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Old 10-29-2018, 11:46 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Originally Posted by OzzyRules View Post
If it were me I would compromise with something like pre-cooked roasted chicken, salsa, charro beans, rice, and some kind of cooked vegetable or else a salad. I never did like the traditional sides personally.
DH wants to buy a feast. It won't be very good, and it will be expensive.

I would actually roast a chicken though. But no stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish (although my cranberry relish is quite good) or if I could get away with it, mashed potatoes.

We'll see.

Actually my stuffing, and turkey are lovely. My pies are good. All my Thanksgiving food is very good, and I guess I don't want to accept pale imitations of it. But I am absolutely not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year.
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Old Yesterday, 01:33 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Professor Robert Jensen of the University of Texas at Austin said: “One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.”

I am not cooking, as I am going to be overseas at that time.
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Old Yesterday, 02:38 AM
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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To Professor Jensen...


For the past 5 years, I've been invited to a neighbor couple's house. They serve a somewhat traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It's traditional dishes but with a twist that makes them "Extra"! Fortunately, that Extra is usually very good. China, table centerpieces, place cards, the works.

They invite some of their family, a broad selection of mostly older people who don't have local family, and sometimes a few foreigners associated with the local university. They'll often talk about how they perceive American Thanksgiving from seeing it in American movies, versus actually living through one.

My fear is that they see Thanksgiving as the American Feast of Family Bickering.
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Old Yesterday, 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by foxyknoxy View Post
I think I might go to a restaurant or get a frozen turkey dinner.
I'll probably go to a restaurant this year. My father died in March. My mother and the rest of the family is not in the mood to cook this year. The holidays will be rough this year.
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Old Yesterday, 04:11 AM
Location: Gettysburg, PA
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I love to cook, but I don't think I'll have any time this year. Picking up lots of extra hours at work and hoping to work on Thanksgiving. We'll probably go over to our friend's house like we did the year before last; most likely my husband will end up bringing something from us.

In college when I had the time I would make a huge Thanksgiving dinner; it would be just for me (and my partner when we later met) however 'cause I didn't have any family around and I wouldn't go home for Thanksgiving. It was great. Wish I could do that again (and it would be just me and my husband since I really don't care for get-togethers; but he loves that stuff).
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Old Yesterday, 05:02 AM
Location: South Carolina
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no cooking just the two of us and it would be a waist to spend all that money on overpriced swill . I would rather just get a couple of pizzas and beer and or soda and watch movies for the day . I don't like leftovers being in the fridge for months afterwards . No family close by and friends have their family to go to so we stay home and watch movies .
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Old Yesterday, 05:27 AM
Location: Texas
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Not cooking this year. We're going out in a large group.

On the years that I host, I always order a prepared meal from a local restaurant, and then add a spiral sliced ham from Sam's and additional sides. There's a nearby BBQ place that does an amazing smoked turkey, so I let them handle the meat. It's still a lot of work for me, but without the stress of worrying about the star of the show, so to speak.

When it was just my husband and myself, we would usually just go out. The problem with going out.......no leftovers, and Thanksgiving leftovers are my favorite meal
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Old Yesterday, 05:29 AM
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I have never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner. Either I am invited or go to a restaurant or a delivery (from a restaurant).
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Old Yesterday, 05:35 AM
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Many of the posts in this thread put me in mind of that film "Avalon". Family goes from huge Thanksgiving dinners with entire clan to individual households eating dinners on fold out trays in front of the television. *LOL*

That being said can see where some of you are coming from; this year really am just not into the whole rush, rush, cook, cook, eat, eat, then travel back home thing.

Actually thought this year for first time in my life things weren't going to happen. Parents were supposed to go with a group of others to visit a younger family member in another part of the country who just had a baby. Mom was like "you won't mind, we'll have Christmas...". Then a sibling peeped up that Thanksgiving was for "family" and where was she going to go if everyone was away? So now it looks like we'll be on the road with the rest of America on Wednesday or Thursday morning.....

Quite honestly would have been happy to stay in my PJ's, have roast chicken and watch television. *LOL*
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Old Yesterday, 06:28 AM
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Probably a turkey breast smoked or grilled, dressing, cranberry sauce (just for me and it has to be the gruesome stuff in the can), gravy, salad, some desert. Regular dinner.
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