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Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 8:27 AM


I love the dark meat.

1mks  (Level: 221.4 - Posts: 5931)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 8:34 AM

Pecan pie. And Bill, I like the dark meat better also. It is not as dry. I really like my cornbread stuffing....scads of sage.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 8:47 AM

Gravy. And yes my arteries are in fine fettle!

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 8:47 AM

I love the stuffing. Mashed turnips with a little gravy on top rank high with me too. I don't know many who like them.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 9:18 AM

White meat covered in gravy. Also cranberry sauce with my pumpkin pie.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3355)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 9:23 AM


Oh yeah, and then there are my chocolate pumpkin cheesecake bars....

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 9:33 AM

My favorite(s) are when my Mom makes a crown pork roast with spinach stuffing instead of turkey.

My Mom is from South Louisiana (my grandparents still live there) and our family favorite is my Grandmothers stuffing - it's made with an awesome meat mixture and NEVER dry...yum!

Our other favorite is what my son calls "Mom's Mashed Potatos" - Butter Golds with butter, bacon (bacon makes everything better), green onions, GOOD Pepper, and a mixture of 1/3 milk to 2/3's sour cream....I'm required to make those on days other than Thanksgiving and Christmas!

AND my Great-Grandmothers Sweet Potato Pie....

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 9:41 AM

Bacon does make everything better and I want Mom's mashed potatoes!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 10:01 AM

oops - I forgot to add I put in finely grated cheddar & monterray jack cheeses!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 10:14 AM

Like where ya mix up them sweet taters with brown sugars and pineapples with them marshmellers on top. I think it's called shuffle?

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 10:52 AM

I don't care for them but almost all the women in our family love Rutabaga, either like boiled potatoes or mashed. The damn things weigh about three pounds each before peeling.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 11:00 AM

pumpkin pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, of course! You can have turkey any day of the year, same with mashed potatoes and dressing (thanks to Stove Top dressing mix). But nothing says Thanksgiving the same as pumpkin pie.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 11:10 AM

Ah but Salzy - with my grandmother's stuffing it's an all day Thanksgiving Eve job. TONS of seasonings chopped, the meat mixture simmered, the homemade's NOT Stouffers...It's a meal in itself -- but I would definitely say against the "standard" cornbread dressing - I never eat any of I forgot - she does both rice and cornbread dressing with the meat mixture...okay - great - now I'm hungry.....

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 11:16 AM

This year there will be between forty and fifty people here for dinner and I am so looking forward to beginning the process of preparing Thanksgiving Dinner. We start cooking on Tuesday night and don't go to bed on Wednesday night until late into Thursday morning. People start arriving on Tuesday and there are early Thursday trips to the airport to pick up the last to arrive. This is our menu with additions made each year: As we say each year to Kith and Kin (and if you're in the area) "Ceud Mile Failte!"

Thanksgiving Menu
Turkey Ham
Oyster Casserole Dressing
Pineapple Casserole Corn
Macaroni & Cheese Giblet Gravy
Asparagus Casserole Green Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole Stuffed Celery
Mashed Potatoes Vegetable Tray
Lime Jell-O Salad Relish Tray
Squash Casserole Deviled Eggs
Black Cherry Jell-O Ambrosia
Cranberry Jubilee Salad Spiced Peaches Rolls
Pumpkin Rum Cake Pumpkin Pie
Coconut Cake Plum Cake
Jam Cake Carrot Cake
Pecan Pie Brownies
Lemon Squares Boiled Custard
Eggnog Chess Pie

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2292)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 11:32 AM

Stuffing sandwiches at midnight!!!!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 2:18 PM

Lucimoore, the first thing I saw in your post was Macaroni & Cheese Giblet Gravy. I kept trying to picture in my mind why anyone would put macaroni and cheese in gravy. I know, I'm a little slow some days. Finally I read further down and realized you had two dishes on one line. OK, now I can handle macaroni and cheese PLUS giblet gravy, just not as one entree!

Kaelin, I never knew there were so many kinds of dressing! My mother tried oyster dressing one year and no one wanted her to keep that recipe. I think she may have tried cornbread dressing another year and no one wanted her to keep that recipe either. We are just traditionalists when it comes to dressing - bread, diced celery, (and I would have lots of diced onion but my family doesn't like it), broth from cooking the turkey neck in the crockpot overnight, salt and pepper and some sage. Pretty plain compared to what you describe.

Interesting, isn't it, how the same food varies from one part of the country to another, all based on tradition.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 4:13 PM

This is so dull, but I have to have really good mashed potatoes with all the other Thanksgiving food. It's the glue that holds it all together!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 4:45 PM

Salzy - I didn't either til my Dad married my Mom (step-mom - but she's my MOM!) when I was 9 - the introduction to Cajun culture after a life of meat & potatos was AMAZING - (except for oysters --- I don't go there) - I had never had sweet potato pie - don't like sweet potates or candied yams - well not "don't like" with brown sugar and pecans I can eat a few bites - but way too rich - the first time I sat down and learned how to shell shrimp - that was an experience.

My grandmother can get EVERY PIECE OF MEAT out of a's amazing....I just don't get enough of it here in Texas!

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3355)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 5:34 PM

Lucimoore - 40-50 people! Wow! Sounds like a dream of a family. I feel blessed that this year we have cousins arriving from Louisiana and Montreal - so that will make us 12. We normally get our company by having Thanksgiving on a day other than Thursday, and this year is no exception. The Sunday before will be Thanksgiving this year, as our out-of-town company then goes on to their real Thanksgiving destinations.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 5:41 PM

Since Thanksgiving is such a bountiful feast, I'm not limiting myself to one dish. The absolute musts are: turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yellow squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, green beans, stuffing, pecan pie and pumpkin pie.

