Thanksgiving!

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  1. nudeyorker

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    Wow I woke up this morning and realized Thanksgiving is next week. I need to order my Turkey today!
    What are your plans? Do you cook, go to family or friends or is it not a holiday you really celebrate?
    I love Thanksgiving and all the preparation that that goes along with it. I think it's one of my favorite holidays. It has been a trying year for many, but this gives us a chance to reflect on our life and those we love and the things in life that we have to be thankful for.
    I found my ice skates this past summer in my storage locker, so I'm going to revive one of my old Thanksgiving traditions. I'm going to go skating in Central Park on Friday while everyone else is shopping (Because all mine is finished)
    What are your plans for the holiday and do you have any special traditions?
     
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    I am having Thanksgiving with my father and my religious sister. The responsibility of cooking is on me. Sooooo. I am not having any turkey. I don't want to bother with it.

    I am having Low Country Boil: a seafood boil of shrimp, crab legs, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. Wild himalayan red rice with southwestern orzo and roasted vegetables. I may make either a Pumpkin gingerbread with citrus glaze or a Pumpkin gingerbread trifle.

    I am going to make some extra special sweet tea. It is going to be really good.
     
  3. molotovmuffin

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    I'm coming to your house.:wink:
     
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    i hosted thanksgiving last year, so this year it will be my aunt and uncle's turn. they just got a new place and it's five minutes from the beach. i may even go to the beach on thanksgiving since it won't be cold at all :cool:

    anyway back on topic. this year i am going over early to help my aunt do the cooking. she's making the turkey and all the other important stuff. i am making my famous macaroni and cheese and a sweet potato pie with marshmallows. we usually make all the regular stuff, like mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, veggies/salads, stuffing, green bean casserole, and most importantly rice (because we're asian).

    my 3 yr. old niece and i may also bake and decorate these crafty turkey cupcakes [that my sister usually makes, which are also very martha stewart-ish] for all the kids that will be there.

    as far as i know my uncle is always in charge of alcohol and wine to ensure the rest of the family gets liquored up, which is always nice, lol. and while the adults will have their fun, the kids will have apple cider to drink.

    and as far as deserts go there will be pumpkin pie and cheese cake and maybe apple pie. a different aunt keeps begging me to make a peach cobbler, which i've never done, so i may give it a shot. my cousin may bring one of her many deserts that always taste great too.

    all in all, it's looking like there'll be about 20 people coming. i can't wait!
     
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    (whispers) If you can sneak a fifth of Kentucky bourbon...the sweet tea will be Rohypnol-able and my fam tolerable. Hehehe.:smile:

    I also forgot to say that I am also frying tiliapia fillets. My pop doesn't like fooling around with cracking crab legs. He likes eating the crab meat but doesn't like the "work" in getting to it.
     
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    I bet.

    Copcorn, felons turning me into pretzels and me heated up like toast for my Thanksgiving menu.
    you knew I would use & abuse that somewhere.
     
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    I'll be in Ohio as usual. Strangely, Brian's family still hasn't decided on who's having dinner or where, yet. Last year there was a problem because his one born-again brother won't be with his kids anywhere where we are so B's mother had to have two sittings and no one wants to have to repeat that.

    I'll have to get back to you on this. :wink:
     
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    Was hoping to spend time with my BF before he leaves to Asia, but that will not be possible. :(

    So, I'll be with my extended family - we're all bringing something different.
    I'm making pumpkin ___ (have to check out Martha Stewart recipes), apple crisp, mashed plantains (mofongo), and another side - what, I have no idea.

    Sounds good, Invisi!
    This is the third year running that your holiday menus have been impressive. *gold star* :hug:
     
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    Done.


    My son can crack and eat a 1/2 lb cluster of snow crab in under 5 mins.:eek:

    If I cook this year, which is prolly unlikely since I have to work that day, I'd brine a small turkey and stuff it with walnut and sausage stuffing.


    Now, I'm just depressed.:frown1:
     
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    .. staying put at home and having a few family members chez nous.

    Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the American holidays. Christmas? meh
     
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    Originally Posted by invisibleman
    I am having Thanksgiving with my father and my religious sister. The responsibility of cooking is on me. Sooooo. I am not having any turkey. I don't want to bother with it.

    No turkey, Chuck? You can't have Thanksgiving without turkey! Does the sis know?

    Yeah I emailed her. She likes crab legs. Dad and I don't want any turkey...and I made Low Country Boil Summer 2008 for my religious sister and my lesbian sister. The lesbian sis told me to use BEER next time. They loved it...so I decided to make that.


    I am having Low Country Boil: a seafood boil of shrimp, crab legs, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. Wild himalayan red rice with southwestern orzo and roasted vegetables. I may make either a Pumpkin gingerbread with citrus glaze or a Pumpkin gingerbread trifle.

