A Dis Dad's Thanksgiving

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  1. cj9200

    cj9200 DIS Dad #412

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    Thought I would start a thread on Turkey day. Feel free to post what you are having, what you will be doing and even what you are thankful for. Food porn is encouraged.

    Me?

    Thanksgiving is my favorite meal of the year. For years I acted as cook just to make sure it is done right. After last year eating pressed turkey sitting in hospital bed, Thanksgiving will be all the favorites. Caprese salad, turkey, portabella risotto stuffing (in the bird), mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries (still haven’t decided how they will be cooked), roasted garlic asparagus and home made rolls. Desert will be either made by the Princess or store bought.

    Usually I get a minimum 15 pounder even if it is just us. If we are having friends over, I get the biggest one I can find. Just love turkey leftovers. This year’s is only 13 pounds.

    Planning a big weekend. My dive buddy from the UK will be in the states so he is flying down Thursday afternoon. We will eat, probably immediately fall asleep and head to the Keys Friday morning. The Diving Pirate Princess will be with us Friday and drive back to spend the weekend here. We will stay for a few more days of diving and kicking back in the Keys.

    What will I give thanks for this year? That DD is doing well in her Senior year (academically, athletically and socially) and I am not eating pressed turkey.
     
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  3. theduck619

    theduck619 DIS Dad #188

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    We are having our dinner today since we leave for WDW on Friday morning.

    Turkey
    Mashed potatoes
    Gravy
    Sweet potato casserole
    Corn casserole
    Cranberries
    Pecan pie

    :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:cool1::cool1:
     
  4. cj9200

    cj9200 DIS Dad #412

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    I'll trade you. Weekend in the Keys for WDW? At least can I come over for dinner? I am dying for a turkey fix.
     
  5. dvczerfs

    dvczerfs DIS Veteran

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    we go to the in-laws. :rolleyes: just about the same but instead of corn, its green bean cass. mil makes pumpkin pie.pumpkin roll and rice pudding. im not a big turkey fan. it is fun getting together with tammys family. gives tammy and i something to laugh about till christmas dinner.:laughing:
     
  6. AirGoofy

    AirGoofy DIS Dad#341

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    We are going to MIL for Thanksgiving, but I have to bring Sweet potato Casserole and Bacon Wrapped Beans.

    I put this on main thread, but these are great.

    Ingredients:
    Package Bacon
    1 can whole green beans
    1 8 oz French Catalina Dressing
    Your choice of seasoning

    Drain green beans and rinse
    Roll 4-5 green beans in strip of bacon and stab with toothpick to hold in place
    After all in baking dish, pour dressing overtop
    Season
    Let sit in fridge overnight

    Bake in oven at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Turn over wraps. Bake another 20-25 minutes.

    Bacon should start to crisp on outside. Serve hot. They are terrific
     
  7. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    Thanksgiving... one of my favorite days of the year! :goodvibes

    I used to love waking up and watching the parade then going to my Aunt's house and eating until I couldn't move... Then I got married and now we have to wake up and rush from point A, to point B, to point C...:headache: I love her family and I love my family, but holidays suck now.:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

    Our plan this year... we'll set the DVR so I can see Rob's son march in the parade, head to DW's aunt's house for lunch, head to my aunt's house for second lunch and then go home and try to sleep.

    We'll be loading up the truck and heading south around midnight!
     
  8. AirGoofy

    AirGoofy DIS Dad#341

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    That's what we used to do. When we were married, we drove to everyone's house and ate several meals. Then after we had our children, we cooked the meal and invited everyone to our house. That did not work either. So, now, we go to DW's mom on Thanksgiving and DW's dad on Christmas eve and my parents for Easter, if it does not fall during Spring Break vacation.

    If we were to spend more time with relative throughout the year, I wouldn't have an issue spending holidays with them.
     
  9. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Sorry about all the rushing around. The one thing you want to do on Thanksgiving is sit in one place and EAT!

    We always go to my parents' house in Dover. My in-laws are actually 2 minutes away from them and just come over so we're all in one house. The menu:

    Turkey. Lots and lots of turkey. White and dark meat.
    Mashed taters
    4-cheese Mac-and-cheese (made by my daughter)
    Homemade applesauce
    Corn
    Dinner rolls
    Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
    Some green stuff I skip over
    Pumpkin pie
    Apple pie (subs for my birthday cake) :thumbsup2

    We'll all go through the buffet line and then sit down and stuff our faces in front of the football game. Then we'll make a second trip through the buffet line. Then we'll fall asleep in a tryptofan-induced coma in front of the football game. Then my kids will wake me up to play football outside.

