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Post# 967974   11/14/2017 at 20:58 (313 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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T minus eight days before Thanksgiving cooking starts in earnest. Who's making what and or where are you having dinner?

We're going to family in New Jersey, but will be baking a few things to take along for dessert. Might stop at Cheesecake Factory on way down (don't have a location in Manhattan yet), since everyone loves cheesecake, and theirs beats Junior's hands down.

Every year we "kids" try to convince our moms/aunts and others to just let's go out and or have things catered. Looks we get back are "wash your mouth out"! *LOL* God Bless their souls; long as they have an ounce of strength these ladies are cooking Thanksgiving dinner for their families, end of story.

Saving grace is they all know it is us "kids" that will be doing the washing up and so forth; as we have done since able to reach the sinks.

Post# 967982 , Reply# 1   11/14/2017 at 21:29 (313 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Going to my nephew's place in Minneapolis. His brother's family will be there as well as my sister, brother-in-law and myself--fifteen all told. We'll have turkey, ham, all-the-usual-suspects side dishes and, in honor of my mom, who served it with every Sunday/holiday meal, lasagna. My sister jokes that she considered lasagna a side dish.

I'm bringing the lasagna and several dozen homemade dinner rolls. Gotta have buns to make sandwiches with the leftover turkey and ham.

And, fortunately, there will be no awkwardness. Through some miracle of genetics and disposition we all get along, LOL.

Post# 967987 , Reply# 2   11/14/2017 at 22:04 (313 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Like Frigilux

I'm fortunate that my large and extended family all gets along.

For food--the usual turkey, ham, cornbread dressing with and without oysters, green beans (not the casserole), sweet potatoes with the marshmallows, probably yellow squash. Rolls. A whole lot of different finger foods, deviled eggs, celery with various stuff in the trough. Ambrosia salad. No cakes, but several pecan pies with pecans off of our own properties, maybe a fruit pie. A particular strawberry-and-cream cheese cold dish with pecans in it. Lots of sweet tea and hot coffee.

Regardless of who's hosting, menu stays about the same. Sometimes a gumbo thrown in to remind us we're from Louisiana.

Post# 967993 , Reply# 3   11/14/2017 at 22:21 (313 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I really have no immediate family left. I wanted to go to my nieces 2 hours south in Portland for Thanksgiving and now the kennel to take Max is now full. But neighbors said come with us as you are family, thats nice. I will bring my rolls and we will have a good time.

Post# 968002 , Reply# 4   11/15/2017 at 00:10 (313 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Everybody's scattered or has to work this year.  We have no plans. 


I might do something here for a friend or two that may join us.  Either the smallest turkey I can find, done to perfection in the vintage GE roaster oven like my first experience using it last year, or I'm also thinking of ordering a small capon and putting it on the GE rotisserie.  I think its motor, gearing, and cavity are perfectly capable of handling a 7 lb. bird, or maybe even one a little larger.


With the big oven freed up, I could easily do a dozen popovers in it, along with some side dishes.

Post# 968007 , Reply# 5   11/15/2017 at 00:43 (313 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I’ll be cooking Thanksgiving dinner for David and I and my brother will be joining us. My sister lives about 400 miles away and won’t be here. I miss the holiday dinners at Moms. She cooked and my brother and i would do the dishes, our sister would always find some way out of helping. It’s been 15 years now since we had a Thanksgiving with Mom.

I always prepare the same things that we all like. Traditional and not adventurous. Since we don’t like dark meat turkey I’ll be roasting a whole turkey breast instead. And we’ll have mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, yams with brown sugar and pecans, NO MARSHMELLOWS, peas with pearl onions, cranberry sauce (jellied out of the can) rolls and Lime Jello Salad. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this jello salad. It was my Dad’s favorite that his Mom made and when he married my Mom she learned how to make it, then I learned. My family has had this salad at every Thanksgiving of my life. I know, many people equate jello salads with “low rent”, but its delicious and when David and I got married he loved it too and looks forward to it.

I’ll be making an Apple Pie and Pecan Pie too for dessert.

