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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 10:01:42 (permalink)
My mom called yesterday to ask if I could bring a bag of stuffing/dressing since she was one short, so I just finished prepping 2 bags for dressing on the side and they'll be reheated there.  I don't know how Brownberry comes up with its instructions but I always add more water and butter to taste, along with a little poultry seasoning.
 
Making the dressing at 8:30am also means my breakfast is taken care of.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 10:46:13 (permalink)
Our usual Thanksgiving. We'll have somewhere over 20 people. We never know how many because we don't know if grand nieces and nephews will bring a friend and we don't mind. One year our oven failed so we sent our turkey out to the country to a niece 15 miles away to bake it and it came back as two turkeys with her two neighbors we didn't know. Nobody likes to celebrate Thanksgiving alone.
 
We buy a free range organic fresh, not frozen, turkey at Mackenthun's Meat & Deli in Saint Bonafacius, MN. This year it is a 22 pounder. Backup protein will be a spiral ham.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 12:39:16 (permalink)
Just had our Thanksgiving lunch!
 
Supremely juicy turkey, cooked upside-down. Many many years ago, when we used to talk to our extended family and attended their holiday gatherings, we had turkey that was cooked absolutely to death and dry as a bone. When my mom started preparing turkey, she resolved to do it better, and so she does.
 

 
Stuffing with apples and chestnuts.
 

 
Yukon Gold potatoes.
 

 
The requisite green bean casserole.
 

 
Equally requisite rolls.
 

 
Plenty of homemade gravy.
 

 
The full spread and my personal plate.
 

 

 
We did lunch since my mom's leaving this afternoon. I prefer lunch to dinner, since it gives me time to digest everything and then forage for more food later.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 12:52:09 (permalink)
ScreamingChicken and Ann Peeples mentioned working on the holiday at retailers.  I'm sure the Black Friday hours being extended is an issue all over, but here is a take on it from a group in their home state and mine, Wisconsin.
 
All this middle of the night stuff strikes me as weird, But if the customers are there, I guess it's capitalism at work.  
 
But questions -- do the workers get any extra for giving up time with family?  Any premium pay?
 
In some situations, of course, there is a day's pay even if you get it off, and premium pay besides if you work  it.  Do retail employees get anything if they get the day off?
 
 
In my life on the railroad, I've spent most holidays working, but that was fine, I even preferred it for the premium pay there, double time and a half.  And it was no big deal, as I grew up watching my dad spend his life doing the same thing.  I suspect the retailers don't have it so good.
 
Best wishes to all of you that keep the wheels turning while the rest of us relax.
 
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/opinion/columnists/other/jenny-wittner-workers-need-a-better-deal-on-thanksgiving-weekend/article_100dee3c-e410-56ca-affe-7bba9d932133.html
 
 
An aside FWIW, but I noticed today McDonald's is closed and Burger King is open.
 
 
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 12:57:27 (permalink)
Ketteract, what a killer!  Everything is gorgeous.  So I assume you're back home for the holiday.  I'm really writing to comment on the Green Bean Casserole, looks like the edges are the preferred part!  Must be the crustiness?  And how do you get that?  Higher heat, no cover?
 
I have that same casserole dish, it's a set of three.
 
And your plate.  Oh, Lord.
 
 
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 13:05:31 (permalink)
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I'm really writing to comment on the Green Bean Casserole, looks like the edges are the preferred part!  Must be the crustiness?  And how do you get that?  Higher heat, no cover? 




I asked my mom.  She said it's a matter of leaving it in the oven long enough, with no cover.  For this one, it was 350 degrees - not that hot - for about 35-40 minutes.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 19:18:07 (permalink)
Very nice, Ketteract! And I love that gravy boat; reminds me of the one my grandma used.
 
I did an utterly non-traditional dinner this year, but it fell well within the carb, fat, and salt restrictions while still being delicious and feeling like we were being decadent.
 
