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  1. #1
    Arri London Guest

    Default Uninspired Thanksgiving Menu :)

    Just not into it this year.

    We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    onion and some fresh rosemary.
    Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    mushrooms

    Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.

  2. #2
    George Leppla Guest

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    Arri London wrote:
    > Just not into it this year.
    >
    > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > mushrooms
    >
    > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.



    To me, Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that I don't mess with.

    Turkey
    Mashed potatoes
    Candied Sweet Potatoes
    Dressing
    Vegetables
    Cranberry sauce
    Pie and ice cream for dessert

    Over the years, the preparation of some of these have changed but the
    basic menu remains the same. I like experimenting with food, but not at
    Thanksgiving.

    I've got a lot to be thankful for this year. Seems like the older I
    get, the better life gets. I know that for some people, that isn't the
    case.

    Y'all have a great Thanksgiving!

    George L

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    Bob Muncie Guest

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    Arri London wrote:
    > Just not into it this year.
    >
    > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > mushrooms
    >
    > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.



    Arri - So what makes you think that is uninspired? Traditional foods are
    good. I'd be happy for that menu to be part of my future. You are just
    missing the rolls, mashed, and gravy for a full orchestra. Maybe some
    salad also.

    Traditional menus are okay.

    Good luck with your delivery.

    Bob



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    Rusty Guest

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    George Leppla wrote:
    > Arri London wrote:
    >> Just not into it this year.
    >>
    >> We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    >> onion and some fresh rosemary.
    >> Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    >> Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    >> The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    >> mushrooms
    >>
    >> Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    >> freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    >> frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.

    >
    >
    > To me, Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that I don't mess with.
    >
    > Turkey
    > Mashed potatoes
    > Candied Sweet Potatoes
    > Dressing
    > Vegetables
    > Cranberry sauce
    > Pie and ice cream for dessert
    >
    > Over the years, the preparation of some of these have changed but the
    > basic menu remains the same. I like experimenting with food, but not at
    > Thanksgiving.
    >
    > I've got a lot to be thankful for this year. Seems like the older I
    > get, the better life gets. I know that for some people, that isn't the
    > case.
    >
    > Y'all have a great Thanksgiving!
    >
    > George L



    I'm with you, George. Tradition is what Thanksgiving is all about.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by the people you love and who
    love you.

    Rusty in MD

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    Steve Pope Guest

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    Arri London <[email protected]> wrote:

    >We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    >onion and some fresh rosemary.


    Hey! That makes two of us having duck!

    That means it's a trend!


    Steve

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    Cheryl Guest

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    "Arri London" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Just not into it this year.
    >
    > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > mushrooms


    I just finished my green bean casserole, also fresh green beans and baby
    bellas and a homemade white sauce and fresh onions coated with panko and
    flour for the topping. I've never made this sauce before, but I guess it's
    supposed to be similar but better than canned cream of mushroom soup. Has
    chicken stock and half and half.
    >
    > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.


    Be sure to report back about how that crust turned out! Happy Thanksgiving!


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    Arri London Guest

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    Bob Muncie wrote:
    >
    > Arri London wrote:
    > > Just not into it this year.
    > >
    > > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > > mushrooms
    > >
    > > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.

    >
    > Arri - So what makes you think that is uninspired? Traditional foods are
    > good. I'd be happy for that menu to be part of my future. You are just
    > missing the rolls, mashed, and gravy for a full orchestra. Maybe some
    > salad also.
    >
    > Traditional menus are okay.
    >
    > Good luck with your delivery.
    >
    > Bob


    TY. We rarely have bread plus potatoes at the same meal, no matter what
    the occasion.

    Hope you can have a nice meal this year! Happy Thanksgiving anyway!

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    Arri London Guest

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    Steve Pope wrote:
    >
    > Arri London <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > >onion and some fresh rosemary.

    >
    > Hey! That makes two of us having duck!
    >
    > That means it's a trend!
    >
    > Steve


    LOL! If *I* do it, it certainly is a trend If we both have the duck,
    it's sweeping the country he he.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Arri London Guest

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    Cheryl wrote:
    >
    > "Arri London" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > Just not into it this year.
    > >
    > > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > > mushrooms

    >
    > I just finished my green bean casserole, also fresh green beans and baby
    > bellas and a homemade white sauce and fresh onions coated with panko and
    > flour for the topping. I've never made this sauce before, but I guess it's
    > supposed to be similar but better than canned cream of mushroom soup. Has
    > chicken stock and half and half.


    TYVM! Aha...panko is a good idea. We just have ordinary, but nice, white
    mushrooms.
    > >
    > > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.

