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CajunKing

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Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 2:35 PM (permalink)
With the rapid approach of Turkey Day by now there is usually a thread started about your menu for the day or what your plans may be.  Well we are at T - 7 Days and NO SUCH THREAD!!!
 
My plans have been up in the air, i was originally going tobe house sitting in Lebanon, TN until the first of December, but that changed.  Then my dad and his wife were going to Cincy for Turkey Day weekend, well that got changed too.  So I am now planning to go to BIL's house and have a family get together there.
 
My additions to the feast:
 
Dutch Apple Pie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess
Key Lime Pie
Watergate Salad
and ????????
 
So what is on your menu or what is your plan for the day???
 
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    felix4067

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    Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 3:01 PM (permalink)
    I'm NOT cooking! My sister invited us over for a traditional dinner. I'm not supposed to bring anything, but when she gets back in town this weekend (she's been gone for a month), I'm going to see if that plan has changed any. Might be I end up bringing the salad my grandma used to always make, or maybe something with sweet potatoes. No one in their right mind would ask me to make pie.
     
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      WarToad

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      Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 3:16 PM (permalink)
      Tawny port (for the cook to limber up the cooking wrists)
       
      Bone-in ham
      scalloped corn
      sweet potatos
      maple/pecan glazed brussel sprouts
      homemade rye bread
      pumpkin creme brulee
       
      There are currently nightly negotiations and verbal arm twisting over the menu, it's not locked down yet.
       
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        Foodbme

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        Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 3:34 PM (permalink)
        My Contribution:

        <message edited by Foodbme on Wed, 11/20/13 3:36 PM>
         
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          ann peeples

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          Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 3:44 PM (permalink)
          Gotta work at 5pm( get the department ready before 8 pm opening) Thanks, Target.
           
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            ScreamingChicken

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            Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 3:50 PM (permalink)
            Given that we're eating at my parents' house this year, the only thing likely to be on my table is a frozen pizza around 8:00 that night.  Our contributions to the afternoon meal will probably be the green bean casserole and some sort of dessert, both put together by the kids.
             
            My wife and daughter both have the 4a-4p Black Friday shift at Kohl's but they really wanted to work 6p-6a on Thanksgiving.
             
            And apparently Foodbme has gone vegan.
            <message edited by ScreamingChicken on Wed, 11/20/13 3:57 PM>
             
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              FriedClamFanatic

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              Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 4:51 PM (permalink)
              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)
               
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                Pancho

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                Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 5:21 PM (permalink)
                FriedClamFanatic


                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.
                 
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                  Root-Beer Man

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                  Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 5:47 PM (permalink)
                  Well, I have in-laws coming up, so I have to do the full spread. A 20# spatchcocked turkey, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, gravy, cornbread/sage stuffing, whole cranberry sauce, fresh baked rolls, various pies and maybe my wife will make pea casserole (her families version of green bean casserole). It'll be a busy day for sure, but spatchcocking the turkey saves a good bit of oven time.
                   
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                    lleechef

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                    Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 6:36 PM (permalink)
                    I'm making the traditional dinner for the three of us......my 87-year old mother will be here.  She cooked over 50 Thanksgiving dinners, now it's my turn.  We ordered a fresh turkey which I will stuff with bread stuffing.  There will be mashed potatoes, candied yams, Brussels sprouts, mashed rutabaga, jellied cranberry sauce for MH, whole berry with Mandarin oranges and walnuts for Mom and I, lots of gravy and pumpkin pie.  To drink, probably a Prosecco and unfiltered cider. Can't wait to start cooking!   
                    <message edited by lleechef on Wed, 11/20/13 7:17 PM>
                     
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                      Michael Hoffman

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                      Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 6:49 PM (permalink)
                      Root-Beer Man
                       

                      A 20# spatchcocked turkey, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, gravy, cornbread/sage stuffing

                      How are you going to stuff a spatchcocked turkey?

                       
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                        Root-Beer Man

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                        Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 7:03 PM (permalink)
                        I'm not going to stuff it. The "stuffing" (or dressing) will be prepared separate of the turkey, as we've done for decades. I could stuff the neck section, if I wanted to, since that space is still available on the bird, but I don't care for stuffed birds. Too much chance for something to go wrong. 
                         
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                          Michael Hoffman

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                          Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 7:05 PM (permalink)
                          Sorry, I should have stuck that on the end of my post.
                           
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                            Foodbme

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                            Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 8:45 PM (permalink)
                            Michael Hoffman


                            Root-Beer Man
                             

                            A 20# spatchcocked turkey, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, gravy, cornbread/sage stuffing

                            How are you going to stuff a spatchcocked turkey?
                            You stuff it with Spatching!

                             
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                              Michael Hoffman

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                              Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Wed, 11/20/13 8:54 PM (permalink)
                              Foodbme


                              Michael Hoffman


                              Root-Beer Man
                               

                              A 20# spatchcocked turkey, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, gravy, cornbread/sage stuffing

                              How are you going to stuff a spatchcocked turkey?
                              You stuff it with Spatching!

                              Well, that's better than stuffing it with the other half of the word.

