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9th-Nov-2008 11:05 am
I love the internet. It's my brain. My memory is sometimes kind of crappy for important details (the lyrics to Mr. Big's "To Be With You"? Firmly lodged in my head. My schedule for this week? Not necessarily so much). But, when I put everything on the internets, I can go back to it and say "Oh, yea, that's what we had for Thanksgiving last year" and figure out what worked and what didn't.

It is nearly time for the best food holiday of the year. :)

This year, I'm thinking about:

- chex mix, sausage balls, and spinach balls for pre-dinner gaming munchies (we didn't get around to the spinach balls last year. There will be spinach balls this year.)

- turkey
- Pioneer woman's no-knead rolls (will probably do some white, and some half white/half wheat. Maybe. I might just do them all halfwhitehalfwheat, they turned out well like that last night. Whole wheat pastry flour rules.)
- green beans
- green bean casserole (which we skipped last year, and I really missed)
- broccoli [steamed] and cheese sauce (one of Jeff's mom's favorites)
- fried squash (ditto. There will be more vegetables this year, since as far as I can tell, she lives on vegetables and Ritz crackers)
- stuffed mushrooms (one of Faith's favorites)
- cranberry sauce (cold, straight from the can, for my mother)
- mashed potatoes and gravy (one of Jeff's quintessential Thanksgiving foods)
- yams with brown sugar and marshmallows (one of Hope's favorites, and she made it last year, and we INHALED the pan, it was that good)
- sauerkraut (from a can, for my mother)
- corn

- pumpkin roll (and I'll get mom to make this this year, mine last year sucked)
- pecan pie? Mom is usually on dessert duty.
- eggnog (from Homeland Creamery. nomnomnom) and chocolate milk

My dad and my cousin Andrew don't really have specific favorites, and will eat darn near anything (except Andrew doesn't eat potatoes, the freak. ;) )

I wonder if anyone would be offended if we didn't do stuffing. It's a pain in the butt, and really, my stuffing kind of sucks.

I think this is enough for 8 people, and hits at least one thing that each person really really likes (except for my dad and cousin, see note above).

Now I just need to email folks and see what they think. :)
9th-Nov-2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Make Stove-Top with chicken broth instead of the water :) it's insanely good, easy to do, and will totally mollify any stuffing addicts.
10th-Nov-2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, our little sister is a veggie and would not eat the stuffing if it was made with chicken broth. ~ Hope
10th-Nov-2008 12:12 am (UTC)
However, my notes from last year say Faith doesn't like stuffing anyhow. :)
10th-Nov-2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Hrm. Veggie broth? or .. I seem to recall Joyce's fancy-pants co-op having vegan chicken broth, as wacky as that seems :)
10th-Nov-2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
I've even found veggie "chicken" broth at a Lowe's Foods...I made some "chicken" noodle soup for a vegetarian friend when she was sick with that. She now expects her husband to do the same. :)
9th-Nov-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)

I will admit here that I am a little sad to be missing out on the traditional meal, with this year's holiday plan.
14th-Nov-2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Tday 2! :)
9th-Nov-2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Spinach balls? Tell me of spinach balls.
9th-Nov-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
We had them a couple of years ago at my aunt and uncle's in Baltimore, and they were SO GOOD. Theirs involved bagged stuffing mix, frozen spinach, and an egg for a binder. I might go that route, or I might make sausage cheese balls with spinach replacing the sausage, haven't decided yet.
14th-Nov-2008 10:42 pm (UTC) - stuffing
Coming from the veggie, I do not mind if there is stuffing and do not really care how it is made cause I have honestly never cared for stuffing. I mainly have eaten it in the past to be nice cause it has been made "Faith" friendly so I did not want to hurt people's feelings.
14th-Nov-2008 10:46 pm (UTC) - stuffing, from the other sister
I just posted about stuffing. Thought I would say that this is the youngest sister Faith. Also, the comment about veggie "chicken" broth is nice but I do not eat meat cause I do not like the taste of it. Thanks for the suggestion though. ~Faith
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