Slow cooker balsamic pot roast

 
Creamy Brussles sprouts with peppered bacon

 
Grandma Unrath salad (it's what my grandma always made at holidays)

 
Creamy spinach and mushroom casserole

 
And the full table, complete with the obligatory can o' cranberry sauce, sweet & sour red cabbage, and drop biscuits made with Loveless Cafe mix

 
I have no pictures of my plate; I was starving! Later there will be triple berry tarts (from Omaha Steaks), but they're still in the freezer until we want dessert.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/26 22:56:01 (permalink)
Ketteract and felix4067 - thanks for sharing your pictures, everything looks delicious.  You both have such nice dinner plates to go with the meal.  I'm assuming they are for the holiday, and you don't use for every day? 
 
I thought our dinner went well.  This is  sugar cane harvest time and a co-worker had given my sister-in-law some cane syrup (similar to sorghum?) and as a last minute idea she googled a recipe for making a salad dressing with it, and that went over well. 
 
I was disappointed in my sweet potato-pecan pie, I think I overbaked it, but it was served alongside a Chantilly cream (the main ingredients were whipped cream, brandy, Grand Marnier) which really redeemed it.  The other pie was excellent, chocolate chess pie I found on the net, fudgey, it didn't need it, but everyone could spoon some of the cream on it if they wanted, which most did. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 00:18:56 (permalink)
Those are actually my everyday dishes, with the exception of the tray the roast is on and the cranberry sauce dish... I meant to get out the good china and polish the silver purely because I haven't done it in years, but time got away from me so I couldn't do the silver. The way we've got it stored, the only thing I could get to easily was plates of various sizes. And if I'm getting out my mother's wedding china, I'm using ALL of it, darn it! I have hopes of getting it out for Christmas.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 08:59:09 (permalink)
And now, of course, it's time for the post-Thanksgiving sandwiches!
 

 
Yesterday's turkey on yesterday's roll, with Swiss, Sterzing's potato chips, and Kewpie mayo (prefer Hellmann's for this but my mom is Japanese).
 
I expect I'll have four or five of these before the day is out.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 09:39:57 (permalink)
In all fairness to Target-they pay an extra dollar per hour, plus time and a half. Plus they had a turkey dinner catered in for us.The atmosphere is fun because they have enough people so no one is stressed. If only that were an everyday thing...
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 11:18:27 (permalink)
The best part of waking up is a Turkey sandwich in my gut....Nothing like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce on white bread for breakfast.......
 

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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 12:10:18 (permalink)
Ah, we build ours differently, you and I. I put the cranberry sauce on top of the stuffing.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 12:20:53 (permalink)
I only took two pics yesterday.  My Mother was here and I had to fix her plate......everything else was ordinary.........mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, etc.  MH just had pie for breakfast.


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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 12:26:45 (permalink)
Ordinary, my foot. And as it happens I just got out the makings for my first turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 12:52:54 (permalink)
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Very nice, Ketteract! And I love that gravy boat; reminds me of the one my grandma used.
 
I did an utterly non-traditional dinner this year, but it fell well within the carb, fat, and salt restrictions while still being delicious and feeling like we were being decadent.
 
Slow cooker balsamic pot roast

 
Creamy Brussles sprouts with peppered bacon

 
Grandma Unrath salad (it's what my grandma always made at holidays)

 
Creamy spinach and mushroom casserole

 
And the full table, complete with the obligatory can o' cranberry sauce, sweet & sour red cabbage, and drop biscuits made with Loveless Cafe mix

 
I have no pictures of my plate; I was starving! Later there will be triple berry tarts (from Omaha Steaks), but they're still in the freezer until we want dessert.


Felix, Nice job! It's nice to see something other than turkey. As long as the family was together thats all that counts.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 12:57:00 (permalink)
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I only took two pics yesterday.  My Mother was here and I had to fix her plate......everything else was ordinary.........mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, etc.  MH just had pie for breakfast.




Lisa, picture perfect! Michael, I think we must be brothers, we both eat the turkey sands the exact same way. I do remember my family getting rid of an older brother because he was a pain in the a-s. That could be you my brother.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 12:58:02 (permalink)
MH had pie for breakfast.  Here's his lunch.

 
As for me, I am sick of looking at the damn bird so I pulled this out of the freezer!  I made it from a brisket I cooked.......top it with a couple of poached eggs.  Voilà!  I don't have to eat turkey today!