My mother always made this horried frozen grapefruit salad that we all had to pick at before we could hit the buffet. We never passed dishes around at our house -- think it had something to do with spilling food on the good tablecloth. The children sat at folding tables in the hall just outside of the dining room, where the big folks dined. As a teenager, I was asked to join the adults' table, but was promptly removed from it once I had my own child -- again, I think it was the spilling thing.

This year, we'll all be together in the mountains on the Carolinas border. There will be 12 of us, ages 5 to 85 -- just the immediate family. Will miss all of the aunts, uncles and cousins that are still around, but it's really a treat not to have to shout across the tables during a deafening group effort at conversation.

Thank you for this thread, and for the memories and anticipation. Hope everyone's Thanksgiving is wonderful this year, and spent with those you love, who love you back.


Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 5:50 PM

Pumpkin Pie!!

Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 927)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 6:37 PM

Every year I make what I call a volcano. Large head of cauliflower cooked whole in salted boiling water until just tender. Drain well and place on cookie sheet. Salt the cauliflower and top with a mixture of mustard and mayonnaise. Cover with sharp cheddar and bake for ten minutes in the oven. This has become a tradition with my family so its not dinner without it. I have to say that this is my favorite dish.


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 6:41 PM

It's too hard to pick just one item. I guess I'd pick one forkful of dark turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, lots of gravy and a touch of cranberry sauce (gotta be the kind with whole berries)!

Looking forward to that meal this year.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 9:10 PM

Tracy, go overboard and make it two forkfulls this year. With extra gravy and a piece of bread.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 9:41 PM

Thanks, Papermanbill. I'll take two, skip the bread, and have some pumpkin pie. :D

Swiper  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 875)
Sat, 15th Nov '08 11:36 PM

Definately going to try Aquamar's "Volcano" dish. Love my veggies! It's really the only time of year that turnip is accepted in my family. I love it. I reach for that fourth, after the turkey, then the stuffing, then those little onions...oh, and on Thanksgiving you get the REAL mashed potatos, not the ones in the box that suffice for every other busy day of the year. Real ones with lumps. I LOVE Thanksgiving, the only family holiday where the kids don't expect presents or anything, just a great family day to relax and really be thankful with your family, for your family, whoever they may be...

Kimoira  (Level: 215.4 - Posts: 1203)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 3:50 AM

I love turnip too but it is not carried already chopped and frozen here like in other parts of the country so it's quite a chore to peel and cut, but it's worth every minute of it

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 10:30 AM

I prefer fresh turnips also. I always get my husband to cut them up. I try to find the smallest ones so they're easier to cut.

Gerryn  (Level: 18.7 - Posts: 141)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 11:39 AM

"Special Beannies"....No not with the soup and onion crap.....It's the German kind with bacon/onions/sugar/vinegar and fresh beans...Also, if I don't make 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes...I'll run short. I've got 23 coming for turkey day.....including "Chick" (God help me)

Histomimi  (Level: 221.6 - Posts: 13)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 1:07 PM

CRANBERRIES!!!!!!!!!! Of course, turkey, dressing, mashed potatos, and pumpkin pie. I also like to make 3 bean salad to eat with leftovers.

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 4:40 PM

Mother's cornbread/sage dressing has to be my favorite. i can make a good dressing but it doesn't begin to compare with Mother's. and even hers won't be quite the same ever again because Daddy always made a thick pone of cornbread the day before Thanksgiving in a 12" iron skillet. Then Mother would turn it into the best dressing. My sister and i used to push each other out of the way so we could 'taste test' it as Mother mixed it together in her huge turkey roaster.

ahhh, those were the days.....................

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 6:28 PM

Turkey & Sage Dressing
Mashed Potatoes - Giblet Gravy
Green Bean Casserole
Fried Corn
Cranberry Sauce
Yeast Rolls

Cherry Salad

Pumpkin Pie - Pecan Pie


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 6:31 PM

That's the first mention I've seen of fried corn. How is it made?

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 9:18 PM

We use fresh corn or frozen corn, cut off of the cob, from the garden. Put it in a skillet along with a couple of tablespoons of bacon grease, l/2 to a stick of oleo, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a small amount of water. Cook for about 10 minutes.


Ripley  (Level: 113.5 - Posts: 13)
Sun, 16th Nov '08 9:24 PM

Can't beat my mother's stuffing, but my current love is deep fried turkey

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Mon, 17th Nov '08 10:28 AM

I've been hosting and preparing Thanksgiving dinner for over 30 years and there's not much I don't love about the traditional feast. I could say I love everything and not be lying. But... I am a pie maker of some regard. So pie it is! With light and flaky crust and filling to swoon over. You will always find fresh Michigan apple pie and pumpkin pie made with fresh not canned pumpkin on my sideboard on Thanksgiving.

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Mon, 17th Nov '08 10:36 AM

Don't do thanksgiving here, guess the fact we didn't discover ourselves and subsequently become liberated means no celebration in food form, that is a shame as thanksgiving dinner sounds lovely.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Mon, 17th Nov '08 2:14 PM

Well, David, you are hereby invited to "do" Thanksgiving yourself. Invite your favorite folks, serve your favorite food, and spend the day being grateful for life, love, family, friends and all the good things in the world we tend to take for granted. It's a blessing and a joy! The best holiday of the year!

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