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Oskaar
11-26-2009, 12:12 AM
From my perch here in scenic So Cal I wish you all:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Cheers,

Oskaar

akueck
11-26-2009, 01:59 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!

What is everyone having for dinner?

My wife and I are wussing out on cooking and heading to Half Moon Bay for some tidepooling, beach walking, and dinner that arrives with no effort. Sorry, family!

wildoates
11-26-2009, 02:47 AM
We're having the usual Thanksgiving fare--turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, dressing, etc. The turkey's brining under ice right now, the potatoes are peeled and waiting in water to be boiled tomorrow, and pies made. About 14 people here tomorrow. I hope everyone's Thanksgiving is nice, and that we all have something to be thankful for!

wildoates
11-26-2009, 02:52 AM
Oh, yeah...mead. We're having mead for the first time on Thanksgiving. :)

Dan McFeeley
11-26-2009, 03:31 AM
Likewise, happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

I'll be working the ER later on today, and I'm sure we'll be admiting patients to the unit. We still take care of our patients for the holidays -- they'll be getting a Thanksgiving banquet at noon, with family and friends invited.

Remember to give thanks, and a prayer (if that is part of your faith beliefs) for those who are not in the best of circumstances.

--

fatbloke
11-26-2009, 05:16 AM
Well just because we don't have a similar thing this side if the pond, doesn't mean that I can't hope that you (all in the US) have a peaceful and enjoyable thanks giving celebration........

Good on yer and have a nice one....

regards

fatbloke

sandman
11-26-2009, 05:49 AM
Turkey was running (ready for this?) $7/lb at the commissary this week so we bought prime rib instead. It was considerably cheaper. ;D

I'm also planning on breaking out a bottle of either elderberry or spiced polish dwojniak for the occasion. My wife also already has a good batch of her famous cranberry relish prepared. That would be the relish I based my Christmas Cranberry recipe on. *yum*

crowquill
11-26-2009, 07:46 AM
Our turkey will be wrapped in bacon (http://www.chow.com/recipes/11130). We'll be opening our first bottle of Fall Bounty Cider that we started a year ago.

It's a special Thanksgiving for us. Last year, my wife was in the middle of chemo for breast cancer and this year she is cancer free. It may also be the last Thanksgiving with our oldest boy in awhile as he is getting ready to graduate from college and who knows where he'll be this time next year.

trennels
11-26-2009, 07:50 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, all!

socpsy
11-26-2009, 09:22 AM
Last year it was lobster for T-giving, but this year it will be salmon steaks. We'll also pop open a bottle of JAO and/or a sage ginger mead that I made this summer.

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wayneb
11-26-2009, 12:15 PM
Happy Turkey Day, everyone!!


Of course this year we'll be having having a dry-cured, smoked ham for dinner tonight, :o since tomorrow during our "Black Friday Bash" we'll have a house full of people ready to devour another helping of the more traditional holiday fowl. Moving our Turkey Day to Friday has become something of a tradition for us here in Colorado, since we have no extended family within 1200 miles of this place and all of our friends are usually with their families tonight. But after an "intense" morning on Friday of hitting the stores and malls (or alternately, after an equally intense morning of recovery from the first round of holiday engorgement!), it is funny how everyone is usually hungry again for our special roast turkey and mead-based gravy, not to mention all the other goodies (and bottles of mead) that happen to show up around the table!

For that matter, if any of you happen to be nearby and want to join in the festivities, feel free to show up tomorrow around 4PM. I come from a very traditional, very HUGE Polish-American family (For instance, I have 54 first cousins!!) so it isn't really a holiday party at our house if we don't have at least 30 invited people here, with most of the neighbors and the occasional random visitor off the street dropping by to see what all the fuss is about! ;D (If you're seriously interested, PM me and I'll send you our address.)

AToE
11-26-2009, 01:48 PM
Hope it's a good Thanksgiving - even if you are a month and a half late!!;)

WRATHWILDE
11-26-2009, 02:26 PM
Our turkey will be wrapped in bacon (http://www.chow.com/recipes/11130).

My Brother did this last year, I guess the turkey skin wasn't fattening enough, and yes he used a blowtorch on the turkey to help thaw the inside... and again when it came out because the bacon wasn't crispy enough.

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Happy day you Turkeys,
Wrathwilde

WRATHWILDE
11-26-2009, 02:33 PM
Well just because we don't have a similar thing this side if the pond, doesn't mean that I can't hope that you (all in the US) have a peaceful and enjoyable thanks giving celebration.......

