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Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish(es)
October 31, 2010
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Joelle
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happy-flowerHi Everyone, I am just curious what your favorite side dishes are for Thanksgiving dinner.  I fix so much food even for just the two of us,  always have a huge turkey 20 pounds or more. Our neighbors always go to their Daughters homes, so I share our left overs with them. We also donate a couple of trukeys a food bank along with some canned goods for a Thanksgiving dinner.

                                 I  love Thanksgiving.

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October 31, 2010
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old favorites: Duchess Rutabaga (mashed rutabega and white potatoes),

sliced brussels sprouts with crumpled bacon

new favorite: Jaques Pepin's pumpkin gratin (http://www.kqed.org/w/morefastfoodmyway/episode206.html)

Imagine, pumpkin without cinnamon or sugar!

Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.

October 31, 2010
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This is one of my favorite holidays-all the attention is spent on the meal. After many years of cooking the holiday meal my daughter starting hosting the thanksgiving dinner. we are going to have 2 turkeys-one in the smoker and one in a electric roaster. The turkeys are so moist in the roaster. We usually do stuffing in the crockpot. I make a good cranberry salad that was my Mom's recipe with fresh cranberries. So good!

October 31, 2010
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Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday.  All the good food, taking the time to enjoy family members without the hassle of presents.  I have done the Thanksgiving dinner at my house for the last seven years, but I have been baking the turkey and dressing for family dinners for over 25 years.  My mother was never a great cook, so as soon as I learned to cook turkey and dressing, I took over that part of the meal.  Thanksgiving was always at my mother and dad's house until eight years ago with each family member contributing dishes for the meal.  When my mother began the later stages of Alzheimer, she only wanted one of my sisters and her daughter around, which was encouraged by my sister.  It was not a pleasant time in my family's life.  I lost my mother 3 years ago without getting to say goodbye.  My father passed away 2 years ago with lung cancer, my sister and I were able to reconcile with him.  We spent as much time as possible with our dad during his last 3 months.  God gave us that time I think to console us with the loss of our mother.

Anyway my younger sister, along with her family and my family gather for dinner at my house.  My favorite dish is sweet potato casserole, no wait it's the dressing, no wait I love my sister's home made rolls, no wait my daughter makes a mean pasta salad, I guess I have several favorites!!!  I always try to come up with a new dish each year.  So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

I wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. 

November 1, 2010
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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love spending the time in the kitchen and the smells that fill the house are amazing!  I found a recipe for scalloped potatoes in a kraft Philadelphia cream cheese cook book right after I got married 21 years ago and it has become a family favorite~In those days I could barely boil a pot of water so this was one of the first things I made and since I wasnt too good at peeling and slicing potatoes I used a salad shooter to slice the potatoes all the same size and that has stuck as my shortcut in the kitchen anytime I need sliced potatoes. My boys who have grown up with it request it every year along with homemade noodles and a cream cheese filled pumpkin roll.  Alot of my recipes came from my Mom and Grandma and since both have passed its a great way to remember those we love and miss through food. 

November 1, 2010
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Good thing I'm going to lunch very shortly, you are all making me hungry.

My favourite dish is the stuffing!!!  Since I had my Thanksgiving already I'm looking forward to the US one where I get to have stuffing all over again… Oh and pumpkin pie… I guess I just love all the food :)

Hugs Cheryl   smiley-puppy

November 1, 2010
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happy-flowerHi Cheryl–I am with you, I made a pumpkin pie yesterday, and it is nearly gone–another of my favorites is Suzannes cranberry sauce–going to make a double batch of that this year, I use it with all sorts of meats,

             Enjoy lunch!

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November 1, 2010
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JoJo

I need to find some decent prices on cranberries… I tried to find them on sale after the holidays last year, but they never came on sale.  I've looked the last couple of weekends and the prices aren't pretty.

Hmmm wonder if that's something I should check out Aldi's for?

Hugs Cheryl   smiley-puppy

November 1, 2010
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I love Thanksgiving!! Turkey,sweet taters and stuffing…And at least four different pies please!!

Family, food and laughter equals one great day!!

Hugs Granny Trace

P.s Would love a recipe for pumpkin roll..if anyone could share!!

