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It Has Begun!

by Jeff Grossman » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:50 am

First TG recipe complete: the cranberry sauce. A pound of fresh cranberries simmered in red wine and amped-up with Cointreau, half a blood orange, pecan pieces, cinnamon and cloves.

Plan for tomorrow includes the start of the gravy (from cut-up turkey wings) and the start of an ice cream (Mike Filigenzi's roasted cinnamon).
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by Jenise » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:53 am

We're sharing Turkey dinner with my brother and erstwhile BIL. My contributions will be the scratch pumpkin pie, a scratch rif on green bean casserole with shitake mushrooms, roasted batonnets of carrot and parsnip, and the dressing, which will be a sage, leek and pecan bread pudding. Oh, and wine. I'll bring the wines.
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by Jo Ann Henderson » Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:22 pm

I'm more than half way with the following already done and in the freezer:
Turkey gravy
Collard greens with ham hocks and salt pork
4-cheese mac and cheese
cornbread, sausage and mushroom dressing
deep dish peach cobbler
received my two dozen 7" aluminum store and cook pans from Amazon; picked up the cutest 1/4 c containers for sauces and gravies from FM yesterday.
To do: brine then cook the turkey, make the black-eyed pea and green bean salad, bake the ham, make the peach, habanero and bourbon sauce for the ham, bake the chocolate chip cookies and caramel/pecan brownies.
On T-day, pack it, bag it and label it for my family to pick up and enjoy. WHEW, glad my sister is here to help! :D :D
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by Jeff Grossman » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:08 pm

Wow, Jo Ann, you are a regular family restaurant!
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by Larry Greenly » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:14 pm

Jeff Grossman wrote:Wow, Jo Ann, you are a regular family restaurant!


And it's homemade. :D
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by Paul Winalski » Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:25 pm

Today I'm going out shopping for Thanksgiving Day's coq au vin. The chicken, of course, but also pork belly for the lardons, onions, mushrooms, red wine, and brandy for flambeeing.

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by Jenise » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:39 pm

"Just put the fucking turkey in the oven."

Love this woman!

https://sfist.com/2011/11/23/pre-thanks ... fxZ82AF7Ho
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by Jeff Grossman » Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:33 pm

That video is a hoot. Er, um, gobble.
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by Larry Greenly » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:53 pm

Some years ago, I had a memorable Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house. Upon arrival, I noticed a mangled, twisted, and completely destroyed oven door. Turns out the oven door somehow locked itself closed and the only way they could get it open was to pry it open with crowbars and hammers. :mrgreen:

Needless to say, it was an expensive dinner for the host. Wish I had a picture.
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by Jenise » Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:11 pm

Ouch, Larry. I remember that we thought we'd never get that Martha Stewart turkey (swathed in butter-soaked cheesecloth) out of our old (prior house, new oven though) oven after the electronics decided too much smoke inside and it went into lockdown. Could have been us!

Speaking of Martha, here's what I'm going to do AFTER official Tday with the heritage bird I just bought.

https://www.marthastewart.com/243222/boneless-turkey
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by Rahsaan » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:41 am

Jenise wrote:"Just put the fucking turkey in the oven."

Love this woman!

https://sfist.com/2011/11/23/pre-thanks ... fxZ82AF7Ho


Ha!

I know it's not nice because not everyone has the same hobbies/interests, but I have the same reaction to all the occasional cooks I see in the market (especially this time of year), when they ask me (or the farmers): "How do you cook that"? Some of these people are not even occasional cooks, I see them every week, yet they are still baffled by how to cook an oyster mushroom or fennel!? When I'm feeling snippy I say 'Introduce heat' but the farmers don't have the same luxury and have to give the same spiel over and over.
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by Jeff Grossman » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:35 pm

Rahsaan wrote:When I'm feeling snippy I say 'Introduce heat' but the farmers don't have the same luxury and have to give the same spiel over and over.

Be nice, doc! Those folks are showing curiosity, a good trait and one that should be encouraged. You, too, crawled before you walked.
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by Paul Winalski » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:17 pm

On one memorable Thanksgiving at a friend's house, the turkey had been taken out of the oven and was resting on the kitchen counter while we were all busy in the dining room setting the table. We heard a large thump from the kitchen. When my host went to investigate, he found one of the cats trying to drag the turkey outside through the cat flap.

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by Bill Spohn » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:42 pm

A friend decided that he would clean the oven before the turkey got cooked, so when he got up for breakfast, he set the oven for self clean cycle. Sadly, his wife had been up before hi and had put the turkey in earlier but hadn't turned the oven on and he didn't check.

Fortunately they were smarter than Larry's friend and balanced the cost of an expensive oven against a cheap bird and made the right decision to let the bird burn.

I have to agree that white turkey meat on it's own is blah. You have to add something with flavour to it to make it palatable. Dark meat is much better, IMHO.

Jenise - hilarious video!
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by Rahsaan » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:02 pm

Jeff Grossman wrote:
Rahsaan wrote:When I'm feeling snippy I say 'Introduce heat' but the farmers don't have the same luxury and have to give the same spiel over and over.

Be nice, doc! Those folks are showing curiosity, a good trait and one that should be encouraged. You, too, crawled before you walked.


Of course. I'm quite polite. And you're right, it's certainly better that they're in the market than buying fast food. And, I'll fully acknowledge there are many *simple* things in life that I don't know how to do! Like changing the oil in my car...

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