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Happy turkey day!

What are you guys doing for Thanksgiving? Going anywhere? Visiting relatives? Making apologies for not visiting relatives?

And more importantly...what are you cooking / eating?

I'm not hosting this year, so the cooking is quite tame. I'm making banana bread, but adding pecans, chocolate chips, white pepper, and nutmeg to the basic recipe. If I need further motivation to procrastinate, I might also make a cranberry-orange sauce. (delicious on turkey sandwiches).

I'm hoping for lots of leftovers. I have 2 insane weeks left in this quarter, and since I doubt that'll be time to cook, I intend to live off of leftovers... (anyone know of creative ways to use up turkey?)


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Nov. 27th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Mostly making apologies. Our recent inability to get tickets to their obscure part of the South and the availability of our guest bedroom has apparently caused my in-laws to suggest that we permanently move Thanksgiving to my house, so my halcyon of getting up at 9:30 on Thanksgiving and making just a turkey breast is probably coming to a swift, sad end.

I was lazy this year. Aforementioned turkey breast, cranberry orange relish from Trader Joe's, canned corn for color, stuffing, mashed potatoes. I did manage to prod myself into making a marbled pumpkin cheesecake from scratch last night, and I spent the better part of yesterday morning educating myself on crackless cheesecake baking. It seems to have worked, but god, was it a pain in the ass. Ingredients warmed to room temperature for several hours, 55 minutes in the oven with a water bath, another hour resting in there with the heat turned off, another hour on the counter with a plate over it, and overnight in the fridge. And one of my cats was very, very interested in knocking the plate off and seeing what was underneath.
Nov. 27th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
TJ's cranberry orange relish is delicious. I would have picked it up, had I remembered. I hope that the pumpkin cheesecake was delicious, after all that effort :) I tend to avoid such finicky baked goods (on a good day, I will remember to turn OFF the oven before the food is too browned), but I have great admiration for those who are willing to put in the time.

Nov. 27th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I feel slightly sorry for Americans here. A friend of mine who's from New York was on a turkey hunt all yesterday because she's taken it upon herself to celebrate American Thanksgiving amongst us:) (sadly, I can no longer go, because I am still on pg. 7 of a supposedly 20-page paper, due Tuesday. YUCK)
Canadian Thanksgiving is usually in the first or second week of October and provides a nice mid-term break from school, rather than adding to the insane stress of the final weeks of the term. But I'm sure a little break from essays/reading couldn't hurt!
Nov. 27th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I forgot to add, sometimes I throw lots of leftover turkey with veggies and make turkey soup (a T-giving version of chicken soup?) and it lasts quite awhile...
Nov. 27th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
you know, I'm not so committed to the turkey...it's the sides and desserts that have me looking forward to Thanksgiving. Turkey soup...excellent idea. I love chicken soup (and I do make it from scratch)...so this would be an excellent substitute.

Yeesh--good luck with those papers!
Nov. 28th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I am taking it easy this Thanksgiving break--staying on campus (and calling the family), reading, waiting anxiously for the library to re-open, etc.

Since I am in the dorms, though, I got a nice little free Thanksgiving lunch today without any effort. (A benefit of living with a bunch of international students who aren't going home either.)

And as for leftover turkey, I am a big believer in turkey pot pie. It is the best kind of comfort food. (And who needs comfort more than grad students in November?)
Nov. 28th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
mmmm....turkey pot pie. I've actually never made a pie before (despite my love of baking, I *cannot* master a good, flaky crust), but this might be a good time to start. I have peas and carrots that are languishing in the fridge.

And TJ's makes an excellent gravy. I wholeheartedly agree with you on the comfort food.

Waiting for the library? curious--do you study in there? (For the past month, I've virtually been living in the library, particular the graduate study room. Silence and internet, with all my books close at hand, and caffeine a few minutes away. You can't beat that for study space).
Nov. 28th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
I have been studying in Widener (where the English Library is) quite a bit lately, mostly because I have my own shelf where I can keep the majority of my books.

The hours are not too great, though, so I usually have to pick 1-2 books to take with me at closing time, when I head back to my place or to the law library. And Widener isn't even open today--my plan is to curl up in the undergrad library (which *is* open) with some tea and my seminar readings. I'll get back to the papers tomorrow.
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I've heard about the hours :) It makes my library look...generous. At least, hopefully, you don't have snotty undergrads working as librarians?

Wait...the undergrad library is separate from the grad/English library? Lucky!
Nov. 28th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
We expatriates over here in the UK are having a Thanksgiving dinner tonight and exposing all of our classmates to the wonders of turkey food (though actual turkey was, sadly, not possible). I just made five pounds of mashed sweet potato casserole (with marshmellows) last night to bring over for the party. I'm unfortunately working and so can only go from 7 to 9 (gaah.. but even this is a gift from my boss) but I'm quite excited nevertheless. And yes, hooray procrastination!

It's not as exciting as last year when I ordered turkey and cranberry sauce that actually got flown, frozen, over the Pacific ocean, but it's still pretty cool.
Nov. 28th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
This being me.
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
you ORDERED turkey and cranberry sauce last year? *grins* You must have been homesick....

(did you brown the marshmallows in that casseroles?)
Nov. 28th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Turkey shepherd's pie. If you've got cooked meat and frozen veggies, all that's left is mashed potatoes on top, and you can toss in leftover gravy, too. :)
The trifle was a hit, though next time I'd put in more apple in the sauce to balance sweetness and use a plainer ice cream (and more of it).
I did a lot of work before I went to my in-laws and then returned to work more. And now I am off to do some more of that. Oh, how I love the end of semester rush. :)
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
mmm...I'm liking this pie business :) I always have used-to-be-fresh carrots and frozen peas languishing around.

would you sending me the trifle recipe? I have anything in the tiramisu family....
Dec. 1st, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
It's super-simple. I used pound cake, but you can use any kind of white or yellow cake, and I think a spice cake might also work. Then the sauce, which can be made really easily by just whisking together applesauce and cranberry sauce in a saucepan, though you could use other sauces or jams to change up the flavor. (And if you want to put in the effort, I'm sure homemade applesauce or other sauces would be delicious.) Just make sure you use more applesauce to balance out the sweetness of the cranberry or jam. And I used store-bought ice cream since I didn't have time to make my own, but homemade would work just as well.
Once you have all the elements, just layer it up. I put some sauce on the bottom, then cake, then a little more sauce, then ice cream, then a little more sauce, then cake, sauce, ice cream and a drizzle of sauce on top.
It looks pretty and tastes pretty good. :)
But this was really just an experiment - I figure you can't go wrong with trifle, can you?
Nov. 29th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)

Check that out for enough recipes to get you through the next few weeks.
Nov. 29th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I went to Rhode Island with family and it was wonderful because I didn't have to cook ANYTHING! But I got to take home pounds of leftovers...my only complaint would be that the weekend was too short and I'm still attempting to fend off having to work on these papers/homework...
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
*grins* lucky you! I actually got relatively little leftovers...unfortunately, not enough to sustain me for the next two weeks.

Good luck with the papers! Those things sneak up, don't they? I have about 5 books that MUST be read this weekend...which is ending...oh, in about 12 hours :)
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