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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Is anyone else tired of the usual T-day fare?

    I was thinking about it recently and decided that I would like to avoid the typical foods and serve something completely different. Maybe do a full Mexican table or Thai or something.
    My mother never has a traditional Thanksgiving meal. She decided that all of the offspring are probably turkeyed out by the time we make it to her place. She usually moves her Thanksgiving meal to the weekend and cooks something crazy to surprise us. Sometimes she gives us a list of ingredients to bring as a hint. It is always an enjoyable time.

    This year, I won't be having fun at my mother's house. Hubby and I will be making a trip to FL to visit my brother who I have not seen in years. It will be interesting. I hope to go to Disney while I am down there.
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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Is anyone else tired of the usual T-day fare?

    I was thinking about it recently and decided that I would like to avoid the typical foods and serve something completely different. Maybe do a full Mexican table or Thai or something.
    you could always do a Turducken.
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    My mother takes a whole different cultural spin to thanksgiving. She still makes the turkey, but it is completely different from the dry, gotta pour on the gravy that the typical american household produces on that oh so glorious day. Her turkey is done with this special gravy that she makes from scratch and is more water and oil based. It is put in the turkey and it creates the most super moist turkey you will ever eat. Served with the left over gravy, spanish rice, candy yams, and stuffing, and this is truly a great meal.

    The day after thanks giving, mrs cpsu and i head to Union Square in San Francisco and ring in the Christmas shopping.
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    Quote Originally posted by craines View post
    Though I am looking for a new way to do the bird and looking for a new slant on the stuffing.
    We stuff our turkey with mashed potatoes. Yum
    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    Quote Originally posted by sisterceleste View post
    We stuff our turkey with mashed potatoes. Yum
    That is the freakiest cooking tidbit I have ever heard. Honest to God.

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    going to Ithaca to feast with the family.
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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Is anyone else tired of the usual T-day fare?

    I was thinking about it recently and decided that I would like to avoid the typical foods and serve something completely different. Maybe do a full Mexican table or Thai or something.
    I think Indian food would be well suited for Thanksgiving. Some tandoori bread, dal, palak paneer.....yum.

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    Budgie will be taking Wednesday off. I'll travel to Kansas City Tuesday night and with my children in tow I will leave early Wednesday for my parents house in north Texas. We'll spend a relaxing couple of days lounging around. On Saturday I will visit a developer buddy of mine to visit one of his developments in Flower Mound. I'll head north early Sunday morning.
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    Ms. jmac is in the middle of a two-month stay in Albuquerque. I am taking the week off to fly out for a visit, do some exploring, and hopefully have a brew with a local Cyburbian.

    We are not sure what we'll do for Thanksgiving dinner - we'll probably cook up a turkey, but work some chiles and other southwestern goodness into the feast somehow.

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    Serious on the mashed potatos............makes since. Purhaps a garlic mashed, sliced or cubed almost like a casserole.

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    My son's godparents are hosting Thanksgiving this year. Usually, we host and I do all of the cooking. It will be nice not having to do a lot of cooking this year. My cousin in Pittsburgh will be joining us as well.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tresmo View post
    I think Indian food would be well suited for Thanksgiving. Some tandoori bread, dal, palak paneer.....yum.
    Ooh, I like that idea! We did that for Christmas a few years ago, actually -- ordered a huge amount of food from our favorite local Indian restaurant. It was nice not having to stress out about what to make... and everyone loved it.

    I don't eat turkey, so my mother-in-law (who is a great cook) makes something different for Thanksgiving every year. Seafood is a popular choice. Unfortunately, I don't think she'll be up to cooking this year for health reasons, so I'm not sure what we're doing. It's kind of depressing, actually.

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    Quote Originally posted by Budgie View post
    Budgie will be taking Wednesday off. I'll travel to Kansas City Tuesday night and with my children in tow I will leave early Wednesday for my parents house in north Texas. We'll spend a relaxing couple of days lounging around. On Saturday I will visit a developer buddy of mine to visit one of his developments in Flower Mound. I'll head north early Sunday morning.
    Flower Mound is real close to me and mine. PM me if you want to do a mini Laefest, or something.
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    we are hosting this year, but I think it will just be hubby's parents though we do pick up a stray person/family that doesn't travel or host so I am sure the number will grow -

    we have a great menu we do every year that I have not gotten sick of yet

    we are also doing the free-range turkey with my hubby's chestnut stuffing (lotta work the night before, ouch)
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    sherry gravy
    Brussels sprouts with bacon dressing
    celery root salad
    George Washington's onion mash
    sweet potatoes and mushroom bake
    mashed white potatoes
    I usually assign a bread

