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  1. #1
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get
    detailed with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't forget
    anything.

    Menu [things I may or may not make, depending on time/illness/energy are
    in brackets]:

    Relish tray (olives, celery, other little nibbles depending on what's handy)
    [Deviled eggs -- James will make these if he's up for it]
    Roasted turkey
    Giblet gravy
    Stuffing (made from my bread)
    Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
    Homemade cranberry sauce
    [Fresh bread]
    Corn with butter
    [Peas in oniony cream sauce]
    [Steamed or possibly roasted sweet potatoes]
    Roasted pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream
    [Baked apples]
    Iced tea, coffee, water

    To do tonight:

    Chop and cook onions and celery for stuffing; reserve some celery for
    relish tray and cut it up
    Make oniony cream sauce
    Thaw roasted pumpkin
    Make and chill iced tea
    Thaw and cube reserved bread heels for stuffing
    Roast garlic; chill
    Make cranberry sauce
    Make pumpkin pie
    Fill ice cube trays
    Take some time to just goof off
    Find serving trays and utensils for everything; take out some more
    coffee cups and drinking glasses; make sure there are enough dinner
    plates out

    To do tomorrow (with approximate times)

    Start first pot of coffee (morning; make more as needed)
    Take butter out to soften (morning)
    Squeeze out roasted garlic and set aside (any time)
    Boil and chill eggs (morning)
    Assemble deviled eggs (James will do this whenever he feels like it)
    Start the giblet stock (9:00)
    Make the stuffing and put away the remaining stock (9:30)
    Prep/stuff the turkey, preheat the oven to 325 (10:00)
    Start the turkey (10:00 or so)
    Start bread dough (11:30 or so)
    STOP, REST, and EAT LUNCH (noonish)
    Tent the turkey (1:30 or so)
    Peel potatoes and sweet potatoes (2:00)
    Core and prepare baked apples (2:15)
    Boil potatoes and steam sweet potatoes (2:30)
    Take the turkey out (2:30 or so), unstuff, and let it rest
    Put bread [and apples] into oven (2:30)
    Heat corn and peas (2:40)
    Mash potatoes (last minute)
    Assemble olive tray (last minute)
    Make gravy (any time; keep warm for up to 1 hour or refrigerate until
    last minute)
    Dinner at 3
    As soon as dinner's over, whip the cream for the pies (can be done ahead
    of time if there's time)

    Serene
    --
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    cool): http://supercooltoystore.com

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    the bottom of the garden." -- Richard Dawkins

  2. #2
    Peter-Lucas Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired,



    I had to have a cup of tea and a lay down after reading it!!

    BLOODY Hell!!!



    > Tent the turkey (1:30 or so)



    How does one 'tent a turkey'??



    > As soon as dinner's over,.......



    Drag out a bottle of scotch and get ****faced!!




    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia

    "As viscous as motor oil swirled in a swamp, redolent of burnt bell
    peppers nested in by incontinent mice and a finish reminiscent of the
    dregs of a stale can of Coca-Cola that someone has been using as an
    ashtray. Not a bad drink, though."
    Excerpt from "The Moose Turd Wine Tasting" by T. A. Nonymous

  3. #3
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]


    My more basic solo menu (just me, no friends or family):

    Roast turkey
    Butternut squash
    Sausage mushroom stuffing/dressing
    Asparagus with hollandaise
    Pumpkin pie

    The pumpkin pie is in the oven now. After making the pie and getting it
    in the oven I proceeded to make the stuffing/dressing. The
    stuffing/dressing is in its baking dishes ready to go in the oven when
    the pie comes out. That will wrap up tonight's work.

    Tomorrow morning I'll get the turkey roasting, along with pre-nuking the
    butternut squash and putting it in the oven to finish. When the turkey
    is done and resting I'll deglaze the roasting pan and make the gravy,
    then I'll move on to steaming the asparagus and making the hollandaise.

    Sometime approaching dinner time everything should be ready so I'll sit
    down to my feast, and shortly after start packing up all the leftovers.

    Exciting eh?

