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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #280 on: November 26, 2021, 12:46:45 pm »
All the menus at all the dinners sound delicious! I went to my ex-sister-in-law?s, where she and her husband and son made turkey (breasts only ? not my face but fine with gravy), dressing, mashed potatoes, mashed rutabaga (contributed by my ex-FIL), cornbread with cranberries, a fish with green beans and fresh corn. The best were the mashed potatoes ? they put roasted garlic in the potatoes, then topped them with fried garlic and fried onions.

I made my usual bourbon-sweet-potato pie with fresh whipped cream ? always a hit.

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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #281 on: November 27, 2021, 12:05:32 am »
turkey (breasts only ? not my face but fine with gravy)

I heard or read somewhere that breast/white meat is not as fatty as dark meat, but it can be dry. Even if it isn't dry, I like it with gravy.
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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #282 on: November 27, 2021, 01:36:13 pm »
I also made an apple, cranberry and pecan crostata, served with vanilla ice cream.

Interesting! I'd like to hear how the pecans are incorporated. I've been experimenting with crostata lately; easier than pie and just as tasty!

Wow, Chuck, Jeff, and Kathryn,  those menus are scrumptuous! I'll be asking you about the details as soon as I've dealt with my own dish clean-up and leftovers.

Speaking of that, I'm making turkey soup and tezzrazini. Do you know a good way to combine turkey and eggplant?

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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #283 on: November 28, 2021, 04:59:03 pm »
Interesting! I'd like to hear how the pecans are incorporated. I've been experimenting with crostata lately; easier than pie and just as tasty!

I love crostata; it's SO easy and flaky.  My secret is to add a few tablespoons of sour cream to the dough. 

As for the pecans, I just chopped them and sprinkled them over the apples and cranberries before baking.  I macerate the apples and cranberries in a mixture of lemon zest and juice, brown sugar, vanilla and a touch of cornstarch to thicken. 

Another secret: before adding the fruit, spread a thin layer of apricot jam over the dough.  You won't get a soggy bottom!
Then thin out a little apricot jam with calvados, microwave for a minute and brush over the fruit for a glossy finish. 

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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #284 on: November 28, 2021, 05:07:21 pm »
Love your secrets and tips! I have some apricot jam languishing in the back of the fridge and will fish it out right away and try this out!

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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #285 on: November 28, 2021, 05:10:08 pm »
Speaking of that, I'm making turkey soup and tezzrazini. Do you know a good way to combine turkey and eggplant?

Answering my own question, I'm preparing to make a turkey and eggplant koresh from my Mediterranean cookbook. I'll let you all know how it comes out! Fresh eggplant is usually not available this time of year, so when I saw two nice big ones on the clearance shelf, I snapped them up.

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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #286 on: November 28, 2021, 06:58:29 pm »
They have a clearance shelf for vegetables?  :-\
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Re: Happy THanksgiving!
« Reply #287 on: November 29, 2021, 12:16:49 pm »
Oh yes. Veggies that are past their prime are bagged up and sold for $2 a bag. These are usually looking just as good as what's in the produce aisle too. Great bargain, especially when you're going to cook them anyway.