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post #1 of 11
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So how was everyone's turkey day?
There were around 23 of us - Good company, thankful for each other and all we have, food for all (1 vegan, 2 vegetarians, 4 dairy allergic or lactose intolerants, 1 other food allergies). There was traditional roasted turkey, smoked turkey, tofurkey, baked tofu, dressing, homemade and canned cran sauce, creamed corn, sweet potatoes, steamed veggies (broc, cauli, carrots) green beans, spinach salad, WHOOPS! forgot the apps - humus w/ veggies or pita chips, chopped herring, pickled herring, goat cheese with carmelized onions on crustini, cheese and crackers, artichoke dip, Russian chocolates...

Did I mention I made too many pies??? made same as I make every year, but there were more apps than usual so I think people were fuller. 2 whole pies left over! And there was more ice cream than usual - family members own a n ice cream shop that closes on T Day for the winter and they bring whatever is left in the freezer.

So how was yur day? What were you most thankful for?
post #2 of 11
My day was perfect! I started cooking at 7:15 am and was done by 12:15 pm!! Everything went according to schedule (Yes, I'm so anal, I had a schedule written down and check off each item as I did it.) The only bad thing is that I have enough food left for 5 or 6 more meals! My dressing didn't turn out as I would have liked but I'm going to hang in there and keep trying to figure out Grandma's recipe. She has never measured or written it down so I'm winging it from memory since I'm not there to watch and help when she does it.

I am most thankful for my family. Without them, my life would be meaningless.
post #3 of 11
Excellent. Had some Meniere's problems Wednesday afternoon/evening so I didn't get the cheesecake cooked until today.

Phil
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post #4 of 11
Over the last 5 years, I have done most of the cooking when I get to the rents' house. I usually a few different things every year, but I've never touched the Turkey. I don't even try; my dad has always enjoyed doing it. However, after much discussion, I finally convinced my dad, mother, and brother to use salt and pepper on the rib roast instead of that "montreal steak seasoning" crap or whatever else they put on it.. garlic salt? Yech. It was delicious without it!

This year we introduced cauliflower gratin and it went over splendidly! We also made vermouth shallot green beans because we did garlic brussels every year before that. We are trying to think of something other than those 2 vegetables for a green, but it's hard. No spinach, chard, etc.. I suppose broccoli? I love the stuff.

Made 2 regular old pumpkin pies this year because I always do something crazy wild and wanted to make it traditional.

Apps were about 5 different cheeses, including my fav, any blue veined with dates or glazed pecans or apricots. We also had salmon pate.

For christmas, I asked my mom to purchase one of those port wine cheese logs covered in almonds. I just need a taste of my childhood... you could say that my involvement with food has elevated my family's standards over the past few years.

I had a wonderful and long holiday with my family; we had 3 different events , each with different kinds of food and company. It was so fun, and I probably drank too much wine.
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post #5 of 11
Thanksgiving dinner went very well. There was a bit of confusion regarding time, as one guest showed up at 4, as suggested, for wine and appetizers, but everyone else showed up around 5 for dinner. But we had wine, so no problem!

I tried something new, a roast garlic, tomato and macaroni soup for starters - it was a hit. I'll have to try and remember what I did and write up the recipe for future use.

As for what I might be thankful for, that's easy. My father passed away in July, and, uh, well, I'm sure you folks don't want to wade through a barrage of praises, memories and such, but I wouldn't be what I am without him, so I'll just say

Thanks, Dad.
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post #6 of 11
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How was it?

Sorry for your loss, Teamfat. Holidays after the death of someone are such a mixed event. It is wonderful to be with everyone else who misses and remembers that person, but it is terribly hard to not have them there. I am sure you will continue to honor him.
pgr
post #7 of 11
oh sorry to hear that, my dad is in advanced age also and I'm very close to him.

Anyway..the closest I got to BIRD was the eggs I had for Breakfast...I took the day off, got into my bed and Overdosed on bad tv behind locked doors.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! my idea of heaven..lol
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post #8 of 11
Sounds fun guys. Unfortunately I worked 16 hours on Thanksgiving. The pitfalls of being a chef. By the end of the day, the last thing I wanted to eat was turkey.
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post #9 of 11
That's why I love working for myself, I know it's more risky never really knowing what the day brings...but at the end of the day...my schedule is mine!:bounce:

But I do miss a steady income....sigh:rolleyes:
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post #10 of 11
The food was a hit. With my family, it's all about the traditional stuff - can't get to fancy or they won't eat it.

My brother has been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, so I set aside bland, unseasoned versions of almost all of it.

My mother came up on Wednesday to "help" - which consisted of sitting in a chair in the kitchen and being critical of everything that I did. But, I survived without sporking her so it's all good.

We had the traditional stuff - turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, corn pudding, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.

New things I tried on them:
Tart cranberry dip - went over well
Chocolate flan cake - didn't go over well (but I liked it)
I (horrors!) left the skins on the potatoes when I mashed them and added garlic. My mother told me that I'd have to make a second set "for the kids" - which meant for her - but I refused, and everyone loved them. Neener neener.

Judith
post #11 of 11
Oh man , got to love that neener neener stuff :lol: I had my turn at "Thanksgiving" dinner over 25 years ago and the way I survived it was to never cook a holiday meal again!!

Everything I made was not right and not what they were used to, so "NEENER NEENER" to them too...spent all my holidays in NYC stress free as all I did was arrive at the right time to stuff my face and take a couch nap.

Bwaaaaaaahaha
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