  4. #4
    dejablues Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]


    "Serene Vannoy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    > really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get detailed
    > with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't forget anything.
    >
    > Menu [things I may or may not make, depending on time/illness/energy are
    > in brackets]:
    >
    > Relish tray (olives, celery, other little nibbles depending on what's
    > handy)
    > [Deviled eggs -- James will make these if he's up for it]
    > Roasted turkey
    > Giblet gravy
    > Stuffing (made from my bread)
    > Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
    > Homemade cranberry sauce
    > [Fresh bread]
    > Corn with butter
    > [Peas in oniony cream sauce]
    > [Steamed or possibly roasted sweet potatoes]
    > Roasted pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream
    > [Baked apples]
    > Iced tea, coffee, water
    >
    > To do tonight:
    >
    > Chop and cook onions and celery for stuffing; reserve some celery for
    > relish tray and cut it up
    > Make oniony cream sauce
    > Thaw roasted pumpkin
    > Make and chill iced tea
    > Thaw and cube reserved bread heels for stuffing
    > Roast garlic; chill
    > Make cranberry sauce
    > Make pumpkin pie
    > Fill ice cube trays
    > Take some time to just goof off
    > Find serving trays and utensils for everything; take out some more coffee
    > cups and drinking glasses; make sure there are enough dinner plates out
    >
    > To do tomorrow (with approximate times)
    >
    > Start first pot of coffee (morning; make more as needed)
    > Take butter out to soften (morning)
    > Squeeze out roasted garlic and set aside (any time)
    > Boil and chill eggs (morning)
    > Assemble deviled eggs (James will do this whenever he feels like it)
    > Start the giblet stock (9:00)
    > Make the stuffing and put away the remaining stock (9:30)
    > Prep/stuff the turkey, preheat the oven to 325 (10:00)
    > Start the turkey (10:00 or so)
    > Start bread dough (11:30 or so)
    > STOP, REST, and EAT LUNCH (noonish)
    > Tent the turkey (1:30 or so)
    > Peel potatoes and sweet potatoes (2:00)
    > Core and prepare baked apples (2:15)
    > Boil potatoes and steam sweet potatoes (2:30)
    > Take the turkey out (2:30 or so), unstuff, and let it rest
    > Put bread [and apples] into oven (2:30)
    > Heat corn and peas (2:40)
    > Mash potatoes (last minute)
    > Assemble olive tray (last minute)
    > Make gravy (any time; keep warm for up to 1 hour or refrigerate until last
    > minute)
    > Dinner at 3
    > As soon as dinner's over, whip the cream for the pies (can be done ahead
    > of time if there's time)
    >
    > Serene


    I hope you have help!
    (I always loved the relish tray, my mom always has one on her cut crystal
    relish dish. I usually make the fancy cut radishes, gherkin fans, and curly
    celery, because I went all Martha Stewart one year and now I'm stuck with
    the job.)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!



  5. #5
    Sky Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Serene Vannoy wrote:
    >
    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    > really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get
    > detailed with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't forget
    > anything.
    >
    > Menu [things I may or may not make, depending on time/illness/energy are
    > in brackets]:
    >
    > Relish tray (olives, celery, other little nibbles depending on what's handy)
    > [Deviled eggs -- James will make these if he's up for it]
    > Roasted turkey
    > Giblet gravy
    > Stuffing (made from my bread)
    > Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
    > Homemade cranberry sauce
    > [Fresh bread]
    > Corn with butter
    > [Peas in oniony cream sauce]
    > [Steamed or possibly roasted sweet potatoes]
    > Roasted pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream
    > [Baked apples]
    > Iced tea, coffee, water
    >

    timeline snipped
    >
    > Serene


    Dang!!!! Kudos to you ;D At least you have a list set out and more,
    which always so much!

    Sky, who just has to do rice & chocolate icebox cake (WHEW!)

    --
    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice

  6. #6
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    On Wed, 26 Nov 2008 17:44:15 -0800, Serene Vannoy
    <[email protected]> wrote:


    >Menu [things I may or may not make, depending on time/illness/energy are
    >in brackets]:


    >[Peas in oniony cream sauce]


    That sounds really good. Recipe?

    I am getting ready to start cooking myself. I just came back from
    Meghan's and she has instructions on how to start the turkey....

    She is cooking the turkey, and the stuffing. Also fixing snacky type
    stuff (guacamole,which is de rigor here in NM) and will fix asparagus
    in some sort of lemony-buttery type sauce.

