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Old 11-15-2012, 08:02 AM   #1111
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So -
Once again -
We're rolling into the festive, holiday season.
(Hope you got your "X-Mas" shopping done!)

What ya'all going to have for Thanksgiving?!?

Last year -
I cooked a 21 pound turkey - (Don't worry - no one got sick!!)
This year; I think it's going to be, two 10 pound turkeys.

My landlord saw an episode of "Rachel Ray" - she suggested two 10
pound turkeys, instead of something larger.
Cooking for 5 people (not sure what the "veggies" are going to be, yet -
I'm thinking - asparagus, Brussel sprouts - we'll see!)

What are you going to have?

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:32 AM   #1112
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Two 10 pound turkeys sounds a lot easier than a 20 pounder.... quicker.

I saw a 20 pound turkey on tv one time - dressed like Rachel Ray - and he said it's better to cook 2 10-pound turkeys too. But he only said that after he saw a guy in the audience holding an axe in his hand.

My mom is having everyone over T'giving day. She'll be cooking a couple of turkey breasts and sh'mashed potatoes and a few other things. The rest of us will bring everything else.

I usually bring sweet potatoes, spinach dip and beer bread, veggies & dip and anything else that sounds good. If everyone can come, we'll have about 28 people. Most likely about 20 though.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #1113
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Thanksgiving is one of Judy and my favorite holidays, the smells in the house just flood back to our childhood, and that we also love. Judy is a stickler for making things from scratch and believe you me, the taste is so much better. This is one day I stay out of the kitchen except to help get the turkey out of the oven.

Judy already bought a large turkey, and we will have cornbread dressing which is to kill for, lot of sage, just the way I love it. Creamed potatoes and gravy, green beans (I don't like green beans), the yeast rolls that I could make a meal off of by themselves.

Corn on the cob, cranberry sauce and for desert sweet potato pie (My eyes just rolled back in my head) and scratch cherry cheese cake and home made old fashioned freezer type ice cream. We will wash it all down with a laaaaarge pitcher of iced tea and coffee. Man, I think I gained about 10 pounds just typing this. We will for a fact go off our loooow carb diet, big time, this day, well we get one day a week we can go off our diet and this is the one.

Next year I am going to try to talk Judy into letting me brine the turkey. I wish our smoker was working, we would smoke that turkey, talk about gooooOOOooOod, we all love a smoked turkey a lot.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:44 AM   #1114
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Jim, if you post your address here, and maybe a map, we won't ALL show up at your house next Thursday - just those of us who read your post.

You're right about the smell of food cooking on Thanksgiving day bringing back childhood memories.
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I traveled so much I never built a family of my own. One thing I did for many years when I was around was volunteer for different international visitor organizations. When attached to organizations that had students, the international ones really appreciated being included in Thanksgiving celebrations since it is unique to this region. Most, of course, just sat around their dorm rooms as roommmates flew all over the country. If you have an extra chair, why not invite a local international student for dinner?

One year I remember lots of people communicating with drawings and sign language but after a few bottles of champagne nobody cared. It was the seem year Spikezilla was caught dragging the 25 pound turkey off to some well planned hiding place.

Please don't kill your turkeys a second time. Never trust those stupid on board pop-up thermometers. An instant one is a good investment. Chef friends taught me to butterfly rather expertly (your butcher will do it for you and hand you the backbone for soup stock if you want it) and doing so may make your turkey look rather gimpy but since you don't have to cook the backbone to a safe temp, it is really hard to dry out a roasted turkey. It will cook in a fraction of the time.

I liked draping mine with orange slices and bacon and of course basting it regularly.

Pull the turkey out when it is 10-20 degrees less than the safe temperature and within 20 minutes the juices will be drawn back into the roast and it will be to safe temperature.

Stuffing should be made in a side dish.

Buy an extra turkey breast and bake and cut it up as though it were part of the regular bird. Everybody seems to like more white meat than dark meat.

And of course, some fools will toss a half thawed turkey in a deep fryer again this year and wonder why the thing explodes!

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Hey "BigJim"!
Nice menu!
I'll see you on Thanksgiving!!
(Kidding!)
(We're all invited - aren't we?!?)

Yeah - don't stuff the "bird", with stuffing!
If you do -
Meat thermometer for the Turkey and, one for the stuffing -
165 degrees, minimum!
For both!

Lots of house and garage fires started by deep, fat fryers and, Turkeys!!
Ooops!

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Ross do you want to drive? I'll pay half of the gas.
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Y'all come on down we live at the foot of Lookout Mountain at kjwehroh55`710870h, oops, my fingers got tangled up in the key board. Rossi the only bird that gets stuffed around here are these two ole birds, shhhhh hope Judy isn't looking over here.

