What is your Thanksgiving meal philosophy?

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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:06:06 AM

Also, no separate dessert plates! Use your main dinner plate, for crying out loud.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:59:28 AM
We usually go the traditional route. Roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, green bean casserole (not my favorite, but the kids love it), glazed carrots, rolls, pumpkin and pecan pie.

This year, however, I am working so dh is going to make the minimum requirements:turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:49:27 AM
We travel 5 hrs. every year to go to my husbands grandmother for the 4 day holiday. They have the same thing every year. Traditional thanksgiving foods. I love turkey and green beans, but not a fan of thanksgiving foods so I lose weight over the holiday! Good because I love to make Christmas cookies, so I need to lose weight to prepare to eat my cookies!


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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:03:58 PM
Traditional and it is potluck. We e-mail each other and divide out the food. The host is usually the one in charge of the turkey.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:26:35 PM
I like to try one or two new recipes a year. I'm not a fan of the same old thing every year.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:55:19 PM

I like to relax on thanksgiving.
I would too if I knew what that was. How does that work? My family would freak.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:57:35 PM

Also, no separate dessert plates! Use your main dinner plate, for crying out loud.

May I ask why?

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:14:18 PM

People eat at 2 pm?

YEP!! We do. There's no lunch or supper. Snack earlier if you want and if you get hungry later find yourself something to eat.

As for not having a separate plate for dessert... No thanks, I don't like my dessert with gravy or other sauces on it from my dinner plate.

Yes, it's about the same thing every year. Hubby insists on the green bean casserole even when it's just us which I don't recall ever having heard of before I met him. I might eat a spoonful but that's the extent of it for me and the kids won't. I think I'm the only one that eats the rutabaga and my son doesn't like cranberry sauce and the kids don't like stuffing or carrots (well, my daughter will eat them raw).
The few things we ALL eat in common are the turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, and corn. In addition, one or some of us will eat rutabaga, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casserole, glazed carrots.
I'm going to make some of this stuff the day before so I don't have to do it all on Thanksgiving.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:16:13 PM
Pretty much the same thing every year. Every now and again we may add something, or rotate something (e.g., greens instead of green beans), but that's about it. Oh, and the desserts may change (except for the standard pumpkin pie). I think my family (as well as myself!) would protest if we didn't have the old favorites every year.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:25:40 PM
It will be just DH, DS and myself this year and we are all looking forward to not hosting ANYBODY, so.....we are scaling back, but sticking with the traditional foods...I'm going to pick up a nice sized Turkey breast, make a small amount of stuffing, potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce - the kind with the can rings , corn and dinner rolls. Neither of the men I live with like pumpkin pie and I don't have to have it, so we're skipping that.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:32:20 PM
This is my philosophy:

[Same thing, and more than anyone can eat.
Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for our usual traditional favorites.]

Also,we have plenty of clean plates for desserts and a big supply of nice paper plates available for afternoon and evening snacking.

Happy Thanksgiving,

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:36:19 PM
Yes - we also have our cranberry sauce with can rings. And don't chop it up or slice it before it goes on the table. Hubby likes the whole berry, so we actually have to buy 2 cans.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 3:32:39 PM
We eat around 2 here too. That gives you time to digest and go back for more later

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