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Getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Mitzs, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. Mitzs
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    Lets see, have already made the banana pudding, baked one loaf of french bread. Not sure what went wrong there. Got 2 big pans of cornbread ready for the stuffing tommrow. Still need to cut up my celery and onions. Will do that today because it will be one less thing to do tommrow. Need to toast all the white bread. Still have a cake and devil eggs to make. Will do that tommrow though. It has been a busy with day with only one disaster so far. So looking good! :biggrin Oh and I got a 22 lb turkey! Woohoo party in my oven wed night! :cheers

    What everyone else making?
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    We dont have thanksgiving over here but I am looking forward to my Christmas dinner :p

    Sound like you have a feast planned 8)
     
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    yes family is coming in from out of state so we are cooking for about 20 adults and I think 10 kids. Joe sisterin law is making a big ham and sides dishes too. It is going to be great!
     
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    Your making me hungry now :)
     
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    We've been invited over to some friends' place for turkey day. Actually, it's being held at the "clubhouse" of their housing division since they're having a huge crowd. I'm not really looking forward to that part. I'd prefer a smaller dinner without a lot of people and noise. Guess I'll make the best of it and enjoy more private family time on Friday.
     
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    It'll just be myself, my best gal, and her mother again this year. With everyone grown and moved so far apart, it get's kind of quiet around here.

    "Black Friday" is upon us (the official start of the shopping season). We're just a few blocks from a major mall. The traffic here makes it almost impossible to get in and out until just after New Years. That part I could do without.

    If your curious, Wikipedia has a write-up on Thanksgiving.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving
     
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    I do know why you celebrate it, we should have something similar but then again we are not even allowed to celebrate St Georges day in case it offends someone of a different Nationality who lives here :blink
     
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    I can't speak for all americans, but I was raised that it was for the birth of our nation and how lucky our family was to here and not in a 3 world country. Just as the 4th of july respersent our freedom from all other countries.
     
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    A lot of people use it as a religous holiday. My sister's family mixes religion into the celebration. Here, we still just celebrate the harvest. Although the garden wasn't very cooperative this year. Could have been worse, I suppose.
     
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    Am going to West Virginia for the Thanksgiving holiday. See you next week! :)
     
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    Hmmm not sure about Turkey this year.... What with the Bird Flu etc. A few farms round here have had to kill thier stock of the old gobblers. Mind you i prefer chicken to Turkey but even that could be off the menu.

    Not sure what we're doing this year, I cooked for the last 2 and they were disasters. Last year the Turkey was fine, as was teh yorkie puds, but the veg was cold, the Trifle i did hadnt set properly and the bought xmas pud just fell to pieces when cooked. Thats why i don't normaly cook for 8!

    This year i'd like to go to my parents, so kids can see em. But they live in Wales, other side of the country, and my G/f will probably be working xmas eve (I've already booked that off as hols).

    Still, I'm gonna start stocking up on the beer supply now just in case!:twisted:
     
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    Yipppeeeeeeeeeee. My daughter comes home today for Thanksgiving. That's what I really like about holidays. Unfortunately, David is going to be in Iraq until late spring, though he did call the other night. He says it's turning "cold" there (about 50 degrees F at night). Just to add punctuation to his statement, it snowed here the next morning. :wink:
     
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    Mitzs, you're not having corn bread?

    When I use to live out there, I loved it at thanksgiving - using it to soak up the little bits of gravy around the plate :)

    (it's harder to make it over here, have to use semolina instead of cornmeal :( )

    -Ken
     
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    We don't have a thanksgivin here in the Netherlands. Xmas will be very nice thou.
     
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    Have a lovely time Mitzs - sounds like you're gonna have a big party at the dinner table too!!

    Sounds like you're a good cook!!

    Made a 3 tier choccie cake for my hubbies Birthday the other day (even had white chocolate butter icing in-between the milk choc sandwiches) and he loved it, so gonna be experimenting a bit more now !
     
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    My stuffing has cornbread in it wag I crumble it up in it, I use both white bread and cornbread in mine.
     
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    Boy that sounds really good lee! Trip glad your girl got to come home. Hope all that celebrate thanksgiving have a good and safe one!
     
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    Mind sending over your recipe? Unless it's a top secret family one, of course :)

    -ken
     
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  19. Mitzs
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    hmm, I can try but I don't measure anything. I go by taste, I've been making it so long.

    ok,

    2 whole bunches of celery
    4 to 5 onions
    1 13x9 pan of cornbread
    2 loafs of white bread.
    ground savry to taste
    Chicke broth
    salt to taste.
    2 to 3 eggs depending on size of eggs
    ok the only secrect that I have here is that you make your cornbread the day before and open the bread and leave open so it starts to stale from the air. You don't want it fresh it is to moist then.

    After the cornbread is cooled to enough to handle break it up into big chunks and leave it sit in the pan out in the open where it has good air flow. The same with the bread. Now to save time you can cut up your celery and onions the day before too it is up to you.

    You want to slice your celery and onions thin. No big chunks unless you like it this way. Melt one stick of butter in pan. Add some savory now. Just a couple of shakes into the butter and stir till desolved. Then add your veggies put some salt on them stir the butter though trying to coat all the veggies. Now there won't be enough butter for all wag, this is a big bunch of celery and onions. However, they will start putting off their own juices soon so do not worry about that. Then just cook till done. If you put a lid on it after about 15 minutes it will help them cook faster. You don't want to fry them on high:biggrin

    Now you can crumble your cornbread up. Take your bread, and rip it into pieces. Not real small though. Then take a pan, cover the bottom of the pan with your white bread pieces and you will now broil them. You have to stand there with them and stir them around as they brown. Or you can toast them then rip up which ever way you want to do. I've just found it eaiser and faster to do it the first way. When you have all your bread toasted you start layering it then in your mixing bowl or pan. Ihave a hugh pan to mix it all in. Cornbread, toasted bread your veggies and and savory sprinkle on top, add chicken broth to moisten. Then repeat. I do layer by layer because then you don't get clumps of stuff in just one area and it is evenly mixed. After everything is mixed and seasoned to taste then add your eggs and mix in well. Now remember eggs are going to add alot of mositure too so keep this in mind but then my stuff is quit moisten when I am done because I hate dried out stuffing after is has baked. After this first round you will have some Idea how it is done so just have fun and adjust the recipe to your taste. Sometimes I even add apples to it.

    Now wag this is going to make a lot of stuffing. I've done stuffed a 22lb bird and 2 cassorole dishes filled from it. Just cut your recipe in half if you don't need this much but we love stuffing and I find that it freezes well if there is any left over.

    Hope you enjoy it wag!

    Oh and I stick a whole stick of butter in its bum before I put the stuff in it too. :eek:
     
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    How are the little mutts doing? :D
     
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