    I am fixing:
    maple glazed baby carrots (in the crockpot)
    Sweet Potato Pudding (in the RFC cookbook)
    Russ Parsons Mom's Cranberries
    http://www.latimes.com/features/food...,7475062.story
    James Beard's Rich Pumpkin Pie (recipe to follow)
    Pear Mincemeat Tart
    Pimento Cheese (if I am not too tired)

    Rich Pumpkin Pie

    Plain pastry for 2 9-inch pie shells

    2 cups mashed pumpkin (canned is ideal)
    6 eggs
    2 cups heavy cream
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2/3 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/2 cup finely cut preserved or candied ginger
    1/2 cup cognac
    1/4 teaspoon mace

    Fill shells with foil and beans and back at 425 degrees for 12
    minutes. Remove
    foil and beans. Remove pie shells from oven.

    Place pumpkin in a bowl and make a well in the center. Add lightly
    beaten eggs
    combined with heavy cream, seasonings, cognac, and chopped ginger.
    Blend
    thoroughly. Correct the seasonings- you may want a spicier pie. Pour
    into the
    partially baked pie shells and bake at 375 degrees until the custard
    is just
    set.

    James Beard says he prefers to serve this on the warm side...with
    cognac
    flavored and sweetened whipped cream.

    When I have not had cognac in the house..I have made it with a good
    brandy..and
    it turned out well....

    Christine

  7. #7
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    dejablues wrote:

    >
    > I hope you have help!


    Nope, not really, but James will make the deviled eggs if we have them.
    :-) Oh, and he did some cleaning in the kitchen, which always helps.

    > (I always loved the relish tray, my mom always has one on her cut crystal
    > relish dish. I usually make the fancy cut radishes, gherkin fans, and curly
    > celery, because I went all Martha Stewart one year and now I'm stuck with
    > the job.)


    Hee! In my family, it was a lot simpler than that. Gherkins (not fanned)
    celery stuffed with jarred cheese spread, green and black olives,
    sometimes other stuff.

    > Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


    Right backatcha.

    Serene

    --
    Super Cool Toy Store (I've played with them, and they really are super
    cool): http://supercooltoystore.com

    "I am an agnostic only to the extent that I am agnostic about fairies at
    the bottom of the garden." -- Richard Dawkins

  8. #8
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    On Wed 26 Nov 2008 06:44:15p, Serene Vannoy told us...

    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    > really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get
    > detailed with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't forget
    > anything.


    OMG, Serene, I donít envy you the tasks ahead of you, especially when
    feeling ill.

    Your menu is stunning. Thereís no one who shouldnít find a hoard of things
    to eat.

    Iím ahead of myself this year, but thereís only the two of us for dinner.

    So far completed:

    Stock
    Cornbread Dressing
    Candied Yams
    Pumpkin Pie
    Glazed Carrots
    Turkey washed, prepped, seasoned, and oven ready

    Yet to do tonight: prepping the Brussels Sprouts

    Tomorrow morning: devilled eggs, potatoes prepped for cooking and mashing

    The rest is just cooking everything at the right time.

    This is a much simpler menu than yours, but weíll enjoy it.

    Good luck with everything and have a Happpy Thanksgiving!





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    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
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  9. #9
    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Serene Vannoy wrote:
    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    > really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get
    > detailed with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't forget
    > anything.
    >
    > Menu [things I may or may not make, depending on time/illness/energy are
    > in brackets]:
    >
    > Relish tray (olives, celery, other little nibbles depending on what's
    > handy)
    > [Deviled eggs -- James will make these if he's up for it]
    > Roasted turkey
    > Giblet gravy
    > Stuffing (made from my bread)
    > Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
    > Homemade cranberry sauce
    > [Fresh bread]
    > Corn with butter
    > [Peas in oniony cream sauce]
    > [Steamed or possibly roasted sweet potatoes]
    > Roasted pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream
    > [Baked apples]
    > Iced tea, coffee, water
    >
    > To do tonight:
    >
    > Chop and cook onions and celery for stuffing; reserve some celery for
    > relish tray and cut it up
    > Make oniony cream sauce
    > Thaw roasted pumpkin
    > Make and chill iced tea
    > Thaw and cube reserved bread heels for stuffing
    > Roast garlic; chill
    > Make cranberry sauce
    > Make pumpkin pie
    > Fill ice cube trays
    > Take some time to just goof off
    > Find serving trays and utensils for everything; take out some more
    > coffee cups and drinking glasses; make sure there are enough dinner
    > plates out
    >
    > To do tomorrow (with approximate times)
    >
    > Start first pot of coffee (morning; make more as needed)
    > Take butter out to soften (morning)
    > Squeeze out roasted garlic and set aside (any time)
    > Boil and chill eggs (morning)
    > Assemble deviled eggs (James will do this whenever he feels like it)
    > Start the giblet stock (9:00)
    > Make the stuffing and put away the remaining stock (9:30)
    > Prep/stuff the turkey, preheat the oven to 325 (10:00)
    > Start the turkey (10:00 or so)
    > Start bread dough (11:30 or so)
    > STOP, REST, and EAT LUNCH (noonish)
    > Tent the turkey (1:30 or so)
    > Peel potatoes and sweet potatoes (2:00)
    > Core and prepare baked apples (2:15)
    > Boil potatoes and steam sweet potatoes (2:30)
    > Take the turkey out (2:30 or so), unstuff, and let it rest
    > Put bread [and apples] into oven (2:30)
    > Heat corn and peas (2:40)
    > Mash potatoes (last minute)
    > Assemble olive tray (last minute)
    > Make gravy (any time; keep warm for up to 1 hour or refrigerate until
    > last minute)
    > Dinner at 3
    > As soon as dinner's over, whip the cream for the pies (can be done ahead
    > of time if there's time)
    >
    > Serene


