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Old 10-27-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving Celebrations

I live in the United Kingdom. I donít know much about Thanksgiving meals and celebrations except what Iíve seen on TV and on film at the cinema. What would I be eating if I was invited to your Thanksgiving Dinner this year? Are your supermarkets filled with aisles and aisles of Thanksgiving food offers in the run-up to your celebrations? What table decorations would you have on the day? I'd love to know more...

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Old 10-27-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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Well, for us it's just my husband & myself, so our "feast" isn't as much as others, I'm sure.

We always order ahead of time & buy a fresh free range/organic turkey, which I roast plain. I always choose & make a different stuffing/dressing recipe every year, but keep it small since it's not hubby's favorite. Sides consist of a plain baked white potato & a plain baked sweet potato, which I split into halves & we each have one half of each, liberally slathered in butter. Another must-have is Creamed Garlic Spinach, as well as the traditional "Green Bean Casserole". And cranberry sauce, of course.

All of the above leave us with plenty of leftovers to enjoy.

Oh - & I almost forgot the piece de resistance - my family's traditional Thanksgiving cocktail going back 50 years: the "Scarlett O'Hara".

For 2 servings:

2 glassfulls original cranberry juice cocktail
1 glassfull Southern Comfort
Juice from 1 lime

Blend as is & serve with a lime wedge, or add ice to crush, blend & serve as an iced drink. Either way, delicious, very festive, & very easy to increase for a crowd.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:41 PM   #3
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I enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner more than any other. I anticipate it all year.
I cook it whether there are two for dinner or more. I have cooked all this for myself when I lived alone.

I brine and roast a 12 pound turkey. Sage dressing made outside the bird. Lots of gravy,

For sides we had rice pilaf (I grew up on the stuff), roasted butternut squash, creamed onions, cranberry sauce and sometimes green bean casserole. Depending on who's there, mashed potatoes too.

I make a pecan pie and a pumpkin pie (an sometimes apple pie) and vanilla ice cream.

If we don't want wine with dinner, we have apple cider.

Neeedless to say, we have leftovers.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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Turkey or ham
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
veggie dish
salad
gravy
bread
pies, apple and pumpkin or an apple or peach cobbler
I don't decorate for Thanksgiving but.. I'll have some of the X-mas stuff up already.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:48 PM   #5
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If DH and I are not hosting or invited to his family's house for Thanksgiving.... I would be cooking the following:

Either a whole chicken or a cornish hens, mashed taters, gravy, green and shelly beans ( a dish I make each year ), deviled eggs, bread of some sort, and a pumpkin pie. There may be some other snack stuff I will make, but that is pretty much the jest of it if you were coming to my home. Simple, but good!
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What are Shelly beans??
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:17 PM   #7
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A day off in the work week, 1st of all. (more to follow) And the Friday after is called "BLACK FRIDAY". Supposedly retailers' best profit day of the year. It's the official start of the Christmas shopping season. Alot of people also have this day off work. It's the only week of the year, guaranteed, to have a 3 day work week for some lucky folk.
What's great about Thanksgiving here is it's like the 4th of July in the cold. It's about our country's pride, food, and family and or friends. No religion or ethnicity or political parties picking sides, or climate, to alienate one group from another. (Although much of this may be discussed at the dinner table. LOL!) And we all may eat different due to the above, but what is better than food and family/friends? (To me it's sort of like Christmas without the religion, or the pressure of gift giving.) The gift is each other and the right to do it.
And it's not just a meal in my house, but an event. Sit around the kitchen table eating appetizers, while the main meal is completed and set in the diningroom. People helping with this or that, bringing this or that, cleaning up this or that. Some of the men and boys watching (falling asleep watching) the pre-football and football games, armchair quarterbacking. Then all sitting down to the main meal;
TURKEY, cooked however, with whatever, and plenty, (and in my family we have to also due an italian meal)(never forget your roots kind of thing).
We continue to sit around chatting, or go back to the football games, or get up and walk around so as not to feel so bloated. (That's always me!)
Then dessert is last and usually varied, with coffee and tea served.
This is the traditional. Down here though, you see everything. Alot of people who are lucky enough to own their own boats take the opportunity to go fishing. Or with the multitude of condo owners here that have but kitchenettes in big developments, they may have group cookouts at their buildings or at the beach.
Alot are senior citizen "snowbirds" (a second home they visit during the cold months) , who's families are "up north", this is what they do.
Again though, friends, family and food. And take it slow and easy.
Just my take though.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:34 PM   #8
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I usually love Thanksgiving and all that goes with it!
But I get so tired of choosing between goingt o his family or my family, or having everyone here.... you just can't please everyone.....
I don't even want to deal with it this year. I want to make a nice big delicious feast for DH and the kids, veg out all day and just be us. Alone.
Doesn't happen here too often anymore.
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In years to be, Suzie, you'll be wishing for that. I promise you. Plus you're creating tradition and memories for your kids. Get a good night sleep the few days before, and you'll be up to the task. Gauranteed.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:57 PM   #10
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Suzi, I say do THAT!

Tell everyone that you need a "Thanksgiving off" and that you have your hands full with the brood you have.

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