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10 Things I Think About Thanksgiving 
Nov. 18, 2011 9:49 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 7:46 am
It’s Friday and this has been a very long week. Much like everyone else out there, my mind is hardly focused on the task at hand and I just want quitting time to get here as soon as it possibly can. With that in mind and considering how close we are to that Super Bowl of Food Holidays – Thanksgiving - I have been compiling a list of 10 Things I Think About Thanksgiving in between answering emails, dodging phone calls and filling out the new coversheets on the TPS Reports for Home Office.

1.  There is no place on the Thanksgiving Table for sushi. It just doesn’t belong. There is no need for an argument here. Next.

2.  While I love traditional sweet potatoes and even sweet potatoes with marshmallows, I would have no problem at all if someone switched them out for sweet potato fries. I can’t make them to save my life but I sure do love to eat them.

3.  Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar is probably the greatest food discovery I have made since I first discovered Uncle Dougie’s Chicken Wing Marinade. There hasn’t been anything I have put it on that wasn’t automatically better. I am going to find a way to get it onto the Thanksgiving Table this year.

4.  I’m getting a 23lb Bird again this year. I am going to respect him with a couple of sticks of butter rubbed into the skin, shoved under the skin and basically put anywhere I can put butter. I don’t think you can ever have enough butter in or on your Bird. Just ask those dudes over at Butterball.
5.  I always try to sneak one small new side dish or condiment onto the table each year. Last year it was Balsamic Pearl Onions. Not sure what it will be this year but I have a feeling it will involve the Honey Wine Vinegar I mentioned above.

6.  I will miss most if not all of the Detroit Lions football game due to my duty to The Bird. The Lions have never been worth watching in the past so I haven’t really missed anything. Don’t think I am going to miss much this year either. Their hot start has cooled like that extra gravy boat someone left in the kitchen.

7.  I no longer put my stuffing inside The Bird even though that is the way I was taught to cook The Bird. I now stuff The Bird with cut up lemons, limes & herbs. I think it helps keep The Bird moist and adds a certain freshness to even a frozen grocery store bowling ball bird.

8.  Of course if I did stuff The Bird, I would stuff it with an Apple Cornbread Stuffing. I don’t believe in meat stuffing. I did have my family convinced for a few minutes that my wife’s 100% Italian side of the family stuffed their Bird with pasta but even I couldn’t keep a straight face on that one.

9.  Apple – Pumpkin – Pecan – that is the my order of preference when it comes to the traditional triumvirate of Thanksgiving Pies. Of course if someone were to somehow make or bring a Fruits of the Forest Pie, well, I am sure I could find some room on my plate for it.

10.  Cranberry Sauce in a can is scary but my Grandmother’s Cranberry Salad recipe is awesome. It’s actually the very first recipe of that I submitted to AllRecipes.com back in 1997 and the first recipe of “mine” that they published on the site. I just refuse to ruin it with a dollop of mayo at the end.

11.  (because I can’t count) I know that it will look like I am going to screw up the gravy but somehow I will make the save – at least in the taste department. Two years ago the gravy didn’t look a lot like gravy but it sure tasted like gravy. I stress more about the gravy than I do The Bird.

12.  (because when it comes to cooking, a dozen is always a better number) I saw a Wishbone Tie in a catalog the other day and the store is down the street from me but I going to go with the Turkey Tie my wife gave me last year. It’s dark and no one will notice if I spill on it except for the little turkey drowning in gravy.

13.  (Baker’s Dozen and the final think) I have never gone shopping on Black Friday and I don’t intend to go shopping on “Black Thursday” this year either (looking at you Toys R Us & Walmart). Thanksgiving is time for family, food, friends & fun. The deals worth getting on the items worth buying will still be there on Saturday or even Monday. So RESPECT THE BIRD, stay home, enjoy the holiday and don’t let Christmas Occupy Thanksgiving.

