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11-24-2011, 09:09 PM
This is the first Thanksgiving in a long time that we have not gone somewhere, so it was up to me to make the traditional dinner.
This is what I came up with (for me, wifey, and kid):

Large broiler/fryer chicken (disguised as a small turkey. I am the only one who eats this kind of meat)
Mashed potatoes (butter and milk only added per the wife's request)
Mac and cheese (kids request)
Stove top brand stuffing (out of the bird, wife's request)
Spartan stuffing with my additions (celery, onion, apple) stuffed in bird.
Chicken gravy (giblets, corn starch paste, drippings from bird)
Cranberry sauce
Apple pie (home made from the tree out back)

Anyone have their own traditional foods?
Recipies for mine available on request :)
The gravy was quite nice this year.

11-24-2011, 10:05 PM
well nana made a whole turkey for 4 people and this year she made jello salad i could eat!
im allergic to pineapple this is the first year in about 24 theres been jello salad i could eat since she usually forgets or doesn't read the fruit cans!

and we had steamed asparagus and whole lots of the usual
it meimei was here there would have been home made stuffing/dressing, but we never stuff it in the bird.

11-24-2011, 10:10 PM
It's just me, I managed to find 6 bucks...

I'm having pizza rolls.

But if this was with Mom we would be having roasted chicken, corn bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a small can of cranberry sauce for me.

11-24-2011, 11:11 PM
We had

Made by Mom:

Mashed Potatoes

Made by Oldest Daughter:

Scalloped Potatoes
Mac and Cheese
Oreo Pie

Made by Little Bits:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Made by Me:

Sweet Potatoes
Backed Beans
Pumpkin Pies
Banana Split Pie

11-24-2011, 11:31 PM
We had....

I think I gained a few pounds reading that. Damn that sounds so yummy.

11-24-2011, 11:44 PM
This was a small dinner this time. If the rest of the family would have been there, the list would have been a lot longer.

I only had:

Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Baked Beans
Pumpkin Pie

Luna Baby
11-25-2011, 12:54 AM
We always have a "traditional" dinner at my grandparents and then I cook another traditional dinner for my hubby's family.

Today we had:

Guinea fowl (instead of turkey or regular chicken) and it was awesome!
Gma's dressing
Mom's hashbrown casserole
Mom's greenbean casserole
Gma's corn, off the cob
Gma's baked sweet potatoes
my mashed potatoes
my cole slaw
and my pumpkin pie dip/graham crackers
Gma's famously awesome homemade pumpkin pie
Aunt's chocolate/rum cake

Saturday, I'll do most all of this myself......

11-25-2011, 01:23 AM
We had...

A 16-lb roast turkey
Homemade mashed potatoes
Macaroni and cheese
Candied sweet potatoes
Cranberry sauce
Crescent rolls
Homemade pumpkin pie
Homemade apple crisp
Homemade gingerbread whose ingredients included homemade apple sauce and made-from-scratch molasses

Why is this a big deal? My mom cooked all of this, and my mother is blind. I was very proud of my mom today.

11-25-2011, 01:31 AM
There was

yeast rolls
13 lb turkey
10lb ham
mashed potatoes
cranberry jelly
cranberry relish
green bean casserole

Then yesterday I made:

1 pecan pie
2 pumpkin pies
3 maraschino cherry cheesecakes.

11-25-2011, 05:18 AM
We had:

Deviled Eggs
Black and Green Olives & Small Dill Pickles
Celery with Cheese
Carrots and Ranch Dressing

19.63 lb Oven Roasted Turkey
Honey Ham
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Dressing
Turkey Gravy
Green Bean Casserole
Lima Beans
Canned, Jelled Cranberry Sauce

Egg Custard Pie
Coconut Custard Pie
Red Velvet Cake
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie

11-25-2011, 05:45 AM
My mom's Thanksgiving always, ALWAYS included (and still includes...this was their exact menu today) the following:

Mashed Potatoes
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Buttered Corn
Fruit Salad
Pies, usually Apple and Pumpkin and possibly others depending on how many people were coming

All 100% homemade except for the rolls. She would usually get those either from a bakery, or use frozen rolls (which are actually really good...I can't make homemade yeast rolls as well as the frozen kind I get.)

I do largely the same base meals with a few tweaks. This year, I made:

Chicken (since there were only 4 of us)
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Pecan Pie (my husband's favorite) and Pumpkin Cream Pie (a compromise -- he's not crazy about pumpkin so I tried something new.)

I leave out the corn since it's just an extra step and I don't think it's necessary. And I tried cranberry sauce for the first time this year, usually I make applesauce like my mom.

We never, ever do green bean casserole. I dunno why, it was just never on my mom's Thanksgiving menu so it never got onto mine. Plus, my husband hates green beans. And when I tried it once when we were visiting his family, I wasn't really crazy about it, either.

