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PostSubject: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:15 am

What will you be doing for your Thanksgiving dinner? Traditional, or something different? We usually do the standard Americana meal of roast turkey with plain-Jane stuffing, gravy, white rolls, cranberry sauce, canned yams with marshmallow topping, etc..

I really hate that crap! Laughing We always did it because it was cheap and easy, the kids would eat it, and it's kind of what everyone expected. I mean, it's not bad, it tastes alright though it's awfully coffee-shop.... I think I've finally had it though and am in the mood for a revolt (not that the old stand-by isn't revolting enough...).

Four or five years ago the wife and I were kind of at wits end and we declined all invitations and offered none, letting everyone know that we would not be serving or attending (our kids were all just grown and out of the house). We got in the car early Thanksgiving morning and drove for two hours up the mountain to Lake Tahoe, listening to NPR all the way and laughing at the programming, which was different NPR hosts and guests recounting crazy holiday meal encounters. It was a fine ride. We went to some hotel/casino (Harrah's, I think) that has a huge buffet high up on the top floor with amazing views of the snow covered lake region. The food was fine, but the journey and the act was superb. We just wanted to create a non traditional memory, a time when we should have been in a crowded roomful of family but instead snuck off alone, just the two of us. I will always remember it.

I don't intend a lot more of those. We actually get along jut fine with all of our family, so it wasn't an escape from that, but from the norm and the expected, I think. Now we once again have little ones at home (raising our two granddaughters) and we have no intentions of robbing them of experiencing the traditional holiday standards, but I do believe I'll begin some new traditions by refusing the old gloppy standard fare and introducing some fine winter harvest foods into what can still be seen as a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

I'm making my final notes and preparing to go do the meal shopping (I'm the cook in the family, used to do it for a living long time ago). I think the following are going to be on the menu for sure, but still mulling it over a bit.

-Roast Turkey rubbed with sea salt, fresh garlic, olive oil, cracked peppercorns and orange peel. The bird will be stuffed with sausage cornbread stuffing.

-Roasted Brussel Sprouts cheers These are fantastic, just cut in half lengthwise, toss in olive oil, sea salt and black pepper, 1/2 an hour in a 400 degree oven.

-Steamed Garnet Yams, mashed with Chipotle chiles.

-Acorn squash, halved and roasted.

-A fresh rosemary baguette served sliced and topped with chevre'.

-Homemade Cranberry relish (using fresh whole berries and lots of orange peel).

Not sure about desert yet.......

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:54 am

several years ago, we got tired of the repetitive traditional meal and we thought of an easy meal that tastes great.....spaghetti....and easy to clear afterwards too. sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:47 pm

My parents are having all of my dad's side over for Thanksgiving this year. I'll probably play video games all day. Part to fill up time, and so they don't turn my computer room into the room where everyone watches football.
But we'll have two turkey's, one oven roasted and one grilled outside. Then all the normal thanksgiving dishes.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:06 pm

I'll be going to my mother's house, where she has a formal dining room and such. She's half-Lebanese and Lebanese recipes have been a holiday tradition, I grew up eating Arabic food in addition to regular American food. We'll probably have an assortment of olives, hummus and babaganouj with pita, and taboulleh. Maybe some stuffed grape leaves or whatever as well, but the taboulleh is always a favorite (hope I've spelled all that correctly, I just know how to say it). The both of us also love good wine, critiquing the wines is always nice. Plus, she's a bad ass of a baker and I can't wait to see what pies she's got planned. To top it off, her sister has been living with her and she's also an exceptional cook.

I'm waiting to see whether or not I'll be coming early to help in the kitchen. I always liked being in on that action and watching the masters work. This year we'll be doing it on Wednesday because I of course work on Thanksgiving night, which was mom's idea because this is the only holiday I like. Holidays annoy me to no end, I really hate all the hype and nonsense we put up with ad nauseum on a daily basis this time of year. Screw every last holiday on any calendar except this one. And maybe St. Paddy's.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:16 pm

We go traditional...roasted turkey, sausage stuffing,sweet potatos.and veggies too.Last year we brined the turkey for a day before we roasted it...it came out great, tasted better and was moist.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:29 pm

My girlfriend and I are hosting this year for both our immediate families, and that means I'm the Chef-de-Cuisine. It will be a juggling act of dietary restrictions (religious and health) but I think we can make it work.

