So what's everyone fixing for Thanksgiving? Traditional or making it healthier?

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    Nov 20, 2013 7:10 PM GMT
    Hosting Thanksgiving and I guess I'll go with the traditional. Stuffed turkey, side of Mushroom Spinach stuffing, some sort of green bean casserole, mashed potatoes (with sour cream in them, makes them smoother), gravy and home made cranberry relish.

    How about you? If you're cooking, what will it be? If you're taking something, what will you take? Traditional or healthy?
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    Nov 20, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidHosting Thanksgiving and I guess I'll go with the traditional. Stuffed turkey, side of Mushroom Spinach stuffing, some sort of green bean casserole, mashed potatoes (with sour cream in them, makes them smoother), gravy and home made cranberry relish.

    How about you? If you're cooking, what will it be? If you're taking something, what will you take? Traditional or healthy?

    Healthy? For just one day of the year? Ok, maybe two days if you celebrate xmas.

    You've got to have gravy made from the pan drippings which are mostly fat, mashed potatoes with butter or sour cream whipped in, pumpkin pie, etc.
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    Nov 20, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidHealthy? For just one day of the year? Ok, maybe two days if you celebrate xmas.
    You've got to have gravy made from the pan drippings which are mostly fat, mashed potatoes with butter or sour cream whipped in, pumpkin pie, etc.

    Mine definitely will NOT be healthy, even the green beans, which I don't even care for, will be doctored up with some bacon grease or something! LOL
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    Nov 21, 2013 12:21 AM GMT
    For Thanksgiving ... and then we'll work it off the following week:

    Curried nuts and raisins;

    Watercress, endive & pear salad;

    Brined turkey breast w- lemon-parsley gravy;

    Braised chestnuts with Madeira cream sauce;

    Sweet potatoes - uncooked, put through the Spirilizer and sprinkled with lemon juice;

    Cranberry relish w-ginger;

    Dried-fruit compote with bourbon and creme.
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    Nov 21, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    I thought turkey was already relatively healthy. And pumpkin pie has vitamin A, so we're all set.icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 21, 2013 1:29 AM GMT
    Every Thanksgiving there's always someone at the table who's gotta posture with "Oh, I really shouldn't." Don't be that person. If someone takes the trouble to cook for you damn well show your appreciation and at least taste everything. And if you're doing the cooking consider your guests. Thanksgiving is about camaraderie, the one meal of the year you should indulge!
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    Nov 21, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
    Sorry I'm dieting, ill be thankful for my waistline icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 21, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    Solomono saidSorry I'm dieting, ill be thankful for my waistline icon_biggrin.gif

    Lucky bitch! Try living with a chef and getting away with dieting on Turkey day. Soooo not happenin'
    Then, do it all again with your family on Saturday.
    So much elliptical with my name all over it.
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    Nov 21, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidWe are taking everyone out to a hotel's restaurant. I know not very traditional. But the parents are too old now to cook and clean.

    Isn't that what pot lucks are for? Love the variety of having everyone bring something and it's a lot less expensive, but have fun…I'm sure it will be delicious.
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    Nov 21, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidFor Thanksgiving ... and then we'll work it off the following week:
    Curried nuts and raisins;
    Watercress, endive & pear salad;
    Brined turkey breast w- lemon-parsley gravy;
    Braised chestnuts with Madeira cream sauce;
    Sweet potatoes - uncooked, put through the Spirilizer and sprinkled with lemon juice;
    Cranberry relish w-ginger;
    Dried-fruit compote with bourbon and creme.

    Hmmm….I just cancelled my dinner, I'm coming to your house! I'm especially hitting the Madeira and the bourbon hard! Curried nuts and raisins…OMG that sounds delicious.
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    Nov 21, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    Traditional turkey IS healthy.
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    Nov 21, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    eb925guy said
    Jockbod48 saidFor Thanksgiving ... and then we'll work it off the following week:
    Curried nuts and raisins;
    Watercress, endive & pear salad;
    Brined turkey breast w- lemon-parsley gravy;
    Braised chestnuts with Madeira cream sauce;
    Sweet potatoes - uncooked, put through the Spirilizer and sprinkled with lemon juice;
    Cranberry relish w-ginger;
    Dried-fruit compote with bourbon and creme.

