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CajunKing
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Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 6:25 PM
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Hello fellow Rfers,
 
I have missed you all, things here have been......
 
This year I am not hosting my big family event (after the last time and enough food for 30 and only 4 showed up) My mom has moved to a Nursing Home in Ft Wayne and is closer to my sister there, I cant stand some of the cousins so I am not having the big feast this year.
 
Instead i am going to a friends house, he is hosting the event, this is the first major Holiday since they lost their son on July 4th.  It is a pot luck event but we have the "menu" down to:
 
Roast Turkey
Deep Fried Turkey
Smoked Turkey
Baked Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Sausage Dressing
Oyster Dressing
Stove Top Stuffing
Baked Sweet Potatoes with marshmellow cream (YUCK)
cheesy corn casserole
spinach bake (mine)
green bean casserole
corn (from their son's garden) :-(
Cranberry sauce - canned
Cranberry Relish (mine)
Rolls
Devilled Eggs
Pasta Salad
gravy - giblet
gravy - white
gravy - brown
 
Desserts
 
Pumpkin Pie
Cherry Pie (mine)
Lemon Chess Pie (mine)
Chocolate Chess Pie (mine)
Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie (mine)
NY style cheesecake with chocolate Ganache and Red Raspberry Coulee (mine)
Fudge
Cookies
Ice Cream
Mincemeat pie
Pecan Pie
Key Lime Pie (mine)
Lemon squares
Mississippi Mud Dessert
Strawberry Margarita Pie (mine)
 
I only hope there is enough desserts :-)

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 6:44 PM
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Sounds awesome!  However, if BB, CTD, TTM and myself were to show up, "have fork, will travel" style, then your dessert menu might get us through the first 5 minutes but what about the rest of the evening?

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 7:03 PM
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I am sure I could whip you all up something or three
 
I wanted to do a buttermilk pie but it was too close to the flavor of the chess or the hoosier pie
 
I do have the supplies for a
Chocolate cream pie
Red Raspberry Pie
Deep Dish Apple Pie (You would love that one it is almost 9 inches tall)
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Pie
Custard Pie
Lemon Chiffon Pie
Lemon Custard Pie
Triple Berry Pie
Peach Pie
Peach Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Banana Puddin
 
So I think if you show up we got you covered, dinner is at 1pm
 

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 7:10 PM
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Frisch's (has to be Frischs) chocolate cream pie sans sprinkles

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 7:21 PM
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CK, you're slayin' me. man!  Kickin' Turkey Day Brooklyn-style in Park Slope with my GF and her family.  Just making the mashed potatoes and apple pie this year.  Easy peasy.  Have a great Thanksgiving!  

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 7:51 PM
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As usual, we will be eating Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant, so I have nothing to add, other than it is great to see my friend CajunKing posting again.  Happy Thanksgiving CK and welcome back!!!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 8:19 PM
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I'm cooking for just the two of us this year, although you can't tell by the menu. Roast leg of lamb, roasted cauliflower, green bean casserole, sweet & sour red cabbage, my grandma's special tossed salad, Grands Southern buttermilk biscuits (I am biscuit inept), and pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. It really is a smaller version of my normal dinner...there are no mashed potatoes, no gravy, no stuffing, no relish tray, no baked sweet potatoes, no bread, and only one kind of pie. We also decided against wine this year since she really shouldn't have any and I'm still taking narcotics.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 8:59 PM
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Hi Don!
 
We're going to Rancho Mirage as we have the last several years. 
 
We'll be having this:
 

 
But I won't be wearing a skirt.
 
I began baking today.
 

 
Chocolate-Whiskey Pecan Pie • 1 cup light corn syrup• 3/4 cup light brown sugar• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted• 3 large eggs• 2 tablespoons whiskey• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt• 2 cups pecan halves• 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips• 9-inch basic flaky piecrust, unbaked1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Whisk together corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, eggs, whiskey, and salt; fold in pecans and chocolate chips.
2. Pour mixture into the piecrust and bake until the center is set but still slightly wobbly, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool before serving.
 
I don't trust my own crusts so I cheated and used a store bought crust.
 

