Anyone else do nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner? After doing the traditional back breaking and exhausting turkey feast for over 20 years, burgers on the grill is sounding very appealing, especially since DD wants it.
[This message edited by Phoenix1 at 11:30 PM, November 1st (Friday)]
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet
Burgers on the grill and doing what you want with who you want seems like a great day. Lucky you!
If I decide to cook dinner here I am just going to throw the turkey in the crock-pot and have mashed potatoes. Then a store made deserts. I am a full time college student right now and it's towards the end of the semester so I will be very busy.
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I'm planning a buffet style brunch, there are only four of us. Breakfast things and some ham.
Typically what we do is each year choose a country, and then make a fancy meal using that country's food as a menu. We have done Mexican, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Brasilian, French, Ethiopian (went out for that one), Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Lebanese. This year, we will probably either do Mexican again or maybe Korean.
So yeah, a bit non-traditional.
Typically what we do is each year choose a country, and then make a fancy meal using that country's food as a menu. We have done Mexican, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Brasilian, French, Ethiopian (went out for that one), Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Lebanese.
We've already decided that that is what we're doing for Easter this year. We're choosing Greek.
My "traditional" is prime rib, super easy, always turns out good.
I have 4 kids and the last few years they have picked the sides/appetizers, etc, they have to make what they pick, so yeah, super easy for me, I just have to make sure we have the ingredients.
Mainly we snack all day and then have the rib roast and then snack the rest of the weekend on left over snacks.
Fortunately, they prefer sushi. Or prime rib. If I'm cooking a fancy meal, it's gonna be prime rib, not turkey.
For Christmas, we always have Texas barbecue--smoked brisket, squishy white bread, the right sauce, etc.
We live in Chicago now. Doesn't matter if it's snowing. Doesn't matter if it's freezing. I smoke a brisket, and we have the most laid-back Christmas dinner ever.
And it's perfect.
I'm ALL for breaking traditions and establishing ones that are meaningful for you.
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Hanukkah starts the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
I LOVE doing the traditional T-day dinner... been cooking it for 20+ years now, every year, and I kinda weirdly love it.
But I also have a "traditional" Hanukkah dinner... which is also big... So... which do I do this year???
Turkey w/ all the trimmin's OR
Prime Rib w/ Latkes, salad and carrots tzimmes?
And a long nap with the corgis on the couch!
It's a lot easier on us. We buy a small turkey breast to roast for ourselves, make some mashed potatoes, but we don't go all out anymore.
Enjoy your burgers.
Our staples are always rice and beans for any meal.
I love home made cranberry sauce, so I make that...and its never sweet enough for anyone else (I would have to use a hole 5 lb bag of sugar for these people) so its all mine.
I pick a veggie.
Bake rolls (from the tube).
Idiot wont eat turkey. Kids have never had it but do the "I dont like it" because he doesnt like it.
One year I found cornish hens. Stuffed cornish hens. Very good.
Another year we grilled very thin skirt steaks (my fav).
Wh likes ham slice sliced small and cooked in brown sugar and butter.
I havent had a traditional thanksgiving meal in 13 yrs. My favorite dish is my ex-boss (from when I was a nanny in CT) pennsylvania dutch mashed potatoes.