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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/22 17:03:47 (permalink)
Davydd

Here's our Norman Rockwell shot. I'm not in it. I was the photographer. We hosted Thanksgiving last year. Our niece in the green shirt and her husband, a former chef and restauranteur, in the yellow will host this year.



Great pic Davydd, very N R, you all decimated the Turkey it seems!

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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/22 19:26:11 (permalink)
Laserwolf - Try Pumpkin Chess Pie
 
9 Inch Deep Dish Pie Crust
15 oz can pumpkin
2 cups sugar
3 tsp cornmeal
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream (1/2 & 1/2 works too)
Dash of vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
 
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place crust into your deep dish pie pan
Beat the pumpkin, sugar, butter in large bowl on medium for about 5 minutes
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition until each is incorporated 
Add remaining ingredients until everything is added and incorporated
Bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes or until center is almost set
 
Serve with whipped cream and enjoy
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/24 17:30:35 (permalink)
My sister is finally home, so we've finalized the menu. Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, our grandma's salad (required at every holiday), croissants, corn casserole, and pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream. Mom is in charge of pie (but my sister is doing the whipped cream so we don't have to eat Cool Whip), and I'm in charge of corn casserole (purely because I need a picture of the recipe), while my sister's family will be doing the rest.
 
Not only do I not have to really cook, there won't be people in my house...AND this is my good sister who will send up home with enough leftovers for at least two more meals and will save me the turkey carcass so I can make stock.
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/24 19:22:57 (permalink)
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Foodbyme............NBC would also love that!

One thing that only seems to come out at T-day and Christmas is caramelized onions.done in lots of butter, brown sugar and season salt with a splash of Sherry pepper sauce at the end (or just sherry, or just marsala)
Wow...that sounds delectable....I could picture some of that thrown on top of some fresh calves liver cooked just though. Do you use Vidalias?
Anyway, I'm preparing a Broadbent Country Ham from Cadiz, KY. Fresh green beans cooked with side meat and a Vidalia, cheese grits, and my special cornbread. I'll probably make a blueberry pie as it is my wife's favorite. The turkey can wait until Christmas.

Nope, Vidalia are way too big........These are the little Pearl ones......I actually prefer the jarred Hanover brand and the slight vinegar snap....but frozen ones work just as well.  Ain't no way I'm peeling all those puppies!
 
And your special cornbread?.....Do tell!
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/24 19:33:27 (permalink)
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I'm not a big fan of the type of foods traditionally served at thanksgiving. At my home it's always been Turkey, Giblet & Chicken Stuffing, Giblet Gravy, Basic Green Bean Casserole, Canned Cranberry Sauce, Frozen Yeast Rolls, boxed Mash Potatoes, and canned yams covered in mini marshmallows. We also would have pre-frozen Pumpkins and Pecan Pies with Cool Whip Topping.

Over the last 2 years I've managed to swap in real mashed potatoes, real Cranberry Sauce, and I've had a few failed attempts at different stuffing recipes. This year, in additional to my previous improvements,  I plan on swapping out the Canned Yams for some sort of Sweet Potato Casserole made from scratch, adding an alternate white gravy (always disliked brown gravys but family loves them), adding some version of Macaroni and Cheese(Maybe a Beer Cheese and Mac), and I'd like to jazz up the made-from-scratch Cranberry Sauce and Mash Potatoes with extra flavor.

My big project is trying to jazz up Green Bean Casserole. I'm fiddling with the idea of using crispy Jalapenos in place of the Crispy Onions, and adding in sauteed onions, mushrooms, some sort of cheese with the Cream of Mushroom. I might need to test it before the big day. I'm also going to try my hand at a couple of homemade pies. I'm not a fan of traditional pumpkin because of the texture, so I'm looking for a different way of doing one other than a cheesecake.




a very personal suggestion on Green Bean Casserole...........Kiss it goodbye.....I....and it seems most of our table guests at t-day or Christmas......prefer my Green beans.........long full beans, frozen ok.  I sautee strips of red pepper and a little onion.then heat it all in chicken Broth with some thyme added...and top it off with toasted sliced almonds. Easy.....keeps well in a slow-cooker if you are travelling nearby. and leftovers heat and still taste good.
 
just my opinion
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/24 22:07:12 (permalink)
Sounds very good, fcf-I personally cant do green bean casserole anymore.
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 11:09:13 (permalink)
I've never had green bean casserole and I'm not starting now!
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 11:47:06 (permalink)
Nothing says Thanksgiving like a Green Bean Casserole display at the supermarket, complete with everything you will need, including the can opener.

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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 11:47:48 (permalink)
Green bean casserole is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century!
 
When we make it we need to buy twice as many fried onions as needed because many get eaten during the assembly process.
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 12:14:44 (permalink)
As a kid I never even heard of it.  My mother made Brussels sprouts or fresh green beans on Thanksgiving.  I guess the first time I saw it was at a covered-dish dinner at the church and I know I didn't eat any. 
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 12:28:00 (permalink)
lleechef

As a kid I never even heard of it.  My mother made Brussels sprouts or fresh green beans on Thanksgiving.  I guess the first time I saw it was at a covered-dish dinner at the church and I know I didn't eat any. 

