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How do I cook thanksgiving for only three. 
 
Nov. 23, 2011 6:04 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2011 9:23 am
Some of you may know, I come from a family of twenty. My parents had three children, and adopted fifteen. Always a busy house,
This year, due to other arrangements, it will only be my parents and me for thanksgiving. I am lost really. 
I walk through the store looking at turkeys and I automatically look at the 24 lb. birds.  I didn't even know they had eight lb turkeys. are they the baby ones? I wonder to myself. I pick one  up and go to find the fixings.
How much dressing do I need to make? I stand there for a while, and a nice lady asked can I help you find something. I say Yes, I need to know how much dressing do I need for an eight lb bird? She asked is this your fist thanksgivng? I just say yes not wanting to explain and move on.
How many potatoes do I need/ I am used to fixing a ten lb. bag. I will buy ( dont know how the font got changed Oh well)  about four and hope thats enough. Green bean, I guess a lb will do. I don't know, By now I am fed up with trying to figure this out and wish I had just ordered, one of those premade meals. (gross). 
I check out and go home. 
I know that to most people this is normal, but I just dont know how to adjust to this. If anyone has any suggestions, on how and what to cook for only three. Please let me know.
Thanks
 
Comments
Nov. 23, 2011 6:22 am
I did some research on this, since it is only me and my wife this year, and came up with this information. 1 lb per person for the turkey, this is counting the bones and everything inside, but it is more like - 6 ounces when you have one main dish, 8 ounces when you offer two or more main courses. 3/4 cup serving of stuffing per person. Rice, grains - 1.5 ounces as a side dish, 2 ounces in a main dish such as risotto. Potatoes - 5 ounces Raw Vegetables: 1 corn cob per person. Vegetables - 4 ounces. Beans - 2 ounces as a side dish. Pasta - 2 ounces for a side dish. 3 ounces for a first course. 4 ounces for a main dish. Green Salad - 1 ounce undressed weight. Deserts: 1 slice cake\Pie, tart or pastry. 4 ounces creamy dessert such as pudding or mousse. 5 ounces ice cream
 
Nov. 23, 2011 8:12 pm
Remember, the leftovers are sooo good, too! But that has to be difficult to go from cooking for over 20 to just 3... hope it all works out and that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
 
Nov. 24, 2011 9:23 am
Just eyeball it, do it, enjoy it, err on the side of too much and have great leftovers, and one of the advantages of being only 3 people, less people to criticize or complain if something is not just right, which of course will be the case with all of us. There are benefits to everything. Go for it.
 
 
 
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I am a care taker for my 8 handicapped adopted brother and sisters. I was widowed in 2009 and have a stepson and grandson. I am just trying to keep it all together and cooking is my escape. Thank goodness my family loves to try new things.
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