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Cancelled Reservation: Ask my kid for the money back?

So for Thanksgiving, my kid made the two us a reservation at a trendy vegetarian cafe, in the city, about 90 minutes drive from my place. We had to cancel (details follow), so I PayPal'd her the money to cover it, and she was going to find someone to go with. She didn't manage that; can I ask her for the money back? [more inside]
posted by quacky on Nov 27, 2016 - 25 answers

Did Mo Rocca really say that?

Watching the parade now on TV and I have a memory of Mo Rocca participating in the TV coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade once in the 90s or 00s. He was talking to some kids on the street along the parade route. He said something to them like "So how about those smallpox blankets, kids?" and then the camera cut away. Wait, really? [more inside]
posted by cellura p on Nov 24, 2016 - 5 answers

Thanksgiving Etiquette Question, Can I ask For The Bottle Back?

We have been invited by friends of friends, to a fun, non traditional, Thanksgiving dinner. I was asked to bring Red Wine, which I am. I am also bringing my homemade Prickly Pear/Jalapeno Lemonade and a bottle of tequila to mix with it should anyone desire. The tequila is an expensive brand in a really cool bottle. I would not spend this much on tequila normally, and I would love to make something out of the bottle when its finished. Can I take the bottle back with me when I leave, or can I ask for the empty bottle to be saved for for me when its finally been finished, or is that just a total manners fail? I am pretty much a recluse normally, and have zero experience with dinner parties. Please help me behave like a civilized guest (even if I'm only faking it for the night).
posted by WalkerWestridge on Nov 23, 2016 - 48 answers

Homemade stuffing recipe to please losers who love Stove Top

We're going to a group Thanksgiving and need to make the stuffing. My spouse loves to go nuts with elaborate recipes but none of the ones we've tried taste half as good as plain old Stove Top stuffing. And when we asked our friends they admitted the same. What's a recipe that will give that very basic kind of generic stuffing goodness but with a homemade flair? Or is there a way can we make Stove Top but make it less depressing and show some effort? [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Nov 23, 2016 - 30 answers

Spending Thanksgiving alone

I'll likely be celebrating the holiday alone tomorrow (crappy work schedule and family scattered across the country). I'll be hosting a Friends-giving on Sunday. I'm a little bummed about being alone tomorrow but would like to make the most out of it. I looked into volunteering but seems I'm too late to sign up for stuff. So far, I've got sleeping in and yoga. I'd love other ideas as to how to make a nice day for myself. Thanks! And happy turkey day to everyone :)
posted by namemeansgazelle on Nov 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Go Pho Yourself Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving feast this year is Vietnamese cuisine. We're going to bring spring rolls and...something else. What should our something else be? Links to recipes much appreciated. The group is a mix of pescatarians and ominivores. Spicy food is just fine. We have access to a good asian grocery. [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Nov 19, 2016 - 20 answers

Dying grandparent, a toddler, and Thanksgiving

My father in law has end stage terminal cancer and intends to die at home--talking days/weeks. My wife and I will be going for a Thanksgiving visit in a couple of weeks with our 2.5 year old, who loves her grandfather very much. He is not going to be in good shape, and may well pass away while we're there. Help?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2016 - 28 answers

Help me navigate a potentially depressing Thanksgiving

A parent fell ill 5 months ago following complications from surgery. My friend was just killed in an accident. Three days after the funeral was the election. The day after the election I found out this parent may not walk on their own again and may need to be in long-term care indefinitely. My Thanksgiving visit will be spent planning next steps for the parent. I have more emotions than I can process right now. [more inside]
posted by good lorneing on Nov 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I'm an American living abroad trying to cobble together something for Thanksgiving sans oven. I also am an idiot when it comes to cooking. I can buy roasted sweet potatoes on the street, how can I make them like sweet potato casserole or similar? Also, any other easy Thanksgiving-ish side dish ideas would be appreciated.
posted by Trifling on Nov 15, 2016 - 13 answers

