Post Your Thanksgiving Menu!

John Liu

I may have missed a post on this topic, but here goes.


Our Thanksgiving will be very simple this year, since it will just be SWMBO, DD, DS and me. A far cry from last year’s 26 people!


Duck - maybe a l’orange? Haven’t decided.

Ham - basic honey baked

Spinach - creamed with Amaretto

Corn - creamed with nutmeg

Potatoes - mashed with cheese, though we might do mashed cauliflower instead

Dessert - we are each making one and will compete for top honors. I will probably do creme caramel.

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amylou321

Just the 2 of us this year. I have to work the night before and Thanksgiving night. So I am keeping it basic:

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin with gravy

Chicken Dressing

Mac and Cheese

Collard Greens (yuck, I make them because I love him)

Hash Brown Casserole

Rolls or Cornbread or Maybe both(rolls for me cornbread for him.)

For dessert, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

He did say he wanted me to add something but couldn't offer any suggestions. When and if he does, I will make whatever he suggest to go with.


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bragu_DSM 5

1 lima bean

1 leaf of lettuce

1 grain of rice

1 fifth of whiskey

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plllog

Four of us. It's just dinner, but Thanksgiving flavor.

Turkey breast

Gravy (probably chicken gravy, but maybe mushroom)

Stuffing, but probably in a casserole. I ordered a French loaf so I don't have to bake it, and I might add some matzah.

Cranberry sauce (homemade)

Green beans (steamed and plain, the way we like lt). Maybe also some baby broccoli. ETA, the baby broccoli is gorgeous, so we're having that.

Mom's Apple Pie, and pumpkin pie

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This weekend, I'm making pumpkin soup, sunchoke chips and commercial chicken sausage, and I also want to make pumpkin cinnamon rolls. After T’day, I'm making pumpkin lasagna, and maybe pumpkin dinner rolls...

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annie1992

LOL, Bragu, you've got 4 food groups covered there!

Mine will be the same as it is every year. We will be having dinner on Friday, and I think it will be Elery and I, the girls and the grandkids. Mother won't be there, more than 2 or three people and she gets anxious. State guidelines say no more than 10 people from no more than 2 households and Ashley's husband is working the holiday weekend for overtime, so we will have 9. We're having:

Turkey

Glazed Ham

Stuffing (both cornbread and sage/onion/celery

Mashed Potatoes

Gravy

Sweet Potatoes, one dish candied and one just baked plain

Homemade rolls

Fruit salad and maybe 7 layer salad

Green Beans cooked with bacon and onion

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie

Cheesecake with assorted fruit toppings

Something chocolate!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Annie




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caroline94535


I’m trying for a small, simple homemade meal for just us two. I don’t want large portions or a lot of leftovers.

Drunken Duck - It’s my version of a roasted duck recipe I found in a early 1900s cookbook. The duck is marinated in a spicey-boozy rub before slow roasting.

Cornbread Dressing - A much smaller version of my Grandmother’s recipe. It has nothing to do with the duck, but it’s not “Thanksgiving” without it.

Cranberry relish - Plain, but homemade. I plop it on top of the dressing!

Steamed Broccoli - Maybe with a hollandaise sauce.

Arugula Salad - just arugula dressed with vinegar and lemon.

Tidbits - Deviled eggs

Sweet Potato Fluff - Whipped sweet potatoes with raisins or cranberries, spices, butter and a bit of brown sugar to stand in as the dessert.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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plllog

Caroline, will you please post your drunken duck recipe? I'm always looking for a different thing to do with duck and spicy-boozy sounds good!

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party_music50

I usually drive to my sister’s house on T-day (4.5 hrs if traffic is good), but that can’t happen this year. I’d prefer to skip the whole thing and just play the par-3 in the cold and fiddle in the gardens, but my mother is here alone. To be extra cautious, I’ll be bringing dinner to drop off for my mother. She wants it to be traditional, so I’ll be making turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and pies... I haven’t asked yet what she wants for pies, but I’m thinking pumpkin or pumpkin-pecan, and either apple or mixed berries.


