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#731990 - 11/04/04 06:44 AM Moving right along...
plays88skeys Offline
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Registered: 01/08/04
Posts: 3091
Loc: Richmond, VA
The election is OVER. I see on my calendar that Thanksgiving is three weeks from today.

Anyone traveling to be with family for the holiday? Do you have traditions? Any special memories? Special family recipes?

Personally, it's my favorite holiday. There are no expectations of anyone beyond being there. No one has to feign delight over some gift they neither want nor need. The food and wine is plentiful, and everyone is usually relaxed and happy to be there.

Over the years our menu has "slimmed down" a bit. Since the holiday is almost always at my sister's, she prepares the lion's share of the meals. She's obsessed with staying slim, so gone is the asparagus casserole with thick cheese sauce and breadcrumbs and now it's steamed asparagus. Instead of the sherried sweet potatoes with raisins, nuts and marshmallows, we get pureed butternut squash. Some of us are not happy with this. She went too far with the lowfat, low cal pumpkin thing that was supposed to pass for a pie. Last year, without being asked to do so, I contributed a real pumpkin pie and a carrot cake. Both disappeared while her nasty thing sat untouched. She got the message. This year she asked me to bring both desserts again. So you see, we have something to be thankful for... \:D

ChickGrand I think you should join us. \:\)
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Beverly Sills

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#731991 - 11/04/04 06:50 AM Re: Moving right along...
The 89th Key Offline
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Registered: 10/20/04
Posts: 2400
Loc: Northern Virginia
Our family has an odd tradition. We actually do more of the "Christmas" thing during thanksgiving.

It is my favorite holiday too...I love autumn, its great golf weather, even better football weather, the food is plentiful, family and friends get together (probably more than any other time of the year), great movies come out, etc...

Back to my family; we actually do all the gift giving, usually seen on christmas, on thanksgiving. Shopping is a LOT more relaxed, its a great time.

Oh, and I'm not sure if I'm traveling somewhere this year.
-The 89th Key

--- Integrity | Loyalty | Simplicity ---[/b]

#731992 - 11/04/04 07:15 AM Re: Moving right along...
sarah_blueparrot Offline
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Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 808
Loc: Bristol, England
We don't have Thanksgiving here \:\( Unfortunately I must abstain from eating too much until Christmas.. But you have fun. I know what you mean about people having to ''feign delight over some gift they neither want nor need'' - it's so tedious..
Every time you play a funeral march, the devil grabs a soul.

#731993 - 11/04/04 07:32 AM Re: Moving right along...
jodi Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 6959
Loc: The Evergreen State (WA)
I've got family coming - luckily late Thanksgiving morning, which should give me enough time to have the meal mostly cooked, and the kitchen mostly clean.

I have cooked the same meal since Steve and I got married - its "The Perfect Turkey" from an old Gourmet magazine (it calles for cooking the bird breast side down for the first third of the cooking time, then flipping it) I roast root veggies under the turkey (parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, carrots, onion, garlic,) and we have gravy, oyster and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and brussel sprouts and a home-made cranberry relish. It's my favorite meal of the year, although I'll probably modify the stuffing since my brother's kids are not too fond of oysters.

\:\) Jodi

#731994 - 11/04/04 07:42 AM Re: Moving right along...
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I'm NOT doing Thanksgiving this year, for the first time in years. I'm oddly conflicted about it.

We originally send out the Thanksgiving SOS when we thought our kitchen would be in a state of remodeling disaster about now. It's not (work won't start till January), but plans have already been put in place and there's no reeling them back.

I've made the same Christmas dinner forever, and it's the same one my Mother made (and probably her mother as well): turkey with cornbread stuffing, extra stuffing, a Mount Everest of mashed potatoes, broccoli and carrots, tonz'o rolls, gravy, black olives (don't ask me why, but they must be on the table). Since I got married we've added a small sweet potato casserole (or is it yam? I always get it confused), and there is some slight variation allowed on the pies, but pecan is required.

Over the past 5-6 years, I've been using Martha Stewart's method for roasting the turkey. You melt some butter (like a pound! \:\) ) in a bottle of good white wine, dunk some cheesecloth in the mixture and layer it over the turkey, roast him and use the remaining wine/butter mixture as basting liquid. It makes the best gravy ever, absolutely, bar none. You can find the gory details on her website. I give it two thumbs up!