 
I thought these would be perfect for a Desert Dessert:
 
DATE NUT BAR COOKIES3 eggs1 c. sugar1 c. all-purpose flour1 tsp. baking powder1/8 tsp. salt4 tbsp. butter, melted1 tsp. vanilla2 c. chopped dates1 c. chopped nutsBeat the eggs until light, then gradually add the sugar and blend well. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the egg mixture; beating well. Beat in melted butter. Stir in vanilla. Fold in dates and nuts. Pour onto greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. When cool, cut into bars. If desired, sift confectioners' sugar on top. Makes 3 1/2 dozen.
 
Still need to cut them.
 
Tomorrow I bake a cauliflower casserole and my traditional cranberry tarts.
 
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 9:35 PM
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Cajun King,
And which Battalion of The United States Army has been invited to this Food Orgy??????
MAR,
I saved your Pecan Pie Recipe. Looks terrific!!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 9:51 PM
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Our Thanksgiving menu looks a lot like the ones listed here.  What's unusual is that my daughter gave birth this afternoon to my first grandchild and we will be gathering at her house in Chattanooga, along with grandparents from Knoxville and Seattle, and great grandparents from Kansas City. 

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 10:39 PM
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Carlton
Congrats on the addition, another reason to celebrate.
 
Foodbme
My friend has quite a family 9 brothers and sisters, their husbands/wives each has 3.2 children, and friends and friends of friends and strangers I hope we dont run out of food. :-)  The last actual hard count I heard was 33 for 1pm with another 20 to 30 stopping by later in the afternoon and before the BON FIRE.
 
Mar
The date bars look deelishus, i will take you word on the pecans though.  I will make them but I aint ettin them.
 
Felix
With my family wine and narcotics are required! :-)
 
BB and BB
Come on over there is plenty of room, you may have to eat in the garage with the rest of us, but there will be food a plenty.
 
TJ
I agree on Frisch's Chocolate pie, too a point I like mine a little more chocolatey.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 10:52 PM
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also: Sierra Mist Cranberry (has to be cranberry)
 
(and no, I am not trolling here) :-)

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 10:56 PM
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TJ Jackson


also: Sierra Mist Cranberry (has to be cranberry)

(and no, I am not trolling here) :-)

I have 2 2 Litre of the Diet version in my fridge as we speak
and also
Canada Dry Diet Cranberry Gingerale (It was at krogers)
 
I wish Trauth would not have sold out, because they made the best EGG NOG ever.
A tradition with my uncle and i was to have egg nog on Thanksgiving.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/20/12 11:23 PM
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CajunKing

Felix 
With my family wine and narcotics are required! :-)
 
If it was my whole family, absolutely! But it's just me and mom this year.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 8:30 AM
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As "empty-nesters", here's ours:  http://www.southlakecopelands.com/cajun-fried-turkey.aspx
 
It's so good, they have it available year-around; going there has been our "Thanksgiving tradition" for six years now.  And their sides are also truly wonderful. 
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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 8:57 AM
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Last year, my family in Central NY didn't feel like cooking so they ordered their dinner from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY and loved it so much that they are doing it again this year.  
I went to their site and here is the description (the text in parentheses is my add-in):

Thanksgiving Dinner To Go (at the Turning Stone Casino & Resort)  

The Meal Includes:
A 12 - 14lb herb roasted turkey, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, candied yams with marshmallows and walnuts, herbed sausage stuffing with dried cranberries, green bean casserole with fried onions, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls with butter and a pumpkin pie! All for just $99.99
Meal will serve 8 - 10 people and will be hot and ready for pick up at Valet on November 21 or 22, according to your selected time slot.
 

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 9:11 AM
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I'm curious why only 4 people showed up when you were expecting 30. That happened to my Mom one Christmas, in the mid 80's. She was in Brooklyn, family was coming mostly from NJ and Long Island. It was 2 degrees out with slippery roads. My wife and I had to bail out from NJ, we could get neither of our cars started, and AAA was unresponsive on Christmas Morning (I've never forgiven them, haven't been a member since). Her sisters and brothers who were getting on in years were reluctant to drive on tricky roads. Only the local Brooklyn people made it. Nearly 30 years later (Mom passed a few years ago) I still feel bad about it.  