(You can also go to http://respectthebird.com/ and take The Pledge or you can take it on any number of the pages here at AllRecipes.com)

So come back next time when we revisit Thanksgiving and continue to tell you about our time cooking with Chef Luigi or we might just write about something else entirely different

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Respect The Bird !!!
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Last Year's Bird
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Nov. 18, 2011 10:36 am
Nice blog Doug. Along with sushi green salad is far to healthy for my carb fest. Personally - I abhor the marshmallow laden sweet potatoes - sweet potato fries would be fine with me. I too no longer stuff the Bird - my childhood family did and nobody died but my father was also none to over cook everything. Even a couple of sticks of butter couldn't save his dried out turkey - therefore tons of gravy and ooey gooey stuffing were of up most importance. There is no shortage of cranberry sauces to choose from on our table - I will pass on the pie. I will have to find that vinegar
Nov. 18, 2011 10:46 am
Good afternoon BN - I was an English major so we didn't have to learn how to count. Green leafy salad would just get wilted by the gravy - I won't let it get anywhere near my plate. Have a great Turkey Day !
Nov. 18, 2011 10:50 am
I am Respecting the Duck this Thanksgiving & for the first time in as many years I care to remember, I'm making dinner for just the two of us, a Pacific Northhwest inspired dinner & I'm loving it! Canned cranberry sauce has no place on my menu, we have some great cranberry bogs on the Long Beach peninsula, so I'm experimenting with a new recipe this year. I've never shopped on Black Friday & I' not about to change things now. We will be having another first this year, as well, with an English Walnut Pie. This is a great blog, Doug, thanks for posting it!
Nov. 18, 2011 10:57 am
Fun blog- and I agree, NO shopping!!! There is no deal that is worth that nightmare. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 18, 2011 10:58 am
Good afternoon witchywoman and your Thanksgiving sounds great - i love Duck - especially with a cherry balsamic glaze....and will you save me a piece of pie ? Have a great holiday.
Nov. 18, 2011 11:00 am
Hi Jello Girl - I am glad you feel the same way I do. We need everyone to send a message to the Big Box stores that we want their employees back at the Thanksgiving table. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 18, 2011 11:00 am
Great blog Doug! Thanks to you I think more people are taking time to respect the bird!! I have long been a huge supporter of this and have never gone shopping Thanksgiving weekend. I reserve that for family, food and fun!! Spending time together is more important to me. I am with you on the sushi. And although I am of mexican decent, no room at my table for mexican anything on this great American holiday. Our guests are always so surprised that we are so American traditional about this. I too no longer stuff my bird with stuffing and have had great results ever since with the exact same things you use. I have tried to add a new dish each year, but will not this year as I am going very basic this year because work has been so hectic and I am short on help this year. Started making my own cranberry sauce about 6 years ago and am so glad I did. I also ask each person at our table to come prepared to share one thing they are thankful for because it is important to remember why we are gathered. I am always thankful for the great friends I have made here. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving everyone surrounded by those you love!
Nov. 18, 2011 11:01 am
Sushi?? Not ever, and least of ever would be at Thanksgiving...we will be watching the Packers while the bird is browning,,,not so much the Lions....apples ALWAYS in the stuffing, no meat...think I may throw a few craisins in this year, however, when I brought up that idea to my husband you might have thought I suggested to have sushi for Thanksgiving...he looked crestfallen...I stuff apples and lemons inside the bird and bake the stuffing in a casserole dish...I have tried making homemade cranberry sauce, but they all love the canned stuff....must be the ridges, so I go w/ the flow. Good blog!
Nov. 18, 2011 11:05 am