NOLA Thanksgiving

Husband and I are heading to New Orleans for Thanksgiving and I have a three part question. We are driving from Austin and just booked a hotel in the French Quarter from Wednesday to Sunday. It will be our first time there. I saw this question from 2009 and this one from 2013 which are both very helpful. My questions: 1) what should first-time visitors do to soak it in? 2) are there Thanksgiving related events or meal recommendations? 3) How is the drive from Austin to NOLA and are there any noteworthy stops? About us: originally from Northeast, just moved to Austin this Fall, love ethnic food, do not need turkey or traditional Thanksgiving fare, like visiting new cities and spending hours walking around.
posted by allthingsconsidered on Nov 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Food for breaking bread and giving thanks

We're hosting a very small Thanksgiving! Help me figure out what to make-- special breadcrumbs inside. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Nov 11, 2016 - 26 answers

Understanding the Trump-Voting Relatives

Yes, I saw this question. My question is somewhat different - I AM planning on attending Thanksgiving with a mostly Trump-voting family, and am trying to figure out how to discuss the things that will undoubtedly come up in a way that allows me to understand their point of view (whether it's rational or not), and effectively communicate my point of view. [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn on Nov 10, 2016 - 24 answers

Sweet cornbread

I'm revving up for Thanksgiving (and in need of some comfort food today). What's your favorite recipe for sweet, moist, cake-like cornbread? Bonus points if it tastes like Marie Callender's cornbread mix. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Nov 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Parts is Parts for Thanksgiving?

On Thanksgiving, can I just roast turkey parts rather than an entire turkey? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 28, 2016 - 25 answers

ISO Casual (but good) OC or West LA Restaurant open on Thanksgiving

What it says. Turkey menu not necessary. Know anything going to be open that's not so uber fancy? A delicious hole in the wall place that you just happen to know will be open would be perfect. We like all kinds of food.
posted by bluesky78987 on Oct 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Stressing out about cooking mini-Thanksgiving tomorrow

I'm cooking a mini-Thanksgiving for six people tomorrow, occasioned by my birthday (yesterday) and realizing that I had a turkey in the freezer from last year. Turkey is now in the fridge, thawed. But I haven't cooked a turkey or mashed potatoes in a few years, and I haven't cooked for more than 4 people in a while either, so I'm kind of freaking out. Help me plan, and suggest mashed potato and turkey recipes! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Oct 22, 2016 - 23 answers

What side dish/appetizer should I make with these ingredients?

I am going to a friend's house later for an impromptu, casual Thanksgiving dinner. I want to bring a little something to contribute, that would be tasty yet unconventional with turkey dinner. There are a few standout ingredients in my fridge, which include gorditas, flour tortillas, chicken breast, sweet potato and regular potato, refried beans, green onions, chipotle in adobo, salsa, and both mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I was thinking empanadas with the chicken, potato, cheese, and refried beans... but I'd prefer to not have to make dough from scratch. Is there another dish that you'd recommend considering what I've got? Thanks!
posted by to recite so charmingly on Oct 10, 2016 - 11 answers

How to deal with gun-loving dad as a liberal daughter who hates guns?

My staunch Republican father is even more right-wing and also suddenly into gun ownership in the midst of Trump madness leading up to the elections. I'm in my 30s, liberal, and always have been. I hate guns and violence. He knows this. I text and call him only rarely, but when I do he now manages to pop a note about the gun he bought, how much fun he had with friends shooting at a range over the weekend, etc... into every conversation. I almost think he does it because he thinks it's "funny" to get under my skin. Guns are more than just politics, though. They scare me. When he first told me he got a gun, I emailed him about my fears and linked him to an article about gun accident statistics. Of course, he had a rebuttal for it all and says he's very safe with it, all of that. So far my tactic has been to stay silent if it's in a text (I just don't reply) or I'll say "OK" and move the conversation along to something else if it's over the phone. But the whole thing is tiresome. How do I get this all to stop? How do I respond to him when he tells me about his shooting range plans? [more inside]
posted by figgy on Oct 2, 2016 - 27 answers

Vancouver over Thanksgiving?

