Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by skateboy, Nov 24, 2011.
Don't forget the decorations. http://www.tamponcrafts.com/turkey.html
I had leftover squash stuffing so I ate it for lunch. It was . I'm not a cook so please excuse me while I .
If you're trying to save some $$ then you don't have to buy the red food coloring
I had planned on driving to Ohio to spend the holiday at my dad's, but he and my stepmom are spending it this year at my stepmom's daughter's house. I like my stepmom's family, but not to the point of driving 6 hours to spend the holiday at one of their homes! So for the 2nd time ever, I'm spending the holiday alone...But definitely cooking myself a feast:
Roasted turkey legs, spare ribs, grilled lamb chops, corn beef and cabbage, fried corn with green pepper and bacon, mashed potatoes, oyster dressing, salad, and a butterscotch pound cake. I'll probably be finished around 6-7pm.
I just heard a neighbor yell "smells good!" Sounds like some college kids. Maybe I'll be nice and invite them over.
My Thanksgiving was I made the stuffing, and it was EXCELLENT.
For those of you who are alone on Thanksgiving and want company, for next year, contact your local university. You can "adopt" an orphan college student. LSU used to do that for international students--they would "place" them with local people for the day, or even the week-end, so they could experience an American tradition; I helped coordinate it one year. I'm sure most universities have something similar.
I'm glad I erased my response then.
Like duane, I'm on my own but currently have a small turkey cooking. I brimmed it last night with kosher salt and brown sugar, and today added butter, olive oil, lemon juice and adobo (latin seasoning). Fully expecting yumminess providing I hit the right cooking time.
Also have stuffing (not homemade sadly), sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie courtesy of Linvilla Orchards. I could have baked instead but figured I should take advantage as I probably will have moved by this time next year.
Can't wait, I'm already hungry.
We are having spaghetti and meatballs. Not much of a thanksgiving this year...
The best part of the meal, cornbread. Loved it. We were just talking about that pistachio salad. I'm going to make it for Christmas. Only one of the congealed salad I like. Except the strawberry one with pretzel crust. That one is just like a dessert.
We had some delicious carrots with honey in addition to whatever I mentioned upthread, and I forget what else, it was four times as much food as we needed. Best invention ever that we only use twice a year is an apple corer and peeler, yes one machine that you ring the grinder and it does both at once.
FIL's oxygen kept falling out or he was taking it out, the whole thing was scary. They were out of their assisted living facility with us for four hours, and I'm glad they're home. Place was locked up when DH took them back.
DH let his mother and father have wine. I object, but have to keep quiet. One is on Lasix and the other is on Coumadin, I'm not sure booze is allowed, and they are both on walkers, kind of like walking drunk, blind leading the blind. Not my parents, can't say anything more, tried already.
We have a gazillion leftovers, and ours are all cheese and desserts.
Son is in big trouble because he read the local train schedule on his phone wrong, and his BIL had to connect to a train to NYC. When last seen, they had bagged the local and were driving to Philly on the highway to try to catch it. Son had wine, I am not happy.
I just finished eating. I'm STUFFED!! Can barely walk! Am now washing it down with a bottle of wine.
It's always great to be with family for the holidays, but it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy it alone!
Awesome! I decided to go it alone this year, too. I usually go over to my stepson's, but he's out of the country, and those kind people who looked like they were ready to invite me, I lied to them, saying I had a place to go to. In reality, the thought of piling down a 4,000-calorie meal while being bored out of my skull with people I don't have much in common with was just too much.
I just made a terrific Shepherd's pie from scratch, and with a nice glass of Spanish red wine, I am immensely enjoying catching up on skating YouTubes.
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Green beans with ham
Sauerkraut (its a Maryland tradition at Thanksgiving & Christmas)
Chocolate Cake (for me, because I don't like pies!)
Vanilla Ice Cream
I love the taste of Sauerkraut with mashed potatoes & gravy!
My uncle isn't a big turkey fan, and he said the turkey I made was the best he has ever had. I'm patting myself on the back right now.
We had ham,turkey,cornbread dressing,green bean casserole,sauteed green beans w/garlic for those who can't eat the green bean casserole,cranberry sauce,corn,rolls,rice,and deviled eggs.Pumpkin pie and homemade chocolate pudding were the desert options.
Thanks for the menstrual show.
These are the best crafts ever. Period.
Just got back from dinner - ex-Mr. Rex and bf went above and beyond - turkey with apple cider/white wine glaze, garlic mashed potatoes, homemade cornbread dressing, sweet corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, apple & sweet potato pies with vanilla ice cream. After dinner coffee made with a French press. Just four of us and their dogs - who got their own turkey dinner . It was great. I'm stuffed and tired. I'm off tomorrow, and I can get my papers done for class.