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Post# 968009 , Reply# 6   11/15/2017 at 01:20 (313 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Eddie!  That's not exactly the same lime Jell-O recipe my mom used to make (I think hers called for cream cheese), but I know what you mean.  I love that stuff and could eat the whole mold in short order.


I've adapted it for a cranberry version (instead of pineapple) that uses lemon Jell-O instead of lime, which is also tough for me to stop eating. 

Post# 968011 , Reply# 7   11/15/2017 at 01:30 (313 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I know Ralph! While most people will go for a turkey sandiwich latter on in the evening, for me its a dish of Lime Jello Salad. Its the only time all year that I make it. It’s rich, so a small seving is plenty. I cut the 9”x9” dish of jello salad into 12 or 16 squares, so it goes a long way.

And we eat the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers for at least 3 or 4 days after Thanksgiving, thanks to the wonders of the microwave oven, leftovers can taste almost like the first time around.

Post# 968012 , Reply# 8   11/15/2017 at 01:37 (313 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I'll almost certainly be usual.


In the background we hear the sounds of Lord Kenmore's sobs.


It will almost certainly be a meal like I have most nights.


Post# 968014 , Reply# 9   11/15/2017 at 01:44 (313 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I know, many people equate jello salads with “low rent”


Who cares what others might think of that salad?!? You like it. You want it. That's all that matters.


Plus...that recipe has family history. I'm sort of envious of that sort of history!

Post# 968024 , Reply# 10   11/15/2017 at 02:35 (313 days old) by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Luby's Cafeteria if they're open. My Dad is coming off of his treatments this week so it will be a celebration. If not Lubys, I'll fix ham and beans with cornbread, onion on the side. My Dad won't hardly eat turkey. Will definitely fix a couple of buttermilk pies, one for us and one for the neighbors.....diabetes in a pie tin, only make it once a year.

Post# 968088 , Reply# 11   11/15/2017 at 11:06 (312 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
"don't car^ve de turkey vitdhout me" (Avalon)

oh, no need, I'm cooking.

Roast Turkey, brined in apple cider, cloves, oranges, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, etc.
Sourdough It.sausage/sage/onion/butter/celery stuffing
Fresh green beans with almonds
Mashed potatoes, home made gravy with dry marsala or sherry
Cranberry sauce, whole, and jellied
Home made rolls
A trifle made with pumpkin, Lotus Bischoff ginger cookie buiscuts, and fresh whipped cream
A guest is making cheesy potatoes because they want them, and a yam dish of some sort.
Of course anyone not invited somewhere is welcome.
One year our daughter drove clear out to Dearborn to pick up her date. That was thankfully a short lived relationship. You have to let them error on their own at times. He was a very young guy without direction yet. She was a college junior.

Post# 968137 , Reply# 12   11/15/2017 at 16:13 (312 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Was up until wee hours watching Avalon on MOVIES! last night. Such a great film.

Thanksgivings as one remembers of old; plenty of family, tables set up everywhere to accommodate including the "kid's table".

And of course the *ahem* spirited debates between family members. We kids paid that action no mind, we were just happy getting our bellies full on the one day we could eat all we wanted without being lectured.

Avalon was robbed by not getting the Oscar that year. One of the best American films showcasing family life and dynamics. Especially for those who were first or perhaps second/third generation immigrants.

Have also been meaning to take a trip to Baltimore and see those streets of row houses.

Post# 968158 , Reply# 13   11/15/2017 at 17:51 (312 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

LordKenmore...if I didn't have my dad I would have no family. Your post made my heart sink. I hope there are friends you can be with.

I will probably cook the usual. Turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other assorted veggies. It's always a good excuse to fire up the Whirlpool portable quietwash afterwards. Dessert will be some sort of pie or pies.

Without mom and my brother it doesn't hold the same significance anymore....but at the same time makes me appreciate all the more what I do have left.

Post# 968181 , Reply# 14   11/15/2017 at 18:59 (312 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I'm planning to go to my sister's near Toledo, as they are going to be home this year (they usually travel). They've redone the kitchen, dining room and family room, so are staying home this year. She says she's having turkey, dressing and the other usual item. I'll probably take rolls I get at GFS, and perhaps a coconut cream pie if the restaurant I get them from has any when I'm there.

