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Happy Thanksgiving all! Hope it's a blessed day for all UJ folks, including those who live where Thanksgiving isn't celebrated.

 

I was up at 2:45 to turn on the computer and check anything new on UJ. After a bit I fileted out some halibut for some ceviche for Thanksgiving dinner. A non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Paella as the main course. 

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Brad Eden

Due to family scheduling we will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow with family at my youngest daughters and boyfriends place in NJ. I’m prepping and roasting the turkey and all the fixins. Todays drive was in a word. Stressful. But it will be worth it I’m sure. Happy and full stomach Thanksgiving to all UJers and families.

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Greg Hartman

We couldn't get both families together this year due to scheduling issues, so we had Nancy's son, DIL, 4 kids and one dog on Wednesday.  We found out that grandchild #11 is on the way!   Wow!

 

When my wife got sick, now many years ago, I was dropped into the role of grocery shopper, cook, housekeeper, laundress, etc, etc literally overnight.  I couldn't even boil water, because my role had always been to earn the money and do the outside work; and my non-working wife's role had been to do all of the household and kid-raising stuff.  I HATED my sudden and very involuntary cook and bottlewasher role (!!) and failed countless times.  But, eventually, I learned and actually began to enjoy and take pride in my cooking.  These days, I cook at least as much as Nancy - and she's a very good cook.

 

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday - no commercialism, no religion, no trying to buy presents for people who already have everything - just family getting together to enjoy each other's company and a good meal.  I've probably done more than 15 big Thanksgiving feasts on my own by now, especially enjoying the traditional PA Dutch sides and desserts like: potato filling, bread stuffing, candied carrots, dried corn, milk pies, apple pies, etc.

 

We had my family (except for the granddaughter who is an active-duty Marine and my deceased daughter, Colleen's, two kids who are in Florida with their other grandparents) on Thursday.  My deceased daughter, Colleen's, husband (who is a great guy) and his two kids and dog came, too.  So, we had 12 people and 5 dogs altogether.  As usual, I had "shot" the family turkey by winning a local turkey shoot, so I was proud of that.  All the side dishes were done perfectly at the same time (no easy feat) and put out on the buffet.  Then, I went to carve the turkey....

 

MAJOR FAIL.  ☹️  😞  😡

 

I did the turkey the same way I have done for years and I've never had a flop, but for some reason it was raw inside.  I still have no idea what went wrong, but it was a friggin' disaster!  So, all we had were the sides and the desserts.  The dessert buffet was hit especially hard due to the lack of turkey.  🙂

 

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Oh well, a good time was had by all regardless of the lack of turkey on Thanksgiving.  My surviving daughter, Erika, Nancy and the Old Man. 

 

11-25-21 - Thanksgiving - 1

 

Hopefully, your Thanksgiving went better than mine.

 

 

 

 

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On 11/25/2021 at 9:39 AM, Auto-5 said:

Made me chuckle, Took my Dad goose hunting years ago. Mom fixed one of the geese we got for Xmas dinner. The general response was “yeah that’s not bad. Pass  me some of that turkey would you”?

Know what you mean, wild goose is not the best unless done by a skilled chef who knows their way around ovens and seasoning.  We once had a Speck that was flat out inedible as it was a 1st try at the wild variety.  Inside the oven clean up was no fun.  My wife's next attempt, this time a pair of snow geese, turned out much better.

 

The goose served yesterday is the equivalent of a store-bought turkey.  (Fatted?)  These are domestic birds that are raised to sit on a table.  I can report it was outstanding.  Maybe it's because I love duckling sold in stores that my wife can prep really well or from a restaurant?  The family member who did the three birds is a real "foodie" so we were in good hands.  He wants to come to TX sometime for Thanksgiving where I smoke a brined bird and fry the other.  

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bigjohnsd

My family still talks about the "Christmas Goose" that I prepared in the early 90s.  Taken in the Potomac River Marsh near Quantico, it proved to be a disaster.

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On 11/25/2021 at 5:17 PM, idcut said:

Happy Thanksgiving all! Hope it's a blessed day for all UJ folks, including those who live where Thanksgiving isn't celebrated.

 

I was up at 2:45 to turn on the computer and check anything new on UJ. After a bit I fileted out some halibut for some ceviche for Thanksgiving dinner. A non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Paella as the main course. 

A man after my own heart!!

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Massasoit: What are you doing?

Squanto: Thanksgiving, Dude. 

Massasoit: Are you nuts? If you feed these people we'll never get rid of them

Squanto: It'll be fine.

Massasoit: Look, they've been here for two years, they STILL don't speak our language, they've made no attempt to assimilate into our culture. Was there a vetting process? What if they have ebola? How do we know they won't just up and start killing people in the name of their weird religion? Why can't Europe take them? 

Squanto: It's just dinner, man. We'll eat, watch the game, what's the worst that could happen? 

Massasoit: I have a bad feeling about this...