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA TPS Reports....love it! I have a red swingline stapler in my office in honor of that movie. :) Anywho, love your blog again Doug! While I'm sure your cranberry sauce is fantastic I can't seem to get away from the cranberry in a can. Like I said on LTH's blog, every year its a goal of mine to slide that gooey mess out of the can perfectly, no ridges affected! Just in case your wondering....I haven't got it perfect yet! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the fam. Go Packers!
Nov. 18, 2011 11:36 am
Great read Doug! I am working until 6pm. Hubby is going to deep fry a turkey this year. I'm thinking sweet potato fries may be a good side...hmmmmm Although you can't stuff a fried bird, I do not put dressing in my baked turkey's either, although that is the way that I grew up. I put onions, carrot, celery and fresh herbs in the cavity. I think that it makes the gravy tastier.
Nov. 18, 2011 11:50 am
Cherry-Balsamic, hmmmm...do you have recipe for that and do you think that work out ok since I'm putting my duck on a rotisserie? I really think that sounds great!
Nov. 18, 2011 11:51 am
Hi & Thank you Noemi - glad to see that there are folks out there that think the same way I do about the day and about what to put inside that Bird. Great tradition asking everyone to share what they are thankful for - i may have to try that one this year. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 18, 2011 11:53 am
Hi Chris K - do you think your husband would really notice if you slipped a few craisins in ? I might have to try that myself with our 2nd Thanksgiving Bird - the smaller one we make for ourselves for leftovers a few days later. Have a great holiday !
Nov. 18, 2011 11:55 am
I am ashamed to admit it but there will be only two items on our table made from scratch; a turkey breast done with flash heat (400 degrees) and Nurse Ellen's spinach gratin casserole. The rest will come from Boston as in Boston Market :( Friday is tree decorating day to get ready for our annual holiday party! May cut back to five punches this year!!!!
Nov. 18, 2011 11:55 am
Hey K-DUB - I was hoping someone would pick up on my 37 pieces of Flair....I may have to go buy a can of cranberry sauce and videotape myself trying to perfect the slide. Have a great holiday
Nov. 18, 2011 11:57 am
Hi Denise D - I haven't fallen for the fried turkey yet but I will have to try it one of these days. I like the idea of the veggies in the cavity for the gravy. Sorry you have to work but I hope you still have a great holiday !
Nov. 18, 2011 11:59 am
Hi ww - I actually got my bottle of cherry-balsmic from Whole Foods. I bet you you could brush it onto the duck while it's spinning. Can't wait to hear how it comes out.
Nov. 18, 2011 12:01 pm
No need to be ashamed Dog Fish Head aka Fabius - it's going to be mostly catered at my dad's house again this year - not my favorite but it's not my house. We won't get our tree for until 12/10 unless my wife sees one that is guaranteed to injure me and then she will buy it earlier. Have a great holiday and a have a cup of punch for me.
Nov. 18, 2011 12:20 pm
Hi Doug: Check out my favorite cranberry salad recipe - it's the bomb! http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62179875/holiday-cranberry-salad/detail.aspx I'm taking this + pecan pie to our friends' home on Thursday. Don't have to do the bird this year. But when we aren't home and cooking, we usually get a turkey breast for "leftovers." Have a wonderful holiday. [I saw Tofurkey advertised today - talk about a total turn off! Hope I didn't offend anyone!]
Nov. 18, 2011 12:33 pm
Hey swchef - I will definitely have to check out your recipe. An extra breast would be a good idea but 3 out of 5 in my house like the dark meat so I don't really have a choice. Have a great holiday and Respect The Tofurkey just doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it ?
Nov. 18, 2011 12:43 pm
Hey Doug! I loved your blog. I do respect the bird as well. I can't agree with you more. Everyone should realize there is a holiday between Halloween and Christmas. I personally do not care for Halloween BUT love the candy! I hope you and your family will have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov. 18, 2011 12:46 pm
