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Old 11-10-2006, 08:59 AM   #1
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Thanksgiving without a turkey

hi everyone have not posted been in a bit. i have been very busy.

this year we are having a traditional thanksgiving meal on the friday the day after thanksgiving. on thanksgiving it will just be my hubby and our kids.
i don't want to be all turkeyed out on friday my mil makes a wonderful
turkey. anyway i was wondering what others folks serve different
than turkey on thanksgiving??????


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Old 11-10-2006, 09:17 AM   #2
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We always have a big ole fat roasting chicken and a ham (my favorite)


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Old 11-10-2006, 09:25 AM   #3
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I guess I may be one that has taken a different approach in the last few years for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This year, since it will be just my hubby, myself and maybe one daughter; I am making gumbo. It freezes well so that hubby can take some on the road if he wants and if the daughter shows up, she can take a lot of it back home with her, she loves it. Last year I fixed "surf-n-turf" for Thanksgiving. I've fixed all Mexican food, Chinese or whatever for holiday dinners ( I go with what people really want to eat). If I have a large bunch here and they want traditional, I am more than happy to fix that. One thing this has done is take off the stress of trying to out-do myself from the year before. And if it is just a couple of us here, it is just easier.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:30 AM   #4
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One year I went to a friend's home and she prepared an Indian feast, featuring Goanese Roast Pork and a plethora of ethereal vegetable dishes. I never missed the turkey!

I do have the pork recipe, if you'd like to have it.
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:57 AM   #5
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I love the whole idea of Thanksgiving. I would have something that is a favourite. For example, we usually have either a turkey or a goose at Chritmas but last year we had beef......we both like it and don't buy a good piece that often so we did at christmas. Just have your favourite meal and enjoy giving thanks!
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:02 AM   #6
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my mom's sisters often have the traditional t-giving meal... we choose to make a louisiana meal with:

gumbos - seafood and/or chicken & sausage
crawfish pasta
pan fried or grilled trout
seafood stuffed merlitons (veg. pears)
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:18 AM   #7
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We do Cornish game hens...
You could do that or do a roast with veggies
or a ham...
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Old 11-10-2006, 12:04 PM   #8
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I've seen people do hams and roast beef on Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-10-2006, 04:20 PM   #9
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Fuggedabout the Thanksgiving Police. Fix what you want!
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Old 11-10-2006, 04:41 PM   #10
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Make Thanksgiving traditions of your own. We have in a way, My family always had the turkey, DH's family always had the fried chicken and ravioli, now our children and grankids have what we've come to love within our family. While my kids love stuffing none of them is thrilled with turkey, they will have a small slice with gravey, but much prefer a ham, so we do both.
We have ham, turkey both small sized,stuffing, ravioli, artichokes cooked with evoo, butter,garlic,fresh flat leaf chopped parsley, garbanzo beans cold with evoo, parsley and garlic,homemade cranberry sauce, an antipasto platter, homemade foccacia,mashed potatoes and gravy, baked and mashed sweet potatoes with butter,and a little brown sugar,homemade rolls.Desserts are usually some pumpkin,apple and chocolate pie or we do good sized cream puffs have a liqueur and coffee and call it a day. I do think we could all get together and eat Kentucky fried and still be happy and thankful, the thanks being that we are all together and love each other, it's the family before the food. I hope your Thanksgiving turns out to be one of the best.


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