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We are going to a buffet this year because our family are all either on vacation or not doing thanksgiving and I am pregnant and having trouble with lots of strong practice contractions. So I just wanted to see what is on everyone's thanksgiving menu this year.Please share so I can drool over all the homemade yumminess and get some ideas for next year!
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we did ours this last saturday:

Roasted Turkey, spice brined(brine has crystallized candied ginger, peppercorns, and allspice berries)

herb stuffing with leeks, cranberries, and shallots and pomegranate arils

corn pudding

glazed pears and parsnips with rosemary

roasted brussel sprouts with apple and pancetta

yellow squash and cheese casserole with spiced bread topping

maple bourbon sweet potatoes

walnut and sage potato gratin

pumpkin mascarpone pies
maple whipped cream
ginger ice cream
walnut torte

beer

prosecco

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Ours is pretty basic (b/c I am making it myself, and it's just our own family).

Turkey w/gravy
Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole
Croissants
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Asparagus

Relish tray, including raw veggies, hot mix, green and black olives

Wine
Beer

Cheese cake
Pumpkin pie

Something for an appetizer -- I'm thinking green chile and cream cheese stuffed mushrooms

I'm sure I'm forgetting something...

Everything will be from scratch, though I did buy 2 cans of croissants in case I mess that up! Last year they turned out, but I figured better safe than without (and they were on sale).

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The kids are sick and I'm due with #4 next week so it is just our immediate family only. Such a relief! Dh and I plan on cooking a normal turkey dinner anyway so we can have lots of yummy leftovers

* organic turkey bought on sale last month

* mashed red potatoes, gravy

* steamed brussel sprouts

* creamed corn casserole (dh's request) - MAKING TODAY

* candied sweet potatoes (dd's request) - MAKING TODAY

* dessert: homemade dairy free Pumpkin Creme Brulee - MAKING TODAY

Since most everything is getting made today, if for some reason one of the kids is feeling worse or I start contracting we have an alternate plan. Our alternate plan for the potatoes and brussel sprouts is to roast them in the oven along with some other root veggies and balsamic vinegar and just serve that along with the turkey and other pre-made side dishes.

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I have no idea besides turkey. My MIL is making dinner except I am making the pumpkin pies and my husbands favorite dressing. Apparently MIL is making dressing but he wants mine there too.

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yellow squash and cheese casserole with spiced bread topping
Any chance of sharing this recipe? It sounds really intriguing!
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mamajama,
Did you make the turkey using alton brown's recipe? i had been thinking about making it this way before we decided to go out for thanksgiving. How was it?
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We are vegetarian, so no turkey. I really wanted Risotto Cakes so I planed a meal around them Penne with Sun dried tomatoes and fresh Arugula, Chive Risotto Cakes, Eggplant Parmesan and Tiara Misu served in wine goblets for dessert.....mmmmmmm

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We are vegetarian, so no turkey. I really wanted Risotto Cakes so I planed a meal around them Penne with Sun dried tomatoes and fresh Arugula, Chive Risotto Cakes, Eggplant Parmesan and Tiara Misu served in wine goblets for dessert.....mmmmmmm

will you please share the recipe for the chive risotto cakes? that sounds awesome

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We are having a simple meal

-roasted turkey breast with butter, rosemary, sage and thyme
-mashed sweet potatoes roasted first in sugar and butter until caramelized and then mashed with some fresh squeezed oj
-italian style green beans with shallots
-home made cranberry sauce

-pumpkin pie for dessert

-also made cheesecake cranberry pumpkin swirl bread that can be eaten w/ bfast or for dessert.



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Roast Beef
Ham
Turkey
Green Salad
Cole Slaw
Fruit Salad
Cottage Cheese
Cheese Board & Crackers
Pasta with choice of:
- Alfredo sauce
- Tomato Sauce
- Garlic Sauce
- Assorted vegetables and meats
Brussel Sprouts
Broccoli
Corn
Mashed Potatoes
Scalloped Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Peas
Carrots
Asparagus
Omelet station with choice of meats, cheeses, and veggies
Several different breads
Various pies
Various cakes
Various cheesecakes
Various ice creams

We had a big Tgiving planned and it kind of pooped out on us for various reasons... my mother (who lives with us) will be out of town and it will be just dh, dd, and me... so we're going to a nice hotel for their Thanksgiving buffet. This is what was on their list.