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 9:39 AM
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Its just Bob and I this year so our menu is simple:
Turkey
Sausage/Sage stuffing
Mashed Potatoes/gravy
Lima Bean casserole( this is a tradition)
Cran/orange relish
Pumpkin Pie
Bobs homemade clover leaf rolls
I have to work Thanksgiving morning, so I kept the menu simple......Bob will actually be the one tending everything while I am gone! Pray for me.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 10:44 AM
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We've hosted the last 2 Thanksgivings (just 12 people last year) so we're guests this year.  My employer hands out turkeys every year so I donated it to the dinner and my daughters are in charge of the green bean casserole (which means I can be sure there are enough fried onions on top), but other than that I'm doing absolutely nothing.
 
The best part is that it's at my aunt and uncle's house, and since they no longer live in Milwaukee what used to be a nearly 2 hour drive each way is down to 30 minutes.  Now that's something to be thankful for!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 1:31 PM
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Brad...we are actually happy to not be guests this year-Bob is such a leftover freak that he was always disappointed at what was sent home with us( usually the stuff no one wants.LOL!) Glad your drive is so much closer.....our family is so splintered now that a 2 hour drive( to my bil) is just not worth it as i always work the next day.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 1:54 PM
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There's 7 of us with my brother doing the cooking.  Turkey, rice and gravy, green peas, sweet potatoes, cauliflower with cheese sauce, crawfish dressing (something new this year he's buying, over his usual French bread dressing.)  His mother-in-law usually brings an asparagus casserole.  I'm making a lemon meringue, and pecan pie. 

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 3:26 PM
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CK: be gentle and understanding with your friends, don't crowd them, it'll be a tough time for them. Funny thing, you need people but you also need space.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 3:36 PM
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I'm cooking for just the two of us this year, although you can't tell by the menu. Roast leg of lamb, roasted cauliflower, green bean casserole, sweet & sour red cabbage, my grandma's special tossed salad, Grands Southern buttermilk biscuits (I am biscuit inept), and pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. It really is a smaller version of my normal dinner...there are no mashed potatoes, no gravy, no stuffing, no relish tray, no baked sweet potatoes, no bread, and only one kind of pie. We also decided against wine this year since she really shouldn't have any and I'm still taking narcotics.

Very smart, IMHO............These PPl who make this day into what looks like a Chinese Buffet run by Miles Standish are off base IMHO.  The day is about good family/friendship and SOME good food.  Yes..nice to have some leftovers for Sandwiches, but some of these menus..........4 different meats......12+ sides.....5+ desserts.................That is a meal for 50 or more IMHO
 
We usually have somewhere between 5 and 20 ppl.  This year it is just 3. So.a turkey breast,stuffing, gravy.... Mashed, Green Beans, Caramalized Onions ( a family fav)......and apple Crisp.  One type of wine..and MAYBE a few muchies before hand for a type of lunch/wait for it bit.
 
The Curmudgeon will not get off that soapbox and see if the damn bird has defrosted yet

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 3:52 PM
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I am sure I could whip you all up something or three

I wanted to do a buttermilk pie but it was too close to the flavor of the chess or the hoosier pie

I do have the supplies for a
Chocolate cream pie
Red Raspberry Pie
Deep Dish Apple Pie (You would love that one it is almost 9 inches tall)
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Pie
Custard Pie
Lemon Chiffon Pie
Lemon Custard Pie
Triple Berry Pie
Peach Pie
Peach Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Banana Puddin

So I think if you show up we got you covered, dinner is at 1pm


Holy mackerel!  That's amazing.  You married???  (j/k)

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 4:21 PM
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What soapbox? What frozen bird? Out turkey is fresh. I picked it up yesterday.
 
CK, it's great to see you posting again.
 
It'll be just the two of us for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, although my grandson suggested that he might drop by if he's in town.
 
