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I need an excellent Thanksgiving dessert!

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]
posted by Viola on Nov 15, 2013 - 25 answers

Turkey on the Big Green Egg - Looking for kickass recipe

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?
posted by trandolph on Nov 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Biology Gift Idea

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?!
posted by radsqd on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me come up with a new Thanksgiving family tradition

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]
posted by corn_bread on Nov 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Restaurant Thanksgiving Options?

Need options for a nice, high-quality restaurant experience for Thanskgiving Day in Columbus OH [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 12, 2013 - 4 answers

What is the best recipe for pecan pie without corn syrup?

What is the best recipe for pecan pie without corn syrup? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Nov 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Give me your best tips for big family Thanksgiving meals.

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]
posted by fingersandtoes on Nov 9, 2013 - 24 answers

Vegetarian seeking meat.

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.
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Travel in NYC during Thanksgiving?

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.
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 39 answers

US Thanksgiving highway traffic - Toronto-DC-Toronto

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]
posted by fso on Sep 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Jersey Shore for