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Nov 25, 2021 - 5:49:33 AM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

I always enjoy hearing and seeing what your Thanksgiving Banquet was, or whatever you ate.
Comments on traditions, or anything about your day encouraged.
My daughters are hosting and cooking this year, and I am confident it will be non-traditional. I was assigned bring cava. So that is likely a hint as to culture of food we will have.

Enjoy your day, any way you desire! Brad

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:48:18 AM

Owen

Canada

10095 posts since 6/5/2011

.... you mean like this "cava"?   https://cava.com/products

If so, it reminds me of an editorial cartoon from 'way back.  NATO military leaders were meeting in a war room (?) replete with charts, maps, etc.  The caption ran something like: "And Germany will provide air cover.... [blah, blah] and France will do such-and-such on the left flank, and  [etc.] ... and Canada will bring the coffee and donuts."

No need to go into the details re. how my Thanksgiving dinner came out in the end [pun (?) intended.... as we had ours on Oct. 11th.] so I'll leave well-enough alone.  In any event I hope all youse slowpokes have a good 'un. 

Now back to regular programming.......

Nov 25, 2021 - 7:24:39 AM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

.... you mean like this "cava"?   https://cava.com/products

If so, it reminds me of an editorial cartoon from 'way back.  NATO military leaders were meeting in a war room (?) replete with charts, maps, etc.  The caption ran something like: "And Germany will provide air cover.... [blah, blah] and France will do such-and-such on the left flank, and  [etc.] ... and Canada will bring the coffee and donuts."

No need to go into the details re. how my Thanksgiving dinner came out in the end [pun (?) intended.... as we had ours on Oct. 11th.] so I'll leave well-enough alone.  In any event I hope all youse slowpokes have a good 'un. 

Now back to regular programming.......


The cava I am bringing, has bubbles and booze, along with a Spanish red vermouth for a pre-dinner aperitif.  Brad

Nov 25, 2021 - 7:27:03 AM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

Btw, Owen, as to the Canadians bringing the coffee and donuts, have you seen the movie The Forgotten War. On Netflix. Brad

Nov 25, 2021 - 8:28:07 AM
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12855 posts since 1/15/2005

Entire immediate family is going to the Dillard House (family style restaurant) in Dillard, Georgia. Only a handful of times have we not cooked at home ...... and really looking forward to letting someone else do the cooking.smiley

Nov 25, 2021 - 1:24:36 PM

Brian T

Canada

19020 posts since 6/5/2008

There was a Culinary Arts School where I worked. Meat cutting, sugar art, 2-3 years, all of it.
They even cooked for and ran a very fancy dining room.

In teams of 3 or 4, they would do your entire Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinners for a fee ( of course). You visit. You entertain. You pour drinks. Your "staff" does everything else, even clean-up.
I was invited to attend twice. Absolutely amazing. 20-30 guests.

Nov 25, 2021 - 2:04:04 PM
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Kent CRS

Switzerland

1 posts since 10/30/2020

It‘s good to hear some Thanksgiving stories. We have been in Switzerland (where they have everything but Thanksgiving) for over 40 years but we love to keep the tradition going. With the pandemic we wouldn‘t be having a lot of people outside the family, but all the rest is going to be like in the old days. The only place to get fresh turkeys is a farm that is thankfully near us. All organic, no antibiotics, but the price for such an exclusive foodstuff is high. A 17 pounder costs 209$. Yikes, one of my first banjos was an aluminum-pot Deering (one of their first series, I guess). That cost 90$ used at a festival. My first banjo was a long-neck Gibson and that cost 190$ in 1971. Guess what, all three were worth it!

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:15:16 PM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

We grew up with the typical “traditional” turkey dinner. Then kept that up until the girls moved out. They like to do the family thing, but with non-traditional foods.
Today we had Spanish theme. Built around red snapper baked in salt. And a bit of of roast beef with a dark flavorful sauce. Earlier, we ate a variety of tapas, cava and stuff.
Dessert was flan, and good ol apple pie. Yeaaaa!
Later, following traditions, the guys parted and talked: fishing, cars, football, various internal gastro issues, and how to trim a holly tree.
Brad

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:23:27 PM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

A TG story. My brothers and I grew up relegated to the card table-in the kitchen on thanksgiving. Until, I brought my wife into the picture. They had little choice but to invite me to sit by her-at the “big” table. Brad

Nov 25, 2021 - 7:18:34 PM

12855 posts since 1/15/2005

Back from Dillard house ….. they served turkey, ham, pork chops, cabbage casserole, butternut squash, green beans, English peas, cornbread dressing, gravy, creamed corn, rice, carrots, cranberry sauce …… for dessert pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and carrot cake.

Nov 26, 2021 - 4:35:31 AM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Back from Dillard house ….. they served turkey, ham, pork chops, cabbage casserole, butternut squash, green beans, English peas, cornbread dressing, gravy, creamed corn, rice, carrots, cranberry sauce …… for dessert pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and carrot cake.