You know for real, it would be so great to meet all of you in person, maybe one of these days we can figure out a half way point and all go camping and have a gathering.
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Ross do you want to drive? I'll pay half of the gas.
We're looking to charter a bus.
I think "BigJim" will be "pleasantly"? surprised when 40 or 50 people show
up; and, ask -
"Is it done yet"?!?
"--M--" you're welcome to have a seat!

JUST KIDDING, Jim!! (Wish I wasn't!)
(Don't worry Jim - we will not tell Judy!)
Hi! Judy - you didn't hear what Jim said - did you?!?
Yeah -brine solution and a "smoker" -
Most Excellent!!!

Mike - there's a local food chain - you might know of -
"Food-4- Less"
They've got a special -
"Butterball" Turkeys -58 or 68 cents a pound.
Not bad!!
We're going to hit them Sat. -
We'll probably get 4!
Conveniently, we have to stop at "Century Tile" on 8100 S. Cicero in Chicago -
There's a "Food-4-Less", just N. of there!
Yeah!

Have a good "T'Day"
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That would be nice Jim. I have enjoyed many trips to the Smokies--
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We're looking to charter a bus.
I think "BigJim" will be "pleasantly"? surprised when 40 or 50 people show
up; and, ask -
"Is it done yet"?!?
"--M--" you're welcome to have a seat!

JUST KIDDING, Jim!! (Wish I wasn't!)
(Don't worry Jim - we will not tell Judy!)
Hi! Judy - you didn't hear what Jim said - did you?!?
Yeah -brine solution and a "smoker" -
Most Excellent!!!

Mike - there's a local food chain - you might know of -
"Food-4- Less"
They've got a special -
"Butterball" Turkeys -58 or 68 cents a pound.
Not bad!!
We're going to hit them Sat. -
We'll probably get 4!
Conveniently, we have to stop at "Century Tile" on 8100 S. Cicero in Chicago -
There's a "Food-4-Less", just N. of there!
Yeah!

Have a good "T'Day"
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Yow buddy, that would be great, that would be a Thanksgiving to remember. Over the years, Judy and I have made some of the most fantastic, life long friends online. Many friends we have met in person and we love some better than family. Many of our online friends have been in our home and some even spent the night. We have been in a lot of their homes and spent the night with them also.

Every year a bunch of our friends and us get together here in Chattanooga and camp for three or four days and have a ball. On Saturday we all have a group meal, man talk about some fine food. This group is composed of a bunch of fishermen and women, but anyone is welcome and it doesn't cost anything, just your food and camping costs. We would love to have y'all come down. We have friends come from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, and all over the place. Sounds like a lot of folks but usually about 20 or so.

Sorry, got carried away there. Rossi, that is a fantastic price on the turkeys, the cheapest we have found on the Butterball turkeys is $1.68 a pound and thought that was a good price. I may brine the turkey after all, it sure is gooood and moist. I may even try to get the smoker fixed so we can smoke that sucker also.
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I'm making bean and sausage soup and some homemade bread.

Then, I'm putting my feet up and watching old NHL games since there aren't any new ones.

I'll probably crack a beer.

Haven't told the husband yet.
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I'm making bean and sausage soup and some homemade bread.

Then, I'm putting my feet up and watching old NHL games since there aren't any new ones.

I'll probably crack a beer.

Haven't told the husband yet.
"Misskat" -
That sounds pretty, good to me!!
Unfortunately - I'm the designated cook for "T-Day"!
(I'm also, doing the "logistics" for a Charter Bus; for a happy, trip to
"Lookout Mountain" -
WOW!! - I can't wait to see the awestruck, surprised, dismayed
look on BigJim's face when the bus pulls up and what's the first things he
hears? -
"Where's the bathroom?!?" -
"Are we there yet?!?" -
"When do we eat?!?")

Ahhhh! - the ravenous, horde, arrives!!
(Poor Judy!!)

Seriously -
I'm the one who volunteered to do the "T-Day" cooking -
Lest you jump to the conclusion -
"What a foolish person Rossi is!"
I love to cook for other people!!

"MissKat" - and, everyone -
Have a good Thanksgiving!!
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(I might "crack" a few beers, too!!)
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Jim, I'm officially a HVAC pro-------I installed my first furnace/air conditioner----How's the heat going?

Now for the important stuff----that bean and sausage soup----what's in it?

I like most bean soups and that sounds interesting-----
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MissKat, if you have time, I'd like to know what's in the bean soup too.

When your husband smells that soup cooking Thanksgiving day, he's going to say, "Honey, that turkey doesn't smell right. Do you think there's something wrong with it?"

Jim, when you know the dates of your camping trip, let me know and I'll ask my husband if he can get those days off work so we could go.

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