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9 hours ago, Greg Hartman said:

We couldn't get both families together this year due to scheduling issues, so we had Nancy's son, DIL, 4 kids and one dog on Wednesday.  We found out that grandchild #11 is on the way!   Wow!

 

When my wife got sick, now many years ago, I was dropped into the role of grocery shopper, cook, housekeeper, laundress, etc, etc literally overnight.  I couldn't even boil water, because my role had always been to earn the money and do the outside work; and my non-working wife's role had been to do all of the household and kid-raising stuff.  I HATED my sudden and very involuntary cook and bottlewasher role (!!) and failed countless times.  But, eventually, I learned and actually began to enjoy and take pride in my cooking.  These days, I cook at least as much as Nancy - and she's a very good cook.

 

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday - no commercialism, no religion, no trying to buy presents for people who already have everything - just family getting together to enjoy each other's company and a good meal.  I've probably done more than 15 big Thanksgiving feasts on my own by now, especially enjoying the traditional PA Dutch sides and desserts like: potato filling, bread stuffing, candied carrots, dried corn, milk pies, apple pies, etc.

 

We had my family (except for the granddaughter who is an active-duty Marine and my deceased daughter, Colleen's, two kids who are in Florida with their other grandparents) on Thursday.  My deceased daughter, Colleen's, husband (who is a great guy) and his two kids and dog came, too.  So, we had 12 people and 5 dogs altogether.  As usual, I had "shot" the family turkey by winning a local turkey shoot, so I was proud of that.  All the side dishes were done perfectly at the same time (no easy feat) and put out on the buffet.  Then, I went to carve the turkey....

 

MAJOR FAIL.  ☹️  😞  😡

 

I did the turkey the same way I have done for years and I've never had a flop, but for some reason it was raw inside.  I still have no idea what went wrong, but it was a friggin' disaster!  So, all we had were the sides and the desserts.  The dessert buffet was hit especially hard due to the lack of turkey.  🙂

 

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Oh well, a good time was had by all regardless of the lack of turkey on Thanksgiving.  My surviving daughter, Erika, Nancy and the Old Man. 

 

11-25-21 - Thanksgiving - 1

 

Hopefully, your Thanksgiving went better than mine.

 

 

 

 

As old Poncho Villa would say,"We don't need no steenking turkey!"

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Don Steese

Just Judy, Roy, and me at my buddy's desert digs🏜️!

Lefty's staying for the next month while Judy and I head home for the holidays. I'll miss the boy but he's happy to spend some time with the pack.

 

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10 hours ago, Greg Hartman said:

We couldn't get both families together this year due to scheduling issues, so we had Nancy's son, DIL, 4 kids and one dog on Wednesday.  We found out that grandchild #11 is on the way!   Wow!

 

When my wife got sick, now many years ago, I was dropped into the role of grocery shopper, cook, housekeeper, laundress, etc, etc literally overnight.  I couldn't even boil water, because my role had always been to earn the money and do the outside work; and my non-working wife's role had been to do all of the household and kid-raising stuff.  I HATED my sudden and very involuntary cook and bottlewasher role (!!) and failed countless times.  But, eventually, I learned and actually began to enjoy and take pride in my cooking.  These days, I cook at least as much as Nancy - and she's a very good cook.

 

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday - no commercialism, no religion, no trying to buy presents for people who already have everything - just family getting together to enjoy each other's company and a good meal.  I've probably done more than 15 big Thanksgiving feasts on my own by now, especially enjoying the traditional PA Dutch sides and desserts like: potato filling, bread stuffing, candied carrots, dried corn, milk pies, apple pies, etc.

 

We had my family (except for the granddaughter who is an active-duty Marine and my deceased daughter, Colleen's, two kids who are in Florida with their other grandparents) on Thursday.  My deceased daughter, Colleen's, husband (who is a great guy) and his two kids and dog came, too.  So, we had 12 people and 5 dogs altogether.  As usual, I had "shot" the family turkey by winning a local turkey shoot, so I was proud of that.  All the side dishes were done perfectly at the same time (no easy feat) and put out on the buffet.  Then, I went to carve the turkey....

 

MAJOR FAIL.  ☹️  😞  😡

 

I did the turkey the same way I have done for years and I've never had a flop, but for some reason it was raw inside.  I still have no idea what went wrong, but it was a friggin' disaster!  So, all we had were the sides and the desserts.  The dessert buffet was hit especially hard due to the lack of turkey.  🙂

 

1520001369_11-25-21-Thanksgiving-2.thumb.jpg.03794e1c24e5b6e2853ec07121dde730.jpg

 

Oh well, a good time was had by all regardless of the lack of turkey on Thanksgiving.  My surviving daughter, Erika, Nancy and the Old Man. 

 

11-25-21 - Thanksgiving - 1

 

Hopefully, your Thanksgiving went better than mine.

 

 

 

 

A meat thermometer is your best friend, 180° in the breast.

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