    >
    > Be sure to report back about how that crust turned out! Happy Thanksgiving!


    TY you too.

  10. #10
    Arri London Guest

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    Rusty wrote:
    >
    > George Leppla wrote:
    > > Arri London wrote:
    > >> Just not into it this year.
    > >>
    > >> We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > >> onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > >> Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > >> Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > >> The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > >> mushrooms
    > >>
    > >> Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > >> freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > >> frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.

    > >
    > >
    > > To me, Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that I don't mess with.
    > >
    > > Turkey
    > > Mashed potatoes
    > > Candied Sweet Potatoes
    > > Dressing
    > > Vegetables
    > > Cranberry sauce
    > > Pie and ice cream for dessert
    > >
    > > Over the years, the preparation of some of these have changed but the
    > > basic menu remains the same. I like experimenting with food, but not at
    > > Thanksgiving.
    > >
    > > I've got a lot to be thankful for this year. Seems like the older I
    > > get, the better life gets. I know that for some people, that isn't the
    > > case.
    > >
    > > Y'all have a great Thanksgiving!
    > >
    > > George L

    >
    > I'm with you, George. Tradition is what Thanksgiving is all about.
    >
    > Have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by the people you love and who
    > love you.
    >
    > Rusty in MD



    But I didn't grow up with the 'traditional' Thanksgiving meal! Therefore
    we get to play however we like. That's why I said it was uninspired LOL.
    When we have American guests, we do go very trad however. Except for the
    pumpkin pie...someone always needs to bring one.

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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    Arri London <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Just not into it this year.
    >
    >We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    >onion and some fresh rosemary.
    >Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    >Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    >The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    >mushrooms
    >
    >Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    >freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    >frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.


    What do you mean "not into it"... seems plenty inspired to me... and
    more inspired than my typical Thanksgiving dinner. I'll be having a
    roast turkey, kasha varnishkas, gravy, sweet potatoes baked in
    jackets, some sort of veggie from the freezer (probably buttered
    broccoli), and apple pie and pumpkin pie (store bought), I'm not big
    on pie but it's for tradition, I typically eat a few forkfuls of the
    insides and after three days toss the crust out for the critters... I
    never met a pie crust yet that I like no matter who makes it.

    Happy Thanksgiving To All!



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    The Other Guy Guest

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    On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 19:19:35 -0700, Arri London <[email protected]> wrote:


    >But I didn't grow up with the 'traditional' Thanksgiving meal!


    It's NEVER too late to start a new tradition (AND blend in).





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    George Leppla Guest

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    Arri London wrote:

    > But I didn't grow up with the 'traditional' Thanksgiving meal! Therefore
    > we get to play however we like. That's why I said it was uninspired LOL.
    > When we have American guests, we do go very trad however. Except for the
    > pumpkin pie...someone always needs to bring one.



    Well... while the meal may be traditional, not everything about
    Thanksgiving will be "as it used to be" because we grow and get smarter.
    Today will be a quiet day. My wife's sons arrived last night and we
    will have a big breakfast and spend the day with them. We'll cook way
    too much food... and eat way too much food... and just be happy to be
    together.

    Now if ti were a TRADITIONAL Thanksgiving dinner from my youth, there
    would be about 25 people. Uncle Fritz would bring coffee cake and rolls
    from Schlucker's Bakery in Brooklyn and Aunt Jane would bring her Jello
    Mold. My Mom and Grandma and I would be up early making the dressing and
    getting all the prep work done. The house would be filled with screaming
    kids ... and my Father and the Uncles would go down to the basement
    around noon to play cards and drink beer until dinner was ready.

    Sometime during the day, someone would pass a snide remark about someone
    else and feelings would get hurt and the offended party would be in the
    bedroom crying and consoled by others, while the men started to bicker
    amongst themselves either about the offensive statement, the last hand
    of poker or just life in general. That bickering would continue, fueled
    by more beer just short of the point of eruption when dinner would be
    ready and everyone would calm down and have a nice meal.

    After dinner the card game would move to the dining room... a lethally
    explosive combination of lost money, frayed nerves, beer, screaming
    children and a couple of overly dramatic women. The spark that ignited
    the inevitable explosion varied from year to year but sooner or later
    the shouting started, old wounds (real or imagined) were re-opened and
    the exodus for the door would begin..... leaving the place looking like
    a bomb zone....... but mercifully quiet.

    That night we kids would watch TV with Grandma, eating turkey sandwiches
    and pie, secure in the knowledge that this year's version of Armageddon
    was over but always with the knowledge that the Annual Christmas Riot
    was only 4 weeks away.