    Well, ok...I guess you can if this stuff is on the menu.

    :smile: Watching hot cop porn, getting felons to put us in pretzels, getting burned and poppin' like toast isn't a family tradition here...but if ever that happens---
    I would sooo use that as blackmail. :biggrin1:


    I am going to make some extra special sweet tea. It is going to be really good.

    GDIMD--

    I hope that you get a lot of stuffing because I know how you like a good stuffing.

    :mischievous:






    Damn, I sound perverted like one of those QUIZNO'S subs in the TOASTY TORPEDO commercials.:redface:
     
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    I get depressed around the holidays, too. I used to have a lot of gay friends and I had a boyfriend. I used to go do Thanksgiving with them. But now I don't have THOSE friends and I don't have the boyfriend. Which IS kinda good. I hate having to spend a lot of money for holidays AT THE END OF THE YEAR and at THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. I always am a bit broke. And the new year...is always a bit slow. But I try to make things fun.
     
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    Next year...I am not going to cook for a bunch of peeps. My father and religious sis are just going to have to go to my rich sister's Turkey day potluck.
     
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    OK my turkey is ordered. If anyone is cooking I'll share my secrets. Someone told me a couple years ago that they did not know how to prepare a turkey, so here is how I do it.
    20 pound turkey
    2 three pound boxes of kosher salt
    1 cup olive oil
    1 cup fresh chopped herbs, (mix of parsley, rosemary, and tarragon and thyme))

    16 tablespoons butter at room temperature
    3 cups chicken stock (If you want the homemade let me know, but Swanson's is fine)
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Two days before Thanksgiving remove the giblets and neck and reserve for gravy or stock, put the bird in a five gallon bucket and cover with cold water a gallon at a time until the bird is covered.(Remove the bird and set it aside)
    Add one pound of salt (2 cups) for every gallon of water and stir to dissolved.
    Put in a cool, place and let set at least 8 hours. if you can't put it in a cool garage, remove a shelf from your refrigerator.
    The next day remove turkey from brine and dry throughly with paper towels and discard the brine. Put the turkey in a roaster and cover with olive oil and rub the herbs on the outside and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
    On Thanksgiving preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Scrape off the herbs and put into a roasting pan with a rack, Rub the outside of the turkey with a stick of butter to coat it entirely. Salt and pepper liberally.Stuff if desired, Tie the legs together, Put the turkey in the oven and immediately lower the oven to 325 degrees F
    In a large sauce pan melt the remaining butter (1 stick) remove from heat and let it cool. Put a quadruple layer of cheesecloth (about a square foot) into the pan and let it soak up the butter. In another sauce pan warm the chicken stock.
    After the turkey has cooked for about an hour and a half and the skin is turning golden brown, lay the butter soaked cheesecloth over the breast to keep it moist. Ladle a cup of the chicken stock over the breast. Continue to baste the turkey every hour with the warm stock. Roast for about three hours or until the a kitchen thermometer reads 175 degrees. Remove the turkey from the oven, discard the cloth and cover with foil and let it rest an hour before cutting.
    I'm also making cranberry pineapple relish, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole (I know, but I make it from scratch)and sage and cheddar bread pudding.
    And pumpkin pie. I you want any recipes let me know!
     
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    That sounds yummy! I'd like your green bean casserole recipe. I'm always up for tinkering with that recipe.
     
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    We're having dinner with friends. They supply the food and we supply the wine.
     
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    This is easy, steam your green beans until still crunchy about 10 minutes, make a white cream sauce, and mix in some cream cheese and mushrooms cut thin add the green beans and mix. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. Butter a baking dish and add the green bean mix and cover with slivered almonds and sauteed onions. Bake at 350 F until the onions are crispy and the sauce bubbles about 25 minutes.

    We usually cook and friends bring the wine, but this is most likely our last Thanksgiving in NY so we are spending it alone.
    I usually top the evening off with a Keoke coffee!
     
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    I like the two days off I get but Thanksgiving has never been my day. Odd enough, my partner and I make great food and my folks are visiting to see our little house we have been working on. For so long I was always at college or working or whatever and I think I got the mind-set that it wasn't my day so it wouldn't kill me so much when I was alone. LOL. But I do like the Fall and pumpkin pie is calling me. I also make lots of cookies etc for my fave eating place...I do this every holiday so they know I don't take them for granted.
     
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    I'm usually alone on turkey day as I have to work on Wed and usually Fri. This year I don't think I'll cook yummy things for myself. I make too much anyway. I'm gonna try and volunteer at a shelter or something like that. I'd rather be with other people anyway than making a way too big meal for just me just b/c I think I have to DO Thanksgiving. i usually just end up packaging the rest up and handing out to the homeless regulars in my hood anyway.
     
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