Post# 968189 , Reply# 15   11/15/2017 at 19:38 (312 days old) by angus (Fairfield, CT.)        

As usual, my sister, her partner and I will be with friends we have had since childhood. Our parents were friends and started the tradition of having certain holidays together - and were always included when we had our aunts and uncles. Now with all aunts and uncles gone, and my cousins scattered across the country, this is our new tradition.

The menu will be two turkeys, one roasted and one fried, and while the host family will make a few sides (bread dressing, mashed rutabaga and peas), other guests contribute. The host's sister makes mashed potatoes, carrots, squash and a homemade green bean casserole (actually quite good). I will make the sweet potatoes, broccoli rabe (I am Italian after all), creamed spinach, corn pudding, my mother's sausage and rice dressing (from her Neapolitan mother) and an apricot jello salad (from Cook's Country and excellent with turkey or ham), my sister's partner makes the cranberries and I usually get a panicked call from the host's sister on Tuesday that they need another pie and dinner rolls - so that's already ordered. Oh, and I also provide the hot sausage dip and Fritos Scoops for one of the appetizers. Very much in demand and very rich - a little goes a long way.

Post# 968192 , Reply# 16   11/15/2017 at 19:41 (312 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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Ralph and I are going to our friends Joe and Mary Ellen for dinner. They invite an extended family for the festivities at Thanksgiving and Christmas and have been doing this for years. It's fun for everyone. Then a visit with other neighbors for a nice drink or two. I do have to come up with a unique appetizer.

Post# 968217 , Reply# 17   11/15/2017 at 20:09 (312 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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LordKenmore...if I didn't have my dad I would have no family. Your post made my heart sink. I hope there are friends you can be with.


Unfortunately, no. I'm pretty socially isolated, and really don't have anything more than very casual friends. If I have even those...


More sobbing is heard in the background, as Lord Kenmore ponders his lonely existence.



Post# 968232 , Reply# 18   11/15/2017 at 20:56 (312 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
What one does not like about the holiday season

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Is the rushing about, and that includes Thanksgiving.

There is something to be said one supposes for being the hostess/host and thus not having to drive/hit the road. Even going into New Jersey is becoming a bother more and more. Don't mind drive down as much, it is just coming back. Especially late after one has had plenty of good food and drink. You want to just have a sit or lie down, not deal with the Garden State Parkway. *LOL*

Post# 968240 , Reply# 19   11/15/2017 at 22:05 (312 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Every day is the same without any more family left. I have no one to shop for, and like John, not many of those casual friends. Being 15 miles from town, people cant be bothered to come here unless its 90 degrees and really hot to jump in the water.

Post# 968244 , Reply# 20   11/15/2017 at 22:16 (312 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I have to work

Thanksgiving, so I'm out of luck, Donalds family eats at 6 and I have to be at work at 6, so I think I will go to the K and W cafeteria on my way to work.Im not going to have time to cook .

Post# 968248 , Reply# 21   11/15/2017 at 22:38 (312 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

"Oh, and I also provide the hot sausage dip and Fritos Scoops for one of the appetizers. Very much in demand and very rich - a little goes a long way."
Anthony, the sausage dip sounds wonderful. If it's not too involved, could you post the recipe?


Post# 968250 , Reply# 22   11/15/2017 at 23:07 (312 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

Well Launderess those are the two times in the year in NJ I actually like to be on the road. Thanksgiving and Christmas day. The two days it becomes a virtual ghost town where I am. Wish it was the other 363 days also. LOL.

Post# 968255 , Reply# 23   11/15/2017 at 23:38 (312 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
You can have it! *LOL*

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Try to avoid Route 1/9, GSP or NJP are alright further away from Manhattan one gets. *LOL*

Coming back at night is when things get backed up. Try waiting until late as possible, but guess everyone else has same idea.... Oh well, at least there is good coffee from WaWa.

Post# 968256 , Reply# 24   11/15/2017 at 23:41 (312 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Great Peanut Butter Cookies!

We're having our annual bazaar this weekend in my parish. My contribution, for the past several years, has been around 300 or so peanut butter cookies. Though cakes are really more my pleasure, cookies are not only much easier to bake, but also easier to divide and sell in individual baggies.

