Question of the Day: Thanksgiving

This year is the second year I've ever made and entire Thanksgiving dinner to myself. It also is the first year I've made a turkey. I've slathered it with seasoning, injected it with marinade, and it's been stuffed with onions and bell peppers. It's sitting in my fridge waiting to be slid into the oven at 2 am Thursday morning.

What are you guys doing? Will you be cooking or letting someone else cook? If you're cooking is this your first time, or are you a Thanksgiving vet with the advice and wisdom to pass on?

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MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

This year I'm doing a cranberry cheesecake, the green bean casserole and the sweet potatoes. Making the cheesecake today and getting both other dishes to the brink of oven-ready, so I'll have almost nothing to do tomorrow. I'm excited, I love cooking! As a matter of fact, think I'll go start my day now instead of lolling around in bed on the internet so as to be closer to starting the process. Smile

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

turkey I'm making mac & cheese, green beans, candied yams, dressing (stuffing for your Northerners). I'm getting the dressing and mac & cheese oven ready tonight.

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Stuffing is made inside the bird. Dressing is made on its own.

As far as the original question, I'm letting my wife cook.

And by "letting", I mean she knows how to cook and frequently chases me from her kitchen.

Brined turkey, southern style green beans, sweet potato casserole, honey baked ham, and pumpkin cheesecake.

Then, it's off to work at 3am.

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

I am letting someone else do the "heavy" cooking - the turkey is being made by my mother-in-law. I have no desire, at 5 1/2 months pregnant, to be lifting a 20# turkey! Or, for that matter, bending over constantly to pull it out of the over for basting. Or dealing with raw meat - but that has nothing to do with being pregnant and more to do with "ACK! RAW MEAT!" I didn't know if my husband would have the whole day off until about 2 weeks ago, and so when my MIL volunteered, I jumped on it. Smile

I am making mashed potatoes (because I rock at them) and biscuits. My husband is making deviled eggs, because he rocks at THOSE and the family demands that he make them. My sister-in-law and her husband are bringing chocolate pie, pink salad, and a veggie tray. And my MIL/FIL are bringing turkey, ham w/pineapple, apple pie, cherry pie, raspberry pie (all homemade), and stuffing. Think we'll have enough food for 6 people? Smile

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

salad? And I loved deviled eggs! Please eat several for me Smile

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

Is a favorite of this family, apparently. I think it's cottage cheese, jello (for coloring and flavor) and fruit cocktail. I don't touch it! Tried it once and hated it. Smile I make an orange one that is the same stuff, except cool whip instead of cottage cheese. I don't eat the deviled eggs either, but I'll make sure someone devours some for you!

Katie's picture

Embodiment

When did you get pregnant? Well, 5.5 months ago obviously, but..How did I miss this???

squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
(I'm a little excited for you. Tad bit.)

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

I only mentioned it once. I haven't posted updates or ultrasounds or anything - I'm always cautious about doing that anywhere other than my blog (which I haven't even been very good about) or my facebook, where everyone is already forewarned. I DO have a baby website where I've been putting belly shots and ultrasounds - it's http://www.totsites.com/tot/wamsley if you want to check it out. Everyone is welcome to come keep track of me, leave a comment, etc!

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

I noticed. But that could just be because of all the FB posts...

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

Oh, goodie, a new little one!

Have you hired your doula yet? (-;

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

I will not be having a doula. I don't feel it necessary. I have an extremely supportive network of friends and family to help me. My husband is going to be there for the birth, in the room with me to help with the labor and delivery. My best friend will be out in the waiting room, in case I need her. She is also planning on coming over every morning for the first several weeks, or for as long as I need her to, to help me and the baby get into a routine. Smile She's been an absolute godsend to me so far, and I have no doubts that she will continue to be so.

erinnstreeter's picture

Devotee

I'm glad you're surrounded by so much support!

