Your Thanksgiving Celebration!!

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  1. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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    Ok!! To all who celebrate Thanksgiving Day---What is on your menu?? (whether you do the cooking or not) :40beers: Cheers to one and all!
  2. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

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    We are having:

    Roast turkey
    Roast butternut squash
    Kale
    Wild rice with wild mushrooms and roast chestnuts
    Cranberry-orange relish
    Arugula salad with olive oil and shaved parmesan
    Maple pie
    Cranberry and white chocolate chip ice cream
    Fresh persimmons and clementines

    I am making the turkey, wild rice, relish, and ice cream. I might also bake some yams.
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  3. Prancer

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    Pear and bleu cheese salad
    Roast turkey
    Mashed potato casserole
    Sausage bread stuffing
    Garlic roasted winter vegetables
    Honey-glazed carrot coins
    Sweet potato casserole
    Cinnamon glazed apples
    Cranberry-walnut relish
    Rolls

    Pumpkin, cherry, and coconut cream pie
    Cheesecake
    Chocolate mousse (maybe)
  4. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    Roast Turkey
    Sweet potato casserole
    stuffed shrimp mirlitons
    oyster or sausage dressing, my sister hasn't decided which to make, might do both
    green bean casserole
    rolls
    lots of wine
    pies and cake
  5. jamesy

    jamesy Well-Known Member

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    We always have that cranberry sauce that comes in the can. It sits on a little plate still in the can shape with the ridges on it. Nobody ever eats it and we mock it every year but it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.
  6. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Shrimp with cocktail sauce

    Roast Turkey
    Sage bread stuffing
    Mashed potatoes
    Braised Brussel sprouts
    Roasted fingerling potatoes, yellow squash, and onion
    Green bean casserole
    Cranberry/citrus sauce
    Candied yams
    Relish tray

    Pumpkin pie
    Pecan pie
    Chocolate cream pie
  7. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    I am in China with one other American, who doesn't cook, and apparently ovens are the norm here, so I've been trying to think of what I can make. I think I can do stovetop stuffing and then mash some sweet potatoes with brown sugar (ginger brown sugar, but it should still be fine). Haven't seen any turkey here, but I might put chicken in the stovetop stuffing. Not sure what else to make where I actually know where to get the ingredients, but stuffing is totally my fave so I'll just be happy to have that, I think.
  8. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to three Thanksgiving meals - two dinners and one lunch. It's the best thing about being an expat - I get all the holidays! To add an Australian touch, this year I am taking strawberry pavlova and my partner is taking Coopers beer (South Australian). I am assuming we'll get turkey and pumpkin pie, even though the number of non-Americans usually outnumbers the number of Americans! We usually get quite the mish-mash of food. This is the first Thanksgiving that I will go to and eat meat.
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  9. Prancer

    Prancer The "specialness" that is Staff Member

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    My husband's family has had that tradition forever, except that they hack off slices and eat it. I have been trying to convert them for years to no avail, so we always have a can of jellied cranberry sauce sitting on a plate and a bowl of homemade cranberry relish because I refuse to give in and just give them the canned stuff.

    Fortunately, my husband likes cranberry anything or the relish would go uneaten.

    Oh, and my daughter, who is in charge of appetizers, is apparently making bacon-wrapped shrimp and some sort of meatballs, so add that to my list.
  10. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    :duh: How could I forget the ambrosia? Add that to my list - my husband would kill me if it wasn't on the table.
  11. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    Whatever McDonalds is serving.
  12. Simone411

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    My family is doing something different this Thanksgiving. We usually have the whole nine yards; turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, mashed potatos, green bean salad, cranberry sauce, rolls, etc. We're making it simple this Thanksgiving since we also usually have everything mentioned Christmas Day.