    My menu:

    Turkey

    Stuffing

    Gravy

    Garlic mashed potatoes

    Roasted sweet potatoes

    Steamed green beans with bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions, with
    balsamic vinegar

    Granny Smith apple sauce with brown sugar and cinnamon

    Redneck rolls (brown-n-serve)

    Pumpkin pie w/ orange whipped cream

    iced tea, soda and milk

    I bought cranberries but since it's only going to be me, my husband, the
    two kids and DD's boyfriend, and none of us are all that keen on it, I
    probably won't bother and will make cranberry sauce when my mom arrives
    on Tuesday for my aunt's funeral because she likes it.


  10. #10
    Alan Calan Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    We are having 34 people and we are making a 21# Turkey and a 19#
    Turkey Pastrami on the BBQ and 12 racks of Swifts baby back ribs (we
    actually bought 15 racks-5 cryovac packages but we're gonna freeze
    one).

    At 6:30 AM I have to take the Turkey (Pastrami) out of the 48 hour
    brining, preheat the Weber Summit to 225, make up the rub with pepper
    corns, mustard seed, coriander, peppercorns, brown sugar, allspice and
    salt and put it on turkey then to the grill by 7:00 AM

    Then the regular turkey, out of the brine, make a rub and aromatics
    and get that in the oven in the garage by 8:30 AM


    Take the ribs out of the packaging, make a rub with brown sugar,
    paprika, better, garlic powder, a little rosemary and then put the
    ribs in these 2 Charmglo rib racks and then to the grill by 9:00 AM

    An hour before the turkey pastrami and the ribs are ready, I will put
    some Maple and apple chips in the smoker box (after soaking them).

    About 30 minutes before dinner put the asparagus that has been
    marinating in olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the grill.

    My sister is making the stuffing and our friend is making mashed
    potatoes. My wife is doing sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce. Daughter
    is making 4 broccoli quiches and daughter in law is making some string
    bean recipe.

    I never used the smoker box and never made ribs or turkey on the bbq.
    I always did ribs in the oven for 6 hours at 225 and then put them on
    the grill with bbq sauce. It's a huge grill and I think I'll be able
    to get indirect enough. I have three filled LP tanks and what could
    go worng?

    I have no idea how to clean these big food grade plastic pails used
    for the brining. It's going to be a full day but the smartest thing I
    did was to get my sister and friend to do the stuffing and mashed
    potatoes. I think I better get to sleep.

    Serene, good luck tomorrow! How many are you having?

