Thanksgiving dinner

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    Ok what are you going to cook, how many are you serving, what is your special recipe(s)...just general kitchen blather about Thanksgiving.

    We will have:

    Turkey w/ dressing
    cranberry sauce
    mashed potatoes
    gravy...I will use pan juices, not giblets I think. I'll freeze the giblets and use them down the road.
    Candied sweet potatoes
    Green bean casserole
    relish dish
    clam dip & chips
    homemade rolls w/ butter
    pumpkin pie w/ homemade whipped cream
    some other pie (apple? Mincemeat?)
    strawberry jello
    crab salad

    I think that's about it.

    I was toying with doing something different with the stuffing this year, but I don't think I will. My stuffing:

    a couple of boxes of seasoned stuffing mix (I really don't care which ones, usually whatever is cheapest...I have used cornbread mix in there too)

    Saute 1 onion, a few stalks of celery in butter, throw that in there
    Usually salt & pepper pretty heavily

    Stuff that fowl, put the rest in a casserole.
     
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    Last year I had T-dinner with a friend's family, and they had oyster stuffing, which I actually like but pretty much nobody else does, lol. It's their deceased mom's recipe though so they always have it in her honor.

    We'll probably have a few devilled eggs on hand for the kids, too.
     
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    Turkey w/ dressing
    cranberry sauce
    mashed potatoes
    gravy...
    Grandmas sweet potatoes
    deviled eggs
    Asparagus in a lemon butter Sause
    Apple crumble cups
    pumpkin pie w/ whipped cream
    Corn
    Stuffing
    Spiked cider
     
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    That all sounds delicious, I will be going to a friends house for Thanksgiving this year, I will be bringing the rolls and the beer.
     
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    Slow roasted duck with a cherry sauce over mashed potatoes and green peas. And wine, lots of wine.
     
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    Oh yum. I love duck.

    When I live alone in my dotage, if that ever happens, I think I will prepare duck or goose every Thanksgiving.

    At this point, I can't afford it and there isn't enough meat on them to serve my whole crew.
     
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    As it is I have at least 3 kids (and one is grown) who demand a turkey drumstick.

    I haven't yet found a three-legged turkey.
     
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    My daughter is now 10 years old and loves to help in the kitchen...and is a big help these days!

    She peels potatoes like nobody's business, which is a huge time and back ache saver for me. I hate peeling potatoes. I've always hated it. When I was a girl, I was the potato peeler and I hated it then. Thankfully, my daughter seems to love it, go figure.

    And now the boy is getting interested in cooking too, so I may have a kitchen full of helpers.

    I do use time/mess savers at Thanksgiving, though. I will use store bought pastry, for example...then make the fillings. Though I have even served store-bought you-bake pies..the kids don't care and they're just so easy and cheap! I can get two pumpkin pies for $5.98 at grocery outlet...if I make a bucket of homemade whipped cream the kids could care less what's under there.

    I love Thanksgiving but when I'm eating at my house, I do everything I can to reduce mess and stress. When I take food to someone ELSE'S dinner, I will go all out on one or two dishes.

    I will make my own rolls, I can whip up rolls in no time.

    I usually have a go at homemade noodles for our turkey noodle soup the week following. Sometime around Friday I will take the turkey out, take off what remains of the meat, then freeze the carcass. Once all the mess is cleaned up from Thanksgiving (Monday or so..our leftovers don't hang around long) I'll pull it out, dump it in a pot with some chicken broth (or with the frozen giblets) and cook all day...then fish the bones out and make noodles.

    Yes it's labor intensive. But it is worth it.
     
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    Oh sheesh, I almost forgot...PEAS...we'll have PEAS too.

    We always have at least one bright green veggie...broccoli florettes or peas. It's like a vegetable palette cleanser. Or something.

    This year, peas.
     
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    I'm looking forward to all the different kind of gravies.
     

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