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Old 11-19-2012, 08:09 PM   #61
 
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mmm turkey, mmm Michael Symon. He has 3 different restaurants here. so yummy. I think that man can find a way to add pork to any recipe
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your turkey looks like a magazine turkey!
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Opinions / ideas needed please - I was thinking through the menu and just realized that because of our grandson's dairy/egg allergy, I can't use butter when making the gravy. I usually make it ahead of time, then add some of the drippings after the turkey is cooked.I could sub his Earth Balance (soy-based) spread, but I feel like it kind of has an "off" flavor to it. Any ideas? Would bacon grease be too....greasy?
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Opinions / ideas needed please - I was thinking through the menu and just realized that because of our grandson's dairy/egg allergy, I can't use butter when making the gravy. I usually make it ahead of time, then add some of the drippings after the turkey is cooked.I could sub his Earth Balance (soy-based) spread, but I feel like it kind of has an "off" flavor to it. Any ideas? Would bacon grease be too....greasy?
Butter isn't necessary in gravy. The flavor comes from the fond and stock, not to mention a little umami enhancement in the form of glutamate-heavy substances (like marmite) if you're so inclined. Just use oil to make the roux, unless you have some turkey or chicken fat rendered out (or if you have skins lying around you can render them).
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I just want to say I'm so jealous of all your thanksgiving plans!!!! Ours was brilliant, but I want to do it again now that you're all planning!

Don't be surprised if I pop by some of your places
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:22 AM   #66
 
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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.
Lol @ them attacking your vegan potato salad- recipe, please?I'm a vegetarian easing my way to vegan.

For Thanksgiving this year it's just gonna be me and my mom. We're actually eating Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night and on Thursday going to SeaWorld.

So tonight I'm making pumpkin pie and maybe cheesecake.

Tomorrow I'll have stuffed tofurky

My mom will make the greens vegetarian

And I've gotten hooked on the " Veggie Bobbie" from Capriotti's which is basically Thanksgiving on a bun. So I might just recreate that with a side of greens (I love greens) and be happy.
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Opinions / ideas needed please - I was thinking through the menu and just realized that because of our grandson's dairy/egg allergy, I can't use butter when making the gravy. I usually make it ahead of time, then add some of the drippings after the turkey is cooked.I could sub his Earth Balance (soy-based) spread, but I feel like it kind of has an "off" flavor to it. Any ideas? Would bacon grease be too....greasy?
Butter isn't necessary in gravy. The flavor comes from the fond and stock, not to mention a little umami enhancement in the form of glutamate-heavy substances (like marmite) if you're so inclined. Just use oil to make the roux, unless you have some turkey or chicken fat rendered out (or if you have skins lying around you can render them).
Ah, I was hoping you'd be checking this thread - thank you!!!

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #68
 
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I've never used butter in my gravy either. I use the gizzard/neck with onion and celery to make a stock that simmers most of the morning. When the turkey is done, I combine the stock and some of the turkey drippings and mix with a cornstarch slurry to thicken it, then season to taste.
It always comes out perfect.
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My dad got me sucked into making him rockfish stuffed with crab imperial and shrimp. and my sister got me sucked into making creamed spinach. i'm hoping to get my mom sucked into making her cornbread, so i wont have to make rolls.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:06 PM   #70
 
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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.
LOL I absolutely crave this over any 'real' cranberry sauce -

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:28 PM   #71
 
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It's just going to be my fiance and I this year. My kids are spending it with their dad and his are spending it with their mom. I kind of like that it's just us 2, especially since it is our 1st Thanksgiving together.

We've decided to be different and do lamb. We will also have his "special" gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, brussel sprout stir fry, another of his "special creations", cranberry sauce, and rolls. I have a cheese roll and some dried dates to snack on as we cook. Neither of us are big on desserts, so we'll probably skip that. Oh yes, and a nice bottle of wine.

I'm going miss the turkey and dressing, but I have a small turkey breast in my freezer and I can make that later this weekend with the dressing. I'm so excited. I get 4 days off and lots of time to spend with my wonderful man.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:00 AM   #72
 
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Potato Salad Recipe
This is the recipe I use. I DO NOT use the celery salt because overall not that into celery flavor but I do use the celery. I usually add a smudge more of onion. What I am trying to say is feel free to adjust to your taste lol

What you need:
8 small to medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3/4 to 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
3/4 cup celery, diced
3/4 cup red onion, diced (to taste)
1/2 cup sweet relish
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
3-4 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
celery salt, to taste
black pepper. to taste
paprika, to taste

What you do:
1. Place potatoes in pot of water and boil until tender. When your potatoes start to get tender, about 15 minutes, they are done. Drain and rinse to cool them down.
2. Dump the cooled/drained potatoes back into your pot. Except for paprika, add remaining ingredients (vegan mayonnaise, celery, red onion, sweet relish, green onion, mustard, celery salt, and black pepper).
3. Put your pot of potato salad into your fridge and let cool for 1 hour or so. Top potato salad with paprika when you are ready to serve
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:21 AM   #73
 
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I'm doing the whole traditional thanksgiving for my extended family this year...all by myself.
Were having brined and oven roasted Turkey, bbq'd boneless turkeys, cornbread stuffing, slick mustard greens w/smoked rib tips, honey baked ham, macaroni and cheese, homemade parkerhouse rolls, candied sweet potatos, peach cobbler....no oxtails, no curry nothing, no stewed nothing and no chitterlings (yuck) this year.

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:14 AM   #74
 
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I can't ever get with dressing. I have tried everybody's recipe back in the day but I still... erlack
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I could LIVE on stuffing and want to eat it every day. But it doesn't fit in at all with a low carb lifestyle (I like real white bread for stuffing). With tons of sage. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Mmmm. I am so looking forward to having some tomorrow.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #76
 
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Me too. Love stuffing. Love all the Carb filled foods on Thanksgiving.

My plate could consist of stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, all covered in gravy.


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Old 11-21-2012, 12:54 PM   #77
 
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Just crumbled up my cornbread/bread to dry out. It's my favorite part of Thanksgiving! Can't wait to eat it tomorrow.
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mmm turkey, mmm Michael Symon. He has 3 different restaurants here. so yummy. I think that man can find a way to add pork to any recipe
I have such a crush on him! He did an episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate about perogies and I think thats the most I have ever been turned on by food

Mike Symon 'Best Thing I Ever Ate' [ Sokolowskis Polish Restaurant Cleveland ] Pierogi - YouTube
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Just crumbled up my cornbread/bread to dry out. It's my favorite part of Thanksgiving! Can't wait to eat it tomorrow.
Do you a box mix or make your own? I've tried the box, but to me it comes out to sweet in the dressing. I dread having to make it from scratch, because I'm going to have so much cornmeal left over and I won't use it until next Thanksgiving.
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We are going out to eat this year (we do every year) and then going back to in-laws house to play games, watch movies, and have dessert and coffee. It's always a great day. It's myself, husband, son, mil and fil. The rest of the family is out of town visiting their in-laws for the holiday.

I have never, mot even once in my life cooked a Thanksgiving meal. We always went to our grandparents house and brought a dish or two. But we're never hosted at our house or eaten here for a holiday meal.
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