Thanksgiving 2011

spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
Care to share your Thanksgiving menu?

Looking for some suggestions or recipes? :sign7:

Freaking out because it's your first time hosting? :confused1:

Relaxed and chill because you get the pleasure of letting someone else cook? :occasion5: (oh boy, I'm looking forward to being that person one day)

I'm going to post my menu once I get it figured out. We're having our first Thanksgiving at our new home in CA, but this will be my 7th year cooking. Every year my goal is to try and pare down how much I make for only 4 people, but I always fail because I just want to make everything that reminds me of the big family dinners we'd have at my grandparents house every year when I was growing up.

Our tradition in years past (since we've been hosting) was my wonderful mother in law and her honey came and spent a few weeks with us and I'd do all the cooking. This year they're a bit far away to make the trip, but luckily we live closer to my sister in law and her hubs and they're driving down from Seattle to spend a few days with us. My MIL is vegetarian so I always made everything but the turkey veggie friendly so she'd have plenty to eat and although MIL won't be with us, my SIL is also vegetarian so I won't change anything in that respect.

So, please feel free to share your menu, recipes and anything else gobble, gobble related!
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Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
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  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    I'm just going to post the link to the turkey thread I started:
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/non-hair-discussion/135288-turkey-time.html

    Who Me? also started a thread where some ideas were posted:
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/non-hair-discussion/135281-thanksgiving-dinner-menu-help.html

    And speaking of pumpkin bars (mentioned on the Say It thread):
    http://www.joepastry.com/2008/how_to_make_caramel_pumpkin_bars/
    I prefer to do this is in a quarter sheet tray because it's neater.

    By the way, baking pumpkin pie like this or in a tart pan provides a better result because custards (like pumpkin pie) don't cook evenly in a pie plate due to shape. So, it's a lot harder to get an unsightly crack in a tart than it would be with a traditional pie.
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  • CurlyHairedFarmerCurlyHairedFarmer Registered Users Posts: 3,079 Curl Connoisseur
    I will be assisting my mother and gram with:

    Turkey
    Stuffing
    Butternut squash
    Garlic mashed potatoes
    Peas
    Green bean casserole
    Turnip with various things
    Fruit salad

    The grand finale will be my pumpkin cheesecake.
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 10,904 Curl Connoisseur
    Thanksgiving has come and past, but we had (same thing as every year!)...

    Dinner
    Turkey
    2 types of stuffing
    Mashed potatoes
    Green beans
    Squash
    Cranberry sauce

    Dessert
    Butter, pecan & pumpkin cheesecake tarts
    Pumpkin pie
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Registered Users Posts: 5,844 Curl Neophyte
    Here is my turkey recipe (although I may separate my dark and white meat like suggested in Saria's thread). I've used this recipe for the last 5 years and my turkey is always really moist with great crispy skin.

    Tomorrow I'll post the recipes I have to write out. I usually make 2 types of dressing, my mom's recipe and my BIL's recipe. And as always the totally bad for you green bean casserole because I love it although no one else does. I may do some roasted veggies or a veggie soup this year. My mom and I cook together so she'll do the fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and gravy. She makes the best gravy from scratch that I've ever had. I'll ask her for her recipes too.

    Spring check out the red pepper soup I posted in the soup thread. Made with veggie stock it could msake a great veg side. And it's even good without the cream if you prefer not to use it.
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  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    If you are into the marshmallow-laden concoction known as sweet potato casserole, you can ignore this, but if you loathe that stuff (like me), this is a pretty cool bit of science (and a recipe). Those who like roasted sweet potatoes, but just not on Thanksgiving when they want to sweet potato casserole, might want to have a look as well:
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/11/the-best-roasted-sweet-potatoes-thanksgiving-sides-the-food-lab.html
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    As much as I love me a marshmallow, I've never liked them on my sweet potato casserole. I roast the potatoes (in their jackets, it's just easier with everything else going on) for my casserole and use the least amount of butter and brown sugar I can. I think I can almost taste it now...

    I'm starting to get ready for Thanksgiving! Although I'm really concerned about the oven here. I've never had such trouble with baked goods as I have here and I can't figure out what on earth it is.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    You OF COURSE have at least one oven thermometer in there, yes? Yes? ;)
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    You betcha (just channeled Sarah Palin, I may have to shoot myself now).

    It (the thermometer) is actually reading 25 degrees lower than the oven dial, but things seem to be coming out overdone on the outside and not done inside, for example, cornbread. And the banana bread (try not to cringe, it's just what I call it) came out super browned on the outside, but fine on the inside.

    Is it just that gas ovens are unpredictable? This is my first time having one.

