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andy8715
« on: November 12, 2007 08:55:59 AM »

So me and two friends/fellow dorm mates can't go home for Thanksgiving as there are limited time constraints and the time for travel is great, 6 hours for me driving; a day and a half flying for them. 

So we've commandeered another friend's house and are planning on cooking but we are on a limited budget and aren't the best at cooking unless it's relatively simple. 

Anyone have any awesome and tasty ideas?
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anneland22
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2007 09:32:36 AM »

Turkey's aren't too expensive if you watch the flyers.

Mashed garlic cheesy potatoes shouldn't be too expensive since potatoes are cheap - maybe the cheese, milk and butter are costly -  if you have a trader joes those are cheaper.

Can o yams plus brown sugar plus marshmallows (+ pecans if you have the budget) = simple yumminess


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Kaissa
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2007 10:01:25 AM »

yes, usually you can get turkeys on sale for pretty cheap. And they aren't hard to cook at all. I was scared half to death of making my first turkey, but it was simple.

like anneland said, potatoes are cheap, can of yams, some stove top, you'll be set. Smiley
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anneland22
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2007 10:57:21 AM »

one more thought - you need some pumpkin action.

I just made these muffins and they are yummy and super easy and cheap: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Harvest-Pumpkin-Soup-2/Detail.aspx
If you make these muffins, I would follow the reviewer who added two eggs and 1/3 cup veg oil.

Here is a soup that I also made (I love pumpkins):
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Harvest-Pumpkin-Soup-2/Detail.aspx
This soup was easy to prepare and tasted better the second day after the flavors had more time to mingle so I might recomend making it a day ahead.

Here is my favorite pie crust recipe:
http://whatscookingamerica.net/piecrst.htm
and a pretty easy filling recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Perfect-Pumpkin-Pie/Detail.aspx
If you don't want to make the crust, frozen pie crusts are pretty cheap and come in a pie tin.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2007 02:09:22 PM »

ha!  remember the peanuts thanksgiving - popcorn and toast ??  your post reminded me of that - anyway - i and some friends did the same thing when we were younger and poor and lived far from home - we did turkey sandwiches and made more of a picnic - it was cheap and easy and no one wanted to spend a whole lotta money and effort cooking all day and then cleaning up half the night - another year we did a turkey and spinach lasagna - one pan dish - everyone helps and not much mess -

but if your stuck on traditional - that green bean casserole is cheap and quick and easy side -
 for a dessert - that pumpkin crunch is superb and easy - and not a lot of ingredients...  its on a post here ... 
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andy8715
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2007 02:16:20 PM »

thanks for all the ideas guys.  they sound great.
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anneland22
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007 11:45:12 AM »

hehe on peanuts Thanksgiving.

I am going to have to go on a search for the turkey spinach lasagna and for the pumpkin crunch...more for the pumpkin crunch though; I could skip turkey completely.
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LeesaLove
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2007 08:01:23 AM »

Tuirkeys are really easy...people get so worried...I was too thew first time!
Thjis recipie just takes some prep work...I've never made it with all the ingreients called for but add what yoiu can & leave out what you don't have, can't afford. I;ve made this 3 diff times now & it is BY FAR the best turkey I have ever had ...
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_8389,00.html

then add your favs... baked yams with a bit of butter & cinnamon, baked or mashed potoes, make some gravy etc. 
Make extra sides for leftovers.
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myklia
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2007 11:41:16 AM »

Tuirkeys are really easy...people get so worried...I was too thew first time!
Thjis recipie just takes some prep work...I've never made it with all the ingreients called for but add what yoiu can & leave out what you don't have, can't afford. I;ve made this 3 diff times now & it is BY FAR the best turkey I have ever had ...
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_8389,00.html

then add your favs... baked yams with a bit of butter & cinnamon, baked or mashed potoes, make some gravy etc. 
Make extra sides for leftovers.


Cooking turkey is really easy.  The first time I called my mother at least five times.  After that I was totally comfortable with it. 

I saw the episode above and have never done it that way before.  That is how I plan on doing it this year.  I will be using a different brining recipe though.  I would definitely recommend following that recipe.

One more thing, buy or borrow a good roasting pan.   Do not use the aluminum cheap ones, otherwise you may get to experience a second degree burn (well I did the second year I made turkey).

Have fun!!
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andy8715
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2007 05:40:36 PM »

We decided to have steak and potatoes.  Yummy. 
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