I've laid in enough Wonder Bread to get me through the obligatory turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches during the next few days. I might even save enough for a couple of deer-hunting lunch sandwiches for the gun season that starts on Monday.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 4:41 PM
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I snagged a bunch of Wonder Bread for Bob, too! He looks forward to the leftover sandwiches, i think, more than the dinner itself. Deer hunting-must visit Janet AND you for venison!!!!!!
 

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 5:03 PM
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I'm not guaranteeing anything this year. The way my hip has been hurting it's a bit difficult in the woods. lleechef might manage one or two, though.
 
I hope.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/21/12 10:37 PM
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There's 7 of us with my brother doing the cooking.  Turkey, rice and gravy,
Is that white rice or a white/wild blend in lieu of mashed potatoes?  I love potatoes and gravy but rice and gravy are also quite good!
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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Thu, 11/22/12 12:12 PM
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I smoked  a whole turkey and a half one.   The half turkey had been in the freezer for 6 months.   Anyway these were smoked for 2 hours with a little pecan wood. The turkeys were injected with a mixture of: 1 cup water; 2 TB salt; 2 TB Brown sugar; 1/4 cup (less ?) of homemade wine vinegar.  Then seasoned with Lawry seasoned salt.
The turkey was put on the grill/smoker at 7:30p, then moved to the roaster at 9:30pm; went to bed.   the roaster was set at abt 170/175; then turned down at 4:30am to 140/150 F.
 


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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Thu, 11/22/12 2:36 PM
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First Thanksgiving with just the 2 of us in about 25 years when we got snowed in one year, the rest of my family is coming Saturday. No turkey, my partner is vegetarian and I'm not that crazy about turkey so we are going back to the original harvest feast and serve what the Native Americans ate..... lobster! Serving it with Minnesota wild rice and champagne.  

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Thu, 11/22/12 2:59 PM
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Hello fellow Rfers,

I have missed you all, things here have been......

This year I am not hosting my big family event (after the last time and enough food for 30 and only 4 showed up) My mom has moved to a Nursing Home in Ft Wayne and is closer to my sister there, I cant stand some of the cousins so I am not having the big feast this year.

Instead i am going to a friends house, he is hosting the event, this is the first major Holiday since they lost their son on July 4th.  It is a pot luck event but we have the "menu" down to:

Roast Turkey
Deep Fried Turkey
Smoked Turkey
Baked Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Sausage Dressing
Oyster Dressing
Stove Top Stuffing
Baked Sweet Potatoes with marshmellow cream (YUCK)
cheesy corn casserole
spinach bake (mine)
green bean casserole
corn (from their son's garden) :-(
Cranberry sauce - canned
Cranberry Relish (mine)
Rolls
Devilled Eggs
Pasta Salad
gravy - giblet
gravy - white
gravy - brown

Desserts

Pumpkin Pie
Cherry Pie (mine)
Lemon Chess Pie (mine)
Chocolate Chess Pie (mine)
Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie (mine)
NY style cheesecake with chocolate Ganache and Red Raspberry Coulee (mine)
Fudge
Cookies
Ice Cream
Mincemeat pie
Pecan Pie
Key Lime Pie (mine)
Lemon squares
Mississippi Mud Dessert
Strawberry Margarita Pie (mine)

I only hope there is enough desserts :-)


I could get accustomed to this menu...wish I was joining you!  Great to see you back on Roadfood!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Thu, 11/22/12 5:14 PM
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ScreamingChicken - just long-grain white rice.  The turkey drippings make such nice gravy we always had rice and gravy, maybe it's a regional thing - and a must, LeSueur petite pois green peas.  It's a family quirk, the peas are spooned on top of the rice and gravy - not on the side. 

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Thu, 11/22/12 7:46 PM
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felix4067


I'm cooking for just the two of us this year, although you can't tell by the menu. Roast leg of lamb, roasted cauliflower, green bean casserole, sweet & sour red cabbage, my grandma's special tossed salad, Grands Southern buttermilk biscuits (I am biscuit inept), and pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. It really is a smaller version of my normal dinner...there are no mashed potatoes, no gravy, no stuffing, no relish tray, no baked sweet potatoes, no bread, and only one kind of pie. We also decided against wine this year since she really shouldn't have any and I'm still taking narcotics.

