What's Cooking?

What's cooking at your house today? Are you home or away for the Thanksgiving holiday? And what are you most thankful for this year?

There's no cooking at my house, I'm going out to friends tomorrow evening for Turkey this year. I've also got clients all afternoon and the TL mom went back into the hospital yesterday afternoon, so it will be my second Thanksgiving Day in a row spent with her and the medical personnel who spend their day taking care of others.

I'll be blogging a bit through the holiday, so if you're on line, stop on by, add some good thoughts, and have a great holiday.

Don't forget to tune in to your local radio station tomorrow which is bound to be playing Arlo Guthrie's Alices' Restaurant about the draft way back when....and check out the Wall St. Journal today ( link) which profiles Alice and what she is doing today.

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And if you were a 60's activist, don't miss Ira Chermus' on Arlo and the Thanksgiving ritual.

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Your Favorite Thanksgiving Day Treat
Turkey 15%
Mashed Sweet Potatoes 15%
Pumpkin Pie 38%
Pecan Pie 15%
Sweet Potatoes 0%
Green Beans or Brussel Sprouts 15%

Votes: 13
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    I just made (none / 0) (#1)
    by aw on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 01:51:47 PM EST
    cranberry sauce with a little Grand Marnier and orange zest.  I'm also making a second batch of plain sauce for the traditionalists (as soon as I clean the pot I burned the sugar and water in when I forgot it.  The smoke has cleared now).  And peanut butter filled cookies  for the desert table.  And pie dough for my mother to make an apple pie.

    I wondered... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 02:03:11 PM EST
    ...what that smell was. Mmmmm. :-)

    You left honey-glazed ham off the... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Bill Arnett on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 02:35:19 PM EST
    ...list! You know, spiral-cut, cooked to perfection, with that honey glaze to add just the right amount of sweetness. M-m-m-m-m-good! The rest of the vittles listed are ALL great as well.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    I got.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 03:02:38 PM EST
    kibby and tabouli and grape leaves...as well as the standard fare.  Moms makes this sausauge rice stuffing that is the bomb...I look forward to it every year since she only makes it once a year.

    Pecan pie a la mode and a fatty afterwards. Then a nap while the Lions get whooped.

    I'm coming over to kdog's! (none / 0) (#6)
    by Kitt on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 03:20:12 PM EST
    One Thanksgiving we had an Italian feast. It was totally different and so much fun.

    Its all good (none / 0) (#5)
    by Peaches on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 03:19:32 PM EST
    I just want a lot of it. My favorite is the cranberry sauce, mixed with some gravy and then some juice from the vegetables all pooling together next to the potatoes, squash and dressing. I love to take  some good hot and buttered home cooked bread rolls and dip them in this mixture of flavors.

    Speaking of home cooked rolls, I got up early this morning and mixed together the dough rising as we speak. This easy recipe for no knead bread also makes great dinner rolls. I'll be baking them tonight, so the turkey can go in the oven in the morning. The other great thing about Thanksgiving is the planning and problem ssolving for cooking everything to come out toasty and hot right between the two football games.

    link for (none / 0) (#7)
    by Peaches on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 03:21:54 PM EST
    Thanks for reminding me (none / 0) (#8)
    by aw on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 03:24:22 PM EST
    I think I'll bake some fresh rolls in the morning.

    Gardens (none / 0) (#18)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 09:04:14 AM EST
    How did your garden turn out? I was blessed with a bumper crop of potatoes, peas, corn, tomatoes, squask, pumpins, okra, onions, cabbage and bell peppers. And the banana peppers are dried and strung up in the root cellar... that is... the ones I didn't roast and eat while blogging on TL.

    Happy Thanksgiving and many pleasant disagreemnents next year.


    Cooking (none / 0) (#9)
    by kbary on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 03:41:17 PM EST
    I'm roasting a duck a making a winter fruit chutney. It's a delicious tradition (she said immodestly)!

    No Turkey (none / 0) (#10)
    by koshembos on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 03:58:58 PM EST
    When my youngest was in high school he threatened to secede if there is no turkey; he is now older and I'll grill a red snapper.

