Thanksgiving 2009

We’re keeping this Thanksgiving celebration low-key. My mother will be in town from Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning so with her, I’m feeding a grand total of 3 adults.  I’ve worried over and over about what we should prepare for our meal.  Here’s what I’ve designed:

Turkey-free Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Pork Chops, seared then cooked in the slow-cooker with apples, brown sugar, peppercorns, spices.
  • Corn bread, possibly with cranberries stirred in.  I like Jiffy Corn Muffin mix for this; you should too.
  • Fresh “classic” cranberry sauce.  That’s right:  just sugar, water and cranberries.
  • Green bean casserole with frozen beans, bacon, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, generic condensed mushroom soup and the ever present fried onions in a can.
  • Roasted and whipped sweet potatoes – my secret is ground ginger and nutmeg with the basic honey, butter, milk/cream, salt and pepper.
  • Cranberry-Pomegranate Terrine (basically a gelatin mold with nuts and fruit) modified from this recipe on  I believe this is supposed to be more of a side dish but I’m going to go a bit sweeter and play a bit loose with the ingredients and make it a dessert.

My husband was a little disappointed hearing that we were not going with a “traditional” Turkey dinner like the ones he’s had “all his life” (and we prepared Thanksgiving ’07).  Okay, to be perfectly honest, he was shocked and appalled when I broke it to him over lunch yesterday.  I thought I had told him beforehand…  Luckily, we went to a dinner party last night to have a turkey dinner amongst friends – the hostess even set out supplies to make “apple turkeys” and feather headbands.  It was fun and he got his fix: crisis avoided.  My lesson from this: include him more in meal decisions for celebrations like this so that he is not surprised or hurt.

Do you always have the “classic” turkey-dressing-cranberry sauce-veggies-rolls dinner?  Do you have your own traditional menu that you follow everytime or do you make something different every Thanksgiving?

4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2009

  1. Hi Ruth, this is Candy from Keeping The Home. Thank you for your polite comment. 🙂

    Thanksgiving food… Availability at the store allowing, I like to have duck for Thanksgiving, Goose for Christmas, Beef Briscuit for New Years, and Leg of Lamb for Resurrection Sunday.

    I try to stay away from ham, as we are not much of a pork eating family. And I find turkey dry, and we all prefer duck and goose over turkey – Big Time, LOL. 😛

    Anyhow, I wanted to stop by and see your new place. Your blog is off to a good start. I like your color scheme. It is very relaxing and pretty. 🙂

    • Thanks Candy! I’m overjoyed that an “internet persona” such as yourself would actually check out my blog. 🙂

      Goose for Christmas sounds fantastic! Around here, beef brisket is pretty common for weddings, parties/showers, Sunday picnics – just about everything *special*. My family used to make chicken and pork tamales for Christmas or New Years.

      We did kinda dry out the chops, but I’d rather have a bit of dry pork chops than mountains of dry turkey.

  2. Greetings Ruth,
    Your new blog looks lovely and I am sure as you get the hand of this bloggin’ thing you will spruce things up:-) It’s alot of fun! We always have turkey for Thanksgiving and mine is never dry. If you cook it properly that won’t happen. I do one in the oven and we do one in front of our fireplace in an old-fashioned tin kitchen. The fireplace one really has the most taste from the fire and is soooo moist! Christmas we always do roast prime of rib by the fire and New Year’s is Italian. Easter , always a ham:-) We’re quite predictable:-) I am sure your homemaking skills will be honed as you seek to do your best–good luck!

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