Very smart, IMHO............These PPl who make this day into what looks like a Chinese Buffet run by Miles Standish are off base IMHO.  The day is about good family/friendship and SOME good food.  Yes..nice to have some leftovers for Sandwiches, but some of these menus..........4 different meats......12+ sides.....5+ desserts.................That is a meal for 50 or more IMHO  

Oh, I dunno...it's still an ungodly amount of food! The pie, by the way, turned out the be pecan rather than pumpkin. It's been in the freezer since Christmas, I forgot what I had. Which means I actually win, because my mother makes a KILLER pecan pie! Which I forgot to put on the table for the picture, but whatever.
 


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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Thu, 11/22/12 10:03 PM
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First Thanksgiving with just the 2 of us in about 25 years when we got snowed in one year, the rest of my family is coming Saturday. No turkey, my partner is vegetarian and I'm not that crazy about turkey so we are going back to the original harvest feast and serve what the Native Americans ate..... lobster! Serving it with Minnesota wild rice and champagne.  


Sounds wonderful..........but I'm not sure even those early settlers and natives ate the dreaded bugs.  In the 1800's, prisoners in the Maine Jails revolted after being served Lobster over and over......seemed noone else wanted it.  Now, we know from all the Wampum... that a tasty Clam or two might have been enjoyed

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Fri, 11/23/12 9:18 AM
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kland01s


First Thanksgiving with just the 2 of us in about 25 years when we got snowed in one year, the rest of my family is coming Saturday. No turkey, my partner is vegetarian and I'm not that crazy about turkey so we are going back to the original harvest feast and serve what the Native Americans ate..... lobster! Serving it with Minnesota wild rice and champagne.  


Sounds wonderful..........but I'm not sure even those early settlers and natives ate the dreaded bugs.  In the 1800's, prisoners in the Maine Jails revolted after being served Lobster over and over......seemed noone else wanted it.  Now, we know from all the Wampum... that a tasty Clam or two might have been enjoyed
 
 
They did eat lobster but mostly used them for fertilizer. I just can't imagine how abundant they were if they would wash ashore in piles!
 
http://www.history.com/ne...ste-of-lobster-history

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Fri, 11/23/12 1:41 PM
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Since I'm by myself, can't cook and live in a town without a single open restaurant on Thanksgiving Day, I had two choices - 1. Drive the the 25 miles east to Harrison OH and have a turkey dinner at the local Cracker Barrel.  2. Starve. Having to choose the lesser of two evils, I ended up in Harrison and had an adequate but unimpressive meal. I was amazed by the size of the crowd there; it took 15 minutes to find a parking space and then an hour's wait for a table. Lots of families there that looked like they would have at least one good cook in the bunch. I had no other options than to eat at a chain restaurant, but what was their excuse? BTW, welcome back, CajunKing; you were missed around here.
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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Fri, 11/23/12 2:25 PM
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Not even one option for fried chicken, Bob?  I was sure that would be what you'd have!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Fri, 11/23/12 2:43 PM
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Brad, I'm a traditionalist and that means only one kind of meat on T-Day for me and that's turkey. Even if I did want fried chicken or anything else, it wasn't going to happen anywhere close to Batesville. This whole town and the surrounding small communities like Oldenburg were locked up tight and it will be the same on Christmas Day. That day I'll be driving several miles west to the Petro truckstop on I-74 for a so-so meatloaf dinner or something like that. Certainly not what I want but beggars can't be choosers ( even Cracker Barrel isn't an option on Christmas Day. )

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Fri, 11/23/12 3:32 PM
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As my MIL became older and in a nursing home and then assisted living, we frequently had to travel at Thanksgiving and Christmas to spend some time with her but not have a place for us to eat. We tried not to arrive at her meals because it was disruptive. The best places for us were truck stops on the way there and once we were there, there was a Chinese buffet that was always open on the holidays. It sucks when you are a single or away from your home.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Sun, 11/25/12 11:04 PM
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Late but not sorry. We had four at the table, wife daughter mother-in-law and me. We roasted up a 12# bird, rubbed with a mix of toasted corriander, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin from a Bon Appetit recipe  circa 2006, rendered the accompanying cognac gravey with it. Sides included a cornbread sausage pecan dressing (from 2012 Bon Appetit, I made the Dinosaur BBQ cookbook cornbread and the sausage came from Liehs and Steigerwalds, a local German meat shop).
 
