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View Poll Results: What are your Thanksgiving Meal Plans? Multiple options - select all that apply
planning a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings 45 46.39%
planning a special meal but not turkey 7 7.22%
we're gonna have a regular meal like any other 3 3.09%
we'll be staying at home and cooking 16 16.49%
we're home but with take-out or store bought 3 3.09%
we're visiting someone else 24 24.74%
no cooking here - we're going to a restaurant 8 8.25%
will be home alone or with the same family as any other day 7 7.22%
this will be a get together with extended family, friends, other guests 32 32.99%
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:22 AM   #21
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BIL will visit, I will be the chef, I usually don't eat or drink much at Thanksgiving.........
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If it was up to me, I would like to just eat out on Thanksgiving. I've had enough turkey and dressing in almost 60 years to last me the rest of my life. BUT, my daughter, even if she is a vegetarian, loves Thanksgiving for all the side dishes that are usually prepared. When my husband was with us, we would take turns at the brother's houses, but we aren't doing that any longer. So, this year, I've invited my daughter and her Brazilian boyfriend and possibly the boyfriend's brother. More TURKEY....
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We are heading to Philadelphia to meet with my daughter , son in law & grandson to do some sightseeing . I am not sure where we will eat but I am sure we 'll figure it out.
Don't be a "turkey" ...

May I recommend:

Pat's King of Steaks

They are not open on turkey day, but stop by before/after - if you are in the area.

(Yeah, I'm from the "hood" - about 50 miles away, however)...
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May I recommend:

Pat's King of Steaks

They are not open on turkey day, but stop by before/after - if you are in the area.

(Yeah, I'm from the "hood" - about 50 miles away, however)...

I will definitely be having a cheese steak when I am there . I grew up in Pa. so I know that guilty pleasure .
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Ever since the first time I deep-fried a turkey (something I learned while visiting friends in Houston), DW has vetoed any suggestion of doing anything else.

Prior to learning about this technique, I used to smoke the turkey (yeah, I know, hard to keep lit and all that), usually over mesquite but sometimes hickory or apple wood. IMHO, smoking is just about as good as deep frying, but takes a lot longer (like all day).

Since I enjoy doing a 10-K (101st Annual Thanksgiving Day Race 2010 Cincinnati, Ohio) on Thanksgiving morning, it means I had to get up really early to start the smoker. Deep frying is much easier.

No big deal on the trimmings. DW makes her awesome pumpkin pie, and we have some sweet potatoes and veggies. Normally, a few friends will drop in to either eat or visit later.

I brew my own libations for the most part, but I typically break out something special (often Trappist) for special dinners.
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Going with the Patch Ski Club of Stuttgart, Germany, to Stubai, Austria, and staying in an Austrian resort and skiing for four days. Last week, the turkeys were delivered to the hotel so that they can make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for all of us Americans on the ski trip. The last time I was at this hotel, their chefs prepared the most awesome pumpkin or kurbis pie I've ever had. I am so looking forward to this.

Last year, we were at a resort in Zermatt, Switzerland, skiing. They served some gourmet meal that wasn't turkey. I love turkey and a traditional Thanksgiving meal. so I'm happy we've changed the venue this year.
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I will definitely be having a cheese steak when I am there . I grew up in Pa. so I know that guilty pleasure .
It is almost worth living in Philly just for the cheese steaks. I love all the contenders for "Best Cheese Steak". I have found a farm market near me that sells locally-raised beef and one of their cuts is very lean chipped beef in one pound packages. I make my own cheese steaks with onions, garlic, a fresh tomato and whatever cheese I have around. Not traditional, but close enough.
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Philadelphia always brings back memories of my Dad . When we were kids he would take us on the train to Philadelphia sometime between Thanksgiving & Christmas . It was an awesome day . We would go to see Santa Claus at one of the big stores and go to Horn & Hardart for lunch . Sometimes we'd even take in a movie . The last time we went we saw the movie " White Christmas " . Whenever I see that movie now it brings back great memories of my Dad.
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It will just be DH and I since we moved to Vegas last March, but we'll be sticking with tradition.

Hubby LOVES my cornbread dressing so I wouldn't want to disappoint. BUT I'll be roasting a chicken instead of a turkey to go along with it.
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When we return next week, I'll be heading to the store to catch the "after T-Day" turkey sale specials. I will roast my own T-bird in a few weeks, halfway between the holidays. Gotta have leftovers of our own...
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We will be hosting dinner. There will be 23 including ourselves. In the past we had more guests; some nieces and nephews have moved away. The meal will be turkey with all the trimmings, and a roast beef.
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I'll be spending time with my daddy. I don't think he's too fond of turkey, so I think I'll make some beef stew.
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The past three years DH and I join his brother and sister-in-law (who live an hour away) for a FABULOUS buffet at a local country club. I look forward to it all year long......cannot think of anything better than an entire room filled with wonderful food and another room filled only with desserts of every kind all for the taking. Yum.

Calories will be balanced over the next weeks.....but well worth it.
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DD & SIL will be driving to Dallas to spend time with SIL's family as usual. DW, DS and I plan on attending a charity run / walk early on the morning as we usually do. A pancake breakfast outside is provided after the races and the weather forecast looks promising so far.

DS will have come straight off night shift to attend so he'll retire to bed late morning and he'll be on night shift again Thanksgiving evening. So, we'll be having Thanksgiving dinner on Friday instead and we are going to have a pork loin and DS always likes me to cook Yorkshire Puddings when we have a special meal at home.

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Alan, no fair posting pictures. Makes me hungry.

Looks delicious. And it's only sunday...

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Yorkshire pudding with rich roast beef juice! Yum!
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Change in plans!

Our neighbor up the street just invited us up for Thanksgiving dinner. We've helped them out over the years with several home-improvement projects and our bunny has donated a steady stream of "fertilizer" to her orchids. We'll also help her repair & set up her houseful of holiday ornaments.

They're from Trinidad & Tobago, and she buys curry powder in five-pound bags. The turkey will be smoldering on the plate, along with roti and other yummies!
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Looks delicious. And it's only sunday...

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Yorkshire pudding with rich roast beef juice! Yum!
Even though our 2 kids were aged 4 & 6 when we left England they still request Yorkshire puddings when we get together for special meals.

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Change in plans!

Our neighbor up the street just invited us up for Thanksgiving dinner. We've helped them out over the years with several home-improvement projects and our bunny has donated a steady stream of "fertilizer" to her orchids. We'll also help her repair & set up her houseful of holiday ornaments.

They're from Trinidad & Tobago, and she buys curry powder in five-pound bags. The turkey will be smoldering on the plate, along with roti and other yummies!
That sounds absolutely brilliant!!
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Going to spend the week at the house we just finished in WV where we hope to move full time next spring. Will be our first holiday in the new house and we're really looking forward to the week. Our son will join us for dinner and a friend of his on Friday before coming back on Saturday. Dinner will be a traditional turkey and dressing along with my DW's wonderful noodles.
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Going to spend the week at the house we just finished in WV where we hope to move full time next spring. Will be our first holiday in the new house and we're really looking forward to the week. Our son will join us for dinner and a friend of his on Friday before coming back on Saturday. Dinner will be a traditional turkey and dressing along with my DW's wonderful noodles.
Your beautiful new home near Berkley Springs, right? I remember the pics you posted some time ago. I hope you have a great first holiday there. What a wonderful way to break in your place. Building lovely memories by sharing special times with those you love will make the home so much more wonderful when you move there full time.
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