Fannie Farmer's cookbook was sorely out of date when Knopf hired Marion Cunningham to update it for our time. She did, with new recipes and ingredients and turned it into a best-seller again. Ms. Cunningham followed it up with the Fannie Farmer Baking Book, from which this recipe is taken.

As it states, "My favorite peanut-butter cookie, thin and crisp, with the good taste of butter and peanut butter". I'll add that another plus for this recipe is that it's relatively inexpensive on a per-cookie basis. The recipe below states in the book that it makes about 120 cookies. Because I have a Bosch Universal, I triple this recipe and it works equally well. This also freezes very well. If you don't have a powerful mixer like the Bosch, the single recipe is just as tasty!

"16 tablespoons (2 sticks or 1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunk-style
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350F. Beat the butter until creamy, then slowly add the brown and granulated sugars, and continue beating until well blended. Add the eggs and beat until smooth and light, then add the peanut butter and mix well. Pour the flour into the peanut-butter mixture, then sprinkle on the baking soda and salt. Beat until all ingredients are well mixed.

(I'm assuming you know how to form PB cookies on the sheets). Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown in color. Remove from the oven and transfer to racks to cool."

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Post# 968257 , Reply# 25   11/15/2017 at 23:44 (312 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
" Donalds family eats at 6"

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Our family has had standing sit down time of 3PM ever since can remember. By 6PM am getting my second, third or fourth trip around the table, that and or maybe hitting the dessert/coffee table.

As a teenager, young adult 3PM suited (it seemed to be rather unanimous in our street), as wanted to head out to visit with friends or "hang out" so an early meal was fine.

It was also accepted practice for myself and peers that later in the day on Thanksgiving was ok to pay calls on friends. Something one never did of course when they were likely to be having a meal. Family together was likely to be discussing events of the day and other matters not fit for outside ears. So well brought up people steered clear until "cake and coffee" time.

Being as all this may am hearing more and more people are either catering or just going out to eat. Maybe this is a NYC thing, and or reflects the smaller families and or single/two person households that are a growing trend.

Post# 968261 , Reply# 26   11/16/2017 at 00:18 (312 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Growing up, Thanksgiving was always--always--at more or less regular dinner time. I was really surprised when I found out about having it in the afternoon--at that afternoon might be more common than dinner time. I have no idea why we did the way we did it for so many years.

Being as all this may am hearing more and more people are either catering or just going out to eat.


It's probably not just NYC. I'm not sure how many people go out here...but I sure know some restaurants are open, and some of those are actively trying to get Thanksgiving business.

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Post# 968283 , Reply# 27   11/16/2017 at 06:28 (312 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Hans, if you want me to fix you a plate I will bring it to you. Can't imagine having to endure the nursing home food at the "Cane and Walker".

Post# 968286 , Reply# 28   11/16/2017 at 07:03 (312 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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My parents, youngest sister & brother-in-law, oldest sister & nephew will be at our house.  There will be 8 people at the table for 5pm supper.  We usually have ham & scalloped potatoes because my wife dislikes turkey.  Mom brings the pies, and my sisters will bring various sides and /or salads. 


We started having Thanksgiving at our home in 2000 when my Grandma Baumann was no longer able to do it.  It gives me a great opportunity to haul out the Cunningham & Pickett "Norway Rose" dinnerware that I love so much.


All of the grandparents are gone now, but the great memories will always be in my heart. 

Post# 968291 , Reply# 29   11/16/2017 at 07:09 (312 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Norway Rose

is beautiful--a friend of mine has it.

I ended up doing the same thing after my mama died and I ended up hosting about a half dozen of her surviving siblings after she passed in 1999. I kept that up until the last of them died in their nineties.

But aren't we all so very blessed to have memories! I treasure mine.

Post# 968297 , Reply# 30   11/16/2017 at 07:28 (312 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
You cut the toikee without me?

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Since this thread has touched upon the film Avalon, cannot recommend it (again) enough to those who have not seen. Especially as so many of us are discussing family and the whole set of dynamics that goes on around Thanksgiving.

