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#1 tracy0504  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 2, 2021 - 7:58 am

What will your Thanksgiving dinner look like this year? Will it be a gathering of friends and family or just your household? Whats on the menu - a home cooked meal, something catered, or out to a restaurant?

My menu pretty much is the same every year and solely prepared by me over a 2-3 day period:

Roasted Turkey- either in the roaster oven or regular oven, in or out of a roasting bag 🤣 I change it up every year

Baked Ham (maybe)- if I do one for Thanksgiving I won’t make one for Christmas

Cornbread Dressing- this year I may do it in one of my five crockpots

Baked Mac & Cheese- I use about 5-6 cheeses for this beloved side dish

Collard greens- fresh with smoked turkey tails and either on the stove or crockpot

Sweet Potato Casserole- two ways

Potato Salad

Cranberry Sauce - homemade and canned

Dutch Apple Pie- homemade
Sweet Potato Pies- homemade
Pound Cakes - homemade

My 21 y/o son is the only one still at home, my oldest son just got married (Oct. 23rd) but I’m sure he and his wife will stop by for a plate and my daughter will as well... I’ve advised a couple of my friends they are more than welcome to stop by for a to-go plate as I will either be cuddled under my blanket in bed watching Hallmark movies or visiting my cousins/aunt for a little while...

*This menu is subject to change depending on how the cook is feeling 🥴

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Posted Nov 2, 2021 - 9:14 am

We haven't even broached the topic yet. It will definitely be three adults, with post college age son of my roommates as well. I'll post more as plans develop.

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Posted Nov 2, 2021 - 9:25 am

We are scaling back this year. We used to get together with my aunt and her whole family, but with the grands and the great grands and the in laws, the family has grown so much that it's just too any people for 1 little house. Better to get together in the spring or summer when we can shoo all the kids outside :).

 

So, this year, we will have dinner at my mom's. My oldest sister and her family have Thanksgiving in the deer woods, so it'll be Mom, my sister, myself, and our kids and grandkids. About 15 of us.  We'll have the traditional fare of turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn, deviled eggs, salad, and lots of deserts to eat while we plan our Black Friday attack :).



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Posted Nov 2, 2021 - 9:57 am

We always have Thanksgiving Dinner at my dad's (my mom passed away four years ago).  It will be myself, my husband, our daughter, our two sons and their wives, my sister, her husband, her two kids, and my dad and his girlfriend.  We are doing it on Fri, Nov 12 this year though because it was the only day that everyone could be there.

I am bringing turkey, dressing, homemade mac-n-cheese, and oreo dirt cake (my daughter is fixing that).  My sister is bringing ham, corn on the cob, and rolls.  My daughter in laws are bringing drinks, green beans, dessert, sweet potato souffle, and coleslaw.

I will also make another dessert, I'm just not sure what I want to make yet.



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Posted Nov 2, 2021 - 10:01 am

We’re having family at our new house. We are doing the following as far as food:

Smoked Turkey
Smoked Goose
Ham
Cheese Potatoes
Cornbread dressing
Stuffing
Corn
Green beans
Sweet potato casserole
Rolls
Cranberry Stuff that holds the shape of the can
Chocolate chip pecan pie
Pumpkin pie
Chocolate pie

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Posted Nov 2, 2021 - 11:16 am

What will your Thanksgiving dinner look like this year? Will it be a gathering of friends and family or just your household? Whats on the menu - a home cooked meal, something catered, or out to a restaurant?

My menu pretty much is the same every year and solely prepared by me over a 2-3 day period:

Roasted Turkey- either in the roaster oven or regular oven, in or out of a roasting bag I change it up every year

Baked Ham (maybe)- if I do one for Thanksgiving I won’t make one for Christmas

Cornbread Dressing- this year I may do it in one of my five crockpots

Baked Mac & Cheese- I use about 5-6 cheeses for this beloved side dish

Collard greens- fresh with smoked turkey tails and either on the stove or crockpot

Sweet Potato Casserole- two ways

Potato Salad

Cranberry Sauce - homemade and canned

Dutch Apple Pie- homemade
Sweet Potato Pies- homemade
Pound Cakes - homemade

My 21 y/o son is the only one still at home, my oldest son just got married (Oct. 23rd) but I’m sure he and his wife will stop by for a plate and my daughter will as well... I’ve advised a couple of my friends they are more than welcome to stop by for a to-go plate as I will either be cuddled under my blanket in bed watching Hallmark movies or visiting my cousins/aunt for a little while...

