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]
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]
Buzzfeed has a post detailing the cooking schedule for Thanksgiving dinner. Does same exist for Christmas? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are Thanksgiving sides that travel well? [more inside]
What should a couple in their early 30s do in New York City on Thanksgiving Day? [more inside]
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]
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]
Okay, having a problem with dry brining my turkey. Help? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
Do you have a crowd-wowing recipe for a room-temp appetizer with citrus somewhere in the mix? [more inside]
Help me plan my first Thanksgiving menu! Bf & I are hosting my parents. I want to plan a delicious feast for 4! I don't need to worry about the turkey. I love experimental cooking, so no limits. Bonus: perfect pie recipes. [more inside]
My husband and I were married this past May. In mid-February, before the wedding, the husband of my sister in law called my husband to tell him that he was making a huge mistake marrying me and that it was going to ruin his life. There was a lot of classism and casual xenophobia in his reasoning. Now he and my SIL are coming in from out of state for Thanksgiving. What to do? [more inside]
I am the only one that moved away from my extended family. I'm dealing with some built up anger/stress about always being responsible for going "home" to see my family. How did you stop feeling guilty, obligated, or responsible for visiting? [more inside]
Planning ahead for Thanksgiving dinner in a new city. On Long Island my parents used to go to a local turkey farm where you could choose your bird and they'd slaughter it fresh for you. I'd love something similar in the Los Angeles area; failing that, I'm looking for the best place where I can reserve a fresh, heritage bird -- happy to pay extra for it.
On Thanksgiving Wednesday, we'll arrive at the Philadelphia airport, probably at terminal F (US Airways) at 8:15 in the morning. We leave 80 minutes later, probably from terminal B (US Airways, again). No checked luggage, pre-cleared for customs, just pick up bags and run. Given Thanksgiving craziness and picking up the shuttle to C-16 so we stay inside security, is this still doable? When does it become Thanksgiving hectic? [more inside]
Is traveling over Thanksgiving weekend as bad as everyone says? [more inside]
What are some examples of works of fiction (e.g. novels, movies) that feature a Thanksgiving family gathering as a major plot element? [more inside]
I need dinner ideas for tonight! What are some delicious ideas to reformulate thanksgiving leftovers? Assume a fairly advanced level of cooking skill and a desire to transform these ingredients into something new and not too thanksgiving-y. [more inside]
A friend mentioned they were not to call AAA today about their car problems because it's a holiday and they don't want to inconvenience anybody. Would this really inconvenience people?
I'm going to a friend's family's house tomorrow and want to bring something delicious. I have wine as a fallback, but am hoping you can help me combine my random ingredients into a delicious whole. Ingredients are in the [more inside]; what I need is something vegetarian, seasonal, that won't become too gross on my two-hour journey to their place. [more inside]
How do I cook this roulade given the following changes? [more inside]
I was wondering if anyone knew of some place in Chicago that was still offering Thanksgiving pick-up that's somewhere in the vicinity of the lake or the loop. Everything I'm finding is way out west which isn't going to work for me, or sold out. Alternatively, given that it's just the two of us, is it better to just go to a restaurant? If so, any recommendations?
So we are hosting Thanksgiving. Neither one of us believe in God, and our families are very religious. Please help me with a toast. [more inside]
I am required to bring a "word of the day" to my Toastmasters club's next meeting. This word should be an interesting and useful word that will expand everyone's command of the English language and ideally would be fun to use. Twist: I want it to be Thanksgiving or holiday season related if possible. My google-fu is failing me because I keep getting results meant for children's crossword puzzles ("pilgrim", "turkey", etc.). I'm looking for something more along the lines of "puritanical" or something like that. Can be historical, related to feelings or gratitude or even satirical of the holiday.
