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Old 11-21-2014, 05:50 PM   #61
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I have left my hubs to fend for himself. I will be visiting relatives but not for the TG festivities, medically related.


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Old 11-21-2014, 06:02 PM   #62
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I hosted about the same number a long time ago. Some things I did:

I found the turkey takes much longer to thaw than all the books say.

Put together the plans for each dish on index cards, including serving dish, cookware, and start times. Planned start times for everything- had a master schedule so I wouldn't run out of burners or oven space and I wouldn't have to think.
+1 on the turkey taking a while to defrost. Ours has been in the fridge for almost a week and I think it's still not fully defrosted (it's in the back of the fridge where it gets cold). Should be fine for the brine bath on next Tuesday.

I have to label my cookware so I make sure I get the appropriately sized pot or pan for the various amounts I cook of each thing. Green beans go in the 8x8, cream corn in the 9x13, stuffing in the 12" round, etc.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:15 PM   #63
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We are driving to the Sierra foothills for dinner with friends. They just bought a (five star!) cabin as a getaway place. So we'll celebrate that, plus my friend's DH recently landed a dream job after being unemployed for 5 years. Oh, and there will be dogs running around instead of kids, including one very cute Corgi named "Hoover".
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:45 PM   #64
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We have no family nearby and very little family left. Although we are invited to friends' yearly, their friends are unfriendly (it's like being back in high school) so since last year the two of us eat at home and join them all for dessert. Then we talk to the hosts a bit and to one other couple who are not in the 'in' crowd.

It's just like being with relatives who don't like you. LOL.

I will be making ham for DH and WFPB-me will have a lentil loaf. There will be sides of a salad, roasted vegetables, mushroom gravy, sweet potatoes and my famous cranberry orange relish. And something with pumpkin.


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Old 11-22-2014, 06:44 AM   #65
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This year it will just be me, DW, DD and DS. DD is between jobs/cities and will be living with us temporarily starting today for about a month (we think). DS is lives about 45 min away. DD wanted to have it at his apartment (as an excuse for her and DW to clean his place for him). He firmly and politely declined.

We'll have turkey and all the fixings, watch some football and take a walk if the weather isn't too bad. Some friends down the road are having a larger group (14) so we may stop by and visit briefly.
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:00 AM   #66
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I hope everyone here has a very safe and pleasant Thanksgiving!
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It will be just Mr B and I for dinner here at home. We will cook together.

I defrosted Mr Turkey overnight submerged in a 5 gallon bucket of cold water, and he is now in the refrig until tomorrow for the rest of the defrosting time.

Mr B scored a huge pumpkin pie at BJ's yesterday for $6. I'll freeze what we don't eat.

I have a box of Stove Top traditional sage stuffing on hand, but knowing me, I will toast bread and cube it and make the stuffing from scratch. I like to add chopped apple and walnuts to my stuffing and bake it separately.

Gravy will be out of a jar , supplemented by pan drippings.

I have sweet potatoes on hand, baked in the skin and scooped out and frozen in portions. Mr B likes traditional white mashed potatoes, so I'll put him in charge of that task. I'm still minimizing carbs so I'll have a small taste of the white potatoes.

I'm still 8 pounds lighter than I was a year ago, so I am focusing on keeping it that way.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:40 AM   #68
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I'll have my three kids home, one from Saudi Arabia. And tomorrow I will put on my annual dinner for 19 of my brothers, sisters and their kids. Life is good.
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Four sons, 2 DIL's, and 5 year old Riley...granddaughter... Other, older granddaughter and grandsons away at school or with friends. Dinner for 9. 21 pound bird.

Reynolds turkey bag - bake
apple cider
red and white wines ala Aldi's
brown/giblet gravy
boiled onions
mashed potatoes
sweet potatoes
butternut squash
hamburg/veal stuffing (my mom's favorite)
green bean casserole (DIL's specialty)
potato rolls
pumpkin pie
ice cream
...and I get the neck!