Spuds were  mashed with Borsin and half and half and an unthinkable amount of butter and we did green beans with a bacon vinaigrette and walnuts. I made a spiced zinfandel cranberry sauce that sat, forgotten, in the fridge until the pumpkin pie came  out (I put some on my pie and damn it was good).
 
It was a fun day's cooking and the results were pretty good. The bird has been picked and four quarts of stock made..some of which has been used to make mushroom turkey risotto. This was a great cooking holiday.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Mon, 11/26/12 1:28 PM
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Turns out part of my family isn't speaking to another part of my family right now, so our dinner was cut in half and barely anyone showed up. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, baked onions in cheese sauce, squash, green bean casserole, and a few pies I left too quickly to have any of. Oh well, take the bad with the good I guess.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Mon, 11/26/12 2:14 PM
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Besides the ham we had the requisite turkey, yams with marshmallows and green bean casserole.  I made a scalloped cauliflower, to add to the non-traditional corn pudding and beet salad.
 

 
Besides the requested cranberry tarts that I've probably made for the last 15 years, I added date nut squares and a pecan pie which I somehow forgot to photograph. 
 
I thought the date nut squares would be apropos for dessert in Palm Springs.
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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Mon, 11/26/12 4:38 PM
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Holy Mackerel, mar52!  That's gorgeous!!!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Mon, 11/26/12 4:39 PM
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As my MIL became older and in a nursing home and then assisted living, we frequently had to travel at Thanksgiving and Christmas to spend some time with her but not have a place for us to eat. We tried not to arrive at her meals because it was disruptive. The best places for us were truck stops on the way there and once we were there, there was a Chinese buffet that was always open on the holidays. It sucks when you are a single or away from your home.

It does suck, and is definitely different.  On the positive side, I didn't gain an ounce! :)

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Mon, 11/26/12 10:12 PM
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Well let me tell you a Thanksgiving Tale that would rival "Alice's Restaurant".
 
I had the plan to bake everything the day before Turkey Day and then make the spinach bake that morning.  The plan worked perfectly.  The pies and cheesecake were beautiful the spinach bake smelled wonderful.
 
I needed to take out a bag of trash so I grabbed the cherry pie too and headed for the car and the garbage bin.  I stepped onto my front porch and then to the top of the steps when....
 
I accidentally stepped on the corner of the trash bag, which caused my foot to slip off the step and down VERY QUICKLY to the next step, compressing my left leg and ankle and knee and hip.  The forward momentum of my graceful slip caused me to launch horizontally off the porch and down the 5 feet onto the concrete sidewalk below.
 
Landing forehead first and then chest second knocking me OUT COLD!
my neighbor saw the whole thing, and dialed 9-1-1.  From that point I have NO IDEA what happened.  I woke up in the hospital with a air mask and in the ICU.
I spent all Turkey Day in LALA Land, and have NO recollection of the day.  I spent the next 3 days in the hospital I was moved from ICU on Friday, but was still showing signs of concussion and breathing problems. Spent the days trying to gather my strength and start to walk again on my VERY SORE left leg.
 
So here is the rest of the story (as told to me last night by my neighbor) I saw you slip off the porch and launch horizontally and heavily land on the sidewalk.  I called 9-1-1 when you didnt move upon landing.  I ran over and you were out cold, I shook your shoulder and you moaned and tried to turn over, I didnt want you too move, and told you the ambulance was on the way.  A cop showed up and then another and then another... Damn you sure know a lot of the officers around here.  The ambulance got here and they all knew you and pleaded with you NOT TO MOVE anymore.  They got you loaded up on the backboard and then into the ambulance.  Oh by the way do you want your pie dish back it landed about 60 feet from where you landed.  It is in about 6 pieces but you can probably glue it back to gether.  :-(
 
I called my friend who was the EMT on call that day he said you were in and out on the trip to the Hospital, but all at once you said hey somebody turn that damn siren off.
 
