eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
As Andy mentioned, our Thanksgiving group size will be reduced from the standard 16 to 18 down to perhaps 10 (family only this year). Our Turkey will be downsized to an 18 pound bird (already purchased), filled with our traditional fruit and nut stuffing, served with candied yams, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and a variety of fruit and pumpkin pies for dessert. The feast promises to be a diet buster! LOL. ;)
 

TKI67

Elite Member
Much like Eagle's nest, the Irvine household will have only the five immediate family. The menu will be turkey (cooking method TBD...either roasted with wine and butter baste, deep fried, or spatchcocked and smoked); dressing with pecans and lots of fresh sage; vegetarian gravy with Sherry and oyster mushrooms; a roasted mix of sweet potatoes, fingerlings of different colors, parsnips, and leeks (this requires juggling since these each have different roasting times!); blanched haricot vert tossed in garlic, olive oil, bits of torn baguette, and grated Parmigiana Reggiano, heated until the outer crumbs crisp; home made Parker House rolls; cranberry treatment TBD...could be simple cranberry with orange, could be mostarda, could be chutney; home made chipotle mayonnaise to go with the rolls and leftover turkey; a gingery pumpkin pie; and Oregon Pinot Noir, including one Patricia Green and one Drouhin. Touch football may get 86ed due to small teams this year? Cigars on the deck by the fire pit if the weather is good. I feel both bloated and blessed just writing this.
 

Big T

Senior Member
6 or 7 adults, 4 grandkids. Standard food stuffs: turkey, dressing, lasagna, sweet potato pie (our older kids (38 & 40) get upset if menu changes), Guinness, wine and ceegars, on back porch.

Next day is poker day at my workshop (twice a year at Thanksgiving and Christmas).
 

TKI67

Elite Member
6 or 7 adults, 4 grandkids. Standard food stuffs: turkey, dressing, lasagna, sweet potato pie (our older kids (38 & 40) get upset if menu changes), Guinness, wine and ceegars, on back porch.

Next day is poker day at my workshop (twice a year at Thanksgiving and Christmas).
Lasagna. I am impressed (and salivating). I miss the Italian food you have in PA. I had family in Indiana, PA, and visits always involved Italian food.
 

Big T

Senior Member
Lasagna. I am impressed (and salivating). I miss the Italian food you have in PA. I had family in Indiana, PA, and visits always involved Italian food.
I had distant relatives stretching from Punxsutawney, to Rossiter, to Indiana, to Arnold and New Kensington! Small world!
 

SteveMCG

Starting Member
Buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage to start the day as we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (likely not on this year). Anti-pasta around noon followed by lasagna, salad and Italian bread between 1 & 2pm. Football on TV. Then turkey, stuffing, corn, homemade mash potatoes and sweet potato between 5 & 6pm. For dessert homemade Italian Rainbow Cookies, apple pie and pumpkin pecan bread. Lots of wine and beer. Cards and board games in the evening followed by reheated food for late night snacks. A food indulgent day for 7-10 people.
 

TKI67

Elite Member
Buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage to start the day as we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (likely not on this year). Anti-pasta around noon followed by lasagna, salad and Italian bread between 1 & 2pm. Football on TV. Then turkey, stuffing, corn, homemade mash potatoes and sweet potato between 5 & 6pm. For dessert homemade Italian Rainbow Cookies, apple pie and pumpkin pecan bread. Lots of wine and beer. Cards and board games in the evening followed by reheated food for late night snacks. A food indulgent day for 7-10 people.
I love the full day approach! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is grazing on jalapeño poppers and drinking bloody Marys made with V-8, Clamato, gin, and seasonings while we prep and cook.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
Buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage to start the day as we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (likely not on this year). Anti-pasta around noon followed by lasagna, salad and Italian bread between 1 & 2pm. Football on TV. Then turkey, stuffing, corn, homemade mash potatoes and sweet potato between 5 & 6pm. For dessert homemade Italian Rainbow Cookies, apple pie and pumpkin pecan bread. Lots of wine and beer. Cards and board games in the evening followed by reheated food for late night snacks. A food indulgent day for 7-10 people.
Just showed this to my girlfriend and we are impressed that you guys have that much food. And, more importantly, it sounds like you all have a blast.

I'd run out of steam after the 1-2pm period (or, if allowed, I'd just nibble at that one as I'd need to if I was going to be ready for the 5-6pm eating). Also, I'd sneak into the kitchen early for one of my favorite of all Italian cookies, the rainbow one.
 

TKI67

Elite Member
Just showed this to my girlfriend and we are impressed that you guys have that much food. And, more importantly, it sounds like you all have a blast.

