Plans for Thanksgiving?

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Plans for Thanksgiving?
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 11:24am


What will you be doing for Thanksgiving? Do you have plans set yet or not sure? Will you be cooking at home, going to relatives or to a restaurant? If you're cooking do you have a menu all worked out?

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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 11:58am
We're cooking here at home. My mom and MIL will come over, as well as one of MIL's friends, so we'll have 8 total.

I make the classics for DH, plus veggies he likes since he's not a big veggie eater. We'll have turkey, stuffing (dressing?), mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, asparagus and a few types of good bread and/or rolls. I make my great grandma's pineapple souffle because my MIL loves it (she's vegetarian, so I try to make something special for her). Someone is bringing sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. And we'll have pecan pie too.

Man I'm hungry!
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 1:25pm

I have been with family in the U.S. for Thanksgiving.

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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 3:16pm
I haven't any idea what we're doing if anything.

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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:07pm
Well it almost falls at the same time as DH's birthday so we will be having a party. What are you doing Kim?
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:22pm
I will be the invisible person hiding in your kitchen to taste test everything before it goes out. Sounds delish. For vegetarian you could do a spicy vodka cream sauce to go over the asparagus or on green beans. It's really easy can can make days before and just reheat.

Start by putting 1-2 teasp red pepper flakes in the cup of vodka and let it sit for an hour.

Simply boil the vodka mix for about 5 minutes to cook off the alcohol, cool slightly and stir in 6 Tblsp unsalted butter till melted. Then add 3 1/2 cups thickened/whipping cream and a 32oz can crushed tomatoes and their juice. Simmer 10-15 minutes till thickening. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup grated parmesan.
That is it, simple. Obvioiusly you can vary the amount of red pepper flakes. Great on green veggies or pasta. Shaved parmesan to garnish.

Hope you have a nice family day.
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:26pm
Well here it will be a totally different menu since the theme will be italian. So far have come up with a hot artichoke and spinach dip, baby carrots wrapped in prosciutto and baked, maybe Neil Perry's lasagna, bbq lamb cutlets, green beans and a tomato sauce (possibly the one I posted in this thread) and a white pean puree, oh and a salad. At least that is the plan for now.
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:27pm
Then at least you won't be cleaning up LOL. Wait and see what ends up happening. Hope it is fun.
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:29pm
Thanks Suzi - that sound delicious! I need to pick up some vodka (and hey, the extra vodka might make a full day of cooking w/ my MIL more bearable too). ha
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 5:59pm

I swore I wasn';t gonna cook - we have gone out for 2 years in a row - now dh doesn't want to spend the money and then I saw incredible deals at Walmart and bought most of the stuff

Just trying to find a 11lb turkey

Whats a good white wine to put in stuffin - I'm am not a wine drinker - I assume dry - its been so darn long.

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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 9:13pm
It is very flexible as far as quantities go and basil is great in it too. Of course you can always find a use for the extra vodka. LOL. Hmmmm I might have some tonight, although I know there is a bucket of frozen margarita mix in the freezer that I probably should use first. LOL Decisions, decisions! i think I will pass some your way! Cheers!
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