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I would love it if we could share ideas and recipes for our Thanksgiving menus this year- from a side of cranberry sauce to a delightful dessert to finish the day with.

Will you be responsible for all or part of (bring a dish or two) a Thanksgiving meal?

I usually host Thanksgiving at my house but since I was invited to my parents for the meal this year, I will gladly bypass the big cooking.  I will still be cooking at least a 1/3 of the meal in my mother's kitchen or ahead at my house to take so I definitely could still benefit from your suggestions and I know others can, too.  : )

I usually make an involved scratch chocolate cake, pumpkin and pecan pies.  This year I think I want to kick those to the curb to try to make the cream cheese icing pumpkin roll to take.  My dad loves these.  If anyone has a good recipe for that and tips on how to make it (is it hard to roll that baby up?)  I would appreciate it. 

I LOVE my stuffing (it's a non-sweet cornbread base) and it is my sole reason for looking forward to a Thanksgiving's menu.  I love the turkey, I love the deserts, I love the green beans!  But nothing is as good as my stuffing. I can eat a small pan all. by. my. self!  Yum!  It isn't for everyone, not everyone likes a southern style cornbread base like me.  I guess it's what you are raised on that tweaks your taste buds.   : D

I do have a turkey tip that I use every year that makes a DELISH turkey as long as you don't mind not having a presenting bird.  If you want a turkey to take to table whole and browned this isn't for you.  If you want low calories, this isn't for you either.  :)  If you want good, juicy breast, keep reading.  : )

First step is having a roasting pan with a lid - a cooking bag may work too?  I put the turkey in upside down, as in breast down to cook in the juices.  This keeps the breast from drying out.  For the juices I use a box or two of chicken broth and throw in a couple of sticks of butter (told you not good for the diet)  I also add various seasonings.  When you turn the turkey over to carve, it won't be pretty, the skin will probably be soggy and sliding off, but again, the meat comes out juicy for me every time. 

I've heard of people using apple juice instead of the broth.  I've never tried that (if you have chime in on the taste) but it sounds interesting to me.

You have to take a look at these ideas for 12 Mouthwatering Ways to Cook a Turkey  They look so tasty and will definitely disprove the thought there's only one way to cook a bird.

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Mine is the usual FEAST.

Turkey
Stuffing
Creamed corn casserole
Brocolli Casserole
Sweet Potatoe Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Deviled Eggs
Fried Corn Bread Fritters

If any sound good, let me know and I'll post the recipes. I always have plenty of sides to go with the turkey, but you will never leave my house hungry. Also I always invite everyone to eat, I have no family close so its pretty much friends. (my adopted family) :)
My husband and I just got our first house last month so we have decided to have everyone over for thanksgiving. It has been one heck of a two months trying to get everything unpacked, buy a dining table big enough for 15 people, making sure I have recipes for the things I have never made before, and getting all tableware and decorations. I have planned the following for our feast:

Turkey
Spiral Ham
Stuffing
green beans
sweet potatoe casserole (one with walnuts and one with marshmallows)
mashed potatoes
gravy
dinner rolls
corn on the cob - for my husband
homemade cranberry sauce - my dad and grandma
jellied cranberry sauce
deviled eggs - everyone fights over these, i have to buy 3 dozen eggs
homemade pumpkin pie
red velvet cake - husband again
apple pie
pecan pie

I know, that's a lot of food but the deviled eggs will probably be half gone by the time dinner is ready. My mom and grandmother are helping cook the ham since my oven will be occupied with the turkey, but i have planned to start the day before in preparing this feast. I am really hoping everything goes well. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. I have a few recipes if anyone wants something. I am actually trying the apple juice thing with my turkey. I will let you know how it went afterwards.
usually I cook the traditional feast... but this year I am contemplating ordering from Mimi's Cafe and warm everything up since I will probably wanna nap instead - being 8 & 1/2 months prego by then will do that to a gal. I'll be back up and running (hopefully) for Christmas dinner!! :)
I usually brine the turkey overnight, I like how tender it is that way. I used to have a coworker who cooked hers with 7 UP and it was GOOD! I need to jot her a message on FB and get her to refresh my memory on how she did it. I may try it that way this year - I hate trying to find room for a soaking bird in the fridge.

I have a stuffing recipe I like with sausage that I usually make but I also make a separate batch without since my mil doesn't eat meat.

We do the traditional route

Turkey
Stuffing - with sausage and without
Cranberry sauce - homemade
Mashed potatoes
Mac and Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole
Rolls

Cheesecake (usually homemade but I may cheat this year we'll see)
Pumpkin Pie (of course)
Chocolate Cake usually but I may do cake pops instead of a cake

That's my base every year, I guess its time to get on the ball and start planning what else to fill in on the sides since it will be here before I know it!

