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post #1 of 13
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Are you cooking, contributing, or none of the above?

We are going to my uncle's on my mom's side. I will bring a dish to share. Not sure what it will be yet. I made an awesome chocolate tofu low fat cheesecake several years ago. I might try to find the recipe and take that. I also like that sweet potato dish with the pecans on top.
post #2 of 13
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I espeically like the way that the shops just leap from Halloween to X-mas so that Thanksgiving has remained non-commercial and pure at heart.

I don't like to deviate too far from the traditional meal of New World foods: turkey, potatoes, cranberry, squash etc.. But maybe I should add some hot peppers to the menu since chili peppers are both a New World food and a cause for celebration!

And don't forget, the Friday after Thanksgiving is Buy Nothing Day. I plan to eat leftovers and enjoy the day without any of the dissatisfaction implied by needing to go out and shop for something new.

--AmyB
post #3 of 13
Thanksgiving (and all other holiday meals) are very laid back in my home. Dh and I come up with a nice meal together. This year it is sushi! Yummy yum yum! Our family is not nearby so we have no need for anything big. Wasabi anyone?
post #4 of 13
I just read about a different way to cook your (organic) turkey that sounds really yummy and easy.

After you remove all the giblets and clean out the turkey. Place two apples, two peeled onions and a sprig of thyme inside. Rub the outside as you normally would with olive oil or butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast the recommended time.

I'm going to try it. I bet it will have a great flavor.
post #5 of 13
Cathe that sounds so good!

We are staying home as DH has to work
i will cook a small traditional dinner for the kids and I...DH will eat when he comes home (@ midnight!). We will have turkey, gravy, carnberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, and spinach or collards. No need to go overboard for 4 people! :LOL
I love the uncommercial Thanksgiving holiday too. Feels more like a true time to give thanks that Chirstmas anymore.
post #6 of 13
Well......at almost 39 weeks pregnant, I'll be cooking this year also. Inlaws are coming so well have about 10 people and our 22 month old, plus 5 dogs in the house. Ya think it just might be enough to kick me into labor??

On our menu:

Turkey (not sure how I'll prepare it.....was thinking maybe bourbon-soaked).

Mashed potatoes & gravy

Homeade stuffing

Sweet pototo crunch

Broccoli cheese bake or green bean bundles

cranberry sauce

pumpkin and apple pies (with LOADS of whipped cream)

cranberry cookies, iced pumpkin cookies

As you can see.......we are a low-fat house (Hee hee hee) Right now...in my freezer there is 10 pounds of butter which I plan to make good use of on Thanksgiving

Lisa
post #7 of 13
Well......at almost 39 weeks pregnant, I'll be cooking this year also. Inlaws are coming so well have about 10 people and our 22 month old, plus 5 dogs in the house. Ya think it just might be enough to kick me into labor??

On our menu:

Turkey (not sure how I'll prepare it.....was thinking maybe bourbon-soaked).

Mashed potatoes & gravy

Homeade stuffing

Sweet pototo crunch

Broccoli cheese bake or green bean bundles

cranberry sauce

pumpkin and apple pies (with LOADS of whipped cream)

cranberry cookies, iced pumpkin cookies

As you can see.......we are a low-fat house (Hee hee hee) Right now...in my freezer there is 10 pounds of butter which I plan to make good use of on Thanksgiving

Lisa

PS....Amyb...I loved your quote "And don't forget, the Friday after Thanksgiving is Buy Nothing Day. I plan to eat leftovers and enjoy the day without any of the dissatisfaction implied by needing to go out and shop for something new." My thoughts exactly!!!
post #8 of 13
I'm contributing two pies. I found out my friend was going to buy the pies from Marie Callenders, so I figured I could offer to make them as a contribution. Or I could have offered to pay for them, but making is more fun. I can't get my husband to understand that.

To me, though, the dessert is almost superfluous--I really wouldn't miss it if there were no pie, so making pies doesn't seem like much of a contribution. Especially since my friend is still making three herself. She did say that she has the Cool Whip, so I don't need to worry about that, and now I'm worried about the political implications if I bring whipped cream. One of the pie recipes I have calls for a cognac cream topping.

I was just reading something in the newspaper tonight about the trend of BYO. Apparently people throw parties and ask their guests to bring a dish, drinks and so on, and the author didn't think that was a good idea, except among relatives or close friends. To me it seems normal, but then I'm not the formal dinner party type. I will say that there can be some hurt feelings trying to coordinate it all.

Early in my relationship with my husband, I think our first Thanksgiving right after we were married, I tried to have a big family dinner. It was a few months after my father had died, and he always did all the cooking. My sister was hosting it at her house, which caused some resentment on her part, but she had the 6 wild offspring and no one else wanted to do it. She seemed to be upset that she had to do all the work, so I tried to delegate it all out and have everyone coming to dinner bring a dish. My mom and youngest sister really weren't interested in this idea, but my mom said she'd make the pumpkin pie. Youngest sister just road the pumpkin pie coattails. One of my friends from college who is close to my family was eating with us (he still eats with my family on Thanksgiving even though I'm no longer there). He is a good cook, so I was talking to him about what he could bring so as to lighten the load on my sister, Jan. He said that he was making the banana cheesecake, and that was all he was bringing. If we didn't like it, then tough, he didn't need to eat with us. : Always a drama at the holidays, is it not?

