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Old 11-09-2014, 01:19 PM   #31
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I just found some turkey wings from last year, buried in the freezer. Yay! Those will be roasted and used to make stock for make ahead gravy. While the turkey is resting, I'll make more gravy and add it all together. Otherwise, we always seem to run out. Hopefully there will be some stock left for a small pot of soup with turkey leftovers.

I'm rethinking the cranberry orange sauce as well. I love it, but I'll be the only one that will eat it. Too much trouble for just one.
Neither DH nor I likes cranberry sauce, so last year, I made cherry sauce and it was great! This year, I'm going to make it in advance. Making most stuff the day of is too much for me now.

Here's the recipe, if anyone's interested: Turkey Sauté with Fresh Cherry Sauce Recipe | Epicurious.com
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Sounds good, GG. I bet that would be a good spread for turkey sandwiches, too.
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I don't know about the rest of the country, but in these parts a Thanksgiving sandwich with all the fixings, minus the gravy make a great sub sandwich. It is now available year round. Before it was only during the holiday season starting at the beginning of November until the end of December. Now you can even get them in the middle of the summer.
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:26 PM   #34
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I don't know about the rest of the country, but in these parts a Thanksgiving sandwich with all the fixings, minus the gravy make a great sub sandwich. It is now available year round. Before it was only during the holiday season starting at the beginning of November until the end of December. Now you can even get them in the middle of the summer.
That's pretty popular around the country, but the breads probably vary.
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Sounds good, GG. I bet that would be a good spread for turkey sandwiches, too.
It would, yes I forgot to mention, I used thawed frozen cherries and they worked fine.
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It would, yes I forgot to mention, I used thawed frozen cherries and they worked fine.

Hmm. Good to know, I have some frozen cherries left over from the summer season.
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Maybe I'll get a thigh for myself, since I much prefer dark meat. I would love to do a whole turkey, but I end up with mostly white meat and Shrek is not eating as much as he used to, so I end up eating something I don't care for so it won't go to waste.

I always try to find a small turkey. Leftovers plus turkey salad, turkey stew, turkey casserole, etc. I channel my inner grandma/momma to deal with leftovers - besides, I live for turkey stew. :)

I'll make anything anyone wants for Christmas, New Years, Easter, etc. Thanksgiving is my sacred holiday to make family food. Turkey, dressing, dumplings, sweet potatoes with pecans and pineapple, creamed peas, cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving salad (which is almost a dessert,) citrus salad, stuffed celery, olives, and pies. I have pumpkins grown in the garden for pie this year. I love to make other pies but, unless company arrives, I'm sticking to pumpkin this year.

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This all reminds me, DH gets a free turkey through work. I'm going to have to free up some freezer space, and quickly.
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Something else I thought about: Janet, when you're setting out the serving dishes, put a sticky in each one identifying the food that will be served from it and the serving utensil. Prevents the mad scramble to find a large enough spoon at serving time.
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Something else I thought about: Janet, when you're setting out the serving dishes, put a sticky in each one identifying the food that will be served from it and the serving utensil. Prevents the mad scramble to find a large enough spoon at serving time.
Good idea! You are right - at the last minute it's likely I will forget what the plan was.
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