    Our menu consists of Baked Ham, Pototato Salad and Baked Beans. For dessert, Sweet Potato Pie, Chocolate Pie and Carrot Cake.
  13. dst7star

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    Roast Turkey
    Dressing
    Butternut Squash
    Au Gratin Potatoes
    Asparagus
    Pie
    Cheesecake
  14. Ajax

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    Happy Thanksgiving to all! I can't wait for tomorrow :)
    Our menu will be
    Baked brie and Italian salami for appetizer
    Roast turkey
    My herbed cornbread-pecan stuffing (I add a few drops of truffle oil in this, sooo good)
    Homemade cranberry sauce
    Brussel sprouts
    Peas with mint and onion
    Mashed taters
    Sweet potato pie
    Apple pie
  15. Cyn

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    We have 16 people converging at my sister's house tomorrow. According to her, this is what *should* be on the menu (provided everyone brings what they say they're bringing :eek: ).

    Tray filled with Assorted Olives and Pickles
    Assorted Cheeses w/ Crackers/Wafers

    Roasted Turkey
    Sage Dressing & Gravy
    Honey Baked Ham
    Green Beans w/ New (Red) Potatoes
    Squash Casserole
    Sweet Potato Soufflé
    Deviled Eggs
    Tea Rolls
    Watergate Salad

    Pumpkin Pie
    Almond, Pear, and Cream Cheese Torte
    Pecan Pie
    Apple Pie
    Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

    ....And wine. Copious amounts of White and Red Wine.
  16. AragornElessar

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    For our US friends who need a tutorial on how to make Pumpkin Pies...

    YouTube ~ How to make Pumpkin Pie

    Please remember the Chef is a Professional (sort of) and his methods should only be used by a Professional (or at least by this Professional...)

    :D :D :D
  17. PDilemma

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    Somewhere around 15 at my sister-in-law's coffeehouse tomorrow. There should be:

    Turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy
    Cheese plate
    Potato soup
    spicy pretzels
    veggie plate
    sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cinnamon
    green bean casserole
    corn
    cranberry salad
    pita chips and hummus
    pumpkin pie
    peanut butter pie
    cherry cheese cake
    Beer (Hamm's, Miller Chill, and Shiner Bock plus bloody mary mix for those who want "red beer"), red and white wine, blackberry brandy, coffee, and any tea you could possibly want made on demand.
  18. ChelleC

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    It'll be just me, my mom, and stepdad tomorrow. We're having:

    Rotisserie Turkey Breast
    Ham
    Cornbread Dressing
    Green Beans
    Macaroni Salad
    Sweet Potatoes.
    Rolls

    Dessert:
    Stack Cake
    Pumpkin Pie
  19. my little pony

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    i never heard of stack cake before so i googled it, is it always apple?

    i like cake
  20. ChelleC

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    Yes, it's always apple. It's a traditional Appalachian dessert. Ours won't be homemade, it's from the grocery store where my mom works.
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  22. sk8pics

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    I am bringing my usual M&M cookies to my cousin's house. They will have quite the feast, but I don't know what exactly. Tonight I had a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house and we had baked ham with some sort of sauerkraut with it and spaetzle (my friend's housekeeper is German). Dessert was apple/cranberry pie and sweet potato pie. It was yummy. Then I went to an ecumenical Thanksgivong service and brought canned soup for the collection. Tomorrow morning I am going to another friend's house for brunch. I don't know if I've ever had a Thanksgiving with so many meal invitations. It is great, but I don't think I'll need to eat until, oh, Saturday.:lol:
  23. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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    I found myself watching different Muppets tunes on Youtube after watching the chef.:p I still don't know what we are eating tomorrow for sure but the everyone's lists make my mouth water. And I also like hearing about those celebrating outside of the US and those from other countries living in the US. I want to know what Austrailian food will be served for example...
  24. milanessa

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    Australian food served where? There aren't many Australian emigrants in the US that I'm aware of.
  25. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    This morning one of my best Israeli friends emailed me about something and asked me what I was doing for Thanksgiving. I told him my niece was making it (I'm bringing the sweet potato & rum casserole) but that Friday I was making Middle Eastern food for 17.