And, did try it all.  ;-).  
I wish I was there.  Though one can argue....does mac&cheese deserve a place on the table?

brad

Nov 26, 2021 - 4:44:28 AM

4106 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

 Though one can argue....does mac&cheese deserve a place on the table?

 


my argument would be does mac & cheese ever deserve a place on the table?  (tin hat on now smiley) I love cheese - until it is cooked and then it is one of those foods that I cannot bear to even 'man up' and just eat to be polite.  Macaroni cheese or a cheese fondue is my absolute gastronomical nightmare!

Nov 26, 2021 - 4:48:52 AM

4106 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Entire immediate family is going to the Dillard House (family style restaurant) in Dillard, Georgia. Only a handful of times have we not cooked at home ...... and really looking forward to letting someone else do the cooking.smiley


I looked that place up John, it looks a nice spot to spend a family meal.  Is it a long trip from SC to there?

Nov 26, 2021 - 11:17:26 AM

12855 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Back from Dillard house ….. they served turkey, ham, pork chops, cabbage casserole, butternut squash, green beans, English peas, cornbread dressing, gravy, creamed corn, rice, carrots, cranberry sauce …… for dessert pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and carrot cake.


And, did try it all.  ;-).  
I wish I was there.  Though one can argue....does mac&cheese deserve a place on the table?

brad


Brad .... although now a staple (probably) I don't think it was a staple for Thanksgiving, at least in my household growing up.  I guess it probably is now.  Most of these dishes were the traditional things that you would have had in the Georgia mountains.  I ate a little bit of everything.

Nov 26, 2021 - 11:24:58 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Entire immediate family is going to the Dillard House (family style restaurant) in Dillard, Georgia. Only a handful of times have we not cooked at home ...... and really looking forward to letting someone else do the cooking.smiley


I looked that place up John, it looks a nice spot to spend a family meal.  Is it a long trip from SC to there?


The entire facility is really neat.  They raise many of the items that are served during their meals.  On normal weeks the menu is a little more varied with additional items like fried chicken, chicken fried steak, etc.  Whe we got there, there was a group of horseback riders just getting back from a trail ride.  They have accommodations for overnight stays.  There were a boatload of people when we got there, but we had reservations and they got us to our table 15 minutes early ..... service was very prompt.  Everything was prepaid, including tip, so there was no waiting for a check or anything like that.

Dillard is about an hour and 45 minutes from my house ..... pleasant drive.

Nov 26, 2021 - 4:06:09 PM
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I now have the honor to sit at the head of the table with the chair that has arms.....

Nov 26, 2021 - 5:34:07 PM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

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Originally posted by overhere

I now have the honor to sit at the head of the table with the chair that has arms.....


I also got that chair, when at our house, and any time at our daughters.  I appreciate they honor some traditions.  Brad

Nov 27, 2021 - 4:34:58 AM

Paul R

Canada

15396 posts since 1/28/2010

I was asked to carve the turkey at the sister-in-law's one Thanksgiving many years ago. I started carving, only to find out that the fiddly bits (giblets etc.) had not been removed. The next time I found that the bits at the other end hadn't been removed, either. Then it was decided that the Mrs. would cook the bird and it would be brought to s-i-l's place, until we finally got smart, and all festivities took place at our house. The Mrs. only knows "full gas, no brakes" when it comes to cooking and baking for a feast or party. When s-i-l cooked, everything turned out sort of beige. This year the Mrs. made turkey with apple, cranberry and onion dressing, Brussels sprouts (with bacon), roast and mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots, with a cherry cheesecake and apple crumble with ice cream or whipped cream. When she's in the kitchen, stay out of her way! I carve, and I get the chair with arms - but she gets one, too.

One benefit of Thanksgiving is the turkey sandwiches in the following days.

Edited by - Paul R on 11/27/2021 04:36:31

Nov 27, 2021 - 4:57:12 AM
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rinemb

USA

14262 posts since 5/24/2005

My growing TG dinner, rotated each year from our house, gramma’s home, aunt’s home. Later, as we youngins became adults, rotation was,: my cousin’s home, mom’s home.
Alas, That is all in the past. Cousins moved to Arizona, old folks are all gone. Now it’s our home or daughter’s home. No kids, no little table in another room, small group. Sometimes a friend or two. Brad

Nov 27, 2021 - 10:42:04 AM
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Mom’s not doing well. She can barely get out of bed, much less cook. My sister-in-law is unwell and is going into the hospital for tests next week, so she couldn’t make the trip. My brother arranged a personal chef to come to Mom’s house and cook dinner and clean up afterward. He managed to cater to the vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-allergic chaos of our family. It wasn’t perfect but most of it was pretty good.

Quite possibly the last one we’ll have with Mom, so I’m at least glad we managed it.


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