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Left vs. Right? 
Nov. 17, 2012 4:13 pm 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2012 5:03 am
Time has been marching on, and once again crazycook has been contemplating menu, and asking confirmed guests what they might like to provide as a "dish to pass..." 

Meanwhile, poor Rusty kitty became very sick... all of the hopes and well wishes... the pampering and hand feeding, helped not at all...  Sadly, this morning we bid her a loving farewell.  It was time, but of course that's never an easy decision to make! 

I have already purchased a turkey of adequate size for our expected guest list, and had planned on preparing stuffing and PLENTY of gravy, as there never seems to be enough.  In addition, I was expecting two desserts, and a pan of fire roasted vegetables.  One of my personal traditions is to make a scalloped corn casserole, a dish that I love, but when cooking for two, what could I do with the remaing 80% of the dish?  Add some mashed potatoes, and perhaps an additional veggie dish, and there is "the right hand" - the traditional holiday meal.

Enter "the left hand..."  One guest has decided to bring a lasagne (of all things!)  Crazycook immediately shifted gears!  Dinner rolls could give way to garlic bread.  Add the expected vegetable dish, and something "green" - broccoli, green beans or brussels sprouts... I've even thought about a simple "wilted spinach" dish!  How wonderful would it be to break away from the "normal" meal items for once?  "Sacrilege," you may proclaim LOUDLY!  Why not, for once?  I do still have a 14lb turkey gradually thawing in the frige surrounded by ice... I can certainly scratch the "turkey itch" at any time... or should I bite the bullet, and do both?

Back to the question of "tradition," I must ponder...  Primarily, this holiday is celebrated only in the US and Canada, though I'm not about to limit this for the purpose of this writing.  By all means, if you know of other countries celebrating on the 4th Thursday of November a "meal of thanks," feel free to add to "my" list!

Meanwhile, I'm recalling an article I read many years ago about the "traditional" Spanish meal served on Christmas.  Wish I'd kept that one!  I've also attended a traditional Polish Christmas meal, which comprised of some foods I'd never eaten before (like pickled herring,) and in England, we always ate a beef roast and Yorkshire pudding on Christmas day... 

This afternoon I ran the "new" menu by Denise, who responded that she felt people would EXPECT turkey and the trimmings...  Personally I'm at a loss, considering our guest list, but then it might just be Keith's first ever Thanksgiving, as he resides in London, and only visits when he can on a tourist visa...  I will have to debate...  I could surely roast a stuffed turkey and  two "green" veggie dishes, allowing the guests to pick and choose as they go!

It is my opinion however, that the "left hand" will win out regardless as to what is on the buffet, and that the lasagne pan will be emptied, while the turkey is left only slightly picked on... 

Perhaps traditions, like "rules," are "meant to be broken..." (well, once in a while anyway!)

Have a wonderful holiday meal this Thurs, however you choose to celebrate it, and remember to be happy, be healthy, be crazy...!
Nov. 17, 2012 4:24 pm
Oh, that is a hard choice to make. I'm sorry for the loss of your furbaby. I like turkey and all the trimmings. Last year I made the entire meal for just 2 because our son was in bootcamp and those related to us could care less about spending the day with us. You know what I missed the most that day? Conversation. I knew what the DH had been doing and he knew what I had been doing so there was no catching up. You be well and enjoy your company and just enjoy the day :)(:
Nov. 17, 2012 7:19 pm
I'd be the perfect guest and eat turkey and all the trimmings and then go for the food from the "left!" Take no prisoners!
Nov. 17, 2012 7:57 pm
Cat, I guess you've driven a point home... does it really involve the FOOD, or does it comprise of the thanks we can share for friends if not family! I'll do the turkey another night for Jason and I - along with the stuffing, 'taters and gravy! (thanks for your well wishes... Rusty will never be forgotten!) Be well!
Nov. 17, 2012 8:06 pm
Doc, sorry but it would seem that the left hand wins (made a few calls after writing this... Turkey will have to be served another night! Nice thought that you'd enjoy some of "each," but not this group... Great bunch of folk - if you don't get between them and the food! (We've done this holiday pot luck for 20yrs!) Enjoy your holiday, and keep well!
Nov. 17, 2012 10:40 pm
SCC: Sorry to hear you've had to say goodbye to Rusty. I hope that your memories bring you comfort. Regarding the "Left" vs. "Right" controversy, one of my goals is to never be predictable. It's been probably 25 years since I've cooked turkey for Thanksgiving. I am kind of leaning toward some sort of pork tenderloin this year. What do you think?
Nov. 17, 2012 11:25 pm
bikerfamily... my local store has crown roast of pork on sale this week... I've wanted to do one for ages! Served on a platter stuffed in the middle of "the crown" it presents wonderfully, if you really want to WOW your folk! I "love" that you like to be unpredictable, and think that I'm running with the "left hand" even if I have to prepare an additional entree! Be well, and let me know what you do!
Nov. 20, 2012 8:58 pm
SCC: Well, I think I've figured it out. We are having Thanksgiving Breakfast! My husband, daughter and youngest son are going to drive 125 miles to the prized turkey hunting ground. They will also combine the trip with some of the dreaded Black Friday shopping/people watching. So I suggested that they leave earlier rather than later. I'm a big fan of being different, but this will certainly be a first for us. Everyone in my family loves french toast, so, of course, that's on the menu. One of my coworkers recently created what he calls Breakfast Lasagna -- scrambled eggs, bacon, peppers, onions, cheese all layered and then baked. I didn't get the opportunity to taste it, but I heard it was fabulous. My version will have to include what I call the Breakfast Triology. What? Just bacon? Bacon gets lonely when it's all alone. Bacon really prefers to buddy up with his good friends ham and sausage. Stevie, if you're still craving those menu items from the "right," there's no rule that you can't make turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie on February 11th or March 27th. Heck, if there was a rule, I'd help you break it. Enjoy your Italian Thanksgiving with your friends!
Nov. 23, 2012 5:03 am
bikerfamily, we certainly DID enjoy the T-Day Italiano, but were missing the garlic bread promised... Audie didn't make it to the gathering last minute... Weds, I did the bird I'd bought with all of the trimmings. I ate till I could hardly waddle around the kitchen to tidy up! Tonight, I'm looking for l/o turkey dinner! Be well, and hope that the "excursion" went/is going well! Be well, and I'll be over for breakfast sometime soon - lol!
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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