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Old 11-01-2018, 02:32 PM
 
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Our sons will be home from college...so it's game on!

Holidays at our place are all about great fun & great food.
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I have decided to roast a chicken and mash potatoes. I will make a special Waldorf salad and pumpkin pie because I am pleasing myself. The potatoes are to please DH. I have to decide on a green veggie yet.

So, Iím cooking, but not the normal Thanksgiving spread.
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:16 PM
 
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I love Thanksgiving and all that goes with it. It's different now though because we live on the other side of the country from family, but I think the kids would be in utter despair if I didn't put out the whole spread of edible goodness. I love recipes - reading them, writing them, thinking about them, but TDay is about the only day of the year I don't use any except to make sure I've got the correct ratios for dry brining the bird. My daughter is an ace at pies, so I think I may have passed off that duty


I was thinking it would be really quiet last year, but we found some folks who had no where to go and invited them to join us. I am really glad we did that.
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Old 11-02-2018, 02:35 AM
 
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I don’t think I’ll cook this year. I’ll probably get a Jenny-O turkey roast. My son likes Mac and cheese, so I’ll buy the frozen kind and pop that in the oven along with the roast.

If I do cook anything it’ll probably be oyster dressing. Maybe I’ll make a chili.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I'm rethinking this whole thing. Ina Garten's short ribs recipe in Parade over the weekend featured ROASTING the ribs in a high oven for 20 mins rather than browning them. Game changer!
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:38 PM
 
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No definite plans yet, but I'm pretty sure everyone will be coming here and I will be cooking. I don't mind. I really prefer Thanksgiving to Christmas because everyone gets together without the emphasis on gifts.
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:45 PM
 
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I'm rethinking this whole thing. Ina Garten's short ribs recipe in Parade over the weekend featured ROASTING the ribs in a high oven for 20 mins rather than browning them. Game changer!
dont laugh I cooked meaty chuck plate ribs in an air fryer fairly quickly and they came out great - I still like texture and not fall off the bone
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:51 PM
 
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ive spent years with big crowds and years where im cooking for one ..

I love to hear about the family gatherings.... unfortunately in many families these are about the few times families get together and when kids are involved you are giving them rich memories..

its funny, in this electronic age we can send photos videos exchange emails/texts. with family members ..but nothing replaces the gatherings....

how i'd love to go back in time 45 yrs ago and sit at the thanksgiving table ...and see so many that are no longer here.....
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Old 11-02-2018, 06:09 PM
 
Location: CA
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I've never cooked a Thanksgiving meal and I'm not about to start. My sister in law (who's never hosted, thought I'd get that out of the way) volunteered to have it at our house this year and I said, "Nope." I also told her that it would be fine, if she did the cooking. That was the last of that. Haha But now I'm thinking of inviting them for a restaurant meal and to hang out.
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Old 11-02-2018, 07:34 PM
 
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I love cooking for Thanksgivings. My kids will be home. However, I make my vegetables very plain, no fancy cooking. Let me focus on the bird, stuffing or dressing, and a ham. Plus I ordered pies from Marie Callender’s, so outsource one sort of problem.
Other than that I’ve always made everything from scratch.
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