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Old November 17th, 2006, 08:33 AM
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Will you be having Thanksgiving dinner at home,or being invited out? I changed my work day from Wednesday to Monday, so I can get prepared before the big day.

Are you like us, where the menu really doesn't change one iota? If it did, somone would be unhappy! This year, we have Bruces nephew, Stephen and his wife, Michelle, coming up from Tennesee, He found us via the internet, we have not seen him in years, Our table will be a bit bigger this year. and that's nice Stephen has come to chat, and we are making him into a cruiser

Two turkeys will be cooked this year,basically to have more stuffing! This the one thing they al love, the most, and it dissapears so fast! This way too, I can send home doggy bags!

What's the one thing on your menu, that is "THE DISH?"
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Old November 17th, 2006, 10:14 AM
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Hi Trip,
The one thing that makes our thankgivings meal complete is my mom's recipe for Tahitian po'e. I have looked and have not found a recipe on the internet like it most Tahitian po'e is made with bananas her's is made with pumpkin and is often confused (by my hubby) for sweet potatos because of the marshmallows on the top. My favorite way to cook the turkey is Chef Marc's high heat method the turkey is moist every year:
1. Dry a 16 to 18 lb. turkey inside and out with paper towels.

2. Oil the turkey inside and out with any kind of vegetable oil (olive, canola, etc.) using your hands.

3. Cut away any excess skin around the opening of the cavity and wedge a fork inside the cavity to open it further. Leave the fork in.

4. Rub spices, herbs, or just pepper all over the bird with your oily fingers.

5. Place the turkey, breast side down on a rack in a large metal roasting pan.

6. Cover the top of the turkey, including legs and wings with greased foil.

7. Pour ¾-inch of chicken or turkey broth in the bottom of the pan. As the turkey cooks, check the liquid every 45 minutes and ad more in case it evaporates.

8. Cook the turkey at 500° to 525° for 2 hours.

9. Remove foil return it to the rack breast side up.

10. Cook the turkey 30 to 45 minutes longer until an instant-read thermometer stuck deep in the thigh reads 175°.

11. Let the turkey rest at least 20 minutes.

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My Thanksgiving will be spent with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandbaby, my mother-in-law, my DIL parents and brother! We have had dinner at their house the last few years, but my DIL's cousin wants everyone to come to her house this year, so the family will be considerably larger! Not sure what my contribution will be. One of the things I will take is Cranberry Delight Spread:

1 pkg 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
2 TB frozen Orange juice concentrate (thawed) or fresh orange juice
1 TB sugar
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 c finely chopped dried cranberries (or Craisins)
1/4 c finely chopped pecans, optional
Garnish with small mint leaf, optional

Beat cr cheese, juice, sugar, orange peel, and cinnamon on medium until fluffy.
Stir in cranberries and pecans. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve w/crackers

Very yummy!
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Forget the Turkey pour all that sausage stuffing on my plate! It will just be the 5 of us this year usually my inlaws come but FIL had shoulder surgery now so they can come for Christmas. When is everyone putting up their tree. Mine will be up Sunday.
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Old November 17th, 2006, 09:41 PM
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Usually, I enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, especially the turkey and the cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, but this year we'll be [b]cruising[/b]! Someone else can cook !
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Katlady - that turkey recipe sounds delicious! Just what kind of spices do you use on your turkey?

My Dad, sister, brother and I are going to a friend's house for a light Thanksgiving buffet - mostly just light food and snacks and cocktails and games. Then we are going to do our "small" turkey dinner on Saturday when I have off all day and can do the cooking. My brother loves to deep fry the turkey.
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I am having the smallest group in many years...me, dh, son, stepson and my Mom.

Stuffing is the must have dish at my house. Or actually, it's "dressing" since I don't actually stuff the turkey. The secret to the moist stuffing is ONLY use tons of delicious broth from the turkey and lots (and lots) of onions....

I'm going shopping today for the bird..

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We are going to my brother's house for our dinner. His teenage daughter has taken up cooking, and is looking forward to trying some recipes out on us. :-) I love stuffing, but somehow nobody can ever make it like mom did. Of course she never had an exact recipe so it's hard to replicate. I've learned to adapt and still enjoy it, but how I long for her to be able to fix it for us once again.

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I don't have family close by, so we usually spend it with another couple, but with Jim gone, I was not going to do anything, until one of my sons said he couldn't wait until I start cooking. Sooooo I guess I will cook after all.

My best dish is Mac and cheese. Not the box kind, but homemade.

I also fix my mothers dressing instead of stuffing. Love the way the house smells with all those ingredients.

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I am not cooking this year, not fun to cook for one. I will miss having Suet Pudding. A wonderful spicy steamed bread with a sauec that my Mother made every year for the holidays.

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Come on down, Laura - I've room at my table!

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We'll all be home.Turkey and Baked ham on the menu.
I'm blessed with a wife who is a wonderful cook.
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Katlady - that turkey recipe sounds delicious! Just what kind of spices do you use on your turkey?
Hi Lisa,
I use sage, thyme and poulty seasoning on the in and outside of the turkey. I use extra virgin olive oil it gives the skin a nice crispy texture and lots of flavor.
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Bless you dorothy!! Thanks for the invite.

