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We are 5 days (including today) away from Thanksgiving!  We’ve talked about side dishes, coffee bars, sharing recipes and some other things-but we haven’t talked about the bird that is probably defrosting in your fridge right now.

Yes, the monstrous thing taking up an entire shelf, just sitting there.

Honestly, I have always gone one of two ways-get the old butterball and let it do it’s thing.  I simply add quite a bit of rosemary from the yard, toss in a whole onion and some garlic and let my oven do the rest.

OR, I put the bird into a roasting bag with celery, onion, rosemary (I have quite a hedge in that yard of mine), garlic and the juice from an orange, a lemon and a grapefruit and let it hang out until my Polder thermometer hits the 180 and screams at me.

You see, I’m figuring with all the heavy sides and desserts, the turkey just needs to be left alone and shine on it’s own.  

My only tip is this-use two smaller birds, they cook in half the time of the big one and therefore stay juicier.
Also, I always by a spiral ham and bake it with some marmalade.  Not everyone wants turkey!  

Wednesday, let’s talk about what we can do with all the leftovers!

We all have our favorite soups-so let’s not go there.  What I would love is this-do you have a secret hash recipe?  A favorite salad?  Okay, I love to do soups-but try sharing one that is out of the ordinary!  Do you make a sweet potato bisque?  Butternut and turkey?  A great sweet potato breakfast bread?

This Wednesday-I want to be able to share more of your recipes.  So send me a comment, message or post it here and I will copy and paste it for everyone then.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • Carine, years ago, I think it was sometime around 1996, the Orange County Register Food Section published a recipe for foccaccia stuffing. I made it from start to finish, even making the bread ahead of time so it could dry out.  

      It was so good!!! I think I may still have the recipe. I’ll have to dig it out. I like to eat my stuffing as dressing, not cooked in the bird.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • Im wearing my brown leggings and a cute.. Leopard tunic and brown sexy granny boots... Im going to be comfortable and sexy at the same time... ha... and the next day.. its going to be a cute tunic and leggings and comfortable shoes as Ill need it after cooking for 80 plus people... Five Turkeys.. Two baked, one smoked, one Cajun style, one fried.  Four hams, and All the fixings..... Ive already started today.. Ill be busy til Thursday...  

      I will miss my baby this year, she is in Los Angeles I wont see her til Christmas.



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • 80+ people bobbi!!! Wow!!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • terrific ladies-have them here early so I can get it up and posted for everyone to enjoy!!!



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      Lorilyn wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • Great idea,something besides sandwiches and soup :)
      It’ll be just my family of four this year,the oldest being in the Air Force.Her first year not being home for the holidays :(



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • Bobbi...God Bless ya my friend!!!
      I am definitely wearing my black dress pants with the ELASTIC waist band...LOL Along with my long brown button up collar shirt. I have a vintage apron i bought at a  Christmas craft fair in Cape Hatteras 2 years ago. It is over 80 years old. I love wearing it. I will try and get someone to take a pic when i am cooking! There will only be 8 of us for dinner. My father and his girlfriend that word cracks me up..she is 80) will be coming over for dessert!



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • wow Irish sounds so neat.. Yes all My dad has 11 brothers and sisters..  I cant even count all my cousins, much less my cousins children.  Plus we feed anyone that doesnt have a place to go as its family tradition to do so.. Im expecting at least 80 people this year.. but may be more due to the storm Ike as many are displaced, I invited some extended family and friends this year and others bring those with out a place to go.  

      All the food is Homemade, its a requirement.  And must be made with LOVE..  

      Yep 80 plus people.   I do it every year.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 23, 2008
    • Bobbi,
      I am right there with ya my friend. Only not this year. I’ve done my dues twice with a family gathering when Rachel left home in April, and then another one right before Clay left in October. I do have a turkey thawing though. And several more in the freezer purchased while they were on sale. I like left overs too, and love trying new recipes.
      We will be visiting Clay's family on Thursday, going straight there from the airport. I will be taking croissants. I have been making them for years. They are always a big hit, no matter where I take them. My preference is to stuff them with Queen Elizabeth's Chicken Salad, but these will undoubtedly become the wrapping for turkey or ham.



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • Well..add 2 more to the dinner table.
      My son Ryans good friend moved to Georgia earlier this year. He is flying up tomorrow for an Orthodontist appointment and his mom called tonight and said he’d love to stay the long weekend up here with his friends but doesn’t know what he would do for Thanksgiving dinner and where he would stay...(hint hint!) So we invited him to stay here. His cousins livein a neighboring town but he practically lived her before he moved. Sooo that is one more. Then...we have a very good friend who just cannot get his s%it together....he is really the kind of guy who you would say...if it weren’t for bad luck he’d have no luck at all...well he just got off of house arrest yesterday and has no where to go. I feel so sorry for him, he has lost everything  becasue of bad choices and substance abuse. I cannot emphasize what a great friend he has been to my hubby and i in our life...He just does stupid things. I cannot ever see him changing. Anyway...he is coming too. Soooo...our home will be full with family and a couple of friends who need a place to go. It will be a diverse crowd to say the least but a good one!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 25, 2008
    • ladies!  it’s Tuesday and I don’t see any recipes to cut/paste and share for tomorrow!!!



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