The usual (and yummy) suspects: turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberries and a variety of pies. We did have a simple green salad and delicious butternut squash soup to start. The soup was a hit. I have been fighting off sleep since completing the feast.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the FSU types in/from the US! i hope you had a great day!
Our TG menu:
Frijoles molidos and chips (made by me--appetizer)
Turkey and gravy (both turned out spectacular!)
Baked yams and apples (yum!)
Green beans and mushrooms in cream sauce
Mac and cheese
Pickled artichokes and cauliflower
Dinner rolls w/butter and burberry jam
Homemade pumpkin ice cream
Pecan cheese cake
Sugar-free pumpkin pie
(I limited myself to the ice cream and one slice of the fruit pie)
Now I contented sit in food coma... Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
So last week my sis and I had to make a change in our Thanksgiving plans, and are doing the traditional dinner tonight with the usual Thanksgiving gang.
We decided to have steaks, and make the pies for Friday. Then, we found out that some other friends were in a similar situation, and well... so, last night we had:
Cheeses - we had a blue (goat,sheep & cow), a semi-soft (cow) and a harder chesse that was sheep. The name of the dairy for the last was "Lord of the Hundreds". Loved the name.
Rib-eyes with a red wine shallot pan sauce & sauteed mushoomes
Baked potatoes with all the trimmings
Warm Butternut Squash onion and herb salad with goat-cheese and vinagrette dressing.
Egg Nog & Pumpkin pie
Tonight - Turkey and all the trimmings.
Saturday - Brunch here: http://bastilleseattle.com/Menus
My menu was:
Candied Yam(fresh yams, no canned yams for me)
Turnips Green w/smoked pork neck bones
Broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts and snap peas medley(Birdseye brand)
Grilled Whole Turkey
Sweet Potatoe Pie
Apple & Raisin Bread Pudding
Devil's Food Cake
*It was my first time grilling the turkey and it turned out very well. It was son of gun replenishing the charcoals to keep the turkey at a constant temp. It took about 3 hours for a 14 pound turkey but flavor was fantastic. The legs started to open up while cooking. Next time I'll wrap the turkey in foil all around. The brine I used the night before kept the turkey juicy but I'll do a brine and flavor injections next time.
We ate at my middle sister's house this year. The menu:
Seven layer salad
Sweet potato pie
Chocolate cake with strawberry frosting
There were 11 of us and we had lotsa leftovers
Ooh, lovely. I love Boston Market. I used to eat there a lot when I lived in Boston, but when I moved to NY, there weren't any near me. They recently built one near my work, and I went there, and remembered how much I like it.
We had a small Thanksgiving. My brother-in-law up in NH, who formerly was a stay at home husband, very recently asked his wife for a divorce, and is now living with his mom in Mass. Luckily, even after five years of not working, his particular skill set (commercial large vehicle license and tons of related experience) is so in demand in his area that he got a job by sneezing at one. He's now a driver for UPS - very good job, lots of hours. But it means he's not only working day before and after Thanksgiving, but also, as both the new guy and someone who needs serious and sudden cash, ON Thanksgiving. So husband's family could not come down, as they normally do, and did not do Thanksgiving at their house due to his working. So we had a small Thanksgiving at our house. It's always a pleasure not to have to travel for a major holiday, so we're happy and, even a day later, I feel like I'm still full!
We did get the world's smallest turkey. Turkette? We had mashed potatoes, acorn squash instead of our normal for Thanksgiving butternut, stuffing, green beans, candied carrots, rolls, and my special, spicy cranberry sauce. All lovely.
Yes... the one thing we forgot to do is make a dessert. We normally make a pie, but we forgot. It was, I admit, a sad moment when we did remember.
Did not get any greens this year...clearly, I will have to make some myself.
Porcini mushroom encrusted potatoes
Chanterelle Pot Pie
White King Salmon for Mr. LaineRB and a few friends
Actual wild rice and hedgehog mushrooms
Wild Alaskan Cranberry Tart
Butternut squash pie
So, having done the hors d'oeuvres and desserts for son, who did the whole main meal, we had no turkey leftovers, and I might have to do a breast here soon. But I did have some mini meals of cheeses, shrimp and chocolate flourless cake, pecan pie, apple crisp and my daughter's favorite, pumpkin chocolate bread pudding from Michael Symon on The Chew.
Today I am craving fish, weird.
I just got home for a surprise Thanksgiving. I thought I was just going over to see my friends, They were visiting colleges over Thanksgiving. When I got to their house at 1:00 pm there was a whole meal waiting. Turking, stuffing corn cassarole, cranberry sauce, jello, sweet potatoes, rolls, green beans apple and pumpkin pies and a nice white wine. Yum.
Mary, that is great...so you did have a turkey dinner...
Yes, they are amazing people. Wanted to celebrate the last Thanksgiving before the kids go off to college, together. I'm a very lucky lady.
So glad you got your Holiday dinner.
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