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Thanksgiving – what did you do?

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OK, spill it. How did your Thanksgiving though? What did you cook? Turkey? Ham? Standing rib roast? Or did you go out?

Did you do a potluck? What sides did you make/serve? Hits and misses?

Perhaps your meal leaned a bit more on the international side. If so, what graced your table? Anything you would do again?

My Thanksgiving plans changed midweek so my wife and I just played it low key at home and roasted some Thomas Keller-style chickens (I made two for snacking throughout the week) with root vegetables. We also made sides of cream corn and mashed potatoes and served it with a ruddy Oregon Pinot noir.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

25 comments Add your comment

carla roqs

November 25th, 2011
9:54 am

for maybe the second time in my life, i did not have to do anything. not being home in the ATL, i was invited to friends’ in DC and everything was lovely. the food was the same as home, the main difference was that ‘corn pudding’ is pretty big up here. i missed family, but the family i was with did a very traditional meal in a setting similar to my parents’ and i enjoyed my time. hope everyone else had a great day.

Edward

November 25th, 2011
12:24 pm

A friend and I had decided Wednesday to go to The Colonnade for their Thanksgiving meal. We got there about 1:30pm and the crowd was overwhelming. We were told it would be about an hour and 45 minutes to wait. Sorry, but there is nothing worth that. Then I remembered someone mentioning here that Feast would be open, so we decided to go there. Wow! I am so glad The Colonnade was crowded. Feast laid out a bountiful buffet that was pure delicious goodness, and at $25 per person, was an exceptional bargain. This just reinforced my opinion that Feast is one of the consistently best restaurants around town.

Huck

November 25th, 2011
12:49 pm

Bar-S franks on Capt. John Derst bread with mustard and sweet relish. Best of all, not having to listen to the loud yammering of my son-in-law.

Helen

November 25th, 2011
2:34 pm

Hit the Super H Mart for some kim chee pancakes and chap chae, then gathered some green veggie and beef rendang from Penang. It was great and nary a piece of turkey in sight! Watched the Macy’s Great Tree lighting and had a good time.

Elliot Garcia

November 25th, 2011
6:28 pm

Turkey and lobster at Legal Seafoods…Good times!

Fred

November 25th, 2011
8:29 pm

Everything was great except the bird. I got a Green Egg for Christmas last year so this was my first time doing a turkey on it. the temp never got above 350 according to the thermometer, but a 12 lb bird was WAY over cooked in less then three hours. The egg also seemed to eat a full load of charcoal in that same three hours. I’ve gone 12 hours plus and still had charcoal left to burn in the past. I dunno.

Everything else was perfect though. I even made stuffing for the first time. Even though the bird was over cooked, the stuffing inside wasn’t. The pecan smoke from the egg had it tasting better than the dressing I put in the oven (same batch, if you don’t know the difference between stuffing and dressing I won’t confuse you). The dressing was good as well, but not as good as the stuffing.

Swann

November 25th, 2011
8:35 pm

Made my first turkey, family brought home made dressing, fried corn, collards,sushi, potato salad, cranberry sauce, lima beans, mac & cheese, peach cobbler and german chocolate cake. Wonderful day and no fighting.

Irwin Mainway

November 25th, 2011
8:41 pm

I had a sub from Subway in a Wal Mart…..Really I did. I just don’t get the hoopla over this holiday. The over indulgence in food is absurd, and I find it quite sad that it leaves those without families behind……Some of us have no choice but to be alone.

Alone but Thankful, Regardless

November 25th, 2011
10:34 pm

Irwin Mainway,

I spent Thanksgiving alone & sad as well due to the people who loved me and raised me having now passed away, but I don’t try to drag down everyone else and ruin their holiday celebration because of my own misery like you are trying to use this forum to do.

For a bit, I felt sorry for myself for having my Thanksgiving Dinner alone in a restaurant, but I then reflected on those in our own community who didn’t get to have a meal at all yesterday.

Feeling ashamed for being so selfish initially, I was then reflective thankful for being raised by people who loved me so much and tried to teach me the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to truly be THANKFUL for they have in life.

Alone but Thankful, Regardless

November 25th, 2011
10:37 pm

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to truly be THANKFUL for what they do have in life at present and for what they were able to learn & grow from in the past.

Note to Self: Never Type (& Forget to Proofread Before Sending) When Emotional.

For the animals

November 25th, 2011
10:51 pm

Tofurky once again. No reason a hormone and antibiotic-filled bird has to lose its life just for my family’s meal. Everything else was vegan as well. So happy the market for meat alternatives has increased over the decades I have been a vegetarian. Don’t miss the bird one bit.

You must admit....

November 25th, 2011
11:06 pm

Irwin here……Seems I got banned under the other name.