    I'll probably make a double layer pumpkin cheesecake for T-day so that should be interesting.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    I usually have a thermometer in the back and one in the front. Different parts of the oven run hotter. Also, you sure your thermometer is properly calibrated? Have you tested by putting it in ice water and boiling water?
    I'm sure you do, but just in case, you do flip your baking trays back to front and top to bottom during baking?
    Are you baking in dark pans (typically the ones coated with a nonstick layer)? Glass?

    Banana bread (blending method) tends to brown a lot, so I don't think it's much to go on. Banana cake (creaming method) less so. See, the distinction matters. :p
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    I only have the one and it's in the front, but I could move it to the middle or back since I know the front has been consistently 25 degrees less.

    Good idea about calibrating because even though it's fairly new, when we moved and I put it in the oven here I had to thump it to get the dial to move. :lol:

    And now that I know the difference, this was banana bread since there was no creaming (that means like creaming butter and sugar?). I just don't recall mine coming out so dang dark and I'm just cutting the edges off. Maybe it's my pan because the top isn't dark and bitter, just the sides and bottom.

    My loaf pan is a non-stick metal pan, pretty heavy. All my casseroles are glass and when I had 3 cornbreads in a row come out bad it was my cast iron skillet. The last cornbread I made in a 8in glass dish and it was fine. The cornbread disasters was just disgusting. Mushy in the middle and the edges were super thick, brown and bitter. The first bad batch was a recipe I'd made before and it came out just fine using the same skillet and oven so I don't know what happened. Then I used the same recipe and white cornmeal instead of yellow and it was disgusting. Then once more I used the same recipe with some stone ground coarse cornmeal and yep, disgusting. It was the recipe where I let the cornmeal soak in milk and the first time I made it I really loved it so I can't figure out what factor is off. Could my cast iron skillet be off somehow? I mainly use it for cornbread and try to cook bacon or sausage in it from time to time. It's an 8in so there isn't much else I'd cook in it to keep it seasoned. It's not sticking, but it's not got that well-loved patina to it because it's a fairly new pan.

    Good grief...who knew I'd write a novella about freakin cornbread.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    Dark pans brown more than nice shiny pans. They also tend to produce a softer crust. It sounds like that's the problem there. When something's browning too much on sheet trays, I insulate by doubling up the trays. As is, I put all cake pans (except bundt pans, because the point is for the hot air to circulate all around the pan) on a sheet tray, but maybe you could double up your sheet tray for further insulation? If you can, try getting a light, shiny loaf pan, though. You can also cover the top with foil.
    It may well be your thermometer is off, though!

    Yes, a lot of banana breads are banana cakes because the fat gets creamed as opposed to being liquid and mixed with the wet ingredients (blending method). One is a cake, the other a quickbread. They produce very different textures (see muffin vs. cupcakes, another one where the distinction isn't made a lot of times), and well, one is just more work when all you are looking to do is make a simple quickbread. :p


    Did you pre-heat your cast-iron? Cast iron pans aren't great at heating evenly. They retain heat well, but they need to be pre-heated well (in the oven) or the heat will be uneven and this could be why your cornbread came out undercooked in the middle.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    I'll try using double sheet trays with the loaf pan and see if it makes any difference (even though it's dark). I've only had it a few years, but when it's time to replace I'll go for lighter metal.

    I do preheat my skillet, usually with a little canola oil in it because it seemed to make a nice crispy crust when pouring the batter over the hot oil and it is all sizzly (yes, that's a word).

    I've been making cornbread a lot of years and never, ever had it come out completely inedible. I've used different recipes trying to find "the one", but they've always been good. When I did the soaked recipe it was just the type of cornbread I was looking for, moist but not overly and not cakey and had a great crumb. I was in love...then this. :lol: I would think *maybe* it's that my pan was too small for the recipe amount, but it turned out fine the first time so I'm stumped. I'll keep trying though. The weird thing was the nasty taste it had throughout. When the one came out underdone (white cornmeal) I put it back in the oven for a bit and after it did cook the taste was just gross. Then the more coarse ground yellow that I tried was the same bitter and just plain nasty taste. I'm pretty sure I broke some Southern rules or something and I was being punished in the form of bad cornbread. :lol:

    And ok, this one actually was a banana bread! No cringing required. I put apples, walnuts and dried cranberries in it. Noms.