    Alan

    On Wed, 26 Nov 2008 17:44:15 -0800, Serene Vannoy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    >quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    >really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get
    >detailed with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't forget
    >anything.
    >
    >Menu [things I may or may not make, depending on time/illness/energy are
    >in brackets]:
    >
    >Relish tray (olives, celery, other little nibbles depending on what's handy)
    >[Deviled eggs -- James will make these if he's up for it]
    >Roasted turkey
    >Giblet gravy
    >Stuffing (made from my bread)
    >Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
    >Homemade cranberry sauce
    >[Fresh bread]
    >Corn with butter
    >[Peas in oniony cream sauce]
    >[Steamed or possibly roasted sweet potatoes]
    >Roasted pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream
    >[Baked apples]
    >Iced tea, coffee, water
    >
    >To do tonight:
    >
    >Chop and cook onions and celery for stuffing; reserve some celery for
    >relish tray and cut it up
    >Make oniony cream sauce
    >Thaw roasted pumpkin
    >Make and chill iced tea
    >Thaw and cube reserved bread heels for stuffing
    >Roast garlic; chill
    >Make cranberry sauce
    >Make pumpkin pie
    >Fill ice cube trays
    >Take some time to just goof off
    >Find serving trays and utensils for everything; take out some more
    >coffee cups and drinking glasses; make sure there are enough dinner
    >plates out
    >
    >To do tomorrow (with approximate times)
    >
    >Start first pot of coffee (morning; make more as needed)
    >Take butter out to soften (morning)
    >Squeeze out roasted garlic and set aside (any time)
    >Boil and chill eggs (morning)
    >Assemble deviled eggs (James will do this whenever he feels like it)
    >Start the giblet stock (9:00)
    >Make the stuffing and put away the remaining stock (9:30)
    >Prep/stuff the turkey, preheat the oven to 325 (10:00)
    >Start the turkey (10:00 or so)
    >Start bread dough (11:30 or so)
    >STOP, REST, and EAT LUNCH (noonish)
    >Tent the turkey (1:30 or so)
    >Peel potatoes and sweet potatoes (2:00)
    >Core and prepare baked apples (2:15)
    >Boil potatoes and steam sweet potatoes (2:30)
    >Take the turkey out (2:30 or so), unstuff, and let it rest
    >Put bread [and apples] into oven (2:30)
    >Heat corn and peas (2:40)
    >Mash potatoes (last minute)
    >Assemble olive tray (last minute)
    >Make gravy (any time; keep warm for up to 1 hour or refrigerate until
    >last minute)
    >Dinner at 3
    >As soon as dinner's over, whip the cream for the pies (can be done ahead
    >of time if there's time)
    >
    >Serene


  11. #11
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    > really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get
    > detailed with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't forget
    > anything.
    >
    > Menu [things I may or may not make, depending on time/illness/energy are
    > in brackets]:
    >
    > Relish tray (olives, celery, other little nibbles depending on what's handy)
    > [Deviled eggs -- James will make these if he's up for it]
    > Roasted turkey
    > Giblet gravy
    > Stuffing (made from my bread)
    > Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
    > Homemade cranberry sauce
    > [Fresh bread]
    > Corn with butter
    > [Peas in oniony cream sauce]
    > [Steamed or possibly roasted sweet potatoes]
    > Roasted pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream
    > [Baked apples]
    > Iced tea, coffee, water
    >
    > To do tonight:
    >
    > Chop and cook onions and celery for stuffing; reserve some celery for
    > relish tray and cut it up
    > Make oniony cream sauce
    > Thaw roasted pumpkin
    > Make and chill iced tea
    > Thaw and cube reserved bread heels for stuffing
    > Roast garlic; chill
    > Make cranberry sauce
    > Make pumpkin pie
    > Fill ice cube trays
    > Take some time to just goof off
    > Find serving trays and utensils for everything; take out some more
    > coffee cups and drinking glasses; make sure there are enough dinner
    > plates out
    >
    > To do tomorrow (with approximate times)
    >
    > Start first pot of coffee (morning; make more as needed)
    > Take butter out to soften (morning)
    > Squeeze out roasted garlic and set aside (any time)
    > Boil and chill eggs (morning)
    > Assemble deviled eggs (James will do this whenever he feels like it)
    > Start the giblet stock (9:00)
    > Make the stuffing and put away the remaining stock (9:30)
    > Prep/stuff the turkey, preheat the oven to 325 (10:00)
    > Start the turkey (10:00 or so)
    > Start bread dough (11:30 or so)
    > STOP, REST, and EAT LUNCH (noonish)
    > Tent the turkey (1:30 or so)
    > Peel potatoes and sweet potatoes (2:00)
    > Core and prepare baked apples (2:15)
    > Boil potatoes and steam sweet potatoes (2:30)
    > Take the turkey out (2:30 or so), unstuff, and let it rest
    > Put bread [and apples] into oven (2:30)
    > Heat corn and peas (2:40)
    > Mash potatoes (last minute)
    > Assemble olive tray (last minute)
    > Make gravy (any time; keep warm for up to 1 hour or refrigerate until
    > last minute)
    > Dinner at 3
    > As soon as dinner's over, whip the cream for the pies (can be done ahead
    > of time if there's time)
    >
    > Serene


    All right!! As my nephew-in-law the landscaper tells his crews: Plan
    your work and work your plan. You go, Girl!