#731995 - 11/04/04 08:41 AM Re: Moving right along...
jkeene Offline
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Registered: 07/08/03
Posts: 701
Loc: Central Florida
We're driving over to my parents for this Thanksgiving. No cooking for us, but no big piles of leftovers either. I like nibbling turkey at odd hours for the whole weekend.

My mother has come around to the flipping the turkey method of cooking, after I found it in an old James Beard cookbook and made a few perfect examples. Can't quite get her to baste it with a pound of butter, though. We do at our house, and over half a pound goes into the potatoes. Helps get through those cold Florida winters.

#731996 - 11/04/04 08:59 AM Re: Moving right along...
Tom--K Offline
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Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 5934
Going to Charlottesville, VA My brother (Bob--K) who lives in Washington bought a 18 room ante Bellum country house and has spent the last year completely gutting and then renovating it. We're going to see it for the first time.

My sister, her husband and my dad are flying down from Connecticut and we should have a good time. Don't know what were having but my brother (who's actually a lawyer \:\( ) made his money in the restaurant business so it should be pretty good.

ChickGrand I think you should join us, instead of plays. (For some huntin' and fishing' of course!) (Grouse and dove--shotgun; trout--rod and reel.) \:D

#731997 - 11/04/04 09:01 AM Re: Moving right along...
sarah_blueparrot Offline
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Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 808
Loc: Bristol, England
Stop! Please! You're making me hungry!
Every time you play a funeral march, the devil grabs a soul.

#731998 - 11/04/04 09:02 AM Re: Moving right along...
Kincaid Offline
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Registered: 09/24/04
Posts: 476
Loc: Portland, Oregon
My Thanksgiving meal has remained essentially unchanged for 41 years. This is in spite of getting married, eating at my Mother-in-Law's and now having it at my house. Don't get me wrong, I love the tradition! When I was a child, Thanksgiving dinner was always Turkey (of course) and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, cranberry sauce (from the can!), yams with toasted marshmallows, rolls and black and green olives (the latter with pimento). I didn't think much of it at the time, but now that I look back it is surprising to see that my wife's family made the exact same things!. The tradition carries on.

As a side note, and I wonder if this is why there was such a similarity in what is on the menu, our families have sort of a shared experience. Both families' grandmothers came from the West - Wyoming and Montana . Both grandfathers had roots in the east, Minnestota and Pennsylvania. Both sets moved to California in the 20's. In fact, both my mother and mother-in-law where born under the care of the same OB in the Los Angeles area but their mothers did not know each other.

Anyway, the only thing that has changed in the routine in 41 years is that now the cranberries are homemade.

I do prefer to have the meal early in the afternoon and then have everyone hanging around to snack on the left overs throughout the day and into dinnertime. The women tend to congregate in the kitchen and the men usually gather around the TV. I think the traditions of the day allow everyone to get comfortable.

I second what 89th is saying about the Fall, it is my favorite time of year.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Pet 4:7-8 NIV)

#731999 - 11/04/04 09:46 AM Re: Moving right along...
katie_dup1 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/27/03
Posts: 1838
Loc: Canada
Thanks for bringing this up Plays \:\) --- I would like to relate a personal message for those of us socializing with friends & friends over Thanksgiving & Christmas: I believe it's very important for all of us to consider including those who we know as single, lonely or otherwise isolated, in our thoughts, phone calls, emails, or in our homes during this holiday season.

--Katie (who once spent her holidays volunteering to work nights b/c it was the 'safest' thing to do)

#732000 - 11/04/04 09:51 AM Re: Moving right along...
Elaine617 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/21/02
Posts: 364
Loc: North Carolina
We're going to NC to have Thanksgiving with my husband's parents. Since we're all following a low-carb life style, we will have to forego the usual potatoes, gravy, stuffing--you know, all the good stuff! \:\( I'm planning to make a low-carb cheesecake recipe that is really good. In the meantime, I'll be looking for more good recipes so hopefully, I won't miss the other stuff, at least not too much. \:\)



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