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Old 11-15-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hello Everyone--This will be my first Thanksgiving in Austin. I'm planning our Thanksgiving meal and am wondering what y'all are fixing? Is there anything new I should try? (Buttermilk pie? Haven't had this before!)
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Our Thanksgiving meal will be pretty traditional, but I'm already thinking of making "Turkey and dumplings" with the left overs.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Creedmoor, TX
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Am "cheating" this year as my DH is on call during Thanksgiving week...
Menu consists of:
Turkey breast (smoked in BBQ smoker)
green bean casserole
garlic-herb mashed taters (made from SCRATCH)
canned cranberry jelly
homemade (well ... bread machine) rolls
gravy
pecan & pumpkin pies for dessert

Which is about 2/3 less than I normally cook!
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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If I was hosting an Austin Thanksgiving, I'd likely be picking up my turkey from one of the bbq restaurants around here or looking at a turducken from Stuffed Meat Market.

But I'm not (and I'm thankful not to be hosting it), but there are plenty of Southern specialties like cornbread dressing and sweet potato pone that always pop up on our menu.
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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Am "cheating" this year as my DH is on call during Thanksgiving week...
Menu consists of:
Turkey breast (smoked in BBQ smoker)
green bean casserole
garlic-herb mashed taters (made from SCRATCH)
canned cranberry jelly
homemade (well ... bread machine) rolls
gravy
pecan & pumpkin pies for dessert

Which is about 2/3 less than I normally cook!
I can sympathize with cutting back when you need to (I've done it before), but do you really want jellied cranberries? Making them from fresh is just about the easiest part of Thanksgiving, and you can do it days in advance, if you want. You can make them really good, too, with orange juice/peel and ginger. I know this is just my opinion, but that jellied stuff is just awful to me, compared with the real thing.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Ours is:
baked turkey, with dressing prepared separately
gravy
mashed potatoes (homemade, of course)
fresh cranberries
steamed fresh green beans with toasted almonds
corn pudding/souffle
sweet potato casserole with pecans on top (no marshmallows)
dinner rolls (the larger Sister Shubert's kind, or Rhodes)
pecan pie
pumpkin pie
maybe a cherry pie if I have time, or a Kentucky Derby pie (I don't like pecan or pumpkin pies)
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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We are not actually cooking this year, but if we were it would be:
turkey - baked
dressing (made in crockpot)
noodles - homemade, of course
fresh green beans with bacon
mashed potatoes
giblet gravy
sweet potato casserole (Sugary Sams recipe, with marshmallows/pecans)
apple salad
cranberry salad
jellied cranberry sauce
macaroni and cheese (homemade)
rolls - usually NOT homemade
pecan pie
pumpkin pie
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Oh yes, and waldorf salad. I forgot that one. Something crunchy to balance out the mashed potatoes, corn pudding, etc.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Creedmoor, TX
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I can sympathize with cutting back when you need to (I've done it before), but do you really want jellied cranberries? Making them from fresh is just about the easiest part of Thanksgiving, and you can do it days in advance, if you want. You can make them really good, too, with orange juice/peel and ginger. I know this is just my opinion, but that jellied stuff is just awful to me, compared with the real thing.
Not cutting back, just saving time. Since the hubby's on call for AFD & A-T EMS, I won't have his help in the kitchen. I do prefer fresh cranberry relish, but I'm the only one in my family who does! LOL!

Am going to have to do the same thing at Christmas as he's on call that week too ...
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Ours will be:
Deep fried turkeys (do it ourselves)
Turducken stuffed with Jambalaya from Stuffed on 620
Fried shrimp
DRESSING! (the best part!)
Green bean casserole
Sweet potato casserole
Corn casserole
Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole
Rolls
Various pies and cheesecakes for dessert

I don't think I need to eat a bite between now and next Thursday!
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