*This menu is subject to change depending on how the cook is feeling

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Posted Nov 2, 2021 - 12:11 pm

We’re having family at our new house. We are doing the following as far as food:

Smoked Turkey
Smoked Goose
Ham
Cheese Potatoes
Cornbread dressing
Stuffing
Corn
Green beans
Sweet potato casserole
Rolls
Cranberry Stuff that holds the shape of the can
Chocolate chip pecan pie
Pumpkin pie
Chocolate pie


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Posted Nov 3, 2021 - 4:15 am

Well I have to work a full day Wednesday before and Friday after so not sure where I will be or what I will eat.  Maybe Golden Corral.  Lol



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Posted Nov 3, 2021 - 7:39 am

Depends on what the stores have in stock. I have bought a few things already but not sure on all of the fixings. 



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Posted Nov 3, 2021 - 10:20 am

I will have 3 of my six kids, 2 of their spouse, my parents and mother in law, 6 grandchildren, brothers family of 4, and maybe a friends family.
Food will include turkey, ham, Mac and cheese, candied yams, mashed potatoes, gravy, deviled eggs, green beans, dressing, cranberry sauce, Watergate salad, fruit salad, 4 different kinds of pies 2 kinds of cake and rolls can’t forget the rolls!!

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Posted Nov 3, 2021 - 12:52 pm

Turkey

Ham

Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Brocoli w/Hollandaise sauce

Green Beancasserole

Fruit Salad

Green Salad

Multigrain Rolls

Everything but bagel Rolls -- Make regular rolls, but add 1/4 cup of Everything but bagel.

 

My brother in laws family (four adult kids and families)(19) My kids and families(5), Sister(2) for a grand total of 28 of us.  I am a little concerned about Covid, but every there has been vaccinated or had Covid so fingers are crossed.

 

I hope we all have a fun filled day with our family and friends no matter what day we celebrate.


Darla Who flies 800 miles (RT) to be in a town with stores for Black Friday :gdhug5:


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Posted Nov 3, 2021 - 4:02 pm

I will have 3 of my six kids, 2 of their spouse, my parents and mother in law, 6 grandchildren, brothers family of 4, and maybe a friends family.
Food will include turkey, ham, Mac and cheese, candied yams, mashed potatoes, gravy, deviled eggs, green beans, dressing, cranberry sauce, Watergate salad, fruit salad, 4 different kinds of pies 2 kinds of cake and rolls can’t forget the rolls!!

This menu reminds me a little bit of  the way my grandmother cooked.  Turkey and chicken breast, ham for those that don’t eat turkey/chicken, mac&cheese, hash brown potato casserole, sweet potatoes, purple hull peas, dressing with onions and one dish without onions, giblet gravy, Lima beans, homegrown sweet corn from the summers harvest that had been frozen, slaw, celery with some sort of orange stuff in it, cranberry sauce (the canned kind that comes out shaped like the can, and homemade dumplings, hand rolled, and hand cut, dropped into the boiling turkey broth with precision so they don’t clump together.  We had no less than 4 pies too…..pecan, chocolate, pumpkin and egg custard. Also present was some sort of chocolate cake for those who didn’t eat pie. Man, I’m hungry.  :)



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Posted Nov 3, 2021 - 8:08 pm

Well I have to work a full day Wednesday before and Friday after so not sure where I will be or what I will eat. Maybe Golden Corral. Lol


Golden Corral is not a bad option at all

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Posted Nov 3, 2021 - 8:14 pm

Rolls and hot water cornbread!!!! How could I forget about the rolls!!!!

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Posted Nov 4, 2021 - 8:19 am

Greenberg Smoked Turkey



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Posted Nov 4, 2021 - 11:41 am

Greenberg Smoked Turkey

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Posted Nov 4, 2021 - 4:02 pm

It will likely be just me myself and I this year. That said, not sure what I’ll be doing.

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Posted Nov 5, 2021 - 4:43 pm

I am thinking we will do Lasagna this year. With home made rolls and fresh farm pumpkin I processed last week for pie. (We always make crustless pie ( pumpkin custard)in a baking dish.)

Have a medical thing on Wednesday before so want it all done before. Just low key and something tasty for the dog :D



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Posted Nov 7, 2021 - 3:02 pm

Turkey breast, ham (for my dad who is allergic to turkey) stuffing, sweet potatoes, maple bacon brussel sprouts, jellied cranberry sauce, crescent rolls and apple pie. There will only be 4 of us so that should be more than enough.