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.mac.com/barbschaller - raspberry pie, 11/26/2008

  12. #12
    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Alan Calan wrote:


    > I have no idea how to clean these big food grade plastic pails used
    > for the brining.


    I put mine in the bath tub. Fill them with hot water and a couple
    squirts of Dawn antibacterial dishwashing liquid. Scrub with a
    long-handled cleaning brush. Dump. Rinse with hot water. Rinse again.

    Test for traces of grease by running a finger around the interior.
    Sniff. The pail shouldn't smell of anything other than maybe a hint of
    warm plastic.

    Set outside to dry in direct sunlight.


  13. #13
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Even if I weren't ill..


    I vote this the Second-best Opening line to a Usenet Post listing 53
    things you have to do in the next 24 hours before Thanksgiving Eve.
    While taking more then 2 hours to compose the post.

    ObFood: Carnitas Tonight. http://i36.tinypic.com/30ijh9z.jpg.

    -sw

  14. #14
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    "Serene Vannoy" ha scritto nel messaggio
    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in >
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's >
    > really not as much as it looks like > Serene


    You're making me tired. Go to sleep immediately.

    I had three things to provide then a train trip to Massa Martana. Last
    night I made the Wall Dork Salad and the sandwich buns, this morning I am
    making a gratin of cauliflower. I'd planned Brussels sprouts with
    chestnuts, but when I tried them it was clear that wherever they'd been
    grown hadn't yet had a frost because they tasted of nothing.

    I am not sure how easy it will be to transport the juicy casserole to MM on
    the train, especially since this is the little Umbria train and I have to
    change at Ponte San Giovanni, but at least we pass through some of the most
    romantically beautiful scenery of the world with little castles and
    hilltowns peeping out of the hills. It's not as fast as the big trains, but
    it hasn't wrecked the scenery like the big trains have.



  15. #15
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]>
    news:[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    > Even if I weren't ill (tooth infection; antibiotics haven't kicked in
    > quite yet), I think looking at this list might make me tired, but it's
    > really not as much as it looks like -- I just really like to get
    > detailed with the to-do lists when I'm feeling poorly, so I don't
    > forget anything.


    Man that looks like a lot. Our plans changed so we're staying home
    today. Well, I am anyway. I haven't even thawed out the turkey. I've
    decided to do a brisket instead. Steven isn't real fond of turkey and
    it'll just be the 2 of us at home. If he ever gets home. Everyone else
    is in my home town at my brother's home. 2 of my brothers got there last
    night. They drove in from Colorado. Nick and Joshua are driving there
    whenever they wake up My brother and SIL are planning on around 30
    people. Steven is on-call and is working so I opted to avoid the crowd
    and stay home using the guise of Thanksgiving cook. I'll go up to my
    brother's tomorrow to join in the festivities.

    Chow today without a lot of prep:

    brisket
    onion gravy
    dressing
    dilled carrots
    mashed potatoes
    peas

    cherry pie for dessert.

    Michael

    --
    "Men are pigs, but I love pork!"
    ~ Carson Kressley

    Find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  16. #16
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]


    "Pete C." wrote:
    >
    > My more basic solo menu (just me, no friends or family):
    >
    > Roast turkey
    > Butternut squash
    > Sausage mushroom stuffing/dressing
    > Asparagus with hollandaise
    > Pumpkin pie
    >
    > The pumpkin pie is in the oven now. After making the pie and getting it
    > in the oven I proceeded to make the stuffing/dressing. The
    > stuffing/dressing is in its baking dishes ready to go in the oven when
    > the pie comes out. That will wrap up tonight's work.
    >
    > Tomorrow morning I'll get the turkey roasting, along with pre-nuking the
    > butternut squash and putting it in the oven to finish. When the turkey
    > is done and resting I'll deglaze the roasting pan and make the gravy,
    > then I'll move on to steaming the asparagus and making the hollandaise.
    >
    > Sometime approaching dinner time everything should be ready so I'll sit
    > down to my feast, and shortly after start packing up all the leftovers.
    >
    > Exciting eh?