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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 13:50:56 (permalink)
BTW, the turkey was really good.  A fresh, Amish farm turkey.  But today I need a break from that bird!
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 14:37:54 (permalink)
Lisa-we love the "ordinary" dinner.Bob just commented about that after yesterdays dinner-it was lovely,but why try to ramp it up? Not necessary!
 
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 17:39:24 (permalink)
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Lisa-we love the "ordinary" dinner.Bob just commented about that after yesterdays dinner-it was lovely,but why try to ramp it up? Not necessary!
 


Exactly, Ann!  If it ain't broken, don't fix it!  That stuffed turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. is traditional but I wouldn't change anything if you paid me!  My mother did it for over 50 years.  It's now my turn.   
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 17:53:22 (permalink)
Thanks, pnwchef! I was pretty pleased with it, although I would give my left arm to be allowed to make an "ordinary" Thanksgiving dinner! But with my mother's low carb, low sodium, low fat diet and it being just the two of us it just isn't gonna happen. In our case, it was broken, so we did have to fix it. 
 
Ann, I'm glad to hear that Target, at least, tries to compensate their employees for the ridiculousness of having to work on a holiday. I still hate that anyone feels like they have to go shopping on a holiday (especially when it's been proven time and again that "Black Friday" deals aren't really deals at all in most cases), but if you've got to work you should be fairly compensated for it.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 18:25:26 (permalink)
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Your meal looks delicious.  After I made the mashed potatoes and stuffing and rubbed the whole outside of the turkey with butter I proudly declared to MH, "I just used a pound and a half of butter!!"  No wonder my mashed potatoes were so good.  Throw in two sticks of butter and you could eat your slippers!  This is the time of the year that I actually lose weight.......sick of cooking, sick of tasting.....I didn't even eat yesterday.  Now it's time to start baking cookies for Christmas.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 19:32:40 (permalink)
felix4067,
 
Could you tell us what is in your grandmother's salad? It looks delicious!
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/27 21:22:50 (permalink)
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But questions -- do the workers get any extra for giving up time with family?  Any premium pay?

Mrs. Chicken's 10-10 shift that started Thursday night paid holiday rate from 10-midnight because it was still technically Thanksgiving but the following 8 hours were at standard rate, although she's not sure if she'll get the $1/hr. bump usually paid for an overnight shift because the store was actually open during those hours.  She also worked until 3am Thanksgiving morning and the midnight-3 segment drew holiday pay.
 
But to answer your questions, nothing that wouldn't be paid in a situation involving another holiday.
 
Lots of nice photos...looks like people had some great meals!
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2015/11/27 21:24:17
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/28 09:40:44 (permalink)
Rebecca - welcome to Roadfood, it's great group of folks, lots of interesting topics, etc.  I get so much from it, recipes, restaurant recommendations, tips on products, you get the idea -
 
Is it too soon to say I'm tired of turkey?  We had so much leftover, I took home a TV dinner (now I'm showing my age) with sides and sliced turkey, in addition to a large pack of sliced turkey (and the duck) which I picked on most of yesterday, and made a sandwich later.
 
 
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/28 12:08:28 (permalink)
Due to a lack of communication between my wife and myself we left my parents' house with only the remainders of the dressing that we brought, so last night we bought 3 turkey drumsticks, gravy (I know, I know), and potatoes for the express purpose of creating leftovers.
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/28 12:14:03 (permalink)
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Due to a lack of communication between my wife and myself we left my parents' house with only the remainders of the dressing that we brought, so last night we bought 3 turkey drumsticks, gravy (I know, I know), and potatoes for the express purpose of creating leftovers.


 Genius. Skip Thanksgiving altogether and go straight to the leftovers. You can call the chain Black Friday when you franchise your idea. :)
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/28 12:27:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby 1bbqboy 2015/11/28 13:20:42
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felix4067,
 
Could you tell us what is in your grandmother's salad? It looks delicious!


It's more of a method than ingredients, although those are important as well.
http://bethsmostlyhealthy...ndma-unrath-salad.html
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Re: Turkey Day 2015/11/28 14:21:12 (permalink)
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felix4067,
 
Could you tell us what is in your grandmother's salad? It looks delicious!


It's more of a method than ingredients, although those are important as well.
http://bethsmostlyhealthy...ndma-unrath-salad.html


That looks great! Thanks!
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