Roast turkey, herb-brined and spatchcocked
Traditional sage stuffing
Pear, Gorgonzola, Field Greens, and Walnut salad
Mashed potatoes
Vegetarian and Turkey gravies
Roasted root veggies
Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with candied pecans
Carrots glazed in orange sauce
Baked squash
Asparagus quiche
Cranberry sauce from the can (we've tried the homemade and we just missed the jelly, so why stress?)
Rustic bread
Assorted pies

This is the first time I'm looking at the whole list, and I turned a little pale. I better get to work planning more.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:39 pm

I can't make up my mind if I want to show up ant PD's house or Greenleaf's house. Both you guys are making me hungry already.

Happy Thanksgiving to all
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:39 pm

I will be delivering meals to the local homeless camps again his year and will probably sit down in one of the camps to eat. Last year I cooked 5 turkeys in about 30 hours in preparation for the deliveries.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:58 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:


-Roast Turkey rubbed with sea salt, fresh garlic, olive oil, cracked peppercorns and orange peel. The bird will be stuffed with sausage cornbread stuffing.

-Roasted Brussel Sprouts cheers These are fantastic, just cut in half lengthwise, toss in olive oil, sea salt and black pepper, 1/2 an hour in a 400 degree oven.

-Steamed Garnet Yams, mashed with Chipotle chiles.

-Acorn squash, halved and roasted.

-A fresh rosemary baguette served sliced and topped with chevre'.

-Homemade Cranberry relish (using fresh whole berries and lots of orange peel).

Not sure about desert yet.......


I'll be going to P's house, sounds like a fine meal!
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:10 pm

Greenleaf I truly am jealous. Lebanese cuisine is delicious and I'm sure their holiday recipes are extraordinary. I'm going back to Dallas for a dinner with my Dad and step mom, lets hope she doesnt dry out the turkey again


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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:11 pm

We will be going to East Texas to have Thanksgiving with Mom. My Dad has Alzheimers and and we had to put him in a unit about six months ago. She goes every day and stays with him. We will probably take her for her favorite seafood at lunch and have Dinner with Dad.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:23 pm

Up early in the AM to get a few hours of hunting in,,,then drop off turkey & trimmings for several families in the community hit pretty hard by the economy,,,then family and friends at my step daughters for the traditional meal,,,,tried my hand at some home made venison mincemeat for a pie, will not be responsible for emergency room charges,,,,

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:50 pm

since we live 800 miles away from any family we're probably just going to chill, have some homemade heart attack on a plate (wife's homemade mac and cheese or alfredo lasagna.) Not sure yet. Hopefully this will be the second to last thanksgiving we have to spend in the state and then back to New England.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:13 pm

When I was a kid on the east coast, we had lobster one Thanksgiving.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:23 pm

Bub wrote:
When I was a kid on the east coast, we had lobster one Thanksgiving.

Actually that's going to be our meal this year. My wife is originally from CT and a seafood fanatic, so this year as a treat, I ordered lobster, clams and mussels shipped in from New England.

I'd rather this myself. Was never a fan of turkey.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:04 am

Onabullit, I was once in Austin with my family and we stopped by an Arabic restaurant, I forget the name. Anyway, we've got a couple of good restaurants/Arabic foodstores on/off of Beltline among a few others in the North Dallas area, in case you didn't know. The place on Preston and Beltline has excellent Lebanese potatoes, which I can more or less make at home.

I still need to get more detailed instructions on Lebanese cooking from my mother so I can cook the stuff myself. Hope my siblings will do the same so the tradition can be passed on, as I am fortunately well on my way to staying alone and childless.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving meal?   Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:21 pm

Greenleaf-
I'll have to check that place out, I'm headed to Dallas on Wednesday. What part of town are you on? We should burn down some flakes.
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