    And he wrote: "Middle Eastern is indeed so much yummier than that terrible thing Americans go crazy for (with Cranberry sauce!) for thanksgiving :)"

    I was SO offended on all our behalf and hastened to inform him that turkey, stuffing, cranberry something, sweet and mashed potatoes and some kind of green vegetable, plus Parker House rolls and pumpkin pie, are my sacred heritage and I would find a way to eat them if I were at the South Pole.

    Furriners, phooey.
  26. my little pony

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    i admire your loyalty but i have to side with the furriner this time
  27. Cachoo

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    Angelskates mentioned that there may be more non-Americans than Americans at her Thanksgiving. I'm curious to know what is served and, though I am usually traditional, I like the idea of a non-traditional meal.
  28. emason

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    PRlady has it right. Furriner doesn't know what he is talking about.
  29. Prancer

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    Angelskates is in China :). The American ex-pats there are hosting and everyone else is bringing something.
  30. shan

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    I'm going out to eat with my brother and his family and some of her family. I've never eaten out on Thanksgiving, so it will be a little different. I'm excited to spend time with my nieces and nephew! :)
  31. Angelskates

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    Alas, tonight is hosted by a Canadian :p because she was away for Canadian Thanksgiving and then the Americans thought her house was nicer and bigger, so we decided it would be at her house. Four Aussies, four Canadians, three Americans, two French one Dane/Spaniard, one German, one Kiwi and two Brits. The Americans well and truly outnumbered, but they have made a delicious looking turkey and we let them do pumpkin pie too. And real cranberry sauce. We also have "Canadian" apple crisp (which seems the same as "Australian" apple crumble), we have a lot more dessert than other food, which in my minds how it should be :lol: We have pavlova, South Australian beer, homemade Lebanese bread, hummus, falafel and fattoush (Lebanese bread salad) that we bought, since there are a few vegetarians.

    The other two Thanksgiving meals will have more Americans, but I will still be taking an non-traditional dessert (I may even try baklava!) because I don't like pumpkin pie and I like dessert! I think one of them will be pretty traditional, and the other, another mish-mash.
  32. Cachoo

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    This sounds like fun Angelskates!
  33. Buzz

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    Happy thanksgiving to our neighbours south of the border. :cheer2:
  34. Zemgirl

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    Well, I'm not American, so my plan is to do nothing special ;) But I'd like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating the holiday!

    Can't you combine the two? A lot of Thanksgiving dishes could be given a Middle Eastern twist and be all the better for it.
  35. Jenny

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    I guess there are those who value tradition and want the same dishes every year, and those who like to play with the idea a bit. On one of his Christmas specials, Jamie Oliver did a jerk turkey, pointing out that many of the flavours in jerk seasoning are similar to those traditionally associated with Christmas, so why not? I think many Middle Eastern spices also do well with traditional Thanksgiving dishes and ingredients.
  36. ArtisticFan

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    All I want when dealing with my family is alcohol.
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  37. Vagabond

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    The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, not at Jaffa. Deal with it! :p
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  38. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    Well, again, I'm not making the Thanksgiving meal but if I were I would stick to the classics. People expect the classics and you shouldn't mess with them.

    But it's now a tradition in my family that I do a more exotic buffet the night after Thanksgiving. Thus I made my Israeli friend's hummus from scratch, did the Moroccan chicken last night, do the Turkish lamb and Israeli eggplant dishes tomorrow....everyone will be happy except my mom who hates all foreign food. Which is probably a reason I love it.

    And Israelis who complain about American food and coffee (paging Andrey and several others) get a big :p from me. ;)
  39. Zemgirl

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    :D Actually some of the Thanksgiving dishes people have mentioned in this thread sound quite delicious and make me wish I was invited over! (not for turkey; I'm a vegetarian). I have no opinion on coffee, other than that I dislike it everywhere - but don't get me started on the quality of the produce outside of farmers' markets and the like.
  40. doubleturn

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    Usually I go to my brother's house for dinner. This year, I wound up working on the holiday (part of an IT Helpdesk for a global healthcare company). Therefore, Thanksgiving will be me, Mom & Dad at a local hotel restaurant.