My Thanksgiving manu changes a little each year. I used to make many side dishes and would kill myself with work and calories, but I've learned not to make so many sides and only the must haves on Thansgiving Day, and throughout the week I make the others I want to try and serve them with the leftover turkey.
For the Thanksgiving Day meal, the day before I will make two pies one mincemeat and a pumpkin, cranberry sauce and any chopping of produce I will need the next day. The next day, I will roast a fresh whole turkey, Best mashed potatoes from Cooking Across America, gravy, May Day Ambrosia (NL 5-03), some kind of veg, but not a green bean casserole -Im getting tired of it for holiday meals), Hollywood Cornbread (one Jiffy cornbread mix made as pkg says, yellow cake mix made how the pkg says, mix the two and bake in a 9x13 pan until done) cornbread dressing, and homemade rolls from the bread machine.
I do have a question, has anyone tried any HE bread dressing recipes for the slowcooker -the recipes without the cream soup, and have they turned out good? I'm afraid to try it on Thanksgiving, but it will help out my oven situation if they work. I've tried the cream soup kinds, but I just don't care for them.
Edited by: ITSRANDELLA at: 11/15/2008 (21:33)
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We are pretty much having the traditional meal. I am using my old recipes that I have made for the past 10 yrs. except for the cranberry salad that is from HE. We are having turkey, amish dressing, twiced baked potatos even though my Mom always called them potato boats, green bean casserole, scalloped corn, dinner rolls, apple dumblings, (mom's recipe) and pumpkin pie.
I have not gotten that far yet, but I need to. Last year was my second Thanksgiving since I started trying to live healthier. both have been far from the norm (normal) for use anyway, then this year promises to be different again still. We live 100 mile from where we graduated high school and parent live so for years we went back, to visit all three households. We about 10 years ago Dh's mom moved south to FL and has not been seen since other than coming to first grandson high school graduation. My parents have now passed, from living on earth. The dh dad has been spending them with his new mother in law some hours away from his home. So we are learning what to do for us. First year I planned things out carefully. Skinny mashed potatoes, Turkey, dressing, lightened up green bean cassarole. (Sorry for the poor spelling), Lima beans, purchased biscuits. I made two HE pies from my HE cookbooks, one was like a snickers flavored one, I am not sure about the other and a pumpkin pie I lightened up Libbie's with Fat free canned evaporated milk. I had my brother who came bring a fresh vegetable tray. (they had to travel) and friends from here with a new baby brought a triple layer cake. I do not think I had mom and dad bring any thing other than themselves, mom's dementia kept them both busy.
Last year 2nd ds female friend was working at Bishop's resturant and her mom decided she should take us. (UGH!) An all you can eat Buffet, not what I wanted yet I was out numbered 7 to 1.
This year dh announced we are going to have ham for Thanksgiving. (?) So I am thinking skinny mashed potatoes, lima beans, another vegetable hot, biscuits (purchased or baking powder), I am not sure if I should make stuffing or not with ham. I love it but need to not eat more then a 1/2 cup, half of the others like it while half do not Fruit salad, fresh vegetable tray, pumpkin pie and at least one HE pie.
My Thanksgiving menu is rather the same old, the same old. Turkey breast, stuffing and gravy made by DH. Mashed potatoes, frozen peas, butternut squash, cranberry sauce from a can, Jello fruit salad that I've made for years and years and probably a crustless pumpkin pie. None are HE recipes.
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