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seagrass_gw

We haven't cooked Thanksgiving dinner for ourselves for the past 4 years. Since it's just the two of us we have gone out for dinner at the Old Yarmouth Inn. I've always ordered the Cape Cod bay scallops which are small and sweet. They are only in season for a short time. This year we have ordered a meal to go from the Barley Neck Inn and they will deliver!

Turkey, with pints of gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, cranberry relish, and green beans with mushrooms. We added a 9" maple pecan pie (would have preferred pumpkin but not an option, only apple and maple pecan). It's the smaller of 2 meals they are offering and feeds 2-4. I'm sure we'll get more than 4 meals from it. Six pounds of turkey is a lot! It's actually less expensive than going out to eat, and we'll have leftovers. Supporting a local restaurant, as well.

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

I have a photo file going back to 2014 on this computer. The duck year was fun. Photos helps with my grocery list. Seems we have the usual cast of characters/ingredients as the past few years. Much more than we will use scaling back this year. A following weekend lasagna is a good idea.

Ordered a small local heritage turkey. If something goes awry we have a couple racks of lamb in the freezer for a back-up. Lots of local veg with that order as well as Misfits. Should be similar to last year...

Maybe two small tart sized pies, a pecan and a pumpkin. Need a better biscuit recipe. The two cranberry sauces and a cranberry/pomegranate salad dressing.

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

I get daily e-mails from Gov Cuomo. Cute story...


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caroline94535

Awwwwwwe He’s so precious.

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MSRED Byrd

Amylou, i just ordered a 'cookbook for two'...i'll give to hubby so he can add all the 'extras' his little heart desires... We aim to please... after all. it's the holidays! :-)


P.S.

I don't have to cook this year... we have reservations at a cajun restaurant,

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chloebud

There will be 7 of us this year...5 adults, a 5-year-old and infant. This year our SIL is cooking a turducken. He's also making the stuffing and gravy. My part will be the cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, Ina G's Spinach Gratin (or maybe green beans), and pecan pie. Our daughter is making a pumpkin cheesecake.


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MSRED Byrd

YUM!

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booberry85

Its going to be a crazy amount of food for three people! Here we go:

Smoked turkey (DH got a smoker as an early Christmas gift)

Mushroom gravy

Sausage & bread stuffing

Sausage & sweet potato stuffing (GF)

Mashed potatoes

Cranberry sauce

Harvest apple Challah

Green beans or asparagus in a mustard sauce (?)

Butternut squash, apple & cranberry bake

Hot buttered rum apple pie

Caramel pecan pie

Pumpkin walnut pie

Yes three people three different pies!




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Marilyn_Sue

There will only be six of us this year. I will go a half mile away. This is our menu so far.

Baked turkey

Mashed potatoes and gravy

Candied sweet potatoes

Corn

Green beans

Dressing

Home made yeast rolls

Cranberry sauce

Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pie

There will be other things added as time goes on.

Sue

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Nana H

Strange times but no matter who we miss and what we eat we are very blessed and as hard as it is to think that right now......much to be thankful for. Celebrate the best you can.....this too shall pass.

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petalique

What a cool owl!

Here are some links to its call. The comments can be interesting. I am so happy that someone spotted the owl and it was rescued.

Northern Saw Whet Owl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwgTcxjLnTo

And, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3mEFg9ECYs

But, it seems to me when I took a birding class, that the call was quite different.

Anyone else with a different impression?

So, Rockafella, rode in the tree for many hours?! Some owl!


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KatieC

The Kid has to work on Thanksgiving Day, but they'll come up Sunday, so we get two dinners. Thursday DH and I will stay home since their governor wants a 14 day quarantine before entering his state. I have a ham left from the last pig, so I'll make that and this cheesy sour creamy potato casserole. Other sides and dessert will depend on how lazy I am.

