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Old 10-06-2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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Thanksgiving - Canadian version Oct 12-13 2014

So my fellow Canucks, anyone trying anything new for the feast? Anyone new coming to the party?

We're doing dinner on the Sunday so we can all have a day to enjoy one another on Monday. I'll have the usual turkey, stuffing, potatoes on the table. I'm always looking for different sides and desserts to try though. My eldest daughter is starting to be something of a baker and she's been perusing my magazine collection for something delicious. I've got apple pies in the freezer as a back up if we decide not to be creative.

Options for sides:

Mona's onions - (pearl onions in a creamy/cheesy sauce)
Green bean casserole - the usual...fan favorite
Spaghetti squash?
Brussels sprouts?

I'm looking for ideas, and would welcome suggestions from you folks.

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Old 10-06-2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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So my fellow Canucks, anyone trying anything new for the feast? Anyone new coming to the party?

We're doing dinner on the Sunday so we can all have a day to enjoy one another on Monday. I'll have the usual turkey, stuffing, potatoes on the table. I'm always looking for different sides and desserts to try though. My eldest daughter is starting to be something of a baker and she's been perusing my magazine collection for something delicious. I've got apple pies in the freezer as a back up if we decide not to be creative.

Options for sides:

Mona's onions - (pearl onions in a creamy/cheesy sauce)
Green bean casserole - the usual...fan favorite
Spaghetti squash?
Brussels sprouts?

I'm looking for ideas, and would welcome suggestions from you folks.
Those onions sound great.

Sliced carrots in a nutmeg flavored béchamel sauce.
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:44 AM   #3
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Do you have a recipe for those Addie? Or just wing it with bechamel and a hint of nutmeg?
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:51 AM   #4
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Sweet potatoes or butternut squash with butter and cinnamon, rice pilaf, creamed pearl onions, sauté your green beans with shallots and mushrooms.
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Mmmmm! Rice pilaf! Yes!

Andy, think I could do the brussels with shallots and mushrooms?

And I've never cooked a butternut squash, peel and boil chunks or roast in the oven and then season?
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Last year, I made sautéed green beans with bacon and cherry sauce, since we're not fans of cranberries. It was delicious, and different for us

I used this recipe, just for the sauce, and used frozen cherries instead of fresh: Turkey Sauté with Fresh Cherry Sauce Recipe | Epicurious.com
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Mmmmm! Rice pilaf! Yes!

Andy, think I could do the brussels with shallots and mushrooms?

And I've never cooked a butternut squash, peel and boil chunks or roast in the oven and then season?
It's really hard to peel raw butternut squash. I found it was easiest to cut it in half lengthwise and cook it in the microwave until it was soft enough to cut up - around eight minutes, maybe? I then made a casserole and baked it in the oven till it was browned. We don't like the flavor that much, so I didn't keep the recipe.
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So many people totally LOVE butternut squash and I've never really tried it. I do think I'll give it a go. I'm not a big fan of sweet stuff on my veggies, but I'm not the only one at dinner.


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So many people totally LOVE butternut squash and I've never really tried it. I do think I'll give it a go. I'm not a big fan of sweet stuff on my veggies, but I'm not the only one at dinner.


You could serve the sauce on the side for people to add if they want. Some people like cranberry sauce with turkey, to brighten up the flavor, so it's not necessarily just for veggies.
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Mmmmm! Rice pilaf! Yes!

Andy, think I could do the brussels with shallots and mushrooms?

And I've never cooked a butternut squash, peel and boil chunks or roast in the oven and then season?

I think sprouts would work great. Maybe roast them.

For butternut squash, I put them on a half sheet pan and roast them @ 400ºF for an hour or more depending on size. Let them cool a bit then split them lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Mix in butter, salt pepper and cinnamon and mash or puree to desired texture. You can make this a day or two in advance and just reheat.
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