dogs.
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:20 PM   #65
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Thanksgiving 2015 - Planning Time

Taxy! You ate Irene??!

I grew up in farm country, and I still don't know if I could eat any animal I met. Like Bookbrat, I prefer my meat frozen in a package.
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:28 AM   #66
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Taxy! You ate Irene??!

I grew up in farm country, and I still don't know if I could eat any animal I met. Like Bookbrat, I prefer my meat frozen in a package.
Yeah, I'm afraid we did. I was kinda horrible. I played this song:



Me And My Goose Lyrics - Arlo Guthrie
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:48 AM   #67
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I still don't know if I could eat a friend! With a name!
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Old 10-07-2015, 04:59 PM   #68
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I doubt we do much for Thanksgiving since it is just the two of us.
When I was growing up, grandmother did the holiday cooking.
After my granddad died, my aunt took over.
When her younger daughter moved out of state: I offered to take over Christmas.
The years passed and her grandkids grew up.
The younger granddaughter got married and wanted to do the holiday thing.
Both me and my aunt said what can we bring.
Now they have all moved away so now it is just the two of us.
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:18 PM   #69
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Living on a farm, you learn early on that the animals are for eating. It never bothered me when we took the pigs up to North Truro for slaughter and then brought them home all cut up for the freezer. I would see the hams hanging in the barn and never gave it a second thought that I used to have to feed them. Or when a chicken made it into the pot for supper, that was just one less chicken to feed.

Even working with 4-H kids, they knew when they brought their hand raised animals to the fair, it was for the purpose of not only winning ribbons, but also selling them for next winters feed for their new animal project. It is a mindset that you teach farm kids from the start. If you want them to have a pet to love, then give them a dog, cat or some other animal that isn't headed to slaughter. The only names you give your farm animals are the names that are on the certificate showing lineage.
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Old 10-08-2015, 03:00 AM   #70
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It's like our butcher tells it: when the kids asked for a "pet" cow, he told them only if they named him "Pot Roast".

It's looking like we'll still be in MA for Thanksgiving, then head to OH for Christmas. Since my SIL has had Thanksgiving the last couple of years, I think I'll host this time. At least I will have a reason to clean. Now that the garage sale is over, I can start pulling out all the different recipes I've accumulated over the years. I have a great one for cranberry sauce made with port wine.
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