Nice blog! Sushi would never find it's way to my Thanksgiving table, and I don't do the Black Friday shopping thing either. This day is all about the bird and spending some good, fun time with family. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 18, 2011 12:55 pm
As per usual your Blog is fun and helpful too...being from Canada we have long since put away our roasting pan till Christmas. I'm relatively new to AR and your Respect the Bird Blog is new to me this year, and you are the perfect person for me to ask this of...."what the heck is Turducken?" Cheers!
Nov. 18, 2011 12:56 pm
Hi luv2cook - thanks - I love halloween candy too but the DIE-t has made me re-think how much of it I can have. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 18, 2011 12:56 pm
Hi Mother Ann - Sounds like you have a solid plan for the weekend - Have a great holiday
Nov. 18, 2011 1:00 pm
Hi ellie and much belated Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you - 10/10 was my birthdate on my fake ID in high school but that is for another blog at another time. A Turducken is a stuffed boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey. I have never had one but now I want one. Thanks for checking in.
Nov. 18, 2011 1:09 pm
wow......Turducken sounds like a challenge for me..The first turkey I ever cooked was as a newlywed with a house full of "in laws"...I proudly served it WITH the bag of giblets still firmly inside...yum! Its never too late to try and redeem myself....I just have to find a place to buy duck....Thanks for the info....and TGIF!!!
Nov. 18, 2011 1:44 pm
Sushi on Thanksgiving?? Not unless you happen to be Japanese. I do stuff the bird. I just love the texture of the stuffing from the bird and try though I have, I can't duplicate it outside the bird. I do make a second dish of dressing baked alone for those afraid Ill poison them. In my recipe box there is a cranberry recipe I got last year from Mother Anne, http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62566117/debs-awesome-baked-cranberries/detail.aspx ~~~ I've made them as written and using bourbon and trust me they are wonderful! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 18, 2011 2:15 pm
I like the fact that you used a Rack to keep the turkey off the bottom of the pan. The turkey looks browned perfectly.
Nov. 18, 2011 2:37 pm
Black Friday...who has the energy for Black Friday when you're still recovering from the over indulgence of Turkey Thursday? Again well done Doug!
Nov. 18, 2011 3:02 pm
Hi Doug! Can you believe our Broncos? :) What a game last night! Woot! I lived in Japan for three years...and we did NOT have sushi for Thanksgiving there. I did have to fight to get the last three stalks of celery on the island for our stuffing :)
Nov. 18, 2011 3:34 pm
Honey Wine Vinegar? Where can I get it? I need it, I want it, I must have it! Try the Make Ahead Turkey Gravy. I swear, I could kiss the submitter right on the mouth for that one! :o)
Nov. 18, 2011 3:55 pm
Ok all you canned jellied cranberry haters...I tried several times, even making my own for cranberry sauce and I always come back to the can! Love it, I have a perfect slide! Just open one end, punch hole with can opener in the other and poof, thar she blows!
Nov. 18, 2011 4:30 pm
http://ming.com/foodandwine/recipes/season-6/sweet-potato-fries-with-chile-aioli.htm This is an extremely futzy method, but WOW! they are perfect! I like to do something different every year, too. Last year we rolled fresh cranberries in egg white( the stuff in the carton) then in superfine sugar and let dry overnight. People were eating them by the handful. Two pounds were gone in 20 minutes. Have you actually SEEN sushi on a Thanksgiving table or did you have a bad dream?
Nov. 18, 2011 4:45 pm
Great blog once again. I will be saving your grandma's cranberry recipe:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Nov. 18, 2011 5:14 pm
great blog!! I love sushi and agree..no place on the table for it for Thanksgiving.
Nov. 18, 2011 5:27 pm
Great blog, thanks for posting. We are having friends come up from CA for T day so we are thinking of putting our bird on the rotisserie. (It is just a 13 pounder). Always make homemade cranberry sauce never canned. I also never go shopping on Black Friday. Who on earth would subject themselves to such torture. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Dave.
Nov. 18, 2011 7:19 pm