                               
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                                BelleReve

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                                Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Thu, 11/21/13 1:10 PM (permalink)
                                Foodbme - your turkey is amazing - I know it's edible, but do people really eat from it, or is it just used as a centerpiece?
                                I'm bringing a crawfish-cornbread dressing and dessert to my brother's who does the turkey and sides at his house ever year.
                                 
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                                  chewingthefat

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                                  Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Thu, 11/21/13 5:19 PM (permalink)
                                  Every year for quite some time, my Sister and Brother-in -Law, have a huge feast at their waterfront spread on the Eastern Shore, I am the Symphony Conductor from the jump to the dump. My worker bees do exactly as I say, and love it, as they are late teens early twenties, and love learning to cook the zillion different things everyone brings, so that it all comes out on time, perfectly cooked and mighty tasty!
                                   
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                                    lleechef

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                                    Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Thu, 11/21/13 6:58 PM (permalink)
                                    Tom,
                                    That sounds like fun.  When I was a kid we had the whole family at our house.....grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, there were about 30 of us and it was a blast.  Especially for an only child! 
                                     
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                                      Michael Hoffman

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                                      Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Thu, 11/21/13 7:26 PM (permalink)
                                      I gotta tell you Foodbme, that thing is downright scary
                                       
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                                        Adjudicator

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                                        Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Thu, 11/21/13 7:29 PM (permalink)
                                        Home made Turkey Pot Pie w/ puff pastry top; served over red potato mashed 'taters.
                                        Moist fresh cornbread dressing w/ oysters.
                                        Fresh collards w/ smoked ham hocks & sauted onions and Seranno peppers.
                                        Fresh cranberries with orange marmalade, orange juice, and pineapple (cooked).
                                        Corn casserole (Stouffers).  Probably.
                                        Yeast rolls with butter.
                                        Pecan crusted pumpkin pie.
                                        Hot apple cider w/cinnamon and similar spices.
                                        and
                                        BEER
                                         

                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
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                                          CajunKing

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                                          Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Thu, 11/21/13 10:03 PM (permalink)
                                          I must say i do miss the days when the families werent so divided and scattered, that at least two days a year were spent together.
                                           
                                          Turkey Day at my mom's and then my house
                                           
                                          and
                                           
                                          Christmas Day at our cousin's house with the WHOLE family.
                                           
                                          occaisionally
                                           
                                          Easter Day too - but not as often
                                           
                                          Now - Dad lives in TN, Mom is in a nursing home, my sister and i dont speak, my uncle is an odd duck, the other uncle is dead, the cousins are odd ducks too and scattered.
                                           
                                          In my mind Turkey Day should be like the Norman Rockwell painting, I miss cooking for 20+
                                           
                                          SIGHHHHHHHH
                                           
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                                            pnwchef

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                                            Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 10:28 AM (permalink)
                                             Roast Prime Rib and Smashed potatoes......I like this idea....with a 10yr old btl of Cabernet Sauvignon ..... The rest of the menu will fall into place.
                                             
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                                              lleechef

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                                              Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 10:34 AM (permalink)
                                              Prime rib on Thanksgiving?  Really?  Why don't you stuff a couple of those crazy roosters?!
                                               
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                                                Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 11:14 AM (permalink)
                                                CajunKing


                                                In my mind Turkey Day should be like the Norman Rockwell painting, I miss cooking for 20+
                                                I'll bet there are plenty of charitable organizations that would appreciate your help in the kitchen!  It might not exactly be a Rockwellesque setting but you'd certainly have a lot to keep you busy.  Of course, if you still have family commitments it might not be feasible.
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 11:43 AM (permalink)
                                                  lleechef


                                                  Prime rib on Thanksgiving?  Really?  Why don't you stuff a couple of those crazy roosters?!


                                                  Lisa, as we were processing the Roosters, I tried to watch and see who the nicest Roosters was. I kept the one Rooster who stood over one of the hens and protected her. Needless to say, after all the other Rooster were gone, this Rooster is either overwhelmed with having to service 12 Hens, or he's Gay...............If you don't want me to have Prime Rib, I'll start prepping Li'l Piggy.........
                                                   
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                                                    lleechef

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                                                    Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 11:47 AM (permalink)
                                                    NO, NO, NO!  You go ahead and have the prime rib and leave Li'l Piggy alone!!
                                                    I think your last rooster is gay.  Sorry.
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 11:58 AM (permalink)
                                                      There will be nothing on m table. I'm going to my friend's house and having Thanksgiving Dinner with his wife, his 11 month girl (yes my friend is my age and has an 11 month old but that's not too uncommon nowadays) and their family.
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 12:01 PM (permalink)
                                                        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.
                                                         

                                                         
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                                                          Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 3:44 PM (permalink)
                                                          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.
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Turkey Day 2013 - What's On Your Table? Fri, 11/22/13 4:16 PM (permalink)
                                                            Try throwing a few garlic cloves in with the potatoes when you boil them, and using some cream cheese instead of butter when you mash them. I'll never go back to making regular boring mashed potatoes again.
                                                             
                                                            As for green bean casserole, I add some bacon. Either dice it and mix it in, or lay 2-3 strips over the top. Usually I do add extra mushrooms as well. Maybe try the cheddar fried onions if your family insists on them?
                                                             
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