Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving
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Thu, 11-17-2011 - 1:02pm

So what's Jewish about Thanksgiving? What isn't? As with many of our Jewish holiday celebrations, we will be surrounded by food, family and friends, traditions from our childhood, and memories we are creating for our children.

Janet


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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 9:23am
My kids will be home tonight! Yay! I'll be making a small dinner - just the 4 of us, plus one of my brothers and my father. My other brother and his family may come to visit another time over the weekend. I'm trying a new acorn squash recipe, and may do something new with green beans. I'm making turkey breast (kosher turkeys are such a PAIN to clean, and most in the family prefer white meat anyway) and my mother's stuffing recipe. I've never actually made stuffing before, because I only hosted Tgiving once before and my sil brought the stuffing! I'll let you know how it goes ;-) My husband and daughter will make pumpkin pie. We'll be buying the apple ;-) Do you have plans?

Janet


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Sat, 11-26-2011 - 9:34pm
Hi, Janet, how did it go?

Sarah and her fiance Chris had plans to go to his grandmothers' for dinner, so they came down for breakfast!

For dinner, we had Dani, my parents, my sister, and dh's late brother's wife. I had a small turkey (not kosher), and I made butternut squash soup, Brussels sprouts, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, and stuffing. I use a Stove-Top copycat version, but I tweaked it to be more like Boston Market, I added tiny-diced carrots to it. Then Dani and dh made us an apple pie, a pecan pie, leaf-shaped frosted cookies, and cranberry squares. We didn't have pumpkin. Actually, the pecan pie was store-bought, Dani brought it home from where she works ;). I tried out baking in a silicone pan I'd never used before. I have a silicone loaf pan I use for meatloaf, but never baked in one before - I liked it. It was easy to do and cleaned up easy too.

How did your recipes work out?

Oh, and the best part of my whole day? Having Rachel on Skype with us through brunch and dinner from Israel! That was WAY cool!

In peace,
Max       

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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 3:16pm
Rachel on Skype with you IS way cool!!
I used Weight Watchers recipes for green beans with panko bread crumbs, and another one for apple acorn squash. They were both yummy! The stuffing came out great! The whole meal was suprisingly delish considering how infrequently I make a meal like that totally from scratch. I even made the cranberry sauce! We had a rerun meal with my other brother and his family, along with my visiting brother and my father and the kids, on Friday. With the leftovers today, I made a WW recipe for turkey quesadillas that use turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and cheese. I didn't have any stuffing left, so I used some sweet potatoes. It was yummy! (not kosher, I know ;-)

Janet


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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 4:34pm
Sounds like a successful weekend ;).

I was in a cheese mood today too lol. I had this little piece of Kerrygold Irish reduced-fat Cheddar in the fridge, and wondering how to make mac & cheese with it, and hooked it up. I'm not real thrilled w/ it though but it does satisfy my craving well enough.

In peace,
Max