    Then I'll have 10-12 Palestinian appetizers following my recent visit to Israel. I am trying to enjoy the good facet of two people, Israelis and Palestinians, fighting over a tiny land without ability to see that there is exactly one solution; split the country along the green line.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and let's hope for less bloodshed next year.

    A Turkey a Day! (none / 0) (#11)
    by jazzcattg1 on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 04:09:36 PM EST
    Spending my 7th warm Thanksgiving in my Arizona home after 22 years in the Denver area - nothing like wearing shorts in November!  Daughter is home and all is well - Best wishes for the TL mom!

    To hell with turkey ... (none / 0) (#12)
    by Sailor on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 05:00:47 PM EST
    No guests , so (none / 0) (#13)
    by Che's Lounge on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 05:11:18 PM EST
     I have volunteered my kitchen to some neighbors who are cooking for their fellow marines. Our kitchens are too small for those appetites. It's like feeding a football team.

    TV dinners (none / 0) (#14)
    by roy on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:17:23 PM EST
    I set out on a 480-mile drive this morning.  Seven hours later I was only 120 miles in, called my parents, told then I was giving up.  Traffic sucks.

    But I think I can MacGuyver up a good meal with some frozen grilled chicken, canned pasta sauce, and this bottle of whiskey...

    That's a shame Roy ... (none / 0) (#15)
    by Sailor on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 09:22:41 PM EST
    ... but I have a different perspective for you. Spend another day (hopefully w/o traffic;-) with your parents and give thanks for that! I'm not trying to be glib, I'm trying to be thankful.

    I don't have my parental units anymore, but I'm currently on a great sailboat in beautiful weather. And I'm thankful;-)

    BTW, whiskey makes a great main course, but the just desserts are hell!


    Move (none / 0) (#16)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 08:24:04 AM EST
    roy - Move. There are still places in this country were 480 miles is 7 hours.

    smacking (none / 0) (#17)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 08:39:59 AM EST
    Red eye gravy with ham, chicken and dressing, gibblet gravy, eggs scrambled with hog brain, deer roast, candied potatoes, collard greens seasoned with bacon, scalloped potatoes with extra cheese, black eyed peas and white beans. Pickle relish, sweet jerkins, sliced red onions and cranberry sauce, cornbread sticks and yeast rolls..

    All washed down with the favorite wine of the South,  sweet ice tea.

    Later, pumpkin pie with ginger, fried peach pies and  banana pudding. And coffee so strong that the spoon you stir it with can stand alone.

    sounds yummy (none / 0) (#22)
    by dutchfox on Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 09:34:04 PM EST
    I've got an extended family where I live in Vermont; my brothers live too far to travel for the day.

    So, I made a scrumptious pie with left over butternut squash from my garden - added some cognac to flavour it!

    In addition to the turkey, I also grilled some swordfish steaks for those who don't gobble,gobble.

    Plus green beans and an assortment of root veggies (rutabegas, turnips, sweet potatoes, celeriac, beets) roasted with olive oil, thyme, rosemary....and sprinkled with Vermont maple syrup.



    roasts (none / 0) (#19)
    by squeaky on Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 11:43:58 AM EST
    Roast boar with cranberry glaze, venison mushroom stew , rack of lamb w/mint sauce garnished w/chorizo sausage, duck breast with orange cognac sauce (flambe if I am in the mood), caramelized brussel sprouts, string beans, new potatoes w/dill and butter, spaghetti squash, various cheeses breads and salad,  pear cranberry tart ala mode, and lots of nice Italian wine.

    guess I better get busy.

    Can I come (none / 0) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 02:59:45 PM EST
    to your house for dinner?

    Sounds like a great meal, as do all those posted in this thread.

    Enjoy, everyone, and thank you for making TalkLeft a part of your holiday.


    Just don't shoot me in the face (none / 0) (#20)
    by squeaky on Thu Nov 23, 2006 at 12:35:43 PM EST
    I just channelled Norman Rockwell and he was upset that I did not have a large roasted bird on the table. He refused to paint my picturesque thanksgiving table without one. OK, I said, I will prepare one lamb basted Quail stuffed with potatoe.  He will enlarge the bird to make it look more generous.

    Not bad, a bit of politics and tradition, like killing two birds with one stone.