I also found a yummy appetizer recipe a few months ago I loved so I'll do those - Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes and will do deviled eggs too along with crackers and cheese and fruit.
We tend to do a potluck-ish Thanksgiving. The base is served by the hosting home (usually my parents):

Turkey
Dressing/ stuffing
Cranberry salad (a congealed salad with cranberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, and walnuts. And I'm sure there's other stuff but I'm not in charge of making it so I just don't stress over it)

The rest of us bring the other dishes. I'm in charge of mashed potatoes, and the recipe I use is called "refrigerator mashed potatoes" since they can be kept refrigerated for several days prior to the event after their initial preparation. They are NOT for the faint of heart (or fat conscious) and include sour cream, cream cheese, butter... oh drool. I'm getting hungry now.

I also make buttermilk pie and pumpkin pie. This year I may also bring some carrot-pumpkin bars, which are brownie-textured treats with some cream cheese swirled through them. I do those with part Splenda and have managed to get the calories in them cut down to 104.7 per "bar".

Yes, it's insane that I worry about that at Thanksgiving but I'm the one who wants to eat multiple helpings of the mashed potatoes and stuffing, so I have to cut calories somewhere :P

My sister-in-law handles the veggies (broccoli and sweet potatoes). Sometimes we get green beans. Sometimes we don't.

And usually there's cheese and crackers before the meal because cheddar is awesome.
would love to have the creamed corn casserole recipe, been looking for a good one of those for awhile!

thanks,

Joyce


1 tired mommy said:
Mine is the usual FEAST.

Turkey
Stuffing
Creamed corn casserole
Brocolli Casserole
Sweet Potatoe Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Deviled Eggs
Fried Corn Bread Fritters

If any sound good, let me know and I'll post the recipes. I always have plenty of sides to go with the turkey, but you will never leave my house hungry. Also I always invite everyone to eat, I have no family close so its pretty much friends. (my adopted family) :)
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We are just going to pick ours up from Whole Foods.

Here is the unbelievable Thanksgiving menu from the Orlando store:

Click on it and START droolin', ladies:

http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bocaraton/files/2010/10/tgiving2...

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okay, 18watt, I was tempted to drool particularly with the brie and caviar mention but it's no fun not to cook for Thanksgiving. I really get a kick out of cooking like a fiend for the day (and usually a couple before the day). The pamphlet looks great and I hope you enjoy it. : )
No cooking for me this year. I get to work all 24 hours. Just remember for those who have cardiac problems to lay off stuffing to much "bad" food otherwise you will probably get some chest pain ;) Its our biggest day for chest pain calls!!!!! Coincidence??? Maybe just try to indulge a little but do not over do it bc its inevitable that the gravy will not sit right with some people and there is nothing worse than having to spend the rest of the holiday in the hospital rather than family. I hope all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday I hope that at least Starbucks will still be open for me.
Creamed corn casserole

this is one of the easiest recipes I have ever found, and it goes the fastest:

1 can corn drained
1 can creamed corn
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 container sour cream, (12oz.)
2 tbsp.butter (you can use margarine, but butter seems to work better with the corn bread mix)

mix all of the above together until smooth, put in lightly greased baking pan, bake in oven at 350 for an hour, give or take a few mintes, you can tell when its done, normally when toothpick comes out clean.
Sounds like good stuff, 18watt! The vegan field roast sounds intriguing actually... and I say that as a committed carnivore ;)

Like Shawn, though, half the fun for me is going nuts in the kitchen with the potatoes and desserts. Given my 'druthers, I'm a total Carb Queen and would cheerfully (if unhealthily) live on endless quantities of bread, pasta, potatoes, and random baked goods.

Oh well. Off to find some lean protein for a snack. Bleah.


18watt_fan said:
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We are just going to pick ours up from Whole Foods.

Here is the unbelievable Thanksgiving menu from the Orlando store:

Click on it and START droolin', ladies:

http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bocaraton/files/2010/10/tgiving2...

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There's only myself, my hubby, our son and my mom for Thanksgiving. My mom is actually working that day so she'll eat when she gets off. I usually cook the day before so I don't have to do anything that day but make the dinner rolls. This way everyone can eat wen they like or just pick. I usually make they same thing each year:

turkey
stuffing
mashed potatoes
gravy
green bean casserole
cranberry sauce
dinner rolls
pumpkin pie
cool whip topping

Funny thing is both my dad an my grandma live 40 minutes away and we don't get together for holidays. They may travel to my aunt in Ft. Lauderdale for the holidays. Not real close with my dad or his side of the family. Always felt like an outsider there even though my parents were married for just over 25 yrs before divorcing. Would love to go to NY and spend time with my half brother, his family and the rest of my cousin's I am close with. Have to explain the half brother thing later on. I swear you think it was a Maury Show...lol

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