A loving, close family who all get along, and just being here...Many reasons to give thanks.
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DH's Houston family isn't doing anything special this year, so we initially thought we'd take the RV out for a few days. Then on Monday DS let us know he was coming to town for the weekend (friend got tickets for a sporting event) so we decided to stay home. Yesterday I remembered that a friend who was recently dumped divorced after 37+ years of marriage wasn't sure what she was doing Thursday (she's joining another family on Friday for their dinner). She welcomed the invitation (a respite from packing boxes in preparation for selling their house after the first of the year). So there will be 4 of us.

I got a fresh turkey from Whole Foods since I didn't really have time to thaw it. Plan to try the Julia Child/America's Test Kitchen technique of separating the breast and legs to roast separately, since I can't carve worth crap anyway. If you're interested, the video is here: Video: Revisiting Julia Child’s Roast Turkey - America's Test Kitchen

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Old 11-26-2014, 04:05 PM   #72
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A change of plans for us. While the roads here are clear and just wet, where we were going they have about 8" of snow and more coming. Between that and DW coming down with a bad cold we canceled rather than make her suffer the two hours or more each way and "share" the cold with everyone else.

So I went out and bought a chicken (which we like better than turkey anyway) some Bob Evans mashed potatoes (comfort food for her) and some lima beans. Between that and whatever else we have around nobody is going hungry.
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I plan to see Gone Girl tomorrow unless we have ice or snow on the roads. I visited a large local grocer today thinking I would get a small organic turkey or turkey breast but they had none (decided to dispense with them this year which I found incredible). I bought some fresh Washington State oysters instead and will make oyster stuffing as my main entree: oysters, fresh cubed bread toasted, sauteed celery, onion, apple in lots of butter, parboiled wild rice, fresh parsley, boxed chicken stock, s & p. Will see how it turns out...hopefully good. I love oysters but would not eat them raw unless I was at a seaside location.

A friend called yesterday and tried to cajole me yet again into dinner at her daughter's house. When I found out about the 30 guests and the 7 kids under 5 I (gulp) made my excuses once again. So very kind of them but I am used to my more quiet routines. Said friend was widowed in her early thirties (28 years ago) when her Marine hubby died in a MVA and she worries needlessly about me as I was widowed fairly young, too but my circumstances were a little different. She had it much rougher.
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Menu for our Thanksgiving dinner:

Belgian endive salad with dried cranberries and pecans

Roasted capon with chestnut gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, oven-roasted butternut squash, and green beans

Apple pie
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Originally it was going to be just the four of us (me, DW, DD and DS). Then I invited a close friend who is single and he is coming. Then invited the only maternal aunt/uncle I have left in the area and they will join us as well. So we'll be seven.

I'll set the turkey in the brine tonight and put it outside (currently 31F) and we'll pop that sucker in the oven mid-morning tomorrow.
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Change of plans for us as well, DW is a bit off, so we'll get together at DD's home, 8 in total. She'll be serving a beef tenderloin, wild rice, french green beans, mushroom strudel, green salad. Followed by a pecan pie, flourless chocolate cake, sugar cookies, and a mini-pumpkin cheescake for DD. I'll bring along some hard cider and a bottle of wine.
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Just me and my DW this year. We'll cook a turkey breast and a few traditional sides, open a bottle of wine, hopefully watch the Eagles beat the Cowboys, then a dip in the hot tub and a relaxing evening in front of the fire. Rest of the family are going to their in laws this year, so we can look forward to a peaceful day where we can be thankful for each other. She's been the best thing in my life and I'm more in love with her every day...life is good!


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Hope everyone has a nice holiday. The dinner menus sound yummy.
I'm not a drinker but every time we go out with friends, someone always brings out some drink or wine that they know I'll love. WHY?? Anyway, I was wandering the liquor store looking for something different to bring to the Tday dinner and found chocolate wine. I don't recall anyone mentioning it so hope it's something new/different for the friends to try.
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... and found chocolate wine. I don't recall anyone mentioning it so hope it's something new/different for the friends to try.
Well, it has my two favorite ingredients (chocolate and alcohol) in it so it's gotta be good!
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We plan to get together with Frank's extended family down at their fishing camp, as always. Usually there's whatever seafood was caught or bought, and the usual Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings.
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