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Whelp this is my first vegan thxgiving. So I will be at WF seeing faux meat options since it is a special occasion. I will make my chocolate cake with gonache, maybe an apple pie, wild rice with gimme lean sausage;water chestnuts;and cranraisins, sweet potato casserole, macn"cheese"; and if I could get my cousin to make greens without a neckbone I will be spared but if not, collards all the way. Maybe garlic mashed potatoes. These are always my thanksgiving favorites. I have to cart all this food over to my cousins and have to see where I can set up or if I will be banished to the fridge. Last time I was at another cousins hOuse for Fourth of July and left my potato salad out and lord I come back and folks that arrived after me were attacking it. I told them it was vegan and they were dropping their jaws.
Originally Posted by gagirl09
Tofurkey? I had a former coworker who was vegetarian and they had Tofurkey for Thanksgiving. I cannot attest to how good it tasted because I am allergic to soy, but he swears it was delicious.

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I think we're doing the packaged meal from Whole Foods this year. We don't have a ton of people for thanksgiving and it's always such a bother to cook.
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Whelp this is my first vegan thxgiving. So I will be at WF seeing faux meat options since it is a special occasion. I will make my chocolate cake with gonache, maybe an apple pie, wild rice with gimme lean sausage;water chestnuts;and cranraisins, sweet potato casserole, macn"cheese"; and if I could get my cousin to make greens without a neckbone I will be spared but if not, collards all the way. Maybe garlic mashed potatoes. These are always my thanksgiving favorites. I have to cart all this food over to my cousins and have to see where I can set up or if I will be banished to the fridge. Last time I was at another cousins hOuse for Fourth of July and left my potato salad out and lord I come back and folks that arrived after me were attacking it. I told them it was vegan and they were dropping their jaws.
Originally Posted by gagirl09
Tofurkey? I had a former coworker who was vegetarian and they had Tofurkey for Thanksgiving. I cannot attest to how good it tasted because I am allergic to soy, but he swears it was delicious.

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Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Yeah there stuff is pretty good. The rare occasion I eat faux meat I like their "turkey slices"I am just nervous that everything will be gone by the time I get to WF. I get paid on Friday and I think I open my store that day and won't get there till the evening after everyone has gone shopping. *crosses fingers*. My mom is already poking fun at me trying to get a "loin" and my gimme lean. She was like just fake everything. I wanted to look at her and "say keep on talking arthritis."
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My Bro & his huge family (6) are coming up from Georgia. Dinner will be at my SIL's sister's big old farmhouse. There will be a grand total of 20 people there! Always an awesome time, can't wait.
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We're having the same menu we have every year:

Turkey with gravy
Tofurkey with mushroom gravy
Mushroom strudel
Stuffing and vegetarian dressing
Mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Vegetarian collard greens
Cornbread
Green bean casserole
Homemade and canned cranberry sauce
Roasted brussels sprouts

Purchased pies (usually pumpkin, apple, and pecan) and a homemade whipped pumpkin "cheesecake."

is there a way to cook collard greens without meat? Cause I'm not trying to buy meat just for collards.

If I knew I would live off of them because they're my favorite things. The one thing I look forward to for the holidays HAHHAAH.
Originally Posted by murrrcat
I just do bacon but what about smoked papirika



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is there a way to cook collard greens without meat? Cause I'm not trying to buy meat just for collards.

If I knew I would live off of them because they're my favorite things. The one thing I look forward to for the holidays HAHHAAH.
Originally Posted by murrrcat
I just do bacon but what about smoked papirika



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I have no idea what a smoked papirika is? what is that salt and pepper's child off of blues clues?


I put some collards in my crock pot with my chicken and beans LOL....who knows what I'll mix up next.
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For awhile, I was going to Charleston for Thanksgiving to visit my mother and other relatives, but I stopped doing it 4 or 5 years ago primarily because none of them ever visited me and I was sick of always being the one putting in the effort. Plus it's a pain to travel during the holidays with bad weather, delays, etc.

The last few years have just been my dad and me. It's quiet, but not as stressful. Since it's just the two of us, I don't bother with getting a whole turkey. I get turkey parts, and usually make rice, gravy, collards, stuffing and cornbread. I usually get the canned cranberry sauce too. Sometimes I add corn.
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Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in our family. Since my parents are not American, we (siblings and cousins) do all the cooking and it's traditional American food. We get a halal turkey and lately my brother has been deep frying it. Then the rest of us do sides. It's usually my family and my uncle and aunt's family so there's at least 14 people and sometimes out of town relatives and it can hectic/overwhelming. Sometimes I need a break from them.