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

I'm not the only one! I was wondering myself but didn't want to ask in case everyone here knew about it. Didn't want to seem too oblivious LOL.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Char from Peacock King to be exact. We'll be having T-day with her and Irk and Char's kids and our kids and I don't know who-all she's got coming. We're bringing a big-ass ham and a couple kinds of cranberry sauce and ciders both grown-up and kidlet.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

I stopped eating pork when I was 13. A couple of years ago i started reincorporating it into my diet. Thanksgiving rolled around and mama made ham, I was beyond excited did a little dance and everything. Cut a small piece, popped it in my mouth, and immediately frowned. Alas...there shall be no ham here.

JeVoudraisCake's picture

Supplicant

We do not, of course, keep Thanksgiving over here. However, I did spend the day steaming puddings, baking a giant cake and making a lovely lentil soup. Coincedence is delicious!

Way too much brandy and rum in the puddin. They are knock-down, but wonderfully so. If I remember to keep the cake properly fed, it should be a treat come Christmas.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

was a bachelor he has nothing for me to bake in. I can't make any cakes...this disappoints me greatly.

Amy's picture

Supplicant

I have been prepping for days now, I've made home made cranberry jelly, and chunky apple sauce, & bread rolls that will be reheated a bit just before serving. There is a 20lb bird waiting to go in my oven at 1pm, to be served with home made mashed potato's & two kinds of gravy, (one with giblets in)
there will be corn on the cob, an herb butter, a garlic butter, & salad too. I'm the only one in my family who like either stuffing or dressing so I'm not gonna bother with it this year.

In my family I started a tradition, where everyone who is gonna sit down to feast with me will walk away with their own pie. No matter what your favorite kind of pie is, I will either make it or buy it, but you will get a whole pie. We may share slivers with others on T-Day but it goes home with you.

This year, I've made a mince pie for my mom, a dutch apple for my son, Cherry for myself, & pumpkin for my daughter in law.

Wait!! Pikachu42 ?? you are putting the bird in the oven at 2am?? How big is the bird? & what time are you planning on serving dinner?? General rule of thumb for a fully stuffed bird that is covered while cooking is about 25 min per pound basting every 45 min. in a 375 degree Fahrenheit and allowing to set & rest on the carving board tented with tin foil a full 25 min before carving to ensure tender juiciness while giving you time to brown the rolls & heat the gravy. & if you are cooking the bird in a bag you don't need to bother basting it.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

I cooked it in a 250 degree oven. We never eat Thanksgiving dinner....we always have Thanksgiving lunch. Also can I be apart of your family? I would love my own pie and I've never baked one. Guess I could start practicing for Christmas though.

Amy's picture

Supplicant

I cheat. I buy pre-made pie crusts, usually pillsbury, or pre-made phillo dough and use several layers of that both on the bottom & the top.

In my house, for Christmas I make a HUGE christmas cake 4 layers tall with alternating layers of white cake with lots of strawberries baked into the batter & devils food, coated in chocolate frosting, between each layer & on top & sides & decorated with fresh fruit.

That will complement the fancy dancy Other Turkey meal I make for Xmas dinner. (my mom is the only one who eats ham in my family) My son LOVES turkey so that's what we usually have at any holiday meal. He actually at 4 extra helpings of turkey mashed potato's & gravy, after he demolished his first plate of everything. Believe me it only takes one person who eats like that to make a cook feel real good about all that effort.

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

My sister and I bake pies for our local fire department at Thanksgiving.

I find that pies are one of those foods that are easy to do but take a bit of practice to do well. My tips - think of your crust like a biscuit dough: use cold, cold fat and only roll once (don't try to reuse the scrap from the edge - it gets tough if you overwork it).

Also, if you're going to make a significant number of pies, consider investing in a pastry cloth. They really do make it a lot easier to roll your crust.

IEGeth's picture

I wish that I was doing something more complex this year. My grandparents are treating us to dinner out, mainly because cooking is too much of a hassle at their age (90+)

Amy's picture

Supplicant

with people you love, that is what is what is most important. But maybe for X-mas you could volunteer to do all the cooking & get your grandmother to instruct you on her favorite ways of doing things. Great way to keep family recipes from being lost IMO.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

We had a really fun day hanging out with the Peacock King gals and their friends. Many kids, fire in fireplace, altogether too much food (TAMALES)...good times.

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