    Then, for the piece-de-resistance, my parents take the kids for an overnight while DW and I head home for 24 hours of peace! :goodvibes

    I love Thanksgiving.
     
  10. Goofy + 3

    Goofy + 3 <font color=red>DDC 400<br><font color=purple>Reme

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    Great idea for a thread. My family and I will be at my in-laws house with my wife's siblings and their families. Plus there are always some strays that seem to make it to the table on Turkey Day. Let's see...
    Turkey
    Cranberry stuff from a can
    Green bean casserole
    Stuffing (not as good as my mom's)
    Wine
    Mashed taters
    Rolls
    Wine
    Sweet potato casserole with brown sugar, nuts, etc. (Mark- it's like dessert!)
    Some broccoli concoction with cheese
    Grape leaves (MIL family tradition- grape leaves stuffed with rice and lamb meat. Tasty)
    More wine.
    Some other stuff I'm forgetting.

    Only problems are that my wife's family insists on eating dessert immediately after dinner. I need time to recover! Also, we'll be eating during the early game and that's the one I'm most interested in.
     
  11. Goofy + 3

    Goofy + 3 <font color=red>DDC 400<br><font color=purple>Reme

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    Quick question.. Why does tryptophan never knock out the kids? It's always the grown ups that are out cold by 2:00.
     
  12. AirGoofy

    AirGoofy DIS Dad#341

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    I think it has less to do with the tryptophan, and more to do with the amount of insulin being released into the adult body from all the food we just injested. My dds are usually so excited to play with the other children that they are lucky to get 5 bites of food before they run and play.
     
  13. DisneyDadC

    DisneyDadC Dis Dad Member #187 Keep calm and Dole Whip

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    OK let start with saying I will be staying home and cooking a meal for my family.I started this many yrs ago,my wife was working so I invited the whole family Grandmother, mother-in law,aunts,etc over to surprise her when she got home.We had many people. Since then some have passed away,and many have gone elsewhere.However there is still my family my mother,step father and mother-in-law that still come over.
    Now done to the good part. The food !!!

    I will do 3 turkeys all about 18-20 pounders. one in the oven and deep fry 2.( yes I said 3 turkeys we love our turkey)
    Mashed potatoes is a must
    My favorite wild rice casserole
    Stuffing stove top and homemade
    Sweet potatoes
    Green Bean casserole
    corn
    Cranberry sauce
    home made apple sauce
    Dinner rolls
    salad
    Jello salad something or other
    pickle olives
    5 pumpkin pies!!! we love our pumpkin pie also
    Coconut custard pie
    apple pie
    oh did I say there will only be ten of us but I cook enough to feed 20 or so
     
  14. theduck619

    theduck619 DIS Dad #188

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    You are always welcome CJ :thumbsup2

    Do you put a pecan topping on that beauty of a sweet potato casserole?
     
  15. AirGoofy

    AirGoofy DIS Dad#341

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    Oh Yeah!
     
  16. theduck619

    theduck619 DIS Dad #188

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    We only make it twice a year, and I so look forward to those times :banana:
     
  17. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    I found my favorite Thanksgiving treat today! Reese's Peanut Butter Arrowheads! :rotfl2::rotfl:
     
  18. DisneyFed

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    I just finished making my Turkey Rub which will be applied tomorrow.

    I will be frying turkey's starting Thursday mid morning.

    We're headed to my parent's in Charleston then to MIL in Myrtle Beach (yay:headache:).

    Same old same old....but no one beats my fried turkey;):lmao:
     
  19. theduck619

    theduck619 DIS Dad #188

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    What are you rubbing the bird with, seasoning or spicy stuff?
     
  20. DisneyFed

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    Well, I finally settled on a formula after a few years of tinkering with the ingredients...

    It's a combination of Salt, Garlic Powder (NOT GARLIC SALT!!), Chili Powder, Black Pepper and Red Pepper.


    It's not as spicy as you would think, and--in my opinion--it's pretty darn good.:thumbsup2

    No secrets here, just some trial and error, if you want it, PM me.
     
  21. cj9200

    cj9200 DIS Dad #412

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    Sounds tasty Fed. You need to post proportions. Would love to try it on my beer can chicken.
     

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