This year my sister won't be here and she's the main organizer. I honestly would rather go on vacation and away since i dont have many vacation days left. Also I saw all my family not that long ago for my sister's wedding. I know they are going to be upset if I don't stay in town. Urgh. And I just found out our lame company doesnt give us the day after thanksgiving off. Ergh.
Going to visit the in laws this year.

My husband and I alternate spending holidays with my family or his, and it's kind of nice.

With his parents, it is quiet and non-traditional. He is an only child and they live far from their extended family, so it is just the four of us. They are also foodies and avid cooks, as are my husband and I, so we usually try new dishes every year and often don't even have turkey.

With my parents, it is big, loud, and traditional. My mom's whole family comes over, which means 20ish people. They make very traditional Thanksgiving food - turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc.

I like both for different reasons, so it's fun no matter what.

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This year I'm doing thanksgiving at my boyfriend's family's house in the afternoon, then heading to my parent's house in the evening. I don't know what his family makes, but at my parent's, we make turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and all the traditional thanksgiving food. And I make a chocolate pecan pie because I don't like the pumpkin my mom makes. And my boyfriend's mom requested I make dirt and worms in a ceramic flower pot to bring to their house. So we'll see how that works out.
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because of inlaws we have to have family Thanhsgiving dinner on Friday which i have to work . every year we have to accomodate inlaws for the two hollidays
I've never had green bean casserole
Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in our family. Since my parents are not American, we (siblings and cousins) do all the cooking and it's traditional American food. We get a halal turkey and lately my brother has been deep frying it. Then the rest of us do sides. It's usually my family and my uncle and aunt's family so there's at least 14 people and sometimes out of town relatives and it can hectic/overwhelming. Sometimes I need a break from them.

This year my sister won't be here and she's the main organizer. I honestly would rather go on vacation and away since i dont have many vacation days left. Also I saw all my family not that long ago for my sister's wedding. I know they are going to be upset if I don't stay in town. Urgh. And I just found out our lame company doesnt give us the day after thanksgiving off. Ergh.
Originally Posted by Josephine
How does deep fried turkey turn out? My dad's been trying to convince us to do it for years.
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thursday i will be at my grandma's. on friday my parents and sister adn anyone else who wants to come will be at our house. we were going to deep fry a turkey, but its too effen cold out. none us us like turkey enough to buy one, so we are getting 2 peruvian chickens from a nearby place and i am making sides.

oyster dressing
mash potatoes
sweet potatoes
cranberry sauce
peas or brussel sprouts (maybe both)
and rolls

I'm the primary cooker so I am not making a billion things.
Wow, this is making me reconsider my Thanksgiving plans!

My family has never been super excited about Thanksgiving but we at least always made the effort, though my mom gave up on Turkey (thank God) and started making a glazed ham instead.

This year it's too expensive to travel so I will be away from most of my family for the first time....my sister is nearby in Jersey. Our plan was for her to come over, and we would order Chinese food and eat junk food and have a Game of Thrones marathon (seasons one and two in one day). Cooking is so much work! And then MAAYYYBEEE go shopping on Friday....


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How does deep fried turkey turn out? My dad's been trying to convince us to do it for years.
Originally Posted by Hropkey
Really good, we won't have it any other way ever again. It's really moist and I think they still marinate it the night or two before frying.
So disappointed. This year's work T-day had NO TURKEY. It's the one time of year I get to sample american t-day food that my family would never eat but I secretly love. Green bean casserole out of a can, instant mashed potatoes, casseroles, tamale pie, cornbread stuffing etc.

Maybe after turkey prices come down, I'll make something later.
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have made 2 Turkey's in my life and the first one I made a few years ago came out okay but not stellar (kinda dry) ... so last year I was watching
"THE CHEW" and Micheal Symon had the following recipe and so I went with it and it came out freaking awesome so I am going with it again....



This is the video from "THE CHEW" Trust me it was great and super easy!!

Michael Symon's Juicy Turkey Cooked In Cheese Cloth - the chew - ABC.com
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your turkey looks like a magazine turkey!

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