Post# 968298 , Reply# 31   11/16/2017 at 07:29 (312 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re K and W

That's one of my favorite restaurants...NOT as good as the S and W , but good , We go to the one on Healey Drive which is next door to the K and W offices, so it is their flagship store

Post# 968299 , Reply# 32   11/16/2017 at 07:30 (312 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

I would RATHER have your cooking,but I wouldn't dream of you driving 2 hours to bring it to me!!

Post# 968327 , Reply# 33   11/16/2017 at 10:38 (311 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Have never seen Avalon. Since it comes with a sturdy recommendation, will try to find it on Netflix / Hulu / iTunes. The only Avalon I'm familiar with is the Roxy Music album---which is also a fine piece of artistry.

Post# 968399 , Reply# 34   11/16/2017 at 18:22 (311 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Hi Frig!

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If you get MOVIES! channel Avalon is on again 30 November:

Highly recommend the film because it truly does touch on not only long lost family values (or at least they seem to be on the way out), but for anyone that is of an immigrant family it shows the dynamics between first, second and third generation.

The whole "you cut the turkey without me" could be any family and as we all know wasn't about the bird being cut. Every family has an "Uncle Gabriel" type who starts WWIII over the slightest perceived slight.

Thanksgiving figures prominently in the film and it should, as it is a holiday that then and now is totally foreign to non-Americans. Recently arrived immigrants in 1914, 1944, 1974, and even 2014 don't "get it" at once. What is the point? Why are we or what are we supposed to be "thankful" for? Most of all why do we have to eat turkey? *LOL*

So many of the scenes are priceless, especially again those coming from an immigrant family where English is not their native tongue.

This gets me every time; mostly because recall being put through the same routine at school.

Post# 968468 , Reply# 35   11/16/2017 at 23:48 (311 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I'll have to try and watch Avalon and see how much it reminds me of my family.  We are not Polish Jews but still Polish, and I'm only 3rd generation.  Might bring back some memories of my grandparents.

Post# 968496 , Reply# 36   11/17/2017 at 07:49 (311 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Love it.

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I was just telling a friend about the "You cut the Toikey.." scene the other day. As the grandson of immigrants I was really moved by "Avalon"; it reflected my Family's own progress from Ellis Island to the American Dream (automobiles, television sets, appliances and nice single-family homes) at the expense of the family circle. It was also a very positive first impression of Elijah Wood-he did a great job. Joan Plowright was perfectly cast as the granny.

Post# 968521 , Reply# 37   11/17/2017 at 11:16 (310 days old) by jkbff (Happy Rock, ND)        

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We haven't fully decided what the plan is for Thanksgiving.

Mom said she's not making a full meal, just a chicken and sweet potatoes with marshmallows. We were told if we wanted anything else, we'd have to make it and bring. Mom has never liked roasted turkey, so we have never had turkey. She was hinting, however, that I should make breaded deep-fried turkey.

I think I have her convinced to make a vegetable jello salad that she makes.

It is cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers and green onions all julienne cut in a lime jello mayo mix. I have not really seen anything like it anywhere else, and as a kid I hated it. I absolutely love it as an adult. Everyone wrinkles their nose when I try to describe it but it has such a fresh light flavor.

Anyways, since there are references to family meals and movies... A lot of the time ... our family get-togethers usually end up like the meal from August: Osage County mainly because of my sister. So... you can about imagine what trying to plan a meal is like... I get in such a funk around holiday time trying to anticipate what the problems and sob stories will be for the season.

This year, I am hoping I can convince mom to just let me do a bunch of little things that we can munch on all day long and not have to have one big meal. Everyone kinda comes and goes then comes back and we try to play dominoes or cards or something and it all usually ends well.

As far as family etc. I am adopted to my maternal grandparents. I generally spend all of the holidays with mom and dad, because that is just what I do. My paternal family is ... large.. I don't usually go around when they are all together because I speak my mind and I will not back down from something.

Generally, if mom doesn't want to have a big goings on, her, dad and I will just have a nice meal and watch TV most of the night, or all play on our computers. Last year for Christmas, my sister couldn't be bothered to show up for some reason or another. I had anticipated it, so I already had a prime rib and potato casserole in the ovens. Had the entire meal ready to go, packed it up and came to town and had a very quiet and calm Christmas dinner with mom and dad.