Your blog reminds me of the 12 Days of Christmas - or maybe a "Bakers Dozen" Christmas -lol! But I guess saying that means I'm not "Respecting the Bird" - oh contra' Yankee boy - - On the 1st day of Thanksgiving my fiancee gave to me a platter of sushi - so I told him to "GET OUT" - and married another man - next! On the second day of Thanksgiving I made for my hubby a batch of awesome sweet potato fries with whip cream! On the 3rd day of Thanksgiving it would be great to add to my pantry a bottle of that honey wine vinegar yessiree! On the 4th day of Thanksgiving I agree with Dougee slap more butter on that turkey! On the 5th day of Thanksgiving my new side dish will be a Basalmic Reduction Confit'. On the 6th day of Thanksgiving I will be rooting for the Broncos "mile high" team. On the 7th day of Thanksgiving I will also put my dressing on the outside of the turkey. On the 8th day of Thanksgiving I would have to re-think how to make a pasta stuffing. On the 9th day of Thanksgiving I think my dessert will be puff pastry stuffed with french cream. On the 10th day of Thanksgiving it will have to be a french cranberry compote (that is to "die for") believe me. On the 11th day of Thanksgiving it will be a traditional turkey giblet gravy. On the 12th day of Thanksgiving I had to think with a long pondering - "you wear a tie on T-Day - - reallllllly???? On the 13th day of Thanksgiving I FULLY AGREE - - NOOOOO BLACK FRIDAY EITHER FOR ME!!!! . . . . well Doug, I have once again hijacked your blog - - but I really enjoyed it and had a good time with my "13 Days of Thanksgiving" and my way of "Respecting the Bird"!! And I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight "Happy Turkey Day to all - and to all a good food fight!"
Nov. 19, 2011 7:42 am
your list, though well written Doug, is mostly Greek to me. Me no understand much of it, no sweet potaotes here, I stuff my bird and fruits do no belong in stuffing, the gravy is the last thing out of the kitchen so you get what you get, OH wait pies, yes I agree, but pecan, pumpkin, apple might be me preference. As you all sit down to eat your massive bird, I will be sitting down to our football Greycup with munchy food on every TV tray I own. Have a good one
Nov. 19, 2011 7:46 am
...also we do not have Black Friday, but we do have Boxing Day, Dec. 26. I know it sounds like a massive fight in Walmart aisles, but it was meant to be boxing as in packaging. This was the day you could return your gifts to get the right size, colour, etc. You could purchase the batteries, that Uncle Joe forgot to buy with your gift, or you could spend the Christmas money that dear Aunt Sophie sent for you rather than buying you socks. It was also a day to buy wrapping paper and cards, etc. at 1/2 off for next year. Yes because we all want to stock up on Christmas supplies to last all year long and store them some place in our homes. Recently the stores got so crazy that many will not allow returns on Boxing Day, sort of it's purpose to begin with, ironic, I think. They just want you to spend MORE money and get some good deals.
Nov. 19, 2011 8:21 am
Hi ellie - you may want to check my friends at www.cajungrocer.com for a turducken or to at least give you an idea of what they look like and the different kinds there are. Best of luck.
Nov. 19, 2011 8:23 am
Hi BigShotsMom and thank you for the recipe share - it sounds great - so does your meal - have a great holiday
Nov. 19, 2011 8:24 am
Thank you KingSparta - I work & worry that bird with basting after basting after basting. I also start the bird for the first hour with a bacon breastplate. Have a great holiday
Nov. 19, 2011 8:26 am
Good morning & thanks bd.weld - I'm usually too busy making a pot of southwestern turkey soup on Friday and watching college football. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 19, 2011 8:28 am
Hey Jenwee99 - I am currently Tebowing as I type. That is the ugliest 4-1 streak I have ever seen but a win is a win is a win. Hope you have a great holiday.
Nov. 19, 2011 8:29 am
Hi cheepchick - Google Slide Ridge Honey - they are out of Utah and it is worth the shipping charge. And thank you for the gravy tip. I need all the help I can get. Have a great holiday
Nov. 19, 2011 8:31 am
Good morning sassyoldlady - I am going to go out and get a can of the cranberry jelly just to try your method. Hope you have a great holiday.
Nov. 19, 2011 8:34 am
