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Sun Feb 2, 2020, 01:56 PM

Turkey in the oven!!!

And the stuffing is all done except to put it in the oven later.

I love the way the house smells when you make a turkey dinner!

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MissMillie Feb 2020 OP
Warpy Feb 2020 #1
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2020 #2
MissMillie Feb 2020 #3

Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Feb 2, 2020, 05:22 PM

1. Bread is my favorite

even the gluten free stuff I have to eat these days. Onions are a close second, no matter what they're in.

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Mon Feb 3, 2020, 05:38 AM

2. Oh, yes!

I love turkey. People think it's difficult to cook, because they only fix it once a year and make that entire dinner far more complicated than it needs to be.

Back when my sons were growing up, I'd fix a turkey every other month or so. Often in the middle of the week. I was a stay at home mom, which helped, so sometimes they'd get home from school in the middle of the week and a turkey would be baking in the oven. I do think they appreciated it.

Sometimes I'd stuff it, sometimes I wouldn't. There would always be mashed potatoes and gravy. My go-to other veggie was peas. Or maybe I'd have sweet potatoes instead. In short, I'd have some of the elements of my standard Thanksgiving dinner, but scaled back.

And yes, the way the house smells is beyond compare.

One of the great things about my (now ex) husband was that I could say to him, "I don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving. Let's go out." And he was always completely agreeable to that. And while I always liked not having to cook or clean up, it was a let down to come home from the restaurant and the house didn't have that wonderful scent of turkey dinner. Plus, no leftovers. But I REALLY appreciated that the times I suggested we eat out for the holiday he never complained and always made great reservations. We may be divorced, but he had, and no doubt still has, wonderful qualities.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 3, 2020, 09:41 AM

3. I certainly like to have it more than once a year

And we were fortunate that we ended up with 2 of them at Thanksgiving so that I could freeze one for a later date.

I make "stuffing" but cook it on the side, so I guess that makes it "dressing."

Besides the stuffing, the cranberry, and potatoes w/ gravy, I like 2 colors on the plate, so something green and something orange.

And the leftovers are what makes it so economical. We shared our meal w/ the family living with us, but the leftovers are pretty much just for us two. Our 11.67 lb. turkey fed the 6 of us, but Al and I will get several meals out of the leftovers--I plan on making soup for sure, which is perfect for this time of year.

I put up a plate for my mom in the nursing home and I'll bring that to her today. It's her 86th birthday tomorrow. I'd like to think that she'd be proud of the meal I made, but even as she's eating it she won't remember that I made it.

Sunday dinner was always a big deal when I was growing up. Not so much these days, but I did it up special this week because of Al's birthday. It wouldn't have happened w/o the very generous people I'm lucky to have in my life.

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