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    Chef #2068562
    Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:57 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks for this post icon_smile.gif
    Mama Cee Jay
    Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:05 am Groupie
    I finally put together a menu for this year: Thanksgiving 2011

    The actual meal may vary since it is only three of us this year. We may cook more or we may cook less. But we will have a nice quiet day together.
    Chef #1040363
    Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:46 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My menu has to include a favorite of each family member.
    Turkey,Dressing,Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Homemade Noodles (a whole chicken for the broth)Rutabagas,Corn Cakes (like the New England Clam Cakes at Rocky Point)Sweet & Sour Brussel Sprouts, La Suer Peas, Eggplant Parmagiana (for my Italian Son-in-Law),Mashed Carrots, Cucumbers & Onions, Cranberry Sauce. I also serve Homemade Blueberry, Cherry & Pumpkin Pies. Hope everyone has a Blessed Thanksgiving........
    Saxxy Cat
    Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Fried Turkey
    Turkey Breast
    Mashed Potatoes
    String bean Casserole
    Brussell Sprouts with bacon
    Spiral Ham
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Mac n Cheese
    Deviled Eggs
    Homemade yeast rolls
    Homemade cranberry sauce
    Spiced apples and peaches
    Pumpkin cheesecake
    Ice Cream Birthday cake (my daughter's birthday) shaped like a turkey from Baskin Robbins
    Mama Cee Jay
    Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:37 pm Groupie
    It is fun to see everyone's menus! Can't wait for Turkey Day! icon_biggrin.gif
    Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:20 pm Groupie
    wild turkey--brined and wrapped in bacon
    mashed potatoes
    stuffing & gravy
    wild raspberry pie and apple pie
    homemade rolls
    sweet potato casserole
    broccoli or green beans
    broken glass jello bundt:

    Whatever my mom brings...hopefully it's homemade. (Number one rule for holidays!!)

    Ann Marie F
    Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:20 pm Groupie
    The gentleman friend is cooking at his house for just the two of us. We don't eat much and he has some dietary restrictions from gout, high blood pressure (so low sodium), and he's pre-diabetic, so we'll be happy with a simple menu. I see menus with many many many items, all of which look delicious, but I wonder how people can eat so much without bursting at the seams! icon_lol.gif

    We're roasting an organic free-range chicken (no added water, salt, anti-biotics or hormones)
    Brownberry sage & onion stuffing - not the healthiest, but it's just once a year and we like it
    Green salad - maybe, maybe not
    Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
    Baked potatoes - easier than mashed, and we don't need the butter & cream
    Gravy made from the recipe on the container of Wondra Flour
    Maybe Simply Delicious Sweet Potato Casserole, maybe not - he hates sweet potatoes but he wants to make it because I like it and he wants to please me. (I said he was a gentleman. icon_biggrin.gif )

    UPDATE: Yesterday two people invited themselves, then wanted us to change it to Noon instead of later in the afternoon as we wanted. Noon is out but we moved it up to 3:30. We had a 3 pound chicken for the 2 of us so I had to go out and buy a bunch more food. The gentleman is much more gracious and welcoming than I am.
    Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:02 am
    Forum Host
    Smith & Wesson (while playing games and chatting)

    Shrimp Cocktails
    vegetable platter with Ranch dip
    Salmon Dip with assorted crackers

    The main feast
    Roast Turkey (with my BFF's recipe for apricot baste)
    Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Turkey Pan Gravy
    Cranberry Relish
    Fruit Salad
    Candied Yams (standard recipe from Libby's canned yams)
    Steamed white corn
    Butterhorn Dinner rolls

    Two-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Pumpkin Pie - I use the recipe from Libby's canned Pumpkin
    Pecan Pie - if someone brings it
    Mince Meat Pie - sometimes, anyway

    The following days (to use leftovers)
    Turkey Stew
    Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels
    turkey casserole (I have several, make whichever I'm in the mood for)
    turkey sandwiches

    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif And....I found a new recipe on the Kraft website this year that uses leftover turkey meat and stuffing. I haven't made it yet, but I'm excited about trying it this year. It's Turkey and Stuffing Cakes.
    Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:33 am
    Forum Host
    We are guests at a family member's home, so I have it easy. I am bringing Smoked Salmon Picnic Spread, and just realized I forgot to check whether the chives are still around - I'll use a little chopped scallion if they are not.

    We always get a nice platter of food to bring home, so I am hoping to try Turkey Croquettes
    Chef #1321835
    Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:43 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I just read your menu. I had to smile when I ssaw chocolate pie on your menu. This is a must pie for us every year. There arn't many of us, most people are all about pumpkin and I have a yankee son-in-law who rrequires raisin pie. My sister and I make a chocolate pie for every female around the table. Enjoyed your menu,,,know your Christmas menu will be yummy too.
    Roxygirl in Colorado
    Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:46 am Groupie
    Yes I would! What a great idea- How did your dinner turn out?
    Chef #2454379
    Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:33 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Our menu includes:

    Baked Turkey
    Cranberry Stuffing
    Mashed Potatos
    Sweet Potato and Apple casserole
    Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:02 pm Groupie
    We always have turducken sent from somewhere in New Orleans, a dressing or two, mashed potatoes, gravy, green peas with pearl onions, cranberry sauce and both pecan and pumpkin pie. My husband buys the side dishes and pies from our local grocery store. Then he finds out which members of our apartment complex have no family or friends to go visit. Then he makes them a plate. After he and I eat our dinner, he takes them a piece of pie. Since he works Thanksgiving, anyway, we feel this is a nice thing for him to do.

    He works in the complex as an assistant to the complex manager. He works all holidays, weekends, nights and other days the complex manager isn't here. He handles alarms, unlocks doors, etc.
    Cook In Southwest
    Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:29 am Groupie
    It's just hubby and I - kids are very far away - so the meal will be scaled down a bit from most.

    appetizer: spanikopita
    soup: creamy seafood soup
    salad: tossed green with mandarin orange, avocado, & pecans + citric dressing
    meat: crock pot turkey breast
    starch: crock pot dressing & garlic mashed potatoes
    add-ons: turkey gravy (from a jar) cranberry sauce (made from fresh cranberries last year, now in the freezer)
    vegetable: oven baked mix of rudabaga, celery, red bell pepper, carrot, garlic, onion, mushroom with condensed cheese soup and crushed potato chips sprinkled on top
    dessert: lemon tart with blackberry sauce and vanilla ice cream (I may add a second dessert if I have the energy at the time.)
    beverages: cocktails, white or rose wine, coffee, port (we'll be drunk by the end of the meal)

    Last year, I made my standard dressing from scratch, put it in a greased crock pot and topped it with a turkey leg. I couldn't tell that it had not been baked in a big bird. Will be doing that again for sure! The leg gave us some dark meat and really made the dressing taste like it had been baked inside the big turkey suitable only for a crowd.

    (This menu does require 2 crock pots - one for the turkey breast and one for the dressing.)

    Last edited by Cook In Southwest on Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:50 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Silent Whispers
    Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:59 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I ordered a prepared Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago, and was happy I did.Just heat and eat. I work on Thanksgiving day every year and have opted since to have the holiday dinner on the saturday after Thanksgiving, because I do love to cook it myself. But the year I bought it.. I slept until 11 am! And we had our dinner about 2 or 3 pm. My dinner cost about 70 $ and I did not have it delivered.
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