Hi hazelnut - I have to admit, I am trying to make sure that I stop a trend before it has a chance to start. Very interesting idea with the cranberries. Thanks and have a great holiday.
Nov. 19, 2011 8:36 am
Good morning & thanks mauigirl - I saw you posted it on Facebook too. Grandma would be very happy. Have a great day !
Nov. 19, 2011 8:37 am
Good morning & thanks mis7up - Have a great holiday
Nov. 19, 2011 8:38 am
Good morning & thank you pelicangal - I love the idea of a rotisserie bird - it sounds great. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 19, 2011 8:40 am
RESPECT THE COMMENT !!! It's a blog within a blog. Classic !!! That was great luv2cook. I am humbled. I hope you have a great holiday
Nov. 19, 2011 8:45 am
Good morning RNG - I have had several people in the past tell me that fruit does not belong anywhere but dessert but I countinue to push the envelope. I can't help myself. So who is winning the Grey Cup this year ? I am Blue Bombers fan myself.
Nov. 19, 2011 1:22 pm
Love the reference to TPS reports! My bird will be a natural bone-in turkey breast...smoked. Roasted Brussels sprouts and a sweet potato casserole with fresh cranberries in it will also be on the menu. I'm not sure on the dessert yet, but it will probably be pecan pie. Watching the Packers will round out the day! Enjoy your bird, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Nov. 19, 2011 1:27 pm
Am sticking cut up oranges in my bird too Doug (with some herbs and a cut in half garlic bulb). Ditto on the butter. We celebrated a while back about the Lions (remember I am fron the Detroit area) but alas I am afraid they may not fair too well. They may get their butts kicked which has, sadly, become a tradition of its own. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Nov. 19, 2011 3:11 pm
Good evening wisweetp - I have only recently begun to eat shredded brussels sprouts. Love the idea of sweet potatoes & cranberries. Have a great holiday
Nov. 19, 2011 3:12 pm
Good evening maddysmom - I hadn't thought of a garlic bulb - I like that. Your Lions had no problem Tebowing my Broncos. Good luck on T-Day !
Nov. 20, 2011 7:28 am
Morning, Doug! Cute blog! Yes, no Sushi!!!!Going to Respect the Bird this year by making my very first Thanksgiving Turkey and homemade pies!! I am so sorry you will miss the Lions! Doesn't look favorable for them Thursday but just nice to know they are shining better than previous years!! :) Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 20, 2011 7:51 am
Hi mickdee & thanks - cooking the Bird is easy - just keep basting - let me know how you do. Have a great holiday !
Nov. 20, 2011 12:42 pm
LOVE the blog. Can't wait to try the lemons and limes idea! Oh, by the way, I stress about the gravy, too!
Nov. 20, 2011 1:08 pm
Hi lewisfamily503 - thanks - I am glad you stopped by - let me know how it all comes out. Have a great holiday !
Nov. 20, 2011 1:18 pm
I'm with you on every detail and comment... except I think the Lions might just have a shot at pulling something out this year... ;-)
Nov. 20, 2011 5:03 pm
hi Kaninchenamy - the Lions are going to have to play a little better defense though that offense is scary good. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 21, 2011 1:29 am
I'm a huge advocate of RESPECT THE BIRD. This year I am cooking for part of my other half's family and will be late as hun works that night from 6-6. I make a triple cranberry sauce and this year will be adding 2 desserts not done before. a sweet potato and coconut creme pie w/ marshmallow merguine( thanks to Taste of Home) and an eggnog pound cake. We still stuff our bird and Mom's sage dressing is the best. I hope your holiday goes well and trust that we will not be out for black friday but at home planning meals with leftovers!
Nov. 21, 2011 4:49 am
Good morning Sinn and thank you for stopping by. Triple Cranberry Sauce ? Eggnog Pound Cake ? Those two definitely caught my attention. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 21, 2011 12:57 pm
