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Ahorsesoul

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Menu Deciding Today-Post your menu here please

So have you decided on a menu for Thanksgiving or does you menu remain the same. Mine remains the same most years. The past three have been out of sync since it seems my medical issue have always happened during this time of year. So we have had prime rib since that is what Dh will cook. One of my favorite so worked for me. But I am craving Turkey this year. My menu:

Turduckham-- Rolled together: deboned turkey with dressing, deboned chicken with dressing and some ham. Excellent
Mashed potatoes-- with some spinach added and sometimes a block of cream cheese
Ellen's Make-a-head Gravy-you make most of it and freeze it, then add the cream and a few ingredients when ready to reheat
Black Olives-buying them now
Cranberry Jelly--both canned and fresh
Sweet potatoes--usually baked both the regular ones and then at least one white one for my stepmom
Cinnamon butter--for the above potatoes
Green Beans or Asparagus
Pecan Pie-my favorite so we always have this
Pumpkin Pie-if I am in the mood to make a GF one
Apple Pie Lasagna-if I have a lot of energy or
Banoffe Pie--which is easier-bananas, caramel and whip cream in a graham cracker

My menu is set up for what is easiest for me to prepare. A few years ago I started cutting out anything that was time consuming and cut down on a lot of the extra serving items. No one has missed all the extra items.

The Turduckham can be mostly prepare ahead of time. Debone the turkey and chicken, lay them flat to freeze. Take them out the evening before to defrost in the Refrig and put it together Thanksgiving Day. Once you debone a turkey or chicken it doesn't take long. I then toss the bones into the crockpot or use the instant pot to make broth and then freeze it or make the gravy and freeze that.

Here is a Turduckham I made. No bones you just slice. You keep on the wings and legs.20171123_140331.jpg
 
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I have a notebook for the fall holidays that includes Rosh Hashannah and Halloween but I'm not sure I go as far as Thanksgiving. Since we usually go to DSIL I am limited in what I can make - I usually do pies.
 

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Diedra, thanks for the note about the electric knife! I need a new one and will start looking in August for one when small appliances often go on sale.
 

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So, I'm trying to wrap my head around what happened yesterday . . . I offered to host Thanksgiving for my entire extended family. That's me and my DD and DSIL, DM, DSis#2 and her 4 + spouses and kids, DSis#3 and her DH, DS, D(step)DIL and kids, and DSis#4 and her 2 kids. So, prob 32-35 in total, if everyone were to come.

  • DSIS#2 says her youngest is hosting and not sure if her in-laws are coming in or not.
  • DSis#3 (nurse), who worked ER for 2 1/2 years w/o any infection, just tested positive for Covid. Her response, "I don't know, My head hurts. I'm going back to bed." (Note: she left the ER last summer and now does pre-op scheduling in an office by herself, and her only contact was a quick trip into the Dollar store (masked, only patron in the store) and a masked appointment with an orthopedist. Go figure! She's been exceptionally diligent as she has an adult highly immunocompromised son who can't get boosted (rare genetic disorder).
  • DSis#4 says "I don't know what I'm doing on Sat., how am I supposed to know what I'm doing 4 months from now?"

So, right now, I don't know who is hosting or how to menu plan. I give up!
 

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So, I'm trying to wrap my head around what happened yesterday . . . I offered to host Thanksgiving for my entire extended family. That's me and my DD and DSIL, DM, DSis#2 and her 4 + spouses and kids, DSis#3 and her DH, DS, D(step)DIL and kids, and DSis#4 and her 2 kids. So, prob 32-35 in total, if everyone were to come.

  • DSIS#2 says her youngest is hosting and not sure if her in-laws are coming in or not.
  • DSis#3 (nurse), who worked ER for 2 1/2 years w/o any infection, just tested positive for Covid. Her response, "I don't know, My head hurts. I'm going back to bed." (Note: she left the ER last summer and now does pre-op scheduling in an office by herself, and her only contact was a quick trip into the Dollar store (masked, only patron in the store) and a masked appointment with an orthopedist. Go figure! She's been exceptionally diligent as she has an adult highly immunocompromised son who can't get boosted (rare genetic disorder).
  • DSis#4 says "I don't know what I'm doing on Sat., how am I supposed to know what I'm doing 4 months from now?"

So, right now, I don't know who is hosting or how to menu plan. I give up!
Lori, Maybe plan a short vacation over Thanksgiving.
 

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We serve the same thing each year Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and sweet potatoes. Pumpkin pie is dessert. If we have guests, they bring a side dish or dessert of their choice.

I don't have a dedicated binder for Thanksgiving but I have one for all holidays. I will have to revamp the binder once I finish with classes.
 

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I'd love to find a historic inn for Thanksgiving. Vic and I were in the Grand Canyon a few years ago and had Thanksgiving at the El Tovar Hotel, a Historic National Park Lodge. It was wonderful. It seems like places that offer Thanksgiving in a charming setting are hard to find. They were all over when we lived in the UK, maybe I'd find more on the East Coast, especially New England. Has anyone ever done anything like this?
 

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I'd love to find a historic inn for Thanksgiving. Vic and I were in the Grand Canyon a few years ago and had Thanksgiving at the El Tovar Hotel, a Historic National Park Lodge. It was wonderful. It seems like places that offer Thanksgiving in a charming setting are hard to find. They were all over when we lived in the UK, maybe I'd find more on the East Coast, especially New England. Has anyone ever done anything like this?
That sounds so Lovely. Fine dinning is very hard to find now.
 
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They were all over when we lived in the UK, maybe I'd find more on the East Coast, especially New England. Has anyone ever done anything like this?
I haven’t lived in the Northeast for about 8 years, so I’m sure somethings have changed, but try searching in Quichee and Woodstock Vermont, there were some lovely little inns in those two towns and all along the Connecticut River Valley on both sides Vermont and New Hampshire.
 

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We do not celebrate Thanksgiving but I do love looking at all the plans and ideas.
 

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One year, our new flooring got postponed to the week of Thanksgiving ... so ... we went to Cracker Barrel! Easiest stress free Thanksgiving dinner EVER! LOL
 

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Will be just the 2 of us again. I’m planning to order dinner from the same restaurant I did last year. It was perfect for us and except for the pumpkin pie it was excellent. We are pumpkin pie snobs so we figured we wouldn’t care for the pie. So I will make a pie for us and it will be a perfect dinner.