I should note here that I am 30 and adopted to my maternal grandparents as mentioned above. My sister is technically my aunt and is 46... Interesting how two siblings can go down totally opposite paths in life.

Post# 968588 , Reply# 38   11/17/2017 at 18:02 (310 days old) by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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We are having dinner at moms, as usual. Our usual dinner time is 1:00
I'm making a few things to take:
Cabbage Rolls
Mashed Potatoes
Velveeta Ritz broccoli casserole
Dinner rolls
Peach pie.

To me it isn't thanksgiving without cabbage rolls. Growing up before we had everyone at moms for dinner we used to eat at Grandma Rose's where we slwYs had cabbage rolls with mashed potatoes as well as Chicken Paprikash with grated noodles.
Even after mom started having dinner grandma always brought cabbage rolls.

So I'll be making the cabbage rolls in Grandmas Revere Ware pot, and for good measure I'll use grandmas MixMaster Power Plus to whip the potatoes

Post# 968601 , Reply# 39   11/17/2017 at 18:56 (310 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Golumbki have never been a part of any of our holiday meals, more an everyday type meal for years.   My cousin's are getting lazy, we had a party a week or so ago and they bought them from Gordon's.  Made a more traditional sauce, and they were decent.  Others have shifted to golumbki soup - just toss stuff in a crock pot and let it cook - sorry no.  It's not that hard to make them, do it right...

Post# 968615 , Reply# 40   11/17/2017 at 20:44 (310 days old) by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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Oh cabbage rolls aren't a holiday food here either, I make them
Several times a year, it's just tradition at this point having them
On thanksgiving.

As for grandma serving them it was what grandpap liked, same with the Chicken Paprikash.
Those were things served all year long in her kitchen, as well as she always had beautiful meringue pies and apricot kiffles all year long.
These were also people who at least once a month would buy a honey baked ham, they were big on ham, they even had a wire rack to hold your half ham for carving.

Post# 968734 , Reply# 41   11/18/2017 at 14:56 (309 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
Please post that sausage dip recipe!!

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I miss those days when I was younger and ALL of the family (18 of us) would come together at my grand parents house for Thanksgiving.   My oldest uncle would take us kids for rides in what ever European sports car he had that year (usually a Lotus).


Then after stuffing ourselves on the food grandma spent all day cooking, rather than sitting around watching some game on TV, we'd go walk around 3-4 blocks, then come back and join in any number of games or other family activity.  Shuffleboard in the driveway, a game on the carrom board out back, or any number of tabletop games or wooden puzzles my grandma made in her wood shop out back.  The majority of Thanksgiving day (6+ hours) was spent at "gramma's house".  Unfortunately we all get older and people start to die or move away.  Sorry for the reality check.


This year we're going to my cousin's place in Pasadena.  They are asking each of those coming to bring a dish.  I'm going to make roasted garlic mashed potatoes... and maybe that jello salad (sounds SO good!).

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Post# 968768 , Reply# 42   11/18/2017 at 16:40 (309 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
What Barry Said!

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I'd like to see that hot sausage dip recipe too!


Also, I need to amend my statement about the cranberry Jell-O mold.  It does call for pineapple.  The difference between it and my mom's lime Jell-O mold is that the lime recipe also calls for canned pears.  The jellied cranberry sauce substitutes for the pears, and the Jell-O is lemon instead of lime.


I just had someone request the recipe via washermail, so I'm going ahead and pasting it here.



2 3 oz. packages of lemon Jell-O
1 Can crushed pineapple (drain and save juice -- the average size can, not sure of weight).
1 Can jellied cranberry sauce
1 Cup ginger ale -- COLD!
1 8 oz tub Cool Whip
1 8 oz brick cream cheese, softened
- Water (see instructions)
1/2 Cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Add water to pineapple juice to make two cups, bring to a boil, take off heat, dissolve Jell-O.
Transfer into a bowl.
Stir in ginger ale and (important) allow to thicken (chill it in the fridge for a bit).
Mix pineapple, cranberry sauce and cream cheese in mixer.
Add Jell-O and nuts, if used, and mix in.
Add Cool Whip and mix on low speed.
Pour into mold or bowl and chill until set.



