Who's hosting Thanksgiving dinner?

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Who's hosting Thanksgiving dinner?
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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 12:44pm

We'll have 8 - 12 people here for Thanksgiving this year. While it's not difficult, it's definitely a LOT of work to feed and entertain that many people. I do find myself getting more organized and better at doing it each year.

Who else will be cooking Turkey Dinner?
How many people will you serve?
What will you be cooking?
How do you cook your bird?

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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 3:29pm
We wI'll be having Thanksgiving dinner for just the 5 of us Thanksgiving weekend, either Friday or Saturday, probably. When it is just us, DH likes to keep it simple -- the bird, potatoes & gravy, sweet potatoes (he really doesn't see the need for these, but I have 2 who would protest if we skipped them!), a veggie, rolls, stuffing & pie. The bird just gets rubbed down with seasoning & butter, stuffed & tossed in the oven.
We haven't had a big family Thanksgiving since my mom was no longer well enough to attend, I thought we might last year, since it was our first without her, but we didn't...


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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 5:02pm

Hi , Kellie, this year we'll have at least ten at Mom's house, My Oldest DB and his family won't be coming, they are in Boston for his job, my older DS is in a nursing home, we might go see her, my youngest niece said she won't be here, Mom's DB will be here as will my local DB and Oldest

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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 10:03pm
Well, I I'm free on Thanksgiving, maybe I'll stop on by, Brenda, what time do you guys eat? Homemade noodles, fudge & maybe roast beef? Yeah, that sounds delicious, I won't even complain that it is dressing, not stuffing...


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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 2:18pm
jaielyn wrote:
The bird just gets rubbed down with seasoning & butter, stuffed & tossed in the oven.
That's how I'm doing mine too. I tried brining it a year or two ago (the years and turkeys all run together, lol) and it was good, but just not worth the hassle, IMO.

We haven't had a big family Thanksgiving since my mom was no longer well enough to attend, I thought we might last year, since it was our first without her, but we didn't..
Aw, maybe next year. That has to be hard. :(
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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 2:21pm
Wow, sound like you have a nice size group Brenda. And quite the feast!

Growing up my family always did a turkey and a ham, but we just do turkey now. For Christmas we'll do both mostly because I love ham! We'll have leftovers for months.
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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 2:56pm
We do prime rib for Christmas. My dad decided many years ago, that having turkey two months in a row was too much bird at once, so he started doing prime rib instead, with no argument from any of us, I might add. When DH & I got married, he liked the prime rib idea, so the tradition continues. My dad did not cook much on a regular basis, but the holidays were his. I don't remember my mom ever doing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!! She would help out with a few sides, but that was all.


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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 3:32pm
I agree with your dad! After having turkey in November, I don't need it again so soon. (Nor do I want to make it again!) But that is DH's favorite meal ever, so I concede and make it. He is the one who started bringing home a ham too though, because he knows I'd rather have ham. He can be pretty sweet at time.
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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 3:53pm
  1. DH would have loved the Prime Rib idea too, actually the only meat he didn't like was venison.
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Registered: 10-01-2002
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 11:36am
You sure will have a nice Thanksgiving with 12..
I have a Family of 4 here
I will be cooking and enjoying every minute of it..
I will be cooking a turkey
I thaw it out rinse it and I bag the stuffing and put it inside the
turkey * yes I know one isn't suppose to but I have to go with
what I was brought up with.. stuffed bird

I will make mashed potato, gravy, bread stuffing,
sweet potato, butternut squash, corn, cabbage salad,
homemade rolls, cranberry relish * new one this with
pears and cranberries , and 2 pies
* I like lots of sides so supper will be sandwich and
whatever they like.

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Registered: 10-01-2002
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 11:37am
I to love vension but we eat that when we first get one..
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