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Friday, November 17, 2017

Some people are "traditionalists", some people enjoy regional fare, some stick with family/ethnic favorites, and others are expanding the spectrum of Thanksgiving dinner. What are you making?

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Full disclosure: I'm a traditionalist for the most part. Spatchcocked turkey over a bed of aromatics and root vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing, giblet gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. We've tried ham in past, but it just didn't feel like Thanksgiving when we did.

Oh, and for the pre-dinner snackers: green pepper jelly poured over cream cheese and served with Triscuits; celery sticks with peanut butter and/or squeeze cheese.

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-17 10:43 AM | Reply

The dinner part sounds fine, but for goodness sake, find a good italian deli, get some good cheeses and cured meats, a few different kinds of olives and a good loaf of crusty bread and put out a small antipasto for horderves. Your pre-dinner list sounds like my lunch from elementary school. 8^)

#2 | Posted by schmanch at 2017-11-17 12:12 PM | Reply

We're going with a traditional red curry rice and minced lamb skewers.

Horderves will consist of a spicy tuna roll, rice crispy treats, and a nunchuck demonstration.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-17 12:45 PM | Reply

Yall know I'm a traditionalist.

Baked Turkey, baked Mac and Cheese, Turnip Greens, maybe some pinto's with a ham hock and salad, Strawberry cake, sweet potato pie.

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2017-11-17 01:14 PM | Reply

I'm going to the deli for fried chicken and mashed taters and a pie or 2

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-17 01:18 PM | Reply

I made Mango Cream Ale. 5% abv, 16 ibu. 80% 6 row, 20% flaked corn, wlp 029 yeast. fermented @ 67 for 14 days. fruited with 3 pounds of mango puree in primary fermentation. 5 gallon batch, carbed to 2.8 vols.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-17 05:40 PM | Reply

I'll deep fry one turkey, and spatchcock another and smoke it half a day or so. Sides aren't on me.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-17 05:41 PM | Reply

We are very much traditionalists. We alternate sides of the family. Last year, my mom took Thanksgiving kind of last minute because my aunt died in October and she was overwhelmed. Whilst I already smoked a turkey to complement her oven-roasted bird, I ended up taking over the rest of the food prep with my wife and brother helping out. This year, it's a smaller group with my wife's side of the family and my mother in law is a competent cook. I'll be doing a rotisserie turkey on her weber charcoal kettle grill that we got her for Mother's Day 2 years ago (she has yet to use it herself as she loves her Weber Genesis gas grill). I'll probably throw in my own version of stuffing to augment hers as well.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-17 10:25 PM | Reply

This year it's whatever the in laws throw at us. Have to work till late Wednesday then travel half a day on thanksgiving day.

Cheers everyone. Have a safe and happy holiday.

#9 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-11-18 07:02 AM | Reply

My only relatives are my brother and sister, but at least we live in the same city. My brothers girlfriend really, really loves to cook (and she is really, really good at it), so we all congregate at his place. She makes something she calls "three hour gravy" - thats how it takes to reduce the gravy to perfection.

Her cooking is to die for for.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 07:52 AM | Reply

We are traditionalist but vegetarian. So all the sides green beans, honey glazed carrots, cornbread stuffing, mashed taters, scalloped taters, cranberry sauce both canned and homemade, cornbread and biscuits.

For hors d'oeuvres deviled eggs, pickles sweet and dill, olives, cheese tray.

If I have my way a Dr. Who marathon but I will accept a Stranger Things marathon instead. If anyone says the words "parade", "football", "I want", or "shop" gets ritually beaten and cut with a foam baseball bat and foam sword.

#11 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-11-18 08:09 AM | Reply

How is a deviled egg vegetarian?

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-18 09:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

We aren't vegans just vegetarians.

#13 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-11-18 08:34 PM | Reply

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