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Old 11-13-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving 2006

Whatch'all cookin'? Who are you spending this holiday with?

I love Thanksgiving. This year we have the 2 of us plus my son, my mother and local brother, and some friends. Sometimes I miss the bigger family gatherings of my youth, but then I remember how I used to go hide away for a while because being among that many people for hours was overwhelming.

Anyhow, we're doing what we do virtually every year--roast turkey and our traditional sides (of course, I made these traditions up over the years):

-- We start with drinks & appetizers...I will make my usual mulled cider if I can find any cider in Charleston.

-- DH roasts the turkey (first 1/2-2/3 of the time upside down, which provides juicy breast meat and crispy skin without marinating, frying, basting, or injecting the bird with buttery-tasting substnaces of indeterminate origin)

-- Bread stuffing (cubed bread, onion, celery, mushrooms, herbs)

-- I am the gravy master! It is probably the cooking skill I'm most proud of. Delish, and no lumps--ever (excedpt for the finely chopped giblets). I'll share my not-so-secret secrets if anyone needs them.

-- DH's sweet potato-orange-cream-butter-rum casserole (as he sez, eat it and listne to your arteries harden--but the kids would never accept a Thanksgiving without it!)

-- Cranberry sauce of my own concoction with cut-up oranges, orange juice, and pecans

-- A cooked fresh veg, usually green beans

-- Boiled onions

-- Boiled turnips (rutabaga when I can find it)

-- Mashed white potatoes (for the gravy!)

-- Noodle pudding (with apples, raisins, and cinnamon)

-- Salad (as if we had room...)

-- Cranberry-orange-walnut bread

-- Take a long walk!

-- Coffee & pies: pumpkin and apple, plus one more. I've gotten lazy and let Mom buy the pies since it's the only contribution she wants to make.
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Re: Thanksgiving 2006
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We always do T-Day with my family (DWs family is mostly 1800 miles away). It has been at my place the last couple of years, since I am the most centrally located with a big enough place to do it. This year, we are going to my older sister's place in RI. It will be a little odd, though, since my brother (and his wife) and my younger sister (and her fiance) are going elsewhere. So it is my brood and my parents (and 4 dogs) going to visit my sister (and her dog). The odd part is that we all agreed to this before sis announced that she was splitting up with her husband. Since I cannot think of anyone in my extended family (other than my father and mother in-law) who has divorced, this will be an interesting social experience. I will be trying hard to shut my pie hole on the subject.

5 dogs, 5 adults and two rugrats in a small 3 BR, 1 bath house. And all of us will be busy tiptoeing around the elephant in the room.

Good thing I have recently discovered that I really like bourbon.
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:20 PM   #3
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Nothing special-- 25 pound turkey (in a conventional oven, sorry guys), with mashed potatoes & turkey gravy, peas & mushrooms (those two in the microwave/convection oven), cranberry sauce, and (storebought) pumpkin pie. No doubt there'll be extra whipped cream.

It'll be us three and the parents-in-law. We might end up trooping over to a friend's house for (more) dessert.

The "traditional" Hawaiian turkey cook has been done on the grill or in a huge deep-fat fryer. However last year at least 150 families around the state cooked their turkeys in an imu... but I feel that this experience is what inspired the ancient Hawaiians to invent microwave ovens.
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Traditional here too, turkey, all the fixings, enough desserts/pies to last until Xmass when we do it again. Probably be between 10 to 20 for dinner and the rest of the family and friends will wander in an out thru the day. We live next door to my parents so it's easy for dh and I to sneak away for some peace and quiet.

That noodle pudding sounds interesting, care to share the recipie?
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Re: Thanksgiving 2006

NOODLE PUDDING

8 oz medium noodles, cooked & drained
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1-2 coarsely grated apples
1 teaspoon salt
3 beaten eggs
2/3 cup raisins (if they aren't soft, soak them in hot water to soften before adding)
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Grease an 8x8 inch pan, or similar.
3. Mix butter with noodels, then mix in rest of ingredients.
4. Bake at 350 F till top is kinda brown, ~ 45 minutes.

I've yet to serve this to somone who didn't love it
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Astro, I bet it is good, but noodle pudding sounds kind of gross to me.
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As I've mellowed, I've learned to tolerate and even respect those who have whole berries in their cranberry sauce.

Do Minnesotans still have little marshmallows in their sweet potatoes?

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For us (just Ma & me...siblings are in MA & KS) it will be the standard, traditional T-giving dinner....the bird will be roasted in the oven, and everything else gets done up on top the stove.....and of course there will be that fabulous homemade "punkin" pie with a s**t load of Cool Whip on top!!! YUM!!!
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Do Minnesotans still have little marshmallows in their sweet potatoes?

Not in our house. :P
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Mmmmm that sounds like a version of Bread Pudding but with noodles, I might have to try that. I'm assuming you use Egg Noodles?
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Astro, I bet it is good, but noodle pudding sounds kind of gross to me.
Same idea as rice pudding: a neutral starch with sugar and raisins and spices.
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Yes, egg noodles.
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Hmmm

Pensacola this year - youngest nephew plus other relatives - will eat what they got.

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Roast Turkey with Sausage Stuffing Muffins (they get crispies all around ) on the side, real home made mashed potatoes & gravy, waldorf salad, fresh cranberries and that green bean casserole that my son still loves, may make yeast rolls. I will bake scratch pies the night before which will include pumpkin, apple and pecan at a minimum. I have had to cut it way down over the last few years as this is more than enough when the family is so small. Just son, daughter and myself this year. In the past we had anywhere from 20 to 40 people participating but with the grim reapers wide swath we have become a small family. I am sure my kids may invite a lonely soul or two to join us and we always welcome them. If anyone needs a plate... there is room here!
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If the neighbors are in town for Thanksgiving, they sent over a plate of food.
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Do Minnesotans still have little marshmallows in their sweet potatoes?

Thats not just a northern thing. My mom has always done that here in Mississippi.

I will smoke a turkey again this year. My sis-in-law, nephews and neice will come from Alabama and we will all meet at my mother's house. Oh yes, my 95 year old aunt will be there as well. My sis-in-law usually brings all the trimmings. My golden retriever will be right beside us, waiting for some treats.
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Astro, I bet it is good, but noodle pudding sounds kind of gross to me.
Maybe it needs a side of lutefisk...
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We're going out to eat - WOOHOO!!!

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Our son is driving up from N.C. on Wednesday evening with his girlfriend (who we haven't met before). Thursday we will all drive up to Philadelphia and take my elderly father-in-law out to eat a traditional turkey dinner at a nice restaurant there. On Friday we will go on to N.J. to my sister's house for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. It will be a pretty big crowd there: The four of us, my sister and BIL, their son and DIL and two children, their other son and his girlfriend and her son and probably a few other assorted cousins and friends. The two family dishes we always have at Thanksgiving are string bean casserole and jello mold with fruit and sour cream.

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I am having a Thanksgiving Dinner with the traditional foods this Thursday with DH, daughter and son. Daughter and I will be in San Diego CA with her fiance who is in the Navy. I have no idea where we will eat our actual Thanksgiving Dinner or what we will eat. We just had our church Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday with traditional foods. I will let me daughter decide where to eat since Thanksgiving Day is her 18th birthday!
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