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Subject:Thanksgiving at the NY Times
Time:12:31 pm
For those who don't daily check out the NY Times online, today's issue has a big section full of Thanksgiving recipes that is well worth checking out.
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Subject:Good tips
Time:10:00 am
Good Housekeeping has great ideas, etc. on Thanksgiving preparation.
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Subject:Table arrangement
Time:09:59 am
I gotta say - I am a little nervous. Second Thanksgiving I am cooking and the number is going to double on me. So much so we have to go buy a new dining room table (of course this has been on our list of things to get since moving into a new house last December - but you know how those things go).
Does anyone else have any problems with fitting everyone on the dining room table? Any creative ideas?
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Time:11:28 am
happy november 1st!!!! we gots a few weeks! whats on your menu??? :)
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Time:07:21 pm
So...what is everyone making for Thanksgiving? We are going traditional..

Green Been cassarole
Brussel Sprouts
Mashed Potato cassarole
Pumpkin Pie

I'd post my mashed potato cassarole recipe but I haven't found it yet (just moved!)
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Time:06:52 pm
Hey everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself since I'm new - - - and especially since with Halloween being only a week away, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

So far, I'm a senior in college, stuck away from home for T-day. That means I'm cooking & baking with the boyfriend for the first time. I'm psyched for what the community has to offer.

Is anybody else starting to buy Thanksgiving decorations before Halloween? :)
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Subject:It's coming up
Time:05:57 pm
Current Mood:hopefulhopeful
Thanksgiving is about two months away...has anyone started planning yet?
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Current Music:Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Subject:Thanksgiving wrapup
Time:02:35 pm
Current Mood:contentcontent
There were 9 people at my table, and of course my guests all wanted to bring something. For years I declined any help in the food department, but in recent times I have started designating dishes - a salad, a veggie, pie - since it makes everyone feel they have contributed. It doesn't always work out exactly as I had planned, though. Last year for reasons that I don't recall there were four or five different cranberry sauces on the table.

This year we had, after everybody brought their contributions:

Roast turkey - a 20 1/2 pounder
Giblet-mushroom gravy
Spinach and sausage stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows (fabulous, even though I don't normally like the marshmallow thing)
Viva cranberry relish (homemade)
Regular, non-scary cranberry sauce (also homemade)
Roasted mixed veggies
Green bean casserole (I think it's a law that you have to have this)
Waldorf salad (my boyfriend's first-ever attempt at it, and it was very good indeed, with Granny Smith apples, celery, walnuts, miniature marshmallows, pineapple chunks, fresh sliced Mandarin oranges, mayonnaise and honey)
Olives & peperoncini
Two pumpkin pies
Two cherry pies
One apple pie (one guest had just taken a pie-making class and brought a LOT of pie)
An "experimental" cake involving carrot cake mix and pineapple
Lots of freshly whipped cream
Italian Roast coffee
And the traditional long walk after dinner!
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Subject:Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake
Time:07:41 pm
I know it's a little late in the game, but I wanted to at least make the batter to try before recommending this to anyone. I just put it in the oven, and now that I can approve, I would like to pass this on because with all the cooking that goes with T Day, it's nice to have one less thing to worry about. Also, the recipe says that this cake is better the next day, so you get even more free time. Haha, who has free time on Thanksgiving?!

1 box spice cake mix
1 large can pumpkin (I got the already spiced kind just to make things more interesting)
also, I added 2 eggs to make it easier to spread, since originally it just called for the mix and pumpkin
someone said they added 1/4 C sugar, but I'm making cream cheese frosting and figured I wouldn't need it

Mix cake and pumpkin (and any other add ins you like) together. I sprayed the pan with non-stick spray, just to be safe. Also, the batter is a little thick, so don't be terrified, LOL! Pour in pan(s) of choice and bake as directed. Voila.

I am making cream cheese frosting to top mine, and I'll throw in that recipe too, in case anyone wants it.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz block/tub cream cheese
1 box confectioners sugar (I always use 10x)
1 stick of butter (I prefer non-salted)
1 tsp vanilla
optional : pecans - save some for throwing on top after it's all done if you like; or put them all on top)

Cream together softened butter, cheese and vanilla. Add sugar and/or nuts. Mix (it really comes out best if you use a mixer)! Set aside until cake is ready to frost. You can cool it some if you want, but I like to keep mine around room temp just to make spreading easier.

I hope you guys like and can use this, even if not until Christmas or next year.

x-posted to the usual suspects
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Current Music:God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Subject:Viva Cranberry
Time:08:31 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
This receipe is from Sunset Magazine. It makes a lively, spicy cranberry relish, which may be too scary for some people.

12 ounce package cranberries
1 fresh jalapeno
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
5 Tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/4 cup tequila
3 Tablespoons triple sec

Grind together in food processor. This makes quite a tart relish so you might like to add up to 3/4 cup dark brown sugar.

I usually add more jalapeno and/or hot sauce, plus extra ginger...but you will need to taste and adjust it yourself.
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