Post# 968881 , Reply# 43   11/19/2017 at 07:01 (309 days old) by angus (Fairfield, CT.)        

Sausage Dip Anyone??

OK, this is relatively simple, doubles easily and can be made a few days in advance. This is adapted from the "Hot Sausage Dip" recipe in the book "My Mother's Southern Entertaining" by James Villas and Martha Pearl Villas:


1 one pound roll bulk breakfast sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Brand - you can use regular, hot or sage)
1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles (I use Ro-Tel brand but you can use whatever brand you can get)
1 8 ounce block Cream Cheese (do not use "light" versions or the softened cream cheese in a tub) at soft room temperature
1 medium onion, diced
Shredded cheddar or jack cheese (or combine half and half) for topping (approx 1 cup or to taste)
Fritos Scoops for serving


In a large bowl, combine the soft cream cheese with the tomatoes and their juice. Preheat a heavy skillet over med/med high heat and add just enough vegetable oil to coat lightly (spraying is fine also). Cook sausage, breaking it up into little pieces, until well browned and completely cooked. Remove with slotted spoon to drain grease and add to the cream cheese bowl. Saute the onion in the sausage drippings until softened and just beginning to brown. Drain with slotted spoon and add to the other ingredients. Mix well and transfer to a 9 inch round pie plate or 8"x8" square baking dish. Top with shredded cheese and bake in a 350 oven (middle rack) until everything is bubbling, cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Serve with Fritos Scoops since this is a rich, heavy dip and nothing else will hold up. People love this and usually eat more of this than they should...

If making in advance, don't add shredded cheese for topping until sausage mixture has cooled and then wrap securely and refrigerate until the day you want to use it. I have made this as far as four days in advance and notice no difference. Let come to room temp before baking. If doubling, you can use a 13"x9"x2 inch baking dish or just two separate smaller dishes.

You can also tart this up however you like, add some hot sauce, saute some chopped peppers, etc... but that is entirely a matter of choice.

This is very versatile - one of my friends uses it to stuff mushroom caps, and I have on occasion, loosened up the mixture with more diced tomatoes/or tomato sauce and used it as an emergency pasta sauce.

Post# 968915 , Reply# 44   11/19/2017 at 12:17 (308 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Yum Anthony!!!

Post# 968916 , Reply# 45   11/19/2017 at 12:23 (308 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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We have two options for Thanksgiving.  One is my next door neighbor.  But haven't heard yet.  His wife has had an illness she's been dealing with.  He did ask a couple of weeks ago if we had plans and told him I always have another option if they aren't up to the company.  If we do go next door, it will be  a broccoli rice casserole--this year I'm using real cheddar cheese and not Velveeta.  Or go to a good friend who's like my bear "parent".  I'll take a pumpkin dump cake--like I made for Glenn's wash-in October 2006.  I'm humbled because he owns a wonderful bakery here in town.  It's like I bring that or won't be allowed in the door.  And he's told me it's so simply and has an amazing flavor.  If timing is working well, we could end up going both places. 

Post# 968920 , Reply# 46   11/19/2017 at 13:10 (308 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
Kinda similar to the sausage dip...

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One thing I've had at a couple parties that is REALLY difficult to keep away from because it's SO good is:


Warm Chili Cheese Dip


1 (15 oz) can of good chili w/o beans

1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese, softened


*optional variations*

1 Cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese

1 Cup diced onion

1 Jalapeno, diced, seed and veins removed


Combine all ingredients and warm on the stove, in the microwave (@ 50% power) or in a crock pot.  Serve warm with tortilla chips or corn chips.


Post# 968928 , Reply# 47   11/19/2017 at 14:36 (308 days old) by angus (Fairfield, CT.)        

One correction to the sausage dip recipe. I should have said to use a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes. If all you can find is a 14 ounce can, it won't make a real difference, but Ro-Tel brand is a 10 ounce can...

Post# 968957 , Reply# 48   11/19/2017 at 17:55 (308 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

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Post# 969042 , Reply# 49   11/20/2017 at 04:51 (308 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        
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