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    Whatcha having for Thanksgiving - 2017

    It's the beginning of November and time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Looks like it will be just the wife and myself again this year, but that doesn't stop me from fixing up the whole deal. Seems like we have fallen in to a rut, same ole menu year after year.

    I'm going to share what our menu will most likely be this year, and hopefully with input from others' menus I may switch things up a bit.

    Here goes:

    Smoked Turkey breast, haven't decided on this years brine whether to go citrus or maple
    Roasted Turkey (small), mainly for the dark meat for the dogs but also for gravy stock and giblets
    Mashed potatoes
    Gravy w/ giblets
    Stuffing with pecans and cranberries
    Candied Yams with marshmallows
    Green bean surprise
    Corn
    Acorn squash (for me, she don't like it)
    Cranberry sauce (for her, I don't like it)
    Rolls
    Apple Pie w/ whipped topping

    This will end up giving us 4-5 days worth of meals. You know the drill; Thanksgiving (Thurs), Thanksgiving the sequel (Friday), Turkey and gravy over toast (Sat), Turkey salad tortilla bowls (Sun).

    Any ideas or favorites for a Turkey brine?? Willing to try something new this year.
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    The plan is to have over close friends who's families are across the country, just as we do each Thanksgiving. Then the menu will be;

    Turkey
    Dressing with a crispy top finished in the oven
    Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Butter
    Macaroni Moose (An EXCELLENT Dish from my grandmothers recipe)
    Corn
    Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
    Home made Rolls
    Home made wheat bread
    Pumpkin Pie

    The Macaroni Moose is a layered dish baked in a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish in the oven. It has cooked macaroni, cream of mushroom soup, pimentos, sliced mushrooms, 3 types cheeses, torn up bread pieces and probably some other stuff I am forgetting. You mix the ingredients (leaving out the cream of mushroom soup) in a bowl and then you put a layer in the pyrex baking dish, layer shredded cheeses across the top, another layer of the ingredients and then another layer of cheese and then a can of cream of mushroom soup spread over the top sprinkled with more shredded cheese and then baked in the oven. I will have to take some pictures of it this year for this site. It's a great holiday dish.

    I posted the actual recipe last Thanksgiving somewhere on GTT.....

    Mrs. Bear does all of the cooking and she wants to do it by herself.
    I will bake the pies, bread and rolls since I have a little experience in the this area.....

    Then consume, clean up and fall asleep on the couch watching anything BUT the New Felon League.........
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    Our plans are up in the air. We will either be close by or far away, not sure at this point. The menu will be the same no matter:

    Over roasted turkey
    Stuffing.....pretty fussy about the stuffing....Pepperidge Farm Blue bag, fried bacon, hard boiled eggs, chicken broth, celery and onion
    Gravy
    Corn and peas
    Butternut Squash
    Corn Bread Pudding
    Jellied Cranberry Sauce
    Baked potatoes
    All pretty standard stuff, but truly my favorite meal of the year.

    Dessert will be:
    Pumpkin Pie
    Apple Pie
    Mixed Berry Pie
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonyPark View Post
    ...Stuffing.....pretty fussy about the stuffing....Pepperidge Farm Blue bag, fried bacon, hard boiled eggs, chicken broth, celery and onion...
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    May have to try and sneak in some bacon in the stuffing this year.
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    Fry up the bacon. Then use the drippings to cook the celery and onion. Then add the finely diced hard boiled eggs and bacon. Last, add the stuffing and stir adding chicken broth until it gets to a not too dry/not too moist consistency. Good stuff
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    Growing up we always had Hogmaw for thanksgiving. My grandmother always made it. I miss it.

    This year it will be at the wife’s parents most likely.

    Turkey
    Ham
    Corn
    Mashed potatoes
    Sweet potatoes
    Green beans
    Cranberry sauce or relish
    Ham gravy
    Turkey gravy
    Stuffing
    Rolls

    Homemade pumpkin pie
    And some sort of cake.

    We won’t be going hungry. :no:


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    I almost hate to say what we do for Thanksgiving;

    We are alone, never had kids and no family; they are all dead now so we don't do much anymore. Last year the wife did the turkey, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce with no friggin seeds, stuffing, and ginger cake with whipped cream, wife had a few white russians and I had a couple Glenlivets, she even set the real table (which is our catch all for keys, eye glasses etc.) instead of eating in front of the TV. The year before a homemade pizza! Yup that's right PIZZA and beer... Like I said we are alone so we don't do the normal Thanksgiving routine. The year before that we had Prime rib and sliced potatoes on the grill. Drinks are always involved and she makes a great margarita.. After that we head to the Legion like all our kid-less or elderly friends do for the rest of the day.. Maybe watch a game on the tube.. Great camaraderie, That's it. and I'm not a communist!
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    Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite days. After our son and DIL purchased a large home on four acres in Kansas, the mantel of hosting Thanksgiving moved from our place to theirs. Given my wife and I are more “Minnesotan” and our DIL is from Arkansas, this resulted in several points of culinary cultural shock, including grits, cornbread and fried turkey instead of the usual fare! (no hate mail…I love grits, cornbread and fried turkey, just not for thanksgiving). Worse yet, no leftovers!

    Therefore we started a new tradition of having “second thanksgiving” on Saturday. This year’s menu includes:
    Turkey
    Mashed Yukon potatoes
    Turkey gravy
    Cranberries
    Asparagus spears with bacon
    Homemade yeast rolls
    Black Walnut pie
    Sparkling Cider

    The next day we’ll enjoy German Potato Pancakes while feasting on the leftovers.
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    Ok so maybe my family is a little weird. We all got tired of the usual thanksgiving dinner menu. So a couple of years ago my wife asked the kids what they wanted (our son is 30 and our daughter is 21) their answer was mexican. So we started a new tradition. We have a taco bar setup, enchiladas, burritos and chips, dip and salsa. Now it seems that everyone looks forward to thanksgiving dinner. Go figure.
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