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(Fark)   What are your traditional family contributions to Thanksgiving dinner? Our cornbread dressing goes back 4 generations, it's a great way to say thank you to those that came before us. Drop a picture of your plate in the comments to the right   (fark.com) divider line
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2020-11-26 2:51:17 PM  
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Happy thanksgiving Fark family! Thankful for all of you and this place that keeps us somewhat sane!

On my plate:
Turkey ✔
Cranberry sauce✔
Cranberry chutney✔
Southern cornbread dressing✔
Green bean casserole✔
Sweet potato casserole✔
Rolls✔
Gravy✔

/subby
 
2020-11-26 3:02:51 PM  
Booze or champagne

/bachelor
 
2020-11-26 3:03:39 PM  
I alays brought deviled eggs. I got pretty good at making them.
 
2020-11-26 3:21:08 PM  
400 years ago my ancestors almost died and were helped by some very nice people. We, in turn, through systematic racism, returned the favor by killing most of them and their ancestors.

So, on my plate is blood.
 
2020-11-26 3:43:16 PM  
In about two hours, my plate will consist of:

- Apple/cherry wood smoked heirloom Turkey
- Chopped cranberry relish
- Cajun chipotle cornbread stuffing
- Oven roasted butternut squash and cauliflower
- Mashed russet/Yukon potatoes
- Cheddar/gruyere/blue Mac and cheese
 
2020-11-26 3:54:57 PM  

Cagey B: In about two hours, my plate will consist of:

- Apple/cherry wood smoked heirloom Turkey
- Chopped cranberry relish
- Cajun chipotle cornbread stuffing
- Oven roasted butternut squash and cauliflower
- Mashed russet/Yukon potatoes
- Cheddar/gruyere/blue Mac and cheese


That all sounds amazing! I'm sure it's delicious
 
2020-11-26 4:27:03 PM  
I'm making stuffing in three pans, one for me and the hubs, one for my brother and his wife, and one for my mom and other brother. We're doing a distanced outdoor swap on my mom's porch then retreating to our individual homes to eat dinner. In exchange for stuffing, I'm getting smoked turkey and pecan pie.
 
2020-11-26 4:28:56 PM  
This has been my traditional meal for decades.

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2020-11-26 4:39:25 PM  

aimtastic: I'm making stuffing in three pans, one for me and the hubs, one for my brother and his wife, and one for my mom and other brother. We're doing a distanced outdoor swap on my mom's porch then retreating to our individual homes to eat dinner. In exchange for stuffing, I'm getting smoked turkey and pecan pie.


That's a great idea!
 
2020-11-26 5:08:10 PM  
I've been part of a good friend's local family for turkey day for the past 15 plus years.  Was responsible for bringing the chocolate covered cherries - Queen Anne brand since my friend's parents were fond of them along with the family.  Two boxes of milk chocolate cherries.

Well one year I switched to a box of milk chocolate and a second box of dark chocolate after the parents had passed and a new tradition (expectation?) was established.

However this year with Covid - no huge get together so I did my own cooking solo with a frozen Turkey Breast, boxed stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce and oh goodness I'm still recovering from the food coma that started at 1 PM this afternoon.
 
2020-11-26 5:20:19 PM  
Four generations?

At some point wouldn't it be a lot easier to admit that batch failed and try to make another?
 
2020-11-26 6:50:37 PM  
We try to make something different every year for our regular dinner, but there is one tradition that goes back at least three generations in our family: pumpkin pie. And it has to be homemade. We had a cousin whose girlfriend once tried to bring a store bought pie to dinner once. I sometimes wonder what happened to her.,,

As it is, here's my continuing the family tradition.

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2020-11-26 7:16:33 PM  
I didn't know we could put pics of plate jobs on here.
 
2020-11-26 7:27:49 PM  
I'm in charge of opening the traditional tube of crescent rolls.
 
2020-11-26 7:34:33 PM  
My mom is crazy about gravy.  The problem is that since I have started making the turkey, she thinks the turkey is fantastic (perfectly cooked, always moist) but the gravy always sucks because there are no drippings in the pan.

What I came to realize this year is that is that when I cook the turkey, all of the flavor stays in the turkey.  Throughout her whole life people have been destroying turkeys, and the only way to even remotely salvage them was to concoct a gravy from all of the moisture/flavor that dripped out of the turkey as they destroyed it in the oven.
 
2020-11-26 7:48:37 PM  

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Happy thanksgiving Fark family! Thankful for all of you and this place that keeps us somewhat sane!

On my plate:
Turkey ✔
Cranberry sauce✔
Cranberry chutney✔
Southern cornbread dressing✔
Green bean casserole✔
Sweet potato casserole✔
Rolls✔
Gravy✔

/subby


Looks really good!
 
2020-11-26 8:03:27 PM  
My family used to do this big antipasto before the big meal. Salami and pepperoni and spicy ham and cheeses and olives and giardiniera and marinated mushrooms, etc. But the old folks who liked that stuff have passed, and my in-laws hate anything not boiled and bland, so it looks like that is a tradition that ends with this generation.
 