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Posted Nov 8, 2021 - 10:40 pm

Only 3 here for Thanksgiving this year. Probably get a rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, gravy, rolls, and chocolate cream pie.



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Posted Nov 9, 2021 - 7:09 am

wow i feel so far behind.. not even thinking of thanksgiving yet



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Posted Nov 9, 2021 - 7:58 am

It will likely be just me myself and I this year. That said, not sure what I’ll be doing.


Awww well I hope you can make the best of it even if it’s just you...

wow i feel so far behind.. not even thinking of thanksgiving yet


Lol, I am a planner so it was on my mind in September 🤣 I have the majority of my shopping list bought for that day already!!!!

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Posted Nov 9, 2021 - 2:18 pm

I'm doing food pick ups from two different food banks over the next week. I'm hoping they had turkeys donated for distribution. Other items will probably be Incorporated, especially any fresh produce.

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Posted Nov 10, 2021 - 7:52 pm

Turkey breast, ham (for my dad who is allergic to turkey) stuffing, sweet potatoes, maple bacon brussel sprouts, jellied cranberry sauce, crescent rolls and apple pie. There will only be 4 of us so that should be more than enough.

Maple bacon brussel sprouts sound very interesting! Yum



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Posted Nov 15, 2021 - 2:07 pm

Menu has been set. It is most likely going to just be three of us, but my roommates grown son may drive over.

Good Eats Roast Turkey, dry brined for three days prior
Homemade gravy from stock and drippings
Homemade cranberry sauce
Crockpot stuffing
Green bean casserole made by one roommate
Homemade pumpkin bread and homemade apple pie made by the other roommate
Breyer's French vanilla ice cream for pie a la mode

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Posted Nov 15, 2021 - 2:24 pm

My family and my sisters family all go to my mom's. She usually invites my dad too.

Mama usually fixes everything, and I'll bring homemade Cranberry sauce and maybe something else or a desert. We have the same thing every year.
Turkey
Dressing (2 pans, with and without turkey broth)
Mashed potatoes
Noodles (2 pots, cooked in turkey broth and without)
Sweet potatoes
Corn
Green beans
Rolls
Pumpkin pie
Dirt pie

This year mama asked me to make squash casserole. We never have squash (she and I are the only ones that eat it) and we don't typically do casseroles. So that's a little odd but I'll make it and see how it turns out.

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Posted Nov 15, 2021 - 3:45 pm

Growing up a GRITS, I've had two types of squash casserole:

A. Sliced crookneck or zucchini layered in a casserole dish with various sauces to bind it
or
B. Whipped butternut or acorn squash, occasionally a mixture of both, made similar to sweet potato casserole

Which style are you making?

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Posted Nov 15, 2021 - 4:25 pm

Oh goodness, I have no idea!! I've never made it before. I don't really even much care for it.

I think what I've usually had is the sliced kind, not like sweet potato casserole.
If you have a favorite recipe I'd love to hear it!

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Posted Nov 15, 2021 - 6:03 pm

We always make too much but here goes.

Turkey
(2) Hams
Cornbread dressing
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Baked beans
Green bean casserole
Corn casserole
Cranberry sauce
Rolls
Gravy
Deviled eggs
Mac n cheese

Pecan pies
Red Velvet cake
Fudge and anything else I decide to make.

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Posted Nov 15, 2021 - 7:07 pm

Oh goodness, I have no idea!! I've never made it before. I don't really even much care for it.

I think what I've usually had is the sliced kind, not like sweet potato casserole.
If you have a favorite recipe I'd love to hear it!

Personally, I prefer the mashed butternut/acorn squash version. This recipe is pretty good.

Make it easier on yourself by buying pre-peeled and cubed squash. I know I've seen it at Trader Joe's; you should find it in other produce departments as well. Steam the cubes on the stovetop until tender and able to be mashed/pureed, rather than microwave them. The texture is better. Whatever you do, don't try to defrost frozen mashed butternut squash. It turns out far inferior.

I personally like the casserole to be deep, so I double the filling ingredients and bake for 55 minutes to an hour before topping. However, if you and your mom are the only ones who will eat it, make the amount stated, but put it in an 8"×8" pan, rather than a 9"×13". That should still result in a nice deep casserole.

https://www.allrecip...uash-casserole/




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