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    Talking It's Thanksgiving, Canada!

    Happy Thanksgiving weeekend to my fellow Canadians! Is anyone else doing their turkey today?

    This year, for the first time, I'm roasting my turkey "the American way". (At least, that's what my family calls it.)

    Normally, we do our turkeys in a covered roaster with the lid ALWAYS on, and some water in the bottom to keep the bird moist. But last year (or was it the year before?) on these very boards I learned that wasn't really "roasting" -- that was "pot roasting". I learned that since roasting is a dry cooking method, the only way to truly roast a bird is to do it in an open pan. So that's what I'm doing this year! I have a frozen stuffed butterball sitting on an open roasting pan in my convection oven right now.

    I'm already off to a rocky start though. I followed all the directions and put it in the oven with foil pieces lightly covering the breast at one end and the stuffing at the tail end. But when I checked on it an hour later, the foil had blown off the tail end and the skin was already dark brown. Grr! So I've now used a larger piece of foil to cover the whole bird, and it seems to be staying in place. I'm worried though, 'cause I always have trouble with foil sticking to the skin and pulling it off when I remove it. Good thing it tastes just as good, no matter how it looks!

    Anyway, happy turkey day!

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    Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I'm making Crock Pot chicken vindaloo

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    Best things about being an expat - celebrating all of the holidays Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians and everyone else who wants to celebrate!!

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    Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!

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    My Canadian husband forgot all about it. Thankfully I made him a special dinner without even knowing about it myself. (Boneless pork country ribs, baked beans, & baked potatoes.) Then I saw this thread & went and wished him a Happy Thanksgiving. He had no idea what I was talking about.

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    I was invited to join friends today for turkey, pumpkin pie, etc. Tomorrow I get to do it all over again at someone else's house. Tomorrow I'm even promised some leftovers (for sandwiches).

    Giving thanks and counting blessings
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    Some folks in the US celebrate Columbus Day tomorrow. It is on the same day as Canadian Thanksgiving Day. Churches tend to celebrate the "harvest thanksgiving" on the Sunday of the long weekend.
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    We've had perfect fall weather all weekend in Vancouver, and I've been taking advantage of it. Yesterday did a round of some local wineries, breweries, and farm markets with a couple of friends. Today was family T-dinner out in Fort Langley -- but at lunchtime, so we had a nice long walk afterward in the fall sunshine, with the dogs. Bliss.

    I made a new recipe for me this year for my turkey substitute: tofu-mushroom-pecan loaf, from the latest Moosewood cookbook. Very yummy, I'll definitely be trying that one again.

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    Happy Thanksgiving to all! We had the full deal today at my daughter's place. The only bad part about me not cooking is the lack of leftovers!

    I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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    Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians! (Sooooo craving turkey right now...)
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    Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted carrots and parsnips, baked potato and apple/pear crisp. I love Thanksgiving. Favourites were the carrots and parsnips, and the crisp. I am so full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurvylurker View Post
    This year, for the first time, I'm roasting my turkey "the American way". (At least, that's what my family calls it.)

    Normally, we do our turkeys in a covered roaster with the lid ALWAYS on, and some water in the bottom to keep the bird moist. But last year (or was it the year before?) on these very boards I learned that wasn't really "roasting" -- that was "pot roasting". I learned that since roasting is a dry cooking method, the only way to truly roast a bird is to do it in an open pan. So that's what I'm doing this year! I have a frozen stuffed butterball sitting on an open roasting pan in my convection oven right now.

    I'm already off to a rocky start though. I followed all the directions and put it in the oven with foil pieces lightly covering the breast at one end and the stuffing at the tail end. But when I checked on it an hour later, the foil had blown off the tail end and the skin was already dark brown. Grr! So I've now used a larger piece of foil to cover the whole bird, and it seems to be staying in place. I'm worried though, 'cause I always have trouble with foil sticking to the skin and pulling it off when I remove it. Good thing it tastes just as good, no matter how it looks!
    Pot roasting pretty much steams the meat, rather than roasts it. But I've certainly never thought of it as the "American way". I'm sure there are many Canadians other than myself who roast rather than steam/pot roast.

    I use a broth bath (half chicken stock/half white wine) rather than water at the bottom of my roaster, and always brine the bird first. After trying that method a few years ago, I don't want turkey any other way - so incredibly moist!!

    Hope your foil didn't stick to the skin lurvylurker. I always tent the foil loosely, and also rub the bird with olive oil - though that's mostly for colour.

    We're having our turkey on Tuesday, as Mr. Japanfan works over the long week-end. It is just the two of us, not a family affair. And that's fine because there is more for us - plus, I love having the leftovers and the brined turkey freezes beautifully.

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    Happy Thanksgiving I'm spending the day on an adventure with my niece and then going for dinner at my parents. No turkey this year though, we're having prime rib
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    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taf2002 View Post
    My Canadian husband forgot all about it. Thankfully I made him a special dinner without even knowing about it myself. (Boneless pork country ribs, baked beans, & baked potatoes.) Then I saw this thread & went and wished him a Happy Thanksgiving. He had no idea what I was talking about.
    LOL!
    I would have loved your dinner.

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    Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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    Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Canadians! Mr. DaveRocks will be busy preparing the big meal all day while I'm at school teaching. Wheeeee!

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    Never heard of it called the American way either... no matter, it's ALL GOOD!!! Yum! Had one turkey on Saturday, leftovers yesterday, another turkey dinner later today... I"m already one full turkey myself!!

    Enjoy the day everyone!!

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    Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians What a beautiful weekend it was here and we enjoyed a lovely Turkey dinner with all the trimmings yesterday. Gladly enjoying all the leftovers today (and for the next few days lol). Turkey is one of my favourite foods and pumpkin pie too. So much to be Thankful for in my life . Blessings to all!

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