What I had planned will still make a nice meal when mom returns and I have more to cook for.
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We had a big Tgiving planned and it kind of pooped out on us for various reasons... my mother (who lives with us) will be out of town and it will be just dh, dd, and me... so we're going to a nice hotel for their Thanksgiving buffet. This is what was on their list.
I was thinking holy moly she's cooking all of that!?!

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I was thinking holy moly she's cooking all of that!?!
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mamajama,
Did you make the turkey using alton brown's recipe? i had been thinking about making it this way before we decided to go out for thanksgiving. How was it?
its perfect-though you better get going, it should brine for as close to 24 hours as possible! (though 12 hours will work fine.)

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Any chance of sharing this recipe? It sounds really intriguing!
squash recipe:
get 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup, 1.5 cups of sour cream, 1 diced onion, 1 stick of butter, a bag of stuffing (preferably the pepperidge farm kind) and 2-3 lbs of yellow squash.
in a frying pan add the onion, butter and stuffing and sautee it.
Steam the squash
in another bowl, add the soup, sour cream, and steamed squash
mix it all together
then put the stuffing on top of the squash.
stick in the oven for about a half hour @ 350 degrees

(i add a bit of cayenne(1 tsp) to the stuffing mix when I am sauteeing it-its not spicy, just flavorful)

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We don't do Thanksgiving, but we do a fall meal every year. This year we are doing Cornish game hens for each person, with stuffing, potatoes, apple pie (and maybe pumpkin), roasted veggies and spinach salad. Dh wants to make apple cider this year too.

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we did ours this last saturday:

Roasted Turkey, spice brined(brine has crystallized candied ginger, peppercorns, and allspice berries)

herb stuffing with leeks, cranberries, and shallots and pomegranate arils

corn pudding

glazed pears and parsnips with rosemary

roasted brussel sprouts with apple and pancetta

yellow squash and cheese casserole with spiced bread topping

maple bourbon sweet potatoes

walnut and sage potato gratin

pumpkin mascarpone pies
maple whipped cream
ginger ice cream
walnut torte

beer

prosecco
I'm curious about the pears and parsnips. I have been doing some experiments with parsnips and have found them almost impervious to cooking. Seriously I roasted those suckers for hours and they were still hard.

What is your recipe and how do the flavors meld? I'm intrigued.

Our Tday went well! I am a spotty cook so you never know if what I put on your plate is edible or not--Anything I cook in the crockpot is called 'crap in a crockpot' until proven otherwise. (In my defense I'm a great baker/pastry cook.) But everything was delicious which is good since I made up some of the recipes.

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as long as you peel the parsnips and follow the directions, the dish cooks wonderfully.

when i oven roast parsnips with carrots, I make sure they are cut evenly, peeled all the way, and well oiled to roast properly. takes about an hour to get them good and carmelized.


PARSNIP DISH

Ingredients

8 parsnips, peeled and quartered
3 pears, cut into thin strips (peeling optional)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 sprigs fresh rosemary (remove from stems)
13 ounces roasted garlic and onion jam, or sweet onion jam(i sub in orange marmelade since i can never find onion jam)
salt and cracked black pepper
fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)

Peel and cut parsnips into wedges, add to lightly salted boiling water and cook until just tender (approximately 6-7 minutes). Drain.
Cut pears into thin slices (peel if you choose, but it's not necessary).
Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Transfer cooked parsnips and fresh sliced pears into skillet. Cook until light golden in color. Add trimmed rosemary, garlic onion jam and bring to a brief boil.
Turn to low and cook until pears are tender and jam has glazed everything. Season to taste and drizzle lemon juice over top if desired. Remove from heat and serve.