Hi Doug, I've never commented before but I really enjoy your blog. The idea of sushi at Thanksgiving startled me at first but I could see it fitting in considering seafood was part of the first Thanksgiving (including my favorite sushi - eel). I personally dislike the marshmallow sweet potato casserole and I adapted the Honey Roasted Red Potatoes recipe on this site to be a sweet potato dish with some herbs, but I definitely wouldn't have minded sweet potato fries if mine were more consistent! I definitely agree with you about fruit stuffing being the best; my favorite part of the meal is my mom's delicious stuffing with apples, craisins and dried apricots. She still puts it in the turkey so we have fabulous stuffing but overcooked bird but I am thankful she lets me sleep in while she is getting the bird in the oven! I wish I had remembered to look up some recipes for craberry sauce so that I could have tried one out at home but alas I will be enjoying (and I actually do like it) canned cranberry sauce again this you. Given your fondness for Cajun cuisine I am surprised you have not tried Turducken although I think the stuffing in between the birds has andouille sausage in it. Have a happy holiday and as my dad say may the bird be with you!
Nov. 21, 2011 2:27 pm
Hey Doug, love your blog! And there is no such thing as TOO much butter on that bird, darlin'. As the mother and MIL to adult kids, I try to just make an obscene amount of food and tell them to come over and eat if and when they can during THE DAY or the next or the next. (I can remember the guilt trips put on me by parents/PIL and trying to be three places on the same Holiday!) Our "dinner" is often an 18 - 36 hour marathon event since we include a CCU RN, a firefighter/paramedic, and an ER social worker who may also have to fit in visits to in-laws. I can't remember when the kids all had the same holiday off from work, been a long time. I;m with you and it really irks me that many big-box stores are opening at MIDNIGHT here - it's not an emergency to buy a present - it's called making profit. I have never gone to Black Friday sales and I sure won't start now even though the old budget is pretty tight. Please join me in giving thanks for all the local safety personnel -firefighters/paramedics and police officers; and the hospital, rehab centers and nursing home staffs who work many holidays to keep us and our loved ones safe and well. Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Nov. 22, 2011 4:53 am
good morning Nemui - you know, I don't know why I have never tried a turducken before either. My friends at cajungrocer.com certainly have it available. One of these days....apples, craisins & apricots...hmmmm....have a great holiday and thanks for stopping by
Nov. 22, 2011 4:56 am
Good morning maxie - i can't begin to tell you how thankful we are for the people who do the jobs your family does. We do whatever we can to help support them and keep them equipped with what they need. Enjoy the marathon. I hope you all do get to sit down together even if only for a minute. Have a great holiday.
Nov. 22, 2011 8:58 am
Triple cranberry sauce is like most homemade sauces I just use cranberry juice instead of water and crasins for an added textural element, as for eggnog pound cake... a recipe is available on bettycrocker.com... not quite mine, but until i get the kinks worked out of mine it works as a great base.
Nov. 23, 2011 6:04 pm
Spam ? I do like spam but not on Thanksgiving.....
Nov. 24, 2011 8:39 pm
I apologize for not stopping in earlier. I actually thought I had, too many distractions this year but I have never gone Black Friday shopping and don't intend to. Ever. Nope, going to spend my time this weekend sending out Christmas cards to the address mauigirl supplied for wounded soldiers on FB. Don't worry, this household had the turkey and the fixings since the DH despite his best efforts couldn't get the venison. Enjoy your holiday weekend!!!
Nov. 25, 2011 4:47 am
My fav columnist has enlightened me as to who started the "Respect the bird" movement. She started off the article with your name. I know that name, I said, and read on. Thank you for a great blog! I am sure Susan Reimer shared her story with you before it was published. Now all of Baltimore knows about Doug Matthews! Congrats!!!
Nov. 25, 2011 7:25 pm
There's a way to do "black friday" right- I went to the Holiday Arts Faire and to my favorite local shops. Didn't buy anything but coffee because I am le broke, but it was a lovely sunny day and having been snowed in (2 feet!!) for the past two days it was nice to stretch the ole legs. Hope you enjoyed your holidays! PS- I don't stuff my bird either- Alton Brown told me it's evil!
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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