    Thanks for the help and tips!! :love6:
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    One more thing! Cornmeal, especially whole cornmeal (as in, not the typical supermarket Quaker or other brands that have been stripped of the germ) goes rancid pretty quickly just as all whole grain flours do because of the oil contained. I keep whole grain and nut flours refrigerated or frozen for this reason and try to use them quickly. Maybe you cornmeal went rancid or you bought a bad batch and that was the bad taste? Even the supermarket stuff which has a longer shelf life can go bad.
    http://www.joepastry.com/2011/corn-meal-is-corn-meal/
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Banned Users Posts: 24,963 Curl Neophyte
    GP is bringing...
    ~turkey, which we will fry
    ~oil, hopefully he can find it from last year
    ~gf will be making too much guac and too soupy of green bean casserole
    :laughing3:

    I'll be bringing....
    ~pee-can pie
    ~sausage/rotel/cream chez dip

    Mom will be bringing...
    ~giblets
    ~mashed taters
    ~sweet taters [really for her/dad]
    ~turkey parts [really for her]
    ~corn [really for my nephews]
    ~dressing [her special recipe]

    Of course, I told her she's doing too much, but just like my grandmother was, she loves to be in the kitchen and cook...and then complain later...lol Hopefully no leftovers b/c I eat enough of them during the week and don't care for them for TG..bah..lol
  • cosmicflycosmicfly Registered Users Posts: 1,814
    I should be getting ready for work but...

    This is my second time cooking; it will be me, the kids, my bf, his cousin, and her son. Not sure if we will have any stragglers, last year we did.

    So far, I know I am serving
    Turkey
    Mashed potatoes (for Aidan)
    Macaroni and cheese (for Maya)
    Stuffing
    Cranberry Sauce
    Some kind of green vegetable (I'm thinking roasted green beans with pine nuts)
    Some kind of yellow vegetable; maybe the butternut squash gratin that SuZen posted
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 20,730 Curl Virtuoso
    Thanksgiving will be at younger sister's house this year. The usual menu - a big turkey, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes (no marshmallows), a veggie of some sort, probably corn (no green bean casserole).

    I will make pumpkin pie (my great aunt's recipe that is never altered), graham cracker cake (a new recipe I just came across and it sounded extra good because there is no frosting/icing. it's made with graham crackers and biscoff cookies), and brussels sprouts with walnuts and bacon.
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  • CheetaraCheetara Registered Users Posts: 2,182 Curl Neophyte
    Sweet potato latkes have become a new Thanksgiving tradition at my mom's house. We make them savory like regular latkes but I've seen recipes for sweet potato latkes with stuff like maple syrup in them.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    Hadn't thought of that since both cornmeals were brand new purchases. The white was from the shelf (although I can't check the date on it because I decanted it from box to sealed container) and the coarse yellow was from the bulk bin section at our grocery.

    What would be the odds that both were bad after all these years of never having any go bad. Bad kitchen juju, I haz it. :lol:

    My sister in law is bringing sugar pumpkins for me to roast for the pumpkin cheesecake. :blob8: I wish they were close enough for me to request them to bring a side dish or two because I certainly would!
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    Have you tried steaming your pumpkins? It's great for making puree. So is roasting, just that steaming can be more convenient and faster.
    http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/11/sweet-technique-making-pumpkin-puree.html
    You can squeeze it dry like the slideshow, but hanging overnight leaves it drier and is less work.

    Have you considered going no bake with the cheesecake since you're worried about your oven? Custards, and especially one like cheesecake are a bit fussy.

    I hang my cooked pumpkin (I actually use kabocha squash or Hubbard) in cheesecloth overnight before pureeing and passing through a tamis, whether I steam or roast. I always hang it because roasting still leaves behind a lot of water and that water makes a big difference.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    I haven't ever steamed, for me tossing it in the oven to roast is easy. I don't ever have cheesecloth on hand so I've strained it in a colander overnight. I'm sure the cheesecloth would make for better drainage though.

    I actually roasted a sugar pumpkin whole and I'm so lucky it didn't explode. :lol: Worked a charm though and was so much easier than trying to cut it first. If I do that again I'll pierce some holes in it, last thing I need to be doing is cleaning a massacred pumpkin out of the oven during Thanksgiving cook-a-thon.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    No wonder you have bad juju. You used up all the good having that pumpkin not explode on you.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    Totally not turkey related except I'm talking about my oven, but...

    I just made sausage cheddar muffins and the outer crust on them has the same bitter type flavor the bad cornbread did. I can't figure out what is going on, if it's my oven or an ingredient I'm using.

    I usually buy Lactaid milk, but another brand lactose free milk has been on sale lately so I've been using it. I can't figure out how it could possibly matter, but I'm getting Lactaid next time to compare.