I'd run out of steam after the 1-2pm period (or, if allowed, I'd just nibble at that one as I'd need to if I was going to be ready for the 5-6pm eating). Also, I'd sneak into the kitchen early for one of my favorite of all Italian cookies, the rainbow one.
Well I did sort of gloss over the part where I sprawl in my chair like Jabba the Hutt, noshing intemperately on cold turkey/chipotle mayonnaise/Parker House roll sandwiches, plates of reheated dressing and gravy, and a collection of very small wedges of a pumpkin pie that add to a fifth of a pie, keeping an eye barely open to follow a football game and drifting in and out of a Pinot Noir stupor to hear snatches of conversation.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
Well I did sort of gloss over the part where I sprawl in my chair like Jabba the Hutt, noshing intemperately on cold turkey/chipotle mayonnaise/Parker House roll sandwiches, plates of reheated dressing and gravy, and a collection of very small wedges of a pumpkin pie that add to a fifth of a pie, keeping an eye barely open to follow a football game and drifting in and out of a Pinot Noir stupor to hear snatches of conversation.
Sounds like a great day to me.
 

Dhaller

Elite Member
The weather is looking promising, so we're still planning on a campsite Thanksgiving. I'm adding an additional camp Dutch oven (10") for good measure.

Backup plan is a my dad's "farm" (quotation marks because while it's a farm, he does not actually farm), based on the setup we had for Halloween.

He has a (former) cotton field, bounded all side by trees, so essentially a big lawn. For Halloween, we set up tables and chairs out in the field ("fancy picnic" style), set up games for the varied ensemble of my daughter and her cousins (corn hole, horseshoe toss, badminton), and had a washtub to bob for apples. Kind of a mini, family-only Fall festival... it worked well!

If we wind up doing Thanksgiving there, I'm thinking of setting up an archery range for the kids: get a few bows, set up some targets, cobble together some prizes and have a competition. That seems sort of "Thanksgiving-ish"?... not as much a a blunderbuss firing range, perhaps, but less likely to disturb the neighbors.

There is a heretic in the family who has suggested *Turkey lasagna*, but what is a family without at least one member you need to lock away in the North Tower?... we keep it traditional.

DH
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Well I did sort of gloss over the part where I sprawl in my chair like Jabba the Hutt, noshing intemperately on cold turkey/chipotle mayonnaise/Parker House roll sandwiches, plates of reheated dressing and gravy, and a collection of very small wedges of a pumpkin pie that add to a fifth of a pie, keeping an eye barely open to follow a football game and drifting in and out of a Pinot Noir stupor to hear snatches of conversation.
The breast meat left over from the Turkey after the main feast in the Eagles Roost is sliced down and used to make sandwiches, dressed out with mayonnaise, cream cheese, slices of chilled cranberry sauce and leafs of fresh lettuce. Very tasty and quite filling! ;)
;)
 

TKI67

Elite Member
This thread is close to having me open a Guinness and light up a Montecristo!
This has set me to pondering. My son in law almost always brings a few Rocky Patels, and I usually have some H. Upmanns or Punches in my redneck humidor (Ziploc with a damp sponge). Back in the years when I had an actual humidor on my credenza at work, it was usually filled with Monetcristo, Partagas, or Upmann. I had been thinking of a Cohiba, but a Montecristo is an inspired choice. Next time I am at Total Wine I'll cruise their walk-in.
 

Big T

Senior Member
Ah....I have two humidors, one at my office and another at home. If you're a fan of Montecristo's, there are many with similar flavors, all no costlier. Try Oliva with Connecticut shade wrapper, or The Griffin (one of my favorites, and made by Davidoff, but quite a bit less), or San Cristophal Elegencia, with a Connecticut wrapper.

Rocky Patel makes some great cigars, but they also make a lot just to sell the name. Try their Vintage 1999 or 1992 series for a really premium smoke.

As for Guinness, well, that goes without saying! It is the nectar of the gods! All cigars pare well with Courvoisier.
 

TKI67

Elite Member
Ah....I have two humidors, one at my office and another at home. If you're a fan of Montecristo's, there are many with similar flavors, all no costlier. Try Oliva with Connecticut shade wrapper, or The Griffin (one of my favorites, and made by Davidoff, but quite a bit less), or San Cristophal Elegencia, with a Connecticut wrapper.

Rocky Patel makes some great cigars, but they also make a lot just to sell the name. Try their Vintage 1999 or 1992 series for a really premium smoke.

As for Guinness, well, that goes without saying! It is the nectar of the gods! All cigars pare well with Courvoisier.
I shall look for them. I always felt that although they make some great cigars, Cohiba traded a bit on their name. Another in my list 0f faves would be R&J, but it has been a l o n g time!
 
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