11-25-2011, 10:30 PM
The hubs and I cooked for my parents and grandmother and my sister and her boyfriend and their kids.

We made:

Brined & roasted turkey with stuffing
mashed potatoes
2 kinds of mashed sweet potatoes (chipotle and cinnamon-sugar)
roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon
roasted heirloom carrots with butter and thyme
creamed corn
blueberry jello salad
homemade cranberry sauce
butternut and acorn squash soup with gruyere croutons
apple pie
pecan pie
sweet potato pie
bread pudding

my sister contributed green bean casserole and my mom made coleslaw.

11-26-2011, 01:38 PM
Why is this a big deal? My mom cooked all of this, and my mother is blind. I was very proud of my mom today.

Wow. Freakin' WOW. :eek:

You can tell your mom that there is at least one home cook that is impressed and inspired by her. I mean, that would be hard enough to do by one's self WITH vision. Without it?

I repeat my earlier statement: WOW. :worship:

11-26-2011, 02:17 PM
I had my mom, brother, and uncle up for Thanksgiving. They just left moments ago to make the 9 hour drive back home. So, there were 5 of us including my husband. I made:

19 lb turkey, fabricated, brined, seared, then roasted
mashed potatoes
gravy (drippings, stock made from the turkey frame after I fabricated it)
corn bread dressing (starting with corn that I ground into cornmeal)
sweet potatoes (the kind with pecans in it and marshmallows on top)
rolls from scratch
fresh cranberry sauce
roasted broccoli

pumpkin pie (from the fresh whole pumpkin)
fresh whipped cream

I am swimming in leftovers.

11-26-2011, 02:49 PM
If anyone wants to get rid of their leftovers, I'd take them... :whistle:

Mine wasn't...precisely traditional since it was in a takeout box from Perkin's, but it was turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans with bacon, and pumpkin pie. :)

11-26-2011, 03:39 PM
Wow. Freakin' WOW. :eek:

You can tell your mom that there is at least one home cook that is impressed and inspired by her. I mean, that would be hard enough to do by one's self WITH vision. Without it?

I repeat my earlier statement: WOW. :worship:

Her vision has been getting steadily worse ever since she was diagnosed with diabetes years ago. By now it's to the point that she can see light and recognize where objects are, but that's about it.

My brother offered to cook this year but mom refused, saying that this is her gift to the family. She had me come over to help, and by help, she meant getting the turkey roaster down off a high shelf, build a fire in the fireplace, and stir the gravy. She did all the rest herself. She's awesome.

11-26-2011, 06:37 PM
Thanksgiving just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the following:

2 Turkeys (1 smoked and 1 roasted)
All the usual fixins
My mom's rolls (my grandmother's recipe that only my mother was able to copy)
My mom's chocolate chip cookies
Pies galore (pumkin, pecan, lemon meringue, chocolate meringue, custard)

And the most important thing for all our family get together's: Aunt Bonnie's Green Stuff. Growing up, my cousins and I had no idea what it was, but it was amazing. My aunt has been making it for as long as I can remember. We were nearly grown up when we finally asked what it was, it's a 4 layer desert with a crust, a layer of cream cheese, a layer of pistachio pudding, and a layer of whipped cream then topped with nuts. To this day, however, it is and will forever be, the Green Stuff :D

11-28-2011, 02:21 PM
Mine was pretty simple since it was just me and the SO. We had roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots and biscuits. He's not real big into sweets so he had some peaches for dessert and I had one of those mini banquet frozen pies. Hey, they're cheap and if I bought a whole pie for myself I'd eat it.

We still have quite a bit of left over turkey. Fortunately, I inherited my dad's ability to make just about anything stretch so I can do quite a bit more than just the usual turkey sandwiches.

11-28-2011, 05:42 PM
Dinner was at my aunt and uncle's house this year, so my aunt made most of it. This is what we had:

Made by my aunt:
Stuffing in turkey
Gravy (from a jar)
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potato casserole
Green beans (cooked in olive oil, herbs, bacon pieces, and tiny shallots)
Dinner rolls

Made by my grandma:
Corn pudding

Made by my mom:
Jell-O pistachio fluff

Made by me:
Trifle (layer of angel food cake, layer of mixture of Jell-O vanilla pudding/milk/cream cheese/milk/Cool Whip, layer of pineapple and raspberries, repeat layers once)

Made by my uncle's mom or aunt:
Sweet potato pie
Pecan pie
Pumpkin cookies (actually made by uncle's aunt's neighbor, but brought by her)

We also had salad, shrimp cocktail, and a relish tray (sweet pickles, dill pickles, and olives). I think that's about it.