Help me be an non-touristy tourist in New York City this week. [more inside]
My sister just had thyroid surgery that did not go entirely as planned; she is getting better, but is very hoarse and having some difficulty swallowing. We are very hopeful that this is temporary, but it will certainly put a crimp in her Thanksgiving. [more inside]
My husband and I have the opportunity to be dropped off at the Metro (red line, Glenmont side) at around 11:00am and picked back up there around 5:30-6:00pm on Friday 11/29, the day after Thanksgiving. What should we do? What's open? [more inside]
My son and I are both gluten-free and incredibly sensitive to cross-contamination. We are going to a big family thanksgiving where the food will not be GF and cross-contamination will ruin the food that normally is. (a serving spoon being shared between dishes or someone dropping bread crumbs on an open dish would leave me very sick). I would like to bring dishes so my son and I can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I don't mind spending this whole weekend cooking and freezing so he has a nice Thanksgiving. The only problem is that everything we bring has to be microwavable... So help me MFites. What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes that would hold up well to being warmed up from frozen in a microwave. (Don't worry about the recipe being gluten-free -- I'm pretty good at converting recipes).
I need help finding some really easy, uncomplicated one-pot Thanksgiving recipes! I'll be hosting an orphan's potluck for 4-8 people at my place this year and I need to provide a couple dishes. Problem is, I'm a notoriously shitty cook which means I never cook which means I have a really understocked kitchen. And I'm kinda poor. [more inside]
I think I figured out a way to simplify my family's Thanksgiving meal. What didn't I think of? [more inside]
I need a Thanksgiving-related, autumn-inspired dessert to bake. I would like something with some manner of fall seasonings like ginger or cloves that will make the house smell like the holidays. I am not looking for pumpkin pie (other pumpkin recipes are welcome though). [more inside]
My aunt, uncles, cousins, grandma, and everyone else I know is coming to Thanksgiving this year, and they all love good food and my aunt and grandma may very well be the best cooks I've ever met. I am smoking a turkey on the Big Green Egg and I want it to knock their socks off. I've googled but what I've found doesn't give me any indication that the turkey is going to turn out GREAT. I need a great, great recipe. Anybody have one? I'd be forever indebted to you. Bonus question: anybody have an equally delicious bread pudding recipe?
Iam thinking of gift idea for the scientifically minded specifically Biology, even better Microbiology. It's for a SO who just enrolled in Phd program in a reputable university. She already has the microbe/parasite pillows. Any suggestions?!
So, I have a friend whose family has an amazing Easter tradition. They have a traditional easter egg hunt in their yard, only some of the eggs contain candy and some of them contain various numbers of tickets. Their mom buys a range of amazing and not so amazing prizes (think PS3 to a new spatula, or whatever). Next ensues a crazy bidding war on the prizes, using the collected tickets. I want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition that compares in awesomeness. [more inside]
Need options for a nice, high-quality restaurant experience for Thanskgiving Day in Columbus OH [more inside]
What is the best recipe for pecan pie without corn syrup? [more inside]
I usually host Thanksgiving for our family, and I do a fairly good job. People have fun and the food's ok. I'm usually not too rushed at the last minute. I know it could be better, though. So here's my question: what special thing do you make or do that makes your Thanksgiving particularly efficient, or fun, or tasty, or awesome looking, or easy to clean up, or otherwise excellent? I'm especially interested in buffet serving ideas and what you use to make those look great or taste great (and should I buy one of those three-crock-pot serving thingies? I feel like my food gets cold really fast.) I want to hear everything from what you make in advance and how you reheat it, to how you deal with cleaning up all those big dishes afterwards. What about music? What about table decor? Tell me everything. [more inside]
How do I cook the best turkey (and) and fixings meal for just myself (for a whole weekend)? I'm basically going to put on some Abba, and eat like crazy this weekend. So tell me how I can make the best Thanksgiving turkey and sides! Oh, this is anonymous because I am a vegetarian for moral reasons. Also, I prefer to limit it to just one type of animal, so no bacon wrapped shrimp. Probably no bacon wrapped shrimp. Recipes of good sides preferably not using just turkey.
We will be travelling to the US from Europe next year, and I'm interested in the Macy's parade. Is it worth timing our trip so we can see it - particularly as hotels seem to be cheaper in November - or is it a bad idea to visit the US during Thanksgiving (and maybe the chaos of Black Friday)? Possibly relevant: neither of us have driving licenses so would be reliant on public transport, and would plan on spending a few days in NYC before travelling on or flying home.
I live in Washington DC and my sister and her family live in Toronto. They want to come visit us for the American Thanksgiving weekend. What kind of traffic can they expect on the drive down? [more inside]