We Americans have a Holiday for everything... except Premature Ejaculation, but Congress says it's coming quickly.

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

wayneb
11-26-2009, 02:41 PM
Hope it's a good Thanksgiving - even if you are a month and a half late!!;)

Your's is when it is only because if Canada celebrated the holiday on the last week in November more than half of the country wouldn't yet be dug out from the first October snow! ;D

Oskaar
11-26-2009, 02:47 PM
We Americans have a Holiday for everything... except Premature Ejaculation, but Congress says it's coming quickly.

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

I think that's a bit premature!

storm1969
11-26-2009, 03:05 PM
We have the typical fare, plus a few extra's. My wife is the best I know at cooking a Turkey feast....

I will be opening 2 Pinot Noirs with dinner. A Kosta Browne and a Papapiettro Perry.

Probably not a Mead, even though I have a strawberry mead chilling for those that like a sweeter wine.

Turkey is in, dinner will be ready at just about 5

Everybody have a great Thanksgiving!

AToE
11-26-2009, 03:18 PM
Your's is when it is only because if Canada celebrated the holiday on the last week in November more than half of the country wouldn't yet be dug out from the first October snow! ;D

True enough! Though we're having a weird time right now where I live, no snow yet, very odd.

buzzerj
11-26-2009, 03:50 PM
Oskaar beat me to it but Happy Thanksgiving to all Gotmeaders from members, newbees, lurkers, patrons, mentors to everybody. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Fantastic site Vicky and Oskaar. Thanks to all for the great advise and good banter. It's always entertaining and frequently informative to visit Gotmead. Cheers to everyone and for those with a nicely aged mead, today is a great day to celebrate the gifts that we've been given. What's the best mead to go with turkey anyway?

Buzzer

wayneb
11-26-2009, 04:45 PM
What's the best mead to go with turkey anyway?

Buzzer

Why one that you've made yourself, of course! ;D

epetkus
11-26-2009, 08:50 PM
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

We had some family and friends over. Deep-fried turkey, homemade ravioli with choice of wine-infused Marinara sauce or a shallot cream tomato Madeira sauce, fried corn patties, cranberry relish, pies, mixed fruit, etc.

From our family to yours, happy thanksgiving!

Eric

fatbloke
11-27-2009, 07:23 AM
Ok, so here's another TG based ???

Now, on the satellite TV, we get buried in cooking programmes, some of which focus on how others "do" stuff that's similar to how it's "done" here, while some of those programmes also show us how other countries/regions cook their local produce (not all of which can be obtained here).

Plus they sometimes show that influences, particularly food, change. For example, our crimbo meat was, historically, goose, though the ease of farming turkey means that, that is what most have.

More specifically, it would be "Roasted" turkey.

Now I seem to recall a programme that showed that in different regions of the US, both the TG, and crimbo celebration, some will roast the turkey, while others (the "south" I understood), will fry it, using a specially designed "deep fryer", that's basically just a normal deep fryer but can be the size of an oil tanker, to accommodate such a large fowl as a turkey.

Is that a correct understanding ? or is there a specific method of cooking the turkey that's considered "more traditional" than any other, or is it just down to where you were brought up and the method usually used in that area ?????

regards

fatbloke

AToE
11-27-2009, 01:22 PM
Some people deep fry them up here too, I don't know if it's a southern thing or if it's just a newfangled thing. I'd imagine oven roasted being the traditional way in most places.

wayneb
11-27-2009, 02:40 PM
Deep frying of turkey originated in the Southern US, but came to more general popularity about 10-15 years ago. While it is considered by many to be the "only" way to prepare a turkey (and with the delicious crispy skin that results from proper deep frying, I can understand that perspective), dry roasting (i.e. in an open topped roasting pan) in an oven is the most "traditional" and is still the most popular way to prepare the bird. (Statistical info courtesy of the American Turkey Federation, BTW -- and I'll bet you didn't know there even was such an entity, did you?) ;D

fatbloke
11-27-2009, 04:58 PM
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American Turkey
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Cor, bloody hell, whoever thought that one up, obviously didn't have any understanding of a sense of sarcasm or irony did they ???

I'd have thought it would have been better to have come up with something that keeps those two words distinctly separate to avoid lots of jokes and merriment that can be had at the expense of the US (specifically by us "johnny foreigners" ;) ).

Hey ho! As long as everyone had a good TG, that's all that matters.

regards

fatbloke

p.s. Oh and any left over turkey and you should all be googling for recipes for "turkey curry", so you can all enjoy Indian influenced wondrously excellent food (either served with rice, or Naan bread :p )