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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, what are your menu plans this year?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not surprisingly, it is just the four of us - Dam-sel, Menolly, Dam-et (back from Uni for the first time since September when he went back a couple days after my unexpected hospitalization), and me this year. Unless someone wants to join us?

Here is the plan at this point, after menu discussions today:
    Turkey, dry-brined ala Kenji is a foregone conclusion...but for the first time since Menolly joined the household in 2012, I am going back to low-and-slow grilling if the weather permits. Alton Brown's oven method produces a fine bird, but some of us miss the kiss of smoke.

    Stuffing, probably in a crockpot, although I have not given up on an oven method which I think produces a better texture. Cornbread isn't getting much traction yet, but I hold out hope that we can go with a fresher crumb/cube than bagged stuffing breads provide.

    Sweet potato / apple gratin

    Vegetables TBD - nobody endorsed the traditional green bean casserole, but I am contemplating a grilled kale salad with a bacon vinaigrette and a spinach soufflé in the role of Tall Pudding (Don't get the reference? Re-read the rest of this thread!)

    Cranberry-orange compote

    Pumpkin bread

    Blueberry pie
I'd mention some of my thoughts on wine/spirit pairings, but you see upthread how well that discussion goes/ Little has changed in the intervening years...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought we decided on The Frug's spinach and artichoke casserole? That's what you bought the artichoke hearts and spinach for (I don't know if you have purchased the block of cream cheese for it yet).
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come share what you did, whether for the community of sharing this thread has been over the years...or just to lift November's anemic post count on the Watch.

FWIW, the plan negotiated above is pretty much what happened at our house. Here's the turkey after about three hours of pecan smoke:



Menolly took pictures of all the other dishes she, Dam-sel and I made. I'll let her assemble and post that.

Dam-et did not cook this year, but did offer a few small helps...and fled when the three of us started singing/reciting along with Arlo Guthrie for the Alice's Restaurant Massacre. No, we kids have not rehabilitated ourselves!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to Furr's cafeteria and just pigged out on their Thanksgiving buffet. Had to wait over an hour to make it through the line, but no dishes to wash afterward! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted an album of our festive meal on FB. Supposedly anyone can view the album with this link, even without a FB account.

For whatever reason, I can't figure out how to post images on FB to the Watch, and I don't want to bother resizing the photos and posting them on Photobucket.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, Menolly! I saw it all with no problems, and it's making me hungry all over again! MMMMMM...Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We departed a bit from tradition this year. Having done turkey and the trimmings a couple weeks ago at a friend's game night, we decided to go with Cornish hens. I spatchcocked them, gave them an overnight lemon/garlic/rosemary marinade and grilled them. Menolly made mashed yam with pineapple, coconut, and ginger, green bean casserole, and Clancy's corn pudding. Dam-sel made a pumpkin pie. Dam-et made himself scarce. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, what's everyone planning this year? Other than the turkey, we haven't really planned anything yet. This thread is handy though, as it shows it's been several years since I've done AB's method.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As she no doubt intended, Menolly's post nudged us into planning. Good thing, as today is the best day to get the requisite shopping done before the workweek ensues.

Much more traditional this year than last. Menolly already has the bird dry-brining and will oven-roast it, since the last couple years have seen grilled/smoked poultry as the star.

Dressing will be back as well, although she and I will still have to settle which of us is making it, since we have somewhat different methods and ingredients. edit: we're collaborating...which is a fancy way of saying we are doing it her way, with me as sous chef and her possibly accepting some suggestions if they suit her conception of the dish.

I am also making an elevated version of green bean casserole, with a roasted mushroom and garlic cream sauce in place of tinned soup and crispy shallot bits in place of packaged fried onions. Since we did Clancy's corn pudding (suitably tall, of course) last year, Dam-sel is suggesting a carrot souffle as an additional side. We'll see... edit: yep, carrot souffle with a caramel pecan crumble atop.

Dam-sel is doing the tradition-departure for this year, mini cranberry cheesecake parfaits for dessert, rather than pumpkin pie. She's also picking up Dam-et from Uni during the day on Thursday while Menolly and I cook. The boy needs to be back Friday night (he has a new job as he prepares to graduate at the end of the Winter term), so I'll take him back while Dam-sel and Menolly go do Black Friday.
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