    I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    George L

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Uninspired Thanksgiving Menu :)

    In article <[email protected]>, Arri London <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Just not into it this year.
    >
    > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > mushrooms
    >
    > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.


    Nothing wrong with simple. :-)
    I'll be re-doing Thanksgiving for dad on Saturday when I have more time
    to cook. I have to work tonight.

    And that way, I'll have plenty of T-day leftovers. Both dad and I LOVE
    turkey. I bought a 19 lb. one just for the two of us. I eat a high
    protein diet anyway so that'll be a weeks worth of meat for both of us!

    I'll also roast some yams, corn on the cob and baby red potatoes and
    make some wild rice dressing like I always do along with some turkey
    gravy. There is some romaine hearts in the 'frige for some salad and I
    bought some cans of black olives.

    I think that'll be more than enough!
    --
    Peace! Om

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    Pete C. Guest

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    George Leppla wrote:
    >
    > Arri London wrote:
    > > Just not into it this year.
    > >
    > > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > > mushrooms
    > >
    > > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.

    >
    > To me, Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that I don't mess with.


    Thanksgiving tradition:

    - Cook too much
    - Eat too much
    - Freeze a lot of leftovers

  16. #16
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Thu 26 Nov 2009 10:06:10a, Pete C. told us...

    >
    > George Leppla wrote:
    >>
    >> Arri London wrote:
    >> > Just not into it this year.
    >> >
    >> > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    >> > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    >> > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    >> > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    >> > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    >> > mushrooms
    >> >
    >> > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in

    the
    >> > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    >> > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.

    >>
    >> To me, Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that I don't mess with.

    >
    > Thanksgiving tradition:
    >
    > - Cook too much
    > - Eat too much
    > - Freeze a lot of leftovers
    >


    You forgot "take a nap"!

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  17. #17
    gloria.p Guest

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    Arri London wrote:
    > Just not into it this year.
    >
    > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > mushrooms
    >
    > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.




    One man's "uninspired" is another's "traditional". Nothing
    wrong with it. For a small crowd quality beats quantity any day.

    I'd be perfectly happy with turkey, chicken or duck, mashed
    potatoes and homemade gravy, an orange vegetable, a green
    vegetable, my cranberry-orange relish, and dessert. It's nice to
    get up from a delicious holiday meal without feeling like you
    have the anaconda syndrome (i.e. an overfull belly.)

    How many times have you done things like an elaborate relish tray
    for a small family meal only to discover most of it going back
    into the containers after dinner?

    Simplify, simplify, simplify and everyone including the cook will
    feel relaxed and enjoy the day rather than feeling resentful and
    overwhelmed.

    gloria p

  18. #18
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Wed 25 Nov 2009 06:06:15p, Arri London told us...

    > Just not into it this year.
    >
    > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > mushrooms


    Sounds tasty to me, Arri. I would much prefer the duck over turkey.

    > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in the
    > freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right from
    > frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.


    Erm... I've got to have pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, even if there are
    other desserts around.

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  19. #19
    Gregory Morrow Guest

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    Arri London wrote:

    > Just not into it this year.
    >
    > We are having a duck, done in the rotisserie. Possibly stuffed with an
    > onion and some fresh rosemary.
    > Roasted vegs such as potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots
    > Sweet potatoes; TMU will probably top her portion with marshmallows
    > The Dreaded Green Bean Casserole, but made with fresh green beans and
    > mushrooms
    >
    > Possibly an apple pie for dessert...there's some pie crust pastry in
    > the freezer that needs to be used. Considering baking the shell right
    > from frozen. Supposedly makes for a crisper crust; we'll see.



    It all sounds splendid to me...

    I know what you mean by "not into it", this year others are doing the main
    cooking (though I've got a big turkey ready to go into the oven...)...the
    "wretched excess" of the typical T-day pig-out gets kinda tiring after a
    whiles. Huge amounts of food were thrown out all around the country
    yesterday...

    As far as holiday cooking goes, I prefer Christmas.


    --
    Best
    Greg



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    Arri London Guest

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    The Other Guy wrote:
    >
    > On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 19:19:35 -0700, Arri London <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >But I didn't grow up with the 'traditional' Thanksgiving meal!

    >
    > It's NEVER too late to start a new tradition (AND blend in).



    We eat a meal at Thanksgiving, but don't feel under any obligation to do
    it the US 'traditional' way. 'Blending in' has never been one of the
    overwhelming goals of my life

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