    usually a lighter red wine is in order for the dinner

    fruit and nuts

    pumpkin pie made from scratch
    I usually assign another dessert option

    my 14 yo daughter who is now a vegetarian through a bet with a friend has decided that they are calling a truce on Thanksgiving, which is great - as I was going to have a stuffed acorn squash for her with tofu and pecans ala the Moosewood Cookbook so now I don't have to do that - phew

    what I change ever year is the recipe for the cranberry sauce - this year it will be a cranberry pineapple relish -

    the first time we did Thanksgiving dinner sans parents was in 1992 when I was bed ridden with my first pregnancy - we had my husband's brother and my sister came and we all made our favorite dishes and when we sat down at the table we realized we had not made anything green - so we dubbed it the white Thanksgiving at the kid's table - it was great and we never looked back, never traveled again

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    We still have a few items to hash out. Turkey, yes. Sweet potatoes/yams, by majority decision, no way in hell, ick, ick, ick... Stuffing (gotta negotiate on that one, whose recipe to use...) Mashed potatoes, yep. Green beans or peas, rolls, we all agree. I think we'll skip the pumpkin (barf) and pecan pies for something more citrusy...

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    Hopefully the renovations to my kitchen will be done so we can have a Thanksgiving dinner. The new counter tops come today.
    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    Turkey 2007 will be a baby-fest in the casa de hilldweller. None of mine- thankfully- but all my female first cousins are new moms.

    O/T: What kind of twisted municipality do I work for that doesn't give me the friday after Thankgiving off (or X-mas eve for that matter)? O/T:

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    O/T: What kind of twisted municipality do I work for that doesn't give me the friday after Thankgiving off (or X-mas eve for that matter)? O/T:
    The one I used to work for, some kind of rule said it couldn't be closed on more than one weekday.
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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    O/T: What kind of twisted municipality do I work for that doesn't give me the friday after Thankgiving off (or X-mas eve for that matter)? O/T:
    It is odd that you wouldn't get Fri after Thanksgiving off when working for a public agency.

    As for X-mas eve being a workday, that's pretty normal. I've never worked anywhere where that was a holiday. Although, a few years ago my last employer changed the policy to give X-mas eve off when Christmas fell on a Tuesday. LadyBuc will be enjoying that perk this year.

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    Noon - Wife's big family rents the Lone Tree, IA senior center. Big farm spread. Women work like dogs and the men sit around and talk about their lame jobs - HVAC, auto repair, farming, etc. No interest in what the liberal college boy has to say. I hate that.

    At least no talk about the Hawkeyes this year

    Evening. More formal affair at my brother's.

    . . . and booze.

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    we are hosting this year, but I think it will just be hubby's parents though we do pick up a stray person/family that doesn't travel or host so I am sure the number will grow -

    we have a great menu we do every year that I have not gotten sick of yet

    we are also doing the free-range turkey with my hubby's chestnut stuffing (lotta work the night before, ouch)
    also
    sherry gravy
    Brussels sprouts with bacon dressing
    celery root salad
    George Washington's onion mash
    sweet potatoes and mushroom bake
    mashed white potatoes
    I usually assign a bread

    usually a lighter red wine is in order for the dinner

    fruit and nuts

    pumpkin pie made from scratch
    I usually assign another dessert option

    my 14 yo daughter who is now a vegetarian through a bet with a friend has decided that they are calling a truce on Thanksgiving, which is great - as I was going to have a stuffed acorn squash for her with tofu and pecans ala the Moosewood Cookbook so now I don't have to do that - phew

    what I change ever year is the recipe for the cranberry sauce - this year it will be a cranberry pineapple relish -

    the first time we did Thanksgiving dinner sans parents was in 1992 when I was bed ridden with my first pregnancy - we had my husband's brother and my sister came and we all made our favorite dishes and when we sat down at the table we realized we had not made anything green - so we dubbed it the white Thanksgiving at the kid's table - it was great and we never looked back, never traveled again
    Set the table for four more; sounds great!!!!

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    Tomorrow morning I'm getting up early (now there's a big surprise), to chop onions and dice celery in preparation for making the stuffing. To keep the mixture moist, I'm thinking of adding some white wine rather than chicken stock.
    RJ is creative in the kitchen.


    EDIT: I really should got to bed but I noticed door to the bedroom is open. You know what that means? Cats on the bed. I'll have another glass of wine.
    Last edited by Richmond Jake; 21 Nov 2007 at 10:55 PM.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    It's over. Great meal but my stuffing didn't turn out as I wanted -- too dry. Watched the remainder of the football game and went in the hot tub. Came back in to discover ZG sleeping on the couch...where she's still snoring. No pictures; that would be wrong.....but you should see the poor gal.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    finger stick is to test my blood glucose level - normal is 80-120 & up to 160 post meal







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