Glenda said I went to ER, they did a CT scan, MRI, XRays and many other tests.
 
I had a moderately severe concussion, fractured 5th rib (left side), bruised lungs, hyper extended left knee, sprained ankle, and SORE hip and a broken Polish pottery pie dish (family heirloom).  I missed Turkey day and the next 3 days all to gether, Glenda did tell me that the evening meal at the hospital was turkey breast gravy, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.
 
I have NO memory of Turkey day, but on the good side I have LOTS of desserts to eat.  my BIL said he missed us at his meal, but understood, and invited us to a bonfire on December 8th, which would have been Justin's 24th Birthday.
 
So Turkey 2012 will be a memorable one for everyone but me, I still cant remember a damn thing.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Mon, 11/26/12 10:22 PM
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OMG Donald!  I'm glad that you're okay-ish.  What a tale!
 
You are very lucky.  I know someone who hit her head doing the same thing and ended up with a head injury.  She had to relearn speaking and walking.
 
Sorry you missed the beautiful meal that you prepared.
 
Kudos to your neighbor.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Mon, 11/26/12 10:37 PM
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Marlene -
Your spread looked VERY WONDERFUL can you post the date bar recipe, they look YUMMMMMMMMY
 
I am still foggy, and thinking hurts, and walking hurts, and breathing hurts, and I am light senstive right now so my head hurts too.  Other than that I am A OK!
 


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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/27/12 2:09 AM
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Sure 'nuff!
 
They are simple easy.  I was able to save the tedious chopping and pitting of the dates because I had a bag of Date Crystals (tiny chop) purchased at Shields Date Farm.
 
DATE NUT BAR COOKIES
 
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. chopped dates
1 c. chopped nuts
 
 
Beat the eggs until light, then gradually add the sugar and blend well. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the egg mixture; beating well. Beat in melted butter. Stir in vanilla. Fold in dates and nuts. Pour onto greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. When cool, cut into bars. If desired, sift confectioners' sugar on top. Makes 3 1/2 dozen.

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/27/12 8:39 AM
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Glad to hear you're on the mend, CK...head injuries are nothing to take lightly!
 
Y'know, you could probably find a lawyer willing to sue the trash bag company for using a plastic that's too slippery...

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/27/12 9:02 AM
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CajunKing


Well let me tell you a Thanksgiving Tale that would rival "Alice's Restaurant".  .....


So Turkey 2012 will be a memorable one for everyone but me, I still cant remember a damn thing.

OH ... Geeee   ... Sounds like you had one heck of a day!   Too bad you couldn't enjoy it.   ...  Anyway, take it easy until you healed up and I'm glad it wasn't more serious.
 
I have some left over turkey, if you want ......

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/27/12 10:03 AM
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Cajun:  I loved your reference to Alice's Restaurant--I had that "song" memorized back in the day--but your accident was awful!!  Your injuries are scary and painful, but I suppose it could have been much worse for you...  Hope you feel better soon!!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Tue, 11/27/12 5:21 PM
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Oh, my friend CK-heal fast! I am heart broken at your story!Love you!
Annie

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Wed, 11/28/12 3:12 AM
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Mar, I'm coming to YOUR house next Thanksgiving!  What a great looking spread and that kitchen looks marvelous!  Love the backsplash.
CK, so sorry to hear of your accident but I'm glad you pulled through it and are on the mend.  Sending good wishes your way for a speedy recovery!

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Re:Only Two Days to Go and NO ONE started the Annual Turkey Day Menu Thread - Fri, 12/14/12 11:28 PM
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Dutch Apple Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Cherry Pie

 
I baked these for a get together this past weekend since the other ones never got eaten.  We then had a bon fire, and the pictures do no do it justice.  The fire stood over 12 feet tall at the beginning.

 
Two hours afterward and still it burns and burns and burns