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Here is my"never enough stuffing" Adjust amounts for your needs..

2 loaves white bread salt, pepper,garlic powder, bells seasoning
2 rolls sausage meat
onions
celery
2 cans cream of celery soup

This is so easy and delish!

saute onions, celery, and sausage meat, add to the bowl of broken up white bread, add the soup, and bell seasoning,then stuff the bird. I make this the night before, and then it's one less thing to do in the morning..
This is a twist on my Mothers stuffing..Mine is much better
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Usually, I enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, especially the turkey and the cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, but this year we'll be [b]cruising[/b]! Someone else can cook !
Hi Fern,
Lucky ducky only one day til you cruise. I wish it were me. Have a great time crusing But I have to admit I love hosting the dinner. I love to time it so all the dishes are ready at the same time and the way the house smells.
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I love trying new foods.
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This Thanksgiving we'll be in Canada visiting the inlaws, which really makes no sense, since we just saw them less than a month ago and they already had Thanksgiving in Canada quite some time ago.
Its kind of a weird story... we decided we'd come up for a visit during Thanksgiving because When number 1 son was about 20 months old, we had a big family picture taken with our family and d/h's sister's family and presented it to his parents as a gift, well of course it was but a few months later we discovered that we were expecting kiddo #2. To make a long story short, dear daughter (kiddo #2) who is now 4 and just a cute pushy little chic, does not appreciate the fact that there is a picture in Oma's dining room of everyone but her and we thought this Thanksgiving holiday would be the perfect opportunity to go up and have another picture taken so that no one is left out.
Well here we are a few days from our visit, d/h is talking to his sis and she mentions, "oh her d/h is on call during our visit, so he cannot get away to have the picture taken with the family, so we'll have to reschedule it for our next visit"...oh joy!
So anyhow, its not the end of the world, I figure we'll make the best of it and I booked a hotel room just south of Detroit where they have an indoor waterpark. The plan is we'll leave town Wednesday at noon as soon as the kids get out of school, then we'll drive about 5.5 hours to the hotel where we'll play the rest of the night and until about noon the next day (maybe sleep a little too lol) then Thanksgiving afternoon we'll drive a couple more hours to his parents house where they'll annoy me until Sunday morning, then we'll leave early and drive 7 hours to Indianapolis airport where I'll drop d/h off to catch a flight to NYC where he'll be working all week long. Then drive the rest of the way home with two tired little kids, then I'll put them in bed. The next morning they'll get up and go to school.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my inlaws, but they do make me a bit crazy. They were here for a visit at the end of October and they made me absolutely insane. Its just that they have no tact. For example they were looking at pics of our cruise last November, and my mil looks at me and says... you were much thinner then, what happened?
Geez louise, give me a break, I went on a huge diet so I could fit in that outfit, give me a freaking break. I should have just told her that she needs a new pair of glasses, and really I don't know what she was talking about.
During their October visit I planned a birthday party for our 4 year old which was a bit pricey but loads of fun and all the inlaws could do was complain about the food and how they wanted to go home (to our house, otherwise, I might have bought them a ticket) the entire time. I finally took my husband aside and said ya know, these are your crazy parents, YOU deal with them. Luckily I am married to a great guy and he ran interference and it all worked out fine, but I usually have a few months between our little visits to kind of forget how aggravating they are, but I am afraid this time its just too soon. Calgon take me away.
At least next year I get to spend Thanksgiving on the Freedom with all my Cruisemates. I just have t keep thinking about that to get me through this year, right?
I have my escape for Christmas planned and we're going to the Dells to ski and play in the indoor waterparks, so if I get through this next week, I have so much to look forward to. Good Lord, pray for us!
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No Big Meal coming for me! We had ours early last month, but that doesn't mean I don't want another one! I love turkey, and my mom's stuffing (which truthfully, came from a box!) Now, it's my sis who's makes the holiday meals. Looking forward to her Christmas turkey! Meanwhile, I wil have to make do with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. which is what she's having for her birthday dinner tomorrow!

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Thanks, katlady!!!! Maybe I will give it a try, but with a bit of a smaller bird - will have to figure out cooking times with the smaller bird, but it sounds absolutely delicious!
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Thanks, katlady!!!! Maybe I will give it a try, but with a bit of a smaller bird - will have to figure out cooking times with the smaller bird, but it sounds absolutely delicious!
Hi Lisa,
I played with the numbers (60/8 ) and got a number of 7.5 mintues per pound of turkey to be cooked covered and breast side down. So for a 12 pound turkey it would be 1.5 hours. then flip the turkey so it's breast side up and uncover and let the skin brown another 20-30 mintues temp should be 175. Very important to let the turkey rest 20 mintues after cooking if you crave to early the juices will run out and the turkey will be dry. Also with a smaller bird you will want to check the broth at the bottom of the pan more often(because you will use a smaller pan) you don't want the broth to dry up. Let me know how it turns out. Have a happy turkey day 8)
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