November 1, 2010
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Paws_Bakery said:

JoJo

I need to find some decent prices on cranberries… I tried to find them on sale after the holidays last year, but they never came on sale.  I've looked the last couple of weekends and the prices aren't pretty.

Hmmm wonder if that's something I should check out Aldi's for?

Hugs Cheryl   smiley-puppy


I know what you are talking about–they were $3 a bag at the IGA store near us–I will be going to Aldi's either Tuesday or Wednesday and will check the price and post it. I you go first, let is know.
  I hope some of the stores will use them as a loss leader right before Thansgiving.

                                         JO

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November 1, 2010
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Hmmm well now I am drooling and waiting on recipes! Just thinking – on Canning2 we have a 'rule' that you can't mention a recipe without sharing the darn thing. Thinking we need that here? hungry

Get thyselves over to Farm Bell!  yes LOL

 

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November 1, 2010
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Thanks DeDe for the reminder…Found two awesome looking pumpkin roll recipes..yippppeee

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November 1, 2010
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Paws_Bakery said:

JoJo

I need to find some decent prices on cranberries… I tried to find them on sale after the holidays last year, but they never came on sale.  I've looked the last couple of weekends and the prices aren't pretty.

Hmmm wonder if that's something I should check out Aldi's for?

Hugs Cheryl   smiley-puppy


We went to Aldi's today…no cranberries in our Aldis storeno. Their paper for this Wednesday didn't show any either.
November 1, 2010
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OH NO!! I hope to find some for less than the $3 that I saw today, or I will have to go to the canned, I will keep looking. Thank you for lettling me know.

                             JO

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November 1, 2010
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Favorite Thanksgiving side dishes–ALL OF THEM!  The ones I truly wish I could have however are:  Aunt Florence's cheese and macaroni (she didn't call it macaroni and cheese), Uncle Dub's turnip greens, and Aunt Juanita's English pea salad.  I could post the recipes, but I could never tell you how to get them to taste like they always did.  Each of these relatives no longer physicaly shares our Thanksgiving dinner, but they are definitely with us.  The food they shared with us for years is a very real reminder of family ties and love.  And that is something to be thankful for.

November 1, 2010
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Chicken dressing, chicken casserole, sweet potato casserole…do desserts count as side dishes?

November 2, 2010
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Well, my neighbor is slowly teaching me her Southern cooking and I am incorporating it into our holidays. One of the best things she taught me to make is giblet gravy. The first time I tried it, that was it, I have made it every year since then. Course the kids don't eat it. Giblets to them are something nasty but they were never hungry growing up like we were, lol.

I don't make any other “fancy” dishes. We have mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, stuffing (Stove Top, cause I can't make a decent dressing), squash and a veggie though I really want to try the homemade cranberry sauce this year as well.

Now pies are a different story. I have always loved making the pies. It's a challenge to get a decent, pretty crust. The breads are important to me as well, banana, pumpkin and zucchini at least, lol.

November 2, 2010
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WOW!! You make all those different breads too? You are a busy woman!!

How many people do you cook for Becky?

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November 2, 2010
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This year my daughter wants to share Thanksgiving with her important person and his family.  I've been drafted to do specific side dishes that my daughter, and her now equally hooked young man of several years, cannot do the holiday without.  Garnet Yam Casserole … augmented with cream cheese, crusted with pecans, brown sugar and fine coconut … and Corn Casserole … swimming in bechamel sharp cheddar sauce, onions and bell pepper … is the absolute must for those two.  There was also a whispered request from the young fella for the Cranberry Pear Chutney … nippy and sweet all at the same time.

My favorite is the Sausage Leek Dressing … with apples and currants … made from whole wheat cubes I cut and toast earlier in the holiday week.  I like using a water-based bread as the resulting crusty dressing doesn't go to mush.  Since that's not on my list of Thanksgiving dishes for the Day, am thinking I may be doing a small bird with said dressing on Black Friday as THAT weekend without ample leftovers for Christmas decorating would be. Just. Not. Done!

Interesting how tradition entrenches deeply into the holiday season!

November 2, 2010
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Ruthmarie,

You dinner sounds absolutely delicious.  I don't think I've ever had a yam casserole like you described, and it's great that you can incorporate so many people's recipe into one day.

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