Answer me….When did I drag anyone down? The blog posed the question, asking us what de did for Thanksgiving. I responded.

I think therapy is in your future.

Yellow Jacket

November 26th, 2011
9:27 am

Golden Coral…. great for the $$$$ in this sick economy !

Destin Dawg

November 26th, 2011
9:31 am

Animal lovers… turkey/chicken is good for you… watch the movie King Corn.. ethanol lovers will have meat prices so high we’ll all be vegans !!

Love to Eat!

November 26th, 2011
9:48 am

Wow! What a celebration of thanks! My husband and I had a quiet evening. This was the first time since we’ve been married that we were in town. Although it was the two of us, we cooked as though we were expecting ten or more.

robo

November 26th, 2011
11:19 am

Went to Quik Trip and got four of those fat hot dogs, with several packs of onions, relish and of course, mustard, whipped into a delicious condiment. The kids liked it so much, I went back for four more, except this time I got them a couple of 32 ounce Mountain Dews apiece.
I am so glad that we went the convenient, healthy way this year. Last year’s. Racetrac sausage biscuits were a little over the top.

Ramona Clef

November 26th, 2011
12:08 pm

Husband and I drove down to Holiday, Florida, to visit his mother and step-dad. My in-laws are aged 90 and 96, respectively, so we dined out. We went to a banquet hall named the Spartan Manor. (I think that name is funny.) We were seated near the talented pianist and she took all our requests. I was grateful for my husband’s sake that he still has his mother and that we were able to spend the holiday together. Despite their advanced years, this year is the first time my in-laws looked a little frail to me. I wonder if we will have more Thanksgivings together?
The dinner was a buffet and included Greek salad and that lemony chicken soup which I think is traditionally greek as well. That area of Florida (near Tarpon Springs) has a Greek heritage. Beyond that I tried some dark meat turkey and some roast lamb, both were good. The dressing was excellent and the oven-roasted sweet potatoes were outstanding.

USMC

November 26th, 2011
12:09 pm

I fried a 12lb Turkey that turned out wonderful. I injected it with Cajun butter and rubbed the outside with Cajun seasoning salt. I love frying turkeys as the flavor and moisture of meat make for a tasty meal.
There is nothing like frying a turkey out on the patio on a sunny Thanksgiving day with a tasty alcoholic beverage, cigar, and loved ones by my side. Life is good.

I “cheated” a bit on the gravy by purchasing already made “gourmet” turkey gravy at Fresh Market; boy was it good though. I also bought the cranberry sauce at Fresh Market as well and highly recommend both the Turkey gravy and Cranberry sauce. YUM!
Side items included Wild rice, Cranberry/Sausage/Cornbread dressing, Sweet potatoes, Mix squash/vegetable medley, mixed green salad, rolls, etc.

Happy Holidays All! :-)

USMC

November 26th, 2011
12:10 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to include my dessert; PUMPKIN PIE! :-)

Jerry r

November 26th, 2011
6:17 pm

I also went to Feast with my extened family . Just great ! the resturant was not over booked we were seated on time the food was terrfic . Great value lovely resturant .

Sophie's Choice

November 26th, 2011
7:57 pm

Well, we spent Thanksgiving with my husband’s brother & his family– but since my BIL & SIL cannot cook, the meal was borderline inedible. But all was not lost! We’d taken lots of cheeses & charcuterie, plus a yummy dessert from Alon’s, so at least we weren’t hungry (and we were so happy just to see everybody, it made up for the lackluster meal). But because the hubby was a little crestfallen at not having his favorites this year, I’m doing a mini-Thanksgiving for us tomorrow, so he won’t feel like he missed out! Spoilt, yes, but we’re still very grateful for everything we have…

Kimbo

November 27th, 2011
4:36 pm

We made crispy lu shui duck in steamed buns, leg of lamb with ras el hanout and pomegranate molasses, split grilled lobster, smokey mac n cheese, chard and leek gratin, and fresh homemade bread. I love turkey, but it was nice to change it up this year.

Rodney

November 27th, 2011
7:17 pm

It wasn’t really WHAT I did, but how much of it – visited family from the Friday before until the Friday after Thanksgiving and, after getting home and standing on my scale, I gained 5 pounds.

In one week.

Ouch. Being in a house with a Mother, Grandmother, and Sister who all like to cook, and not even lacing up the running shoes really made for an enjoyable (if not healthy) Thanksgiving!

carla roqs

November 28th, 2011
8:51 am

irwin/you must admit/and robo… i hope you all find peace, love and happiness…the sooner, the better. if that time is now? cool.

carla roqs

November 28th, 2011
8:52 am

@ gene, those chickens are beginning to look a little sad. lobster la bleuuu la deau? wowww, i wanna eat there next year.