    Hmmm….I just cancelled my dinner, I'm coming to your house! I'm especially hitting the Madeira and the bourbon hard! Curried nuts and raisins…OMG that sounds delicious.
    I'm coming with you
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    Nov 21, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    Guys - - - the one thing I would NOT do for Thanksgiving (or Easter, Mother's Day, or any other holiday) is go out to a restaurant for dinner. I was a dinner waiter in a fine dining restaurant during my undergrad years. Some people think it is a good idea to go out with their friends or families on a holiday - hoping for a nice time without having to cook. Holidays are the busiest times of the year and waiters just cannot do their best for you on those nights. There are too many people crowded into a restaurant, and sometimes extra tables are pushed into the room. The kitchen is stressed, and sometimes a waiter or two will be "sick" that night, forcing the rest of us to try to try to handle their tables as well as our own. It is impossible to do our best on those nights. In fact, it is very hard to be half way decent those nights. It is awful not being able to give our best service to all the people sitting there waiting for this or that, wondering why the service is so slow and not nearly as good as on a 'normal' night. It is truly Hell night. For best service and a relaxing, enjoyable night where waiters can really treat you beautifully and give you the best of everything and their fullest attention, please consider going out to dinner on a quieter night! For holidays, if you can't cook, a much better alternative might be to get the dinner prepared by a good market, deli or caterer and just bring it home and serve it.
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    Nov 21, 2013 11:00 PM GMT
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    Solomono saidSorry I'm dieting, ill be thankful for my waistline icon_biggrin.gif

    Lucky bitch! Try living with a chef and getting away with dieting on Turkey day. Soooo not happenin'
    Then, do it all again with your family on Saturday.
    So much elliptical with my name all over it.


    Haha lucky you!!

    Enjoy your turkeys ;)
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    Nov 22, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    Thanksgiving is one day where I plan to pig out and refuse to feel guilty about it!

    Right now my contributions to dinner will be spiced sweet potatoes, some green bean dish to be determined and a cheesecake. I'm thinking Irish Cream cheesecake with chocolate topping and Kahlua spiked whipped cream. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 22, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    We're going to have roast duck and veggies.
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    Nov 22, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    Potato latkes! Happy Thanksgivukkah!
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    Nov 22, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    duluthrunner saidPotato latkes! Happy Thanksgivukkah!

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    Have you ever had potato sausage?
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    Nov 22, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    Don't think so...
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    Nov 24, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    paradox saidWe're going to have roast duck and veggies.

    I love duck, had it last week.

    But actually I think the traditional US Thanksgiving dinner, as I've mostly experienced it, is already fairly healthy. At least compared to other typical US meals.

    The centerpiece is turkey, of course, and that's a healthy food. This Thursday we'll also have capon on the table, another poultry item that's better than red meats.

    There'll be lots of fresh vegetables, most prepared fairly simply, without heavy cheeses and sauces, some actually raw on a veggie platter which I especially like. If there are any casserole dishes I'll avoid those.

    I'll take the sweet potatoes and just a spoon of white potatoes to taste. There should be several dressings, and I like the simplest bread type without any meat, just a little and about the only bread I'll be eating. Dessert will be apple pie or pumpkin, without whipped cream or ice cream, about the most sugar I'll be eating.

    And I don't overeat, the biggest portion will be the turkey without gravy. So I don't think my meal will be terribly unhealthy, for just once a year.
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    Nov 24, 2013 2:02 PM GMT
    We volunteer at a homeless shelter. My man-servant is an amazing cook, so he cooks for hours on end and I am a super sexy waiter, so I just spend the day bringing food and drink to people who look like they could use some food and drink.
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    Nov 24, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidWe volunteer at a homeless shelter. My man-servant is an amazing cook, so he cooks for hours on end and I am a super sexy waiter, so I just spend the day bringing food and drink to people who look like they could use some food and drink.

    What is your point? To mock holiday giving? Here's what I hope we're all doing this US Thanksgiving:

    We've bought a couple dozen turkeys for poor HIV/AIDS patients. There used to be a local dinner provided where those turkeys were served and we could join them to eat as well (or actually we were on the serving line), but now our HIV food bank just gives out the bulk food for home consumption.

    An Army Officer tradition is to invite junior enlisted soldiers to your home for Thanksgiving, so they don't have Thanksgiving in the barracks dining hall. I still followed that custom after retirement, inviting not soldiers but those local gays who were holiday orphans, and maybe not doing so well.

    The last few years we've been having Thanksgiving with friends, nothing at our own place, so that's why I buy turkeys for those who can't afford them.

    And it's likely not too late to do the same in some parts of the US, which I hope you & others here will consider doing. Whether it's specifically for HIV/AIDS patients, or poor people generally, your community will likely have some kind of Thanksgiving food program. And you may be able to invite some needy people to your own table.
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    Nov 24, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidMost of my family is getting together up north for Thanksgiving this year. I couldn't go, so I'm going to be by myself. I suspect I'll be eating in front of the computer or the television.


    I must have missed a few posts .... I thought you moved back to NYC?
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    Nov 24, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    freedomisntfree said
    Aristoshark saidMost of my family is getting together up north for Thanksgiving this year. I couldn't go, so I'm going to be by myself. I suspect I'll be eating in front of the computer or the television.


    I must have missed a few posts .... I thought you moved back to NYC?

    Not yet. I decided winter was an insane time to be making that kind of move.


    Here it is 11:00 am and it's all of 19 degrees out. A little early for that. Good choice.
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    Nov 25, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
    At my family's home, the only item that is traditional is the turkey. Otherwise, the rest of the dishes are Filipino. icon_smile.gif