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Very traditional here because my sister insisted. I'm making:

Brie covered in fig preserves
crackers
olives
almonds
truffles

Brined, roasted turkey (our first year with a heritage, pastured bird! yay!) slathered in a stick of butter prior to roasting and stuffed with an apple and onion for flavor
Bone broth gravy
Homemade cranberry sauce (with honey instead of sugar) with orange zest
Pecan cranberry gluten free stuffing
Sweet potato casserole with pecans
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potato bread (well, they're eating that- I'm gluten intolerant)
Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and carmelized onion

Pumpkin pie
Pecan pie (made with sugar instead of corn syrup)
Flourless chocolate nutella cake
Ice cream/whipped cream to go with

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This our first year grain free so it's bit different than our usual fare:

Roasted Turkey

Mashed potatoes with lots of butter and sour cream (more like butter and sour cream with a little potato )

Gravy

Bacon and Green Beans

Raw crackers made with sunflower seeds

Carrots and celery sticks

Smoked wild salmon rolled around couple of kinds of fresh raw goat cheese (Chevre and Fromage Blanc)

Sundried tomatoes

Olives

Nuts and dried cranberries

Lemon Bars made from a recipe from the Almond Flour Cookbook

Pumpkin Pie (http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/...onut-milk.html)

Spiced cider, kombucha, wine, etc. to drink

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My mom is hosting Thanksgiving this year, but I am bringing traditional green bean casserole, cranberry fluff, and batter rolls.

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as long as you peel the parsnips and follow the directions, the dish cooks wonderfully.

when i oven roast parsnips with carrots, I make sure they are cut evenly, peeled all the way, and well oiled to roast properly. takes about an hour to get them good and carmelized.


PARSNIP DISH

Ingredients

8 parsnips, peeled and quartered
3 pears, cut into thin strips (peeling optional)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 sprigs fresh rosemary (remove from stems)
13 ounces roasted garlic and onion jam, or sweet onion jam(i sub in orange marmelade since i can never find onion jam)
salt and cracked black pepper
fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)

Peel and cut parsnips into wedges, add to lightly salted boiling water and cook until just tender (approximately 6-7 minutes). Drain.
Cut pears into thin slices (peel if you choose, but it's not necessary).
Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Transfer cooked parsnips and fresh sliced pears into skillet. Cook until light golden in color. Add trimmed rosemary, garlic onion jam and bring to a brief boil.
Turn to low and cook until pears are tender and jam has glazed everything. Season to taste and drizzle lemon juice over top if desired. Remove from heat and serve.
Thanks for the recipe. I may try it. As for my parsnip fail, I dunno. I use olive oil. Maybe I just had bad parsnips?

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Very traditional here because my sister insisted. I'm making:



Flourless chocolate nutella cake


Can't wait.
Ummm. We love nutella over here. Any chance of a recipe?

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Thanksgiving is over but can I share?

Turkey with gravy
Collard Greens with smoked turkey wings
Savory Cornbread stuffing (from scratch!)
Rice and Beans
Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Salad
Sweet potatoes wrapped in prosciutto
Bread Pudding

It was great
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We just finished. I'm EXHAUSTED....but the turkey got done before the baby got done, so I'm just glad to still be on my feet. We had just my family, but it was wonderful. We had:

Brined turkey with herbed butter between the skin and the meat
Stuffing (in turkey) of bread, chestnuts, onions, celery, etc....very standard
Stuffing in muffin tins....cornbread and bacon (new recipe...to DIE for!)
Giblet gravy
Wild rice with roasted butternut squash and leeks
Green peas
Delicata squash puree
Brussels sprouts with chestnuts
Cranberry, maple and orange sauce
Rosemary roasted sweet potato wedges
Mashed potatoes

Homemade pumpkin pie with spiced whipped cream
Homemede apple-berry pie with calvados cream
Toffee-chocolate cookies (which my brother brought from Trader Joes....yum!)
We tried Indian Pudding this year.....just bought some to see if it was worth making in the future.....didn't go over too well.

Dad brought a few bottles of wine with him from France, and my brother (who works at TJ's) brought some of their cranberry and blueberry selzers.

All in all, a success! I'm so full of food and baby that I think I'll pop!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. This place is very definately one of the many, many things I have to be grateful for....thanks!

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Here it is, Violet.

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