    Maybe my oven has some deadly chemical it's baking into all my food.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Banned Users Posts: 24,963 Curl Neophyte
    Jerk Turkey Recipe

    Jerk Seasoning & Rub Marinade

    Ingredients
    The following quantities of ingredients Jamaican Jerk Sauce may be increased proportionately and excess jerk marinate can be placed in a sealed jar for long periods of time for future use. As with all food recipes, ingredient measures and other seasoning contributions may be added or adjusted to individual taste.
    • 1/2 Cup of Pimento Berries (Allspice) - 1/4 Powdered Allspice May Be Substituted
    • 4-6 Scotch Bonnet Chili Peppers (or equivalent)
    • 6-8 Garlic Cloves
    • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon of Ground Thyme/ Freshly Chopped Thyme
    • 2 Bunches of Green Onions / Scallions
    • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg Powder
    • 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce (Yes, there is Chinese influence in Jamaica)
    • Add Salt and Pepper To Taste

    Combine all Jerk ingredients in a blender and liquefy.

    Application to Various Meats - (I Suggest using rubber gloves if your skin is sensitive. Scotch Bonnet peppers are very hot.)

    On Chicken/Turkey: Rub the jerk sauce on top of the bird's skin, on the meat under the skin and in the cavities. Let it marinate for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight in the refrigerator.

    On Pork or Beef: Rub thoroughly on the meat. If you use pork shoulder, make shallow cuts before rubbing. Marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

    On Fish: On a whole fish, rub the sauce on the meat and in the cavity. Performs best with a "steak-like" fish such as grouper and halibut. (excellent on grilled whole snapper as well)...Let marinate at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

    Grilling Instructions
    Grill slowly at the lowest temperature (low fire) until done. If using charcoal, spread aromatic wood chips on the coals for a smoked flavor. When done, serve the meat in the desired presentation with Jamaican side dishes and Jamaican style breads.
  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    Got a new oven thermometer and apparently my other one is a POS (sidenote, I've had more OXO stuff mess up on me than anything else in my kitchen it seems) and my oven is baking spot on temperature wise. After figuring that out I bought new baking powder and made cornbread tonight and I'm happy to say:

    BAD CORNBREAD JUJU IS GONE :blob7: Mercy, it was so good to eat a scrumptious slice of the good stuff.

    Even though my last baking powder was brand new I guess it wasn't good for some reason. Hopefully that's what brought on the soapy/chemically taste in my last few baked goods and the problem is solved.

    I know y'all were on the edge of your hotplates waiting for this news.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    What kind of baking powder do you use? I use aluminum-free, and that's Rumford in this case. It doesn't have any weird chemical flavor.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    I've always used Rumford or Clabbergirl and in times that I've bought something else I always get aluminum free. This time it was Trader Joe's, also aluminum free.

    Be it the bad pumpkin juju (which I don't understand because that was in CT and bad juju shouldn't carry over to new kitchens, but I digress) or just bad luck I'll stick with Rumford.

    At least I know my oven temp is good! That stupid thermometer that isn't working was $20 wasted.

    Saria, another question. Do you have any tips for making vegetarian gravy? I saw on SE one of the T-day questions they answered was about this and suggested making veggie stock and using a brown roux. Well, I know me and making veggie stock probably won't happen next week (I use a veggie soup base), but a brown roux...would that just be melted butter + flour and cooked until brown? It won't taste burnt? Any tips would be greatly appreciated so we can all (my veggie guest as well) enjoy some gravy! Last year I just did a roux and added my veggie stock and it was ok, but wasn't sure if I could jazz it up at all.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    I use brown roux for all gravy (except white gravy, of course).

    Roux is broken down into white, blond and brown. Béchamel and veloutes use white/blond roux, for example. You only cook the flour and butter a few minutes. Gravy or gumbo should have brown roux. They give a richer, nuttier flavor. It takes a while to cook, but you can simply make it and store it for later. Plus some swear by making it in the oven, with minimal work.

    You should make your own vegetable stock. It's simple, tasty, and cheap. Heck, it's far easier than making your own chicken or turkey stock.
    And you should definitely be boosting that umami with marmite/soy sauce/mushroom soy, and other umami boosters (including just the tiniest bit of star anise).
    Here is Michael Natkin's umami-rich broth:
    http://www.herbivoracious.com/2011/09/umami-packed-vegetarian-broth-recipe-also-vegan.html
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  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    Also, why would you make vegetable stock next week when you can make it now and freeze it? ;)
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  • SigiSigi Registered Users Posts: 2,379
    We've decided to make our own Thanksgiving dinner. I plan to make:

    -turkey
    -mashed potatoes
    -gravy
    -corn
    -rolls
    -sweet potatoes
    -I'll buy a pumpkin pie
  • spring1onuspring1onu Registered Users Posts: 16,528 Curl Connoisseur
    Because my freezer is so full (and small) that I might be able to fit a tater tot in it right now...maybe... :lol:
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.

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