I decided that I would roast the turkey and make the gravy, since that can be time consuming, and we'd also provide a honeybaked ham. Jan was going to do the side dishes of stuffing, candied sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, and also provide the rolls and cranberries. My half sister was coming with her kids, but she wasn't going to bring anything, which was how it should be since she is chronically late to everything and you really don't want to plan dinner around her. I thought it was all worked out. I got up early to start the turkey, and I was going to really pay close attention and bard the breast with fat, and baste every half hour and really have a beautiful bird. My mom called to complain that she discovered that Jan was making Stove Top stuffing, and to her it just wasn't Thanksgiving unless she had the bread crumb and celery stuffing, just like dad used to make it. So I decided to make homeade stuffing and also to make a fruit salad. It all worked, it was a beautiful turkey! OK, the gravy wasn't so great, too thick and lumpy and I didn't have enough drippings to repair it. Not the end of the world, however, and we showed up at her house with the ham, turkey, stuffing, gravy and fruit salad.

Only to find that my sister had roasted a turkey! Not so nearly as lovely as mine as she basically threw it in the oven and let it roast overnight until she woke up and decided it was done. It looked dry, and wasn't nice and golden brown like my oft basted turkey. She also had jarred gravy (OK, not a bad idea) and pretty much everything you would need for a full holiday meal, even the pie. My mom decided not to bake the pie after all. So basically Jan did all the work herself that I tried to divide between us. She told me that she thought she would need an extra turkey, since there were so many of us and we all love leftovers. Don't worry, it will all get eaten My turkey was about 20 lbs and we also had a big ham. Plus all the side dishes. People always over estimate the amount of food needed, I find. My turkey didn't get touched, not a whole lot of my stuffing got eaten, no one ate the fruit salad but me. My half sister showed up after dinner was over, and had already eaten at someone else's house, but she did take some leftovers--no turkey though. I took my entire turkey home because my sister said she doubted that she and her kids would eat it all. Let me tell you, I was eating turkey for the next month, in one form or another.

Yes, a long boring story, but I couldn't help telling it. It just serves as a reminder to give cash and forget about the BYO thing. J/K J/K
post #9 of 13
I am making bread pudding with vanilla sauce. This is my second Thanksgiving with my soon to be ILs and a little bird told me that bread pudding is fil, grammie, and sil's favorite......... so what is wrong with a little sucking up?
post #10 of 13
Amywillo, I loved your story!! It should be made into a play. It would become a holiday classic....everyone can relate to it!

I do love Thanksgiving....it is my favorite holiday. No comercialism, just a relaxed day of good food and fellowship.

We will have 12 around the table and our grandson in the highchair. I think we will all fit! I will make most of the meal as I do every year and have come to love. As the kids have gotten older they love to help and I love the atmosphere in the kitchen on holidays. My married daughter has offered to make the pies and bring them, so that is one less thing for my oven.

My biggest issue is getting the house clean and KEEPing it clean for the holiday! This year we will also have the challenge of keeping our 4 and a half month old lab puppy from eating food off the counters and tables before we can get it served! He's big enough to reach, but hasn't learned his manners just yet!

You all enjoy your holiday! I'm off to clean....


b
post #11 of 13
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b- your description of your puppy reminds me of our dog (not a puppy, but thinks she still is and has that puppy energy). We had friends over for a "faux" thanksgiving 2 weekends ago. The dog had worked herself into a frenzy trying every possible angle to get some food. We finally had to put her outside and we watched out the window as she ran (as fast as she could) from the front door to the back door "knocking" to get inside with us.

PS- She did appreciate the scraps she got after dinner!!!
post #12 of 13
There is something about the smells of turkey cooking that drives them crazy!
post #13 of 13
I love this holiday!!! My dh is a ~ well ~he likes to keep his figure nice (tee hee hee) anyway this and Christmas are the only times I get to make tons of pies!!!!! This year for Thanksgiving we'll be at my brothers. His wifes family will all be in attendence (I've only met two of them).

I love to make pies from scratch!!! hardly anyone I know has had a pumpkin pie from a pumpkin not a can!!! My mother and her generation have but my husband had never had one so when we married I vowed to make it tradition in our house. Every year it's different! I mess around with new ideas, last year it was tofu. but since I didn't have a blender/mixer/orbeater it was a little - lumpy - great tasting the texture was so unappealing! hahahaha

So this year I made: 1 pumkin pie, 2 sweet potato pies (with crystalized ginger diced up in the filling) and I was going to make another pumkin but I ran out of spices and shortening for the crust! so alas I hope they don't mind ginger or sweet potatoes!!

Have a great and eventful holiday!! Even if it's a disaster, at least you get to REALLY appreciate the REST of the year! Kisses from Kissimmee, FL!
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