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honorhappy
« on: October 08, 2005 03:46:33 AM »

     This year my boyfriend and I will be celebrating both Thanksgiving and Christmas alone.  (Our families live in the Midwest, we live in CA.)  He may or may not end up working on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, I'll be off on Thanksgiving and can work his schedule on the Christmas holidays, so there will be time to cook.  But what to cook?  With it just being the two of us (a few friends and his sister might stop by, and we may visit his father, depending, but there is nothing guaranteed), I don't want to bother with a whole turkey or ham.  Maybe cornish game hens?  Maybe a small, canned ham?  (I haven't ever cooked one of those, do they come out well?)

   I'm thinking that for Thanksgiving, we may do the traditional side dishes but substitute deli roast beef sandwiches (done up well with good buns and swiss cheese, etc) for the meat.

  I'm just mulling things over, however, trying to make up some sort of menu so I can get my limited budget in order.  I'm sure others out there have had a small family dinner, so what tips do you have?  What kinds of meals have you made up?

  We do have room for a little bit of leftovers, but seeing as we have a mini fridge and no freezer, I couldn't have food for days upon days or freeze anything.
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005 10:45:49 AM »

You can buy turkey drumsticks or turkey breast without having to deal with a big bird.

Instead of stuffing you can do a garlic bread pudding, roast a couple of cobs of corn, and buy a sweet.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2005 12:59:18 AM »

  Turkey breast sounds like a good idea.  We'll probably make stuffing because he loves it, and it'll be gobbled up in no time!  But I do get what you're saying...I'm thinking about buying only enough yams for us, maybe a small greenbean casserole (hey, I love greenbean casserole!), and maybe the corn on the cob would work yummily as well.  I do think I'll do some baking, but only because I haven't had a chance to in some time.  We'll be eating good this holiday season!  Thanks for the advice.  Keep it coming!
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2005 03:08:31 AM »

i did pigeon one year for me and Mr Bunny. A pigeon each.
but i didn't realise till after that pigeons are better stewed than roasted. they were tasty, but very tough.

you could get poussins (little individual chickens) instead also. Or duckbreasts. Or you could cook a duck between you. Festive, but not as big as a turkey.

Often you have to order them in to the butcher's, but any decent butcher should be able to get them in. Ask round. In Australia I ended up getting the pigguns (as we childishly called them) for $12AUD each ($7 US).

As a family of 3 we cook half-hams instead of a whole one. We get them at the supermarket. Obviously there are still leftovers, but there is a charming cycle to life in January, punctuated by leftover ham with every meal. It lasts indefinitely.
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2005 06:47:26 AM »

I'm down to a family of 3.  My daughter, granddaughter and me.  The step kids don't come around any more.
I usually do a small turkey breast, dressing in a separate dish, gravy, canned cranberry sauce, squash or sweet potatoes, a relish tray with carrot sticks, celery, broccoli and cauliflower, and of course sour cream, ranch dip.  And cheese cake for dessert.  Then we eat on this for 3 days.
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2005 06:42:22 PM »

I usually do a small turkey, perhaps 10 or 11 pounds and that is plenty for my small family. We all get to savor the aromas as it is cooking and there will plenty of leftovers for additional meals or to freeze for later use..
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2005 12:01:25 AM »

  Thanks guys!
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2005 09:23:25 AM »

When it was just the three of us for thanksgiving, my family used to turn the entire leftover dinner, (usually turkey, some kind of grain dish, a couple of vegetable dishes, and something involving potatoes) into soup the day after thanksgiving. it can be hard cooking small amounts. We would freeze the soup, and one year we ateThanksgiving leftovers once a week until Valentines day. It was actually really really good.
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2005 04:26:22 PM »

what about roasting a chicken instead of a turkey?  i personally prefer chicken to turkey.  but i love both.  sl;fnioejfiojf thanksgiving!
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2005 02:26:13 PM »

i roasted a goose last year for thanksgiving for a get together, and it turned out pretty well. it was just something different, and since i'm not a big fan of turkey, i preferred that to what was being served at the dinner. it's just something different, i think a lot of American's are afraid to venture beyond cooking the typical poultry (chicken and turkey), but it's really not that difficult. Goose is also not as "gamey" tasting as duck, which I was surprised to find out.
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