Thanks to overzealous use of Google Flights, I'm going to Vancouver next week. Which is great, but I'll be there over Thanksgiving. Will there be anything to do or anything open over the holiday? I especially need ideas that are inside in case of bad weather. (My current plans are 1. go to Vancouver Island overnight 2. eat ALL the sushi 3. whale watch 4.walk/bike around aimlessly)
posted by genmonster on Oct 2, 2016 - 13 answers

The year in awesome used kids' books

What are your absolute favorite seasonal or holiday children's books? Bonus points: lovely illustrations; likely out of print or otherwise not on the front page of the relevant section of Amazon. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 19, 2016 - 33 answers

vegetarian Thanksgiving

Can you point me in the direction of some good butternut squash recipes that would work as the main dish at a small vegetarian Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Nov 24, 2015 - 26 answers

Breakfast Sausage vs. Sausage

USA-based sausage question: What's the difference between sausage and breakfast sausage? Can I use breakfast sausage in stuffing for a turkey? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Nov 22, 2015 - 17 answers

1 year old, thanksgiving, midwest. Go

I live a couple of hours south of Chicago. Given a 4 hour driving radius, what would be a good place to go with a 14 month toddler? I don't expect her to make any memories from this trip, so it's really more of a trip for her parents (us!) . [more inside]
posted by harisund on Nov 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Our gas oven doesn't stay lit

The gas oven in my apartment hasn't been working for the better part of three months. The light in the bottom turns on when I start it, and then turns back off when I stop. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Nov 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I Eat It: Holiday Edition

So I screwed up. We're having early Thanksgiving this weekend. My wife picked up a local turkey, frozen, stored it in a refrigerator, and gave it to me to take home and do either a sink thaw or put it in our fridge. "Don't leave it in the car," she said. Guess what? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 20, 2015 - 31 answers

Do you have a super nom pumpkin biscotti recipe?

I want to bake all the things. And by all the things I mean just pumpkin biscotti. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Nov 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Thanksgiving in Austin (2015 edition)

Going to meet up with my mom in Austin for Thanksgiving weekend. Neither one of us has ever been before. Where should we eat, drink, and hear great live music over Thanksgiving weekend? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Crunch and tang!

I need some Thanksgiving menu guidance. I feel my current menu is missing some crunch/freshness/tang. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Nov 17, 2015 - 36 answers

Help me make my daughter's birthday in New York special!

Help, New York MeFites! My daughter and 359 of her closest friends are participating in a little shindig you guys throw at Thanksgiving. Her 20th birthday is right in the middle of all the festivities, and she's sad about being away from home on her birthday. Help me figure out how to make her day special in the midst of the hubbub. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Nov 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Thanksgiving dinner on Cape Cod!!!

We have B&B reservations in Eastham, MA, for Thanksgiving - yay! Now where should we get our Thanksgiving dinner (and are we fully informed on all the cool things to do that weekend on the cape)? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Oct 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Two-day trips over Thanksgiving

Husband and I are seeking trip ideas for Thanksgiving (U.S.) that would involve leaving on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday) and returning Saturday. The dates are not flexible, so we would like to consider places we can fly to (or drive to) pretty quickly from western Mass. [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Sep 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Denver area Thanksgiving Dinner?

My parents will be coming in to visit us in Denver for Thanksgiving this year. I'm looking for some recommendations for a spot to dine. [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Sep 14, 2015 - 2 answers

How To Make Xmas Dinner, Sans Murder, Confusion or Smarm?

Buzzfeed has a post detailing the cooking schedule for Thanksgiving dinner. Does same exist for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Dec 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Because brown turkey drippings are just too mainstream.

For the second year running, my delicious, heritage breed, Thanksgiving turkey has produced drippings that are a lovely shade of deep lavender. I mean, we eat it anyway, and the wonderful gelatin-rich jiggly stock we make with its carcass...but it's weird. [more inside]
posted by JuliaIglesias on Dec 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Can you help me fix my sourdough dressing?

I am doing some pre-cooking for tomorrow, and hit a snag. The recipe I used for dressing was one loaf of cubed sourdough bread, some sauteed-in-butter celery/onion/green apple, fresh parsley, thyme, salt and pepper, and baked with turkey broth and eggs. The result is a dressing slightly too tangy and without much interest. Hoping you can help. [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Nov 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Give me your best cookie recipes (pretty please)!