    Turkey in oven, giblet stock simmering for gravy making...

  17. #17
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]


    "Pete C." wrote:
    >
    > "Pete C." wrote:
    > >
    > > My more basic solo menu (just me, no friends or family):
    > >
    > > Roast turkey
    > > Butternut squash
    > > Sausage mushroom stuffing/dressing
    > > Asparagus with hollandaise
    > > Pumpkin pie
    > >
    > > The pumpkin pie is in the oven now. After making the pie and getting it
    > > in the oven I proceeded to make the stuffing/dressing. The
    > > stuffing/dressing is in its baking dishes ready to go in the oven when
    > > the pie comes out. That will wrap up tonight's work.
    > >
    > > Tomorrow morning I'll get the turkey roasting, along with pre-nuking the
    > > butternut squash and putting it in the oven to finish. When the turkey
    > > is done and resting I'll deglaze the roasting pan and make the gravy,
    > > then I'll move on to steaming the asparagus and making the hollandaise.
    > >
    > > Sometime approaching dinner time everything should be ready so I'll sit
    > > down to my feast, and shortly after start packing up all the leftovers.
    > >
    > > Exciting eh?

    >
    > Turkey in oven, giblet stock simmering for gravy making...


    Smoke detector disabled...

  18. #18
    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    Pete C. wrote:

    >
    > "Pete C." wrote:
    >>
    >> My more basic solo menu (just me, no friends or family):
    >>
    >> Roast turkey
    >> Butternut squash
    >> Sausage mushroom stuffing/dressing
    >> Asparagus with hollandaise
    >> Pumpkin pie


    <snip>
    >>
    >> Exciting eh?


    Sounds pretty good to me.
    >
    > Turkey in oven, giblet stock simmering for gravy making...


    Although we don't celebrate it here, Happy Thanksgiving to you (and all
    other USA r.f.c.-ers).

    We're having hamburgers tonight - home made, of course ;-)
    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy

  19. #19
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]

    On Thu 27 Nov 2008 09:08:45a, ChattyCathy told us...

    > Pete C. wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "Pete C." wrote:
    >>>
    >>> My more basic solo menu (just me, no friends or family):
    >>>
    >>> Roast turkey
    >>> Butternut squash
    >>> Sausage mushroom stuffing/dressing
    >>> Asparagus with hollandaise
    >>> Pumpkin pie

    >
    > <snip>
    >>>
    >>> Exciting eh?

    >
    > Sounds pretty good to me.
    >>
    >> Turkey in oven, giblet stock simmering for gravy making...

    >
    > Although we don't celebrate it here, Happy Thanksgiving to you (and all
    > other USA r.f.c.-ers).
    >
    > We're having hamburgers tonight - home made, of course ;-)


    Thanks, Cathy. Iím cooking a turkey breast because itís traditional and
    expected. Frankly, Iíd rather have a homemade hamburger. Iím not fond of
    turkey, but I do love all the side dishes.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
    ************************************************** **********************
    Date: Thursday, 11(XI)/27(XXVII)/08(MMVIII)
    ************************************************** **********************
    Today is: Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
    ************************************************** **********************
    The weak shall inhibit the earth.
    ************************************************** **********************



  20. #20
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: My to-do list, Thanksgiving version [warning; long]


    ChattyCathy wrote:
    >
    > Pete C. wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > "Pete C." wrote:
    > >>
    > >> My more basic solo menu (just me, no friends or family):
    > >>
    > >> Roast turkey
    > >> Butternut squash
    > >> Sausage mushroom stuffing/dressing
    > >> Asparagus with hollandaise
    > >> Pumpkin pie

    >
    > <snip>
    > >>
    > >> Exciting eh?

    >
    > Sounds pretty good to me.
    > >
    > > Turkey in oven, giblet stock simmering for gravy making...

    >
    > Although we don't celebrate it here, Happy Thanksgiving to you (and all
    > other USA r.f.c.-ers).


    Presumably you have some comparable holiday. Most every country /
    culture has some sort of harvest festival holiday.

    >
    > We're having hamburgers tonight - home made, of course ;-)


    Yum. I'm having some reheated stuffing for breakfast. Always better
    reheated.

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