Sunday we'll have the turkey. Coyotes got our homegrown turkey a few days before they were to be butchered and I looked all over for a turkey that wasn't shot full of saline solution. I'd given up, then found a lovely little free range bird at our little podunk grocery store. We'll have the usual dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy (SIL will have cauliflower mash), sweet potato and caramelized onion casserole, whatever veg the grandkids want, whatever the kids decide to bring and maybe a salad. Thinking a pumpkin flan or something...has to be GF. Oh, and there HAS to be cranberry sauce even though hardly any of it gets eaten. I'll probably make a small batch of cranberry chutney.

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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan

petalique, that is the call I'm familiar with. Here's a few others from The Cornell Lab site:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Saw-whet_Owl/sounds

Sometimes the Northern Saw-whet owl is confused with the Eastern Screech-owl. I would not consider any of their calls a screech. They come in two color phases. The gray phase E. Screech-owl somewhat resembles an overgrown saw-whet when the screech owl does not have the "ear" feathers raised.

Eastern Screech-owl:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Screech-Owl/sounds

We are having traditional Thanksgiving foods with mashed potatoes, beets, applesauce, squash, and carrots from our own garden. No turkeys raised here, though :)

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l pinkmountain

Just me and my guys. We don't like turkey but Dad might like one for a change of pace. Don't know that we will find a small one. Always a challenge for me, even more so this year. No local sources for a farm raised one or fresh one. I might do duck for me and Dad and hubs can have chicken. That would work. Wish I could find a source for a turkey like Sleevendog's.

Then nothing special--stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, salad or coleslaw, cranberry relish from the can.

The special thing is hubs will make a pumpkin cheesecake. That's his tradition.

Sawhet owls are just about the cutest thing imaginable! Such a shame he got caught in the tree! I hope his story has a happier ending than it's been going so far . . .

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party_music50

That Rockefeller tree came from my cousin's neighbor! It's the second time in 5 years that the Rockefeller tree was taken within walking distance of their home. So sad about owl. Their instinct when in danger is to freeze motionless. :(

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Martha Scott

Mine is the same as what I've always eaten -- turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie with whipped cream. It will just be the two of us. Years ago, we did away with salads and such. The above makes a nice plate of food. I would rather make a lot of one thing than a bowl each of 3 other things and have all of that leftover -- dips and dabs.

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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

Locally, COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate. Therefore, our usual Thanksgiving group has decided to stay at their homes instead of coming to mine. Am still going to prepare Thanksgiving Dinner and eat leftovers for a few days. For the first time, did not purchase a whole turkey, just bought a 3-lb turkey breast, which I plan to cook in the Instant Pot and brown in the air fryer. So here is the plan; I really pared it down from our usual.

Turkey Breast

Gravy

Cornbread Dressing

Green Beans

Mashed Potatoes

Hot Yeast Rolls

Cinnamon Apples

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l pinkmountain

One year hubs and I did that WC, just got the breast part. I have to say I was secretly THRILLED to not have to feel guilty and deal with the turkey carcass by making turkey soup . . . not that there's anything wrong with that . . . . ;)

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Nice to see everyone scaling back and accepting the new normal for this season. Planning what is comfortable or traditional or not caring at all. Why we are comfortable with whatever happens. I checked my order being delivered tomorrow and the turkey was 700 dollars. 😬. It is a NYC wholesale restaurant supply...panic thinking I ordered 15 turkeys, lol. They corrected the error but then it was off the order completely, no turkey. 🙄

I think we are good now, but heck, what a mess. We do like the Friday-saturday following without much meal needs. Stock, soup, breakfast hash, biscuit sliders, ....once a year.

We will miss the 15-25 crowd. Something to look froward to next year me hopes.

I do have a couple lonely neighbors that enjoyed a delivery 'take-out' container from us years past, so hoping to see that turkey tomorrow.

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plllog

People are definitely scaling back. The store was out of my usual heirloom chicken, and parts too. I think many were buying them instead of turkey parts. I have a good turkey beast on order, which one of the minions will pick up tomorrow...

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