I need elegant but relatively uncomplicated cookie recipes (yes, just cookies: I don't have any cupcake tins at present; not inspired right now to bake a pie or cake, either - however I am open to sweet bread loaves like chocolate pumpkin bread*) that I can make with what I *already* have in the pantry/fridge, and can whip up either tonight or tomorrow morning before Thanksgiving festivities. Pantry contents inside. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Nov 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Thanksgiving dinner or bust

What are Thanksgiving sides that travel well? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 on Nov 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Thanksgiving Day in New York City

What should a couple in their early 30s do in New York City on Thanksgiving Day? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Nov 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Hotels in San Diego over Thanksgiving weekend?

Please share your good experiences with hotels in San Diego!! I'm looking for recommendations for family (two adults and a three and half year old) that will likely be visiting this weekend. [more inside]
posted by pseudoname on Nov 24, 2014 - 7 answers

How does Thanksgiving affect Manhattan parking and travel to Upstate NY?

I'm visiting New York for Thanksgiving. I'm driving from Pittsburgh to Manhattan and I arrive late tomorrow. I'm staying in the Upper West Side through Saturday, but I'm spending Thanksgiving with family in Monroe, NY. I have one night booked at a hotel in that area. Where can I conveniently and cheaply park my car in Manhattan for 5 days? How can I get from Manhattan to Monroe, NY, reliably and cheaply? I'm currently planning to park on the street and take the Port Jervis line. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Nov 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Gobble, gobble

Okay, having a problem with dry brining my turkey. Help? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I eat it? (Thanksgiving edition)

My mom is coming down from Boston to NYC for Thanksgiving. Her current plan is to cook the turkey, wrap it in aluminum foil, put it in a polystyrene cooler and then drive it down to NYC on Thursday. This is setting off my warning bells about food safety. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Nov 23, 2014 - 41 answers

Missing Thanksgiving

I have to be on call with work on Thanksgiving, and I have a good reason to believe I'm going to have to do several hours of work that day (via VPN). Assuming this means I have to skip the family Thanksgiving dinner, what can I do to sort of celebrate the holiday at home? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Nov 23, 2014 - 8 answers

What to do for 4 hours on Thanksgiving in NYC?

I have about four hours in between morning/afternoon plans and dinner plans on Thanksgiving in NYC. What should we do with them? [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie on Nov 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Ideas for Thanksgiving-themed cocktail party food?

I am hosting a Thanksgiving cocktail/housewarming party on Wednesday evening, and I need ideas for festive, on-theme recipes that can stand up to sitting out for a few hours while people graze. [more inside]
posted by slenderloris on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

What is Thanksgiving in Los Angeles like?

My wife and I (from Toronto) will be in Los Angeles all next week. Being Canadian, we only realized yesterday that this means we'll be there on Thanksgiving weekend. [more inside]
posted by renderthis on Nov 21, 2014 - 17 answers

Advice on fresh vs. frozen turkeys, please

Trader Joe's near me is selling fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, both regular and (hey!) pre-brined at a good price. But no reservations and when they're gone, they're gone. Is it too early to buy a fresh turkey? Any reason not to get the pre-brined one? (same price, $1.99 a pound). Are there any advantages to thawing a frozen turkey? Would I get a better bird going to the old school meat shop (Gartner's in Portland)? Thanks!
posted by msalt on Nov 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Spatchcocked turkey logistics

For Thanksgiving this year, I decided that I will spatchcock/butterfly the turkey. Problem? I've never cooked a turkey before, and I need some help thinking through specific logistics of size and scissors. Detailed questions inside! [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Nov 20, 2014 - 19 answers

What should we do in LA on Thanksgiving?

My girlfriend and I are going to LA for Thanksgiving week and since we're not going down to join in any particular gathering, I wanted to query the hivemind for good things to do on Thanksgiving day. Are there any cool restaurants or events we should be booking now? [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Nov 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Too Many Cooks Is EXACTLY What I Need, Actually

Do you have a crowd-wowing recipe for a room-temp appetizer with citrus somewhere in the mix? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Nov 8, 2014 - 33 answers

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