Lisa, Ditto........
 
I used to run the Mission Thanksgiving dinner for 2000 people. People would send in Roast Turkeys, you would not believe how many Turkeys came in 1/2 cooked. The people at the front desk would send them back to the kitchen, I would rip it open and see if they were done before processing them for the meat. I sometimes wonder how people live through the holidays................
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 12:30:06 (permalink)
I never heard of it till I moved to Ohio. From what I've read, pictures I've seen and what I've been told it's pretty nasty stuff. I mean, canned green beans, canned cream of mushroom soup ... .
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 12:36:54 (permalink)
To each their own. I happen to like it, but I know people who don't. More for me!
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 12:39:19 (permalink)
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My first job when I came back to the States was sous chef at Sewickley Country Inn in Sewickley, PA.  We had three seatings in the ballroom and three seatings in the dining room.  The chef made us remove the legs and thighs and bone them out so we could roll it up in one piece, tie and roast and then just slice.  We must have had 25 turkeys.  Talk about a pain in the behind!!!
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 12:58:19 (permalink)
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Bill
My first job when I came back to the States was sous chef at Sewickley Country Inn in Sewickley, PA.  We had three seatings in the ballroom and three seatings in the dining room.  The chef made us remove the legs and thighs and bone them out so we could roll it up in one piece, tie and roast and then just slice.  We must have had 25 turkeys.  Talk about a pain in the behind!!!

Lisa, I would always tell my Wife, Chefs are a pain in the A-s, she would say, No their not. Then I became a Chef, she said, your right, Chefs are a pain in the A-s........Go figure.....
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 13:23:30 (permalink)
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She's absolutely right!!!  We're royal pains in the arses!  If MH takes one step into the kitchen when I'm cooking I turn into a raving lunatic, shouting at the top of my lungs, "OUT, OUT, OUT, GET OUT OF MY KITCHEN!!" 
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 16:30:26 (permalink)
Laserwolf - here's a twist on a Thanksgiving favorite
 
Mincemeat Pie - open a jar of Borden's Nonesuch mincemeat (original) and pour into a mixing bowl - add 1/2 cup bourbon to the jar and swish around to get all the remaining mincemeat out,  add to the mixing bowl along with 1 cup of chopped pecans.  Stir the mixture and follow the directions for baking on the jar.
 
 
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 18:18:45 (permalink)
One year in Alaska I decided to make my own mincemeat out of venison, suet, etc.  It was a lot of work but worth it.  There was a hefty amount of bourbon in that recipe! 
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/25 21:56:32 (permalink)
Anyone Ever do a Capon for the Holidays?
I like them as well as Turkeys.
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/26 03:51:17 (permalink)
My father and I LOVED mincemeat pie! I shall make one in his honor this year!Thanks for the added stuff, Belle!
 
 
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/28 09:36:55 (permalink)
Due to my travel and to accommodate our daughter & boyfriend, we decided to have our Thanksgiving meal on Saturday this year. Turkey preps and entertaining will not interfere with Packers football or planning Black Friday strategies. Thanksgiving is turning out to be a really relaxing day.
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/28 10:33:46 (permalink)
I love mincemeat pie but have been out voted by family in favor of apple and pumpkin. I never get it on Thanksgiving and I never get it at Christmas. So years ago I made a proclamation that I wanted mincemeat pie in lieu of a cake on my birthday right after Christmas and that's when I get it. This year I amended my proclamation and passed on BelleReve's recipe. At least the bourbon.
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/28 13:16:37 (permalink)
For me it's a question of what's NOT on my table. And that is all my stuff that's on our dining room table the other 364 days a year...laptop, stack of bills, mp3 player, laptop/mp3 speaker, various file folders, checkbooks, calculator, portable radio, kindle, beer/soda coasters, and assorted other necessary items.
 
So for the next few days it's all in a couple of boxes in the basement while people come and go. After that the bills need to be paid...
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/11/28 15:06:04 (permalink)
Ken, I feel your pain! I cleared off our dining room table a few weeks ago in an effort to keep it that way until after the holidays. All my family has to do is put one piece of mail on it and I go into a tirade! I always feel like it is planting a seed when something is placed on the dining room table. Mountains just grow from there! One of my goals for this year is to keep it uncluttered!
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Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? 2013/12/30 22:18:25 (permalink)
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Laserwolf - here's a twist on a Thanksgiving favorite

Mincemeat Pie - open a jar of Borden's Nonesuch mincemeat (original) and pour into a mixing bowl - add 1/2 cup bourbon to the jar and swish around to get all the remaining mincemeat out,  add to the mixing bowl along with 1 cup of chopped pecans.  Stir the mixture and follow the directions for baking on the jar.

Bellereve,
Not Thanksgiving. I gave this recipe to my wife for my annual request of mincemeat pie in lieu of cake for my birthday. No one else in the family is enamored with mince meat pie so I don't get it for Thanksgiving and Christmas since pecan, pumpkin, cherry and apple take precedent and that is more than we can eat. So, it is my standing request. It turned out great.
 
Thanks for giving.

post edited by Davydd - 2013/12/30 22:20:12
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