2020-11-26 8:21:31 PM  
My contribution this year was Beef Wellington
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2020-11-26 8:28:43 PM  
I usually bring cookies, I follow a pretty standard oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe (no nuts), and substitute half the chocolate chips for butterscotch chips.

I'm skipping the big family gathering this year, but I made cookies anyway.
 
2020-11-26 8:34:54 PM  
My sister brought her usual well baked recipe of piss and vinegar, does that count?

/ I'm actually over her
// Parental units are dead, no need to pretend anymore
/// when the estate closes I'll block her and do my best to have no more contact with her.
 
2020-11-26 8:43:07 PM  
I make a pie with Nilla wafer crust, chocolate putting, bananas, peanut butter cream, sprinkled with peanut brittle and whipped cream. Everything from scratch. Except like, the peanut butter cream cheese and Nilla wafers.

I still think everyone who says they like it is humoring me. I like it though, so whatever.
 
2020-11-26 8:52:40 PM  

Snotnose: My sister brought her usual well baked recipe of piss and vinegar, does that count?

/ I'm actually over her
// Parental units are dead, no need to pretend anymore
/// when the estate closes I'll block her and do my best to have no more contact with her.


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/ but I understand
 
2020-11-26 9:09:02 PM  

Ambivalence: I alays brought deviled eggs. I got pretty good at making them.


Often my contribution as well. What do you put in yours? I try to make them a little devilish but they suprisingly don't turn out spicy: Mayo, vinegar, sugar, pickle relish, diced pickled jalepenos,horse radish, hot sauce, dry mustard. There is usually a little more liquid than I need so I fluff the egg yolks with a fork and make an equivilent amount of glop, then add glop to the eggs till the right consistency. A tablespoon or so usually gets tossed.
 
2020-11-26 9:44:26 PM  
Mt first solo Thanksgiving. Mostly store bought, but I'm still proud of myself. Chopped caesar salad, cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, turkey sandwich with crescent roll dough. And pear apple cider from the local farmers market.

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2020-11-26 10:00:45 PM  
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Quarantine by myself. Leftover spaghetti noodles, tons of butter and parm. Also had a few slices of leftover pizza, and a gas station honey bun for dessert.

Tomorrow is my mini Thanksgiving. Girlfriend is coming over (exposed just as much as me, so whatever), i got a rack of ribs dry rubbed in the fridge ready to go in the oven at 200 when i go to sleep, plus some potatoes au gratin, and some garlicky asparagus. Not remotely anything like what I've done for any past holiday meals, but she suggested ribs, i have a bunch of potatoes, and we both love asparagus. That's what we decided upon.

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2020-11-26 10:14:24 PM  
Oh and I'm gonna make bbq sauce from regular store bought bbq, but with onions, garlic, shallots, faygo rock n rye, and brandy.

We made it at work a couple weeks ago just for fun, let the owners taste it, now it's our house bbq. It's amazing.
 
2020-11-26 10:17:17 PM  

You Die!: Mt first solo Thanksgiving. Mostly store bought, but I'm still proud of myself. Chopped caesar salad, cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, turkey sandwich with crescent roll dough. And pear apple cider from the local farmers market.

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Looks tasty!  Happy Thanksgiving!
 
2020-11-26 10:17:47 PM  

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Quarantine by myself. Leftover spaghetti noodles, tons of butter and parm. Also had a few slices of leftover pizza, and a gas station honey bun for dessert.

Tomorrow is my mini Thanksgiving. Girlfriend is coming over (exposed just as much as me, so whatever), i got a rack of ribs dry rubbed in the fridge ready to go in the oven at 200 when i go to sleep, plus some potatoes au gratin, and some garlicky asparagus. Not remotely anything like what I've done for any past holiday meals, but she suggested ribs, i have a bunch of potatoes, and we both love asparagus. That's what we decided upon.

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Looks good!
 
2020-11-26 10:26:34 PM  

TheFoz: You Die!: Mt first solo Thanksgiving. Mostly store bought, but I'm still proud of myself. Chopped caesar salad, cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, turkey sandwich with crescent roll dough. And pear apple cider from the local farmers market.

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Looks tasty!  Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanks, same to you!
 
2020-11-26 10:31:20 PM  
Our tradition was forgetting about the cranberry sauce and getting it out of the can about halfway through dinner.

This year it's my little family and Mom, so we got a turkey breast meal from the store and the only homemade items will be a couple of sides and a pumpkin pie. I had to work today so Thanksgiving is tomorrow.
 
2020-11-26 10:41:05 PM  
It was just me this year so I made onion rings and a fried pork chop.  The rest of my family is up on the reservation having the traditional Thanksgiving fare.  And no, it is not strange to celebrate Thanksgiving on an Indian reservation.  It is just a day to give thanks for what you have (should be done everyday).
 
2020-11-26 10:47:38 PM  
From my family you get jok on black Friday, Take the turkey carcass and put it in a big pot with rice and water, slow cook it with some aromatics. Farkin Chinese leftover turkey soup. It's just what we do, nothing about our Thanksgiving food is special, but we know what to do with leftovers.
 
2020-11-26 10:54:27 PM  

RogermcAllen: My mom is crazy about gravy.  The problem is that since I have started making the turkey, she thinks the turkey is fantastic (perfectly cooked, always moist) but the gravy always sucks because there are no drippings in the pan.

What I came to realize this year is that is that when I cook the turkey, all of the flavor stays in the turkey.  Throughout her whole life people have been destroying turkeys, and the only way to even remotely salvage them was to concoct a gravy from all of the moisture/flavor that dripped out of the turkey as they destroyed it in the oven.


I should have smoked our turkeys yesterday so I could have used the remnants to make a stock last night for gravy. But since I didn't think that well in advance it was box of turkey stock and 1 packet of herbox sodium free chicken bouillon per two cups stock then some corn starch to thicken. Better than most of the standard packet/jar stuff IMHO and would probably be better using a roux to thicken it but we were also not trying to add any fat and keep it fairly healthy (50cal/cup). I will say that I was at least surprised to see that the box of Aldi stock had a rich brown color and not the pale stock color I expected. We will probably make it that way again when we have leftovers.
 
2020-11-26 10:56:27 PM  
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My aunt always puts the stuffing in the turkey rather than a separate pan. If you've never done it, you're missing out.
And somehow, the canned cranberry sauce on top is just perfect. Don't judge.

(this picture is from last year, this year we stayed at home and called everyone.)
 
2020-11-27 12:46:05 AM  
Just my roommate and I this year; I have no intention of giving my parents the plague and he's estranged from his family, so I knocked together this modest spread that's sort of an edited version of the enormous fridge-bursting buffets my mother prepares.

The turkey's a 5 lb. Butterball white meat breast in the crock pot, which is the only way I'm willing to cook poultry. The recipe for the apple pie came from Joy of Cooking, the recipe for the pumpkin pie came off the back of the can, and the bread recipe is a blessedly simple one from that cookbook there. The game changer was learning that Stove Top Stuffing can, despite the name, be prepped in the microwave.

On the whole, Paul Hollywood would probably slap me silly if he could see this lot, but it all came out all right. I was thinking of hosting next year. My parents could really use a break.

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2020-11-27 4:34:07 AM  

aimtastic: I'm making stuffing in three pans, one for me and the hubs, one for my brother and his wife, and one for my mom and other brother. We're doing a distanced outdoor swap on my mom's porch then retreating to our individual homes to eat dinner. In exchange for stuffing, I'm getting smoked turkey and pecan pie.


We did the same, wife and I made mashed potatoes, potato salad, and zucchini bread. My mom made turkey, gravey, cranberry apple salad, and some cranberry bread. My brother made maple bacon brussel sprout. My mother in law made potato bread and banana bread. My family drove around and swapped all the food between everyone and delivered some to my sister in law.
It was great to see everyone and swapping food outside each house was a great way to stay safe.

/Thankful for the fact that science has brought us at least 2 useful vaccines
//With any luck we'll all be vaccinated before Thanksgiving next year
///Staying safe and all being there next year was the important part
 
2020-11-27 7:37:19 AM  

Snotnose: My sister brought her usual well baked recipe of piss and vinegar, does that count?

/ I'm actually over her
// Parental units are dead, no need to pretend anymore
/// when the estate closes I'll block her and do my best to have no more contact with her.


Yep, you love her.
 
2020-11-27 12:28:59 PM  
Ms. Gough and I eschewed a lot of holiday traditions years ago, the rest went away as family members started dying on the those days.

We shared yesterday's dinner with 3 of the 4 other people in our "pod" and I was introduced to a previously unknown Thanksgiving traditional dish:  oatmeal pie.  I was dubious at first, then it was described as pecan pie without the pecans, which was reasonably accurate.

To help lower the cholesterol spike from the rest of the dinner, I has two slices of the pie.
 
2020-11-27 2:04:37 PM  

fasahd: Ambivalence: I alays brought deviled eggs. I got pretty good at making them.

Often my contribution as well. What do you put in yours? I try to make them a little devilish but they suprisingly don't turn out spicy: Mayo, vinegar, sugar, pickle relish, diced pickled jalepenos,horse radish, hot sauce, dry mustard. There is usually a little more liquid than I need so I fluff the egg yolks with a fork and make an equivilent amount of glop, then add glop to the eggs till the right consistency. A tablespoon or so usually gets tossed.


mayo, spicy brown mustard, and a splash of pickle juice, then dusted with cayenne pepper.

Nothing ever gets tossed. I once filled the eggs with a piping bag and had almost a half cup left over and I piped it directly into my mouf. It was glorious! So yummy!
 
2020-11-27 9:12:59 PM  

peasandcarrots: The recipe for the apple pie came from Joy of Cooking, the recipe for the pumpkin pie came off the back of the can, and the bread recipe is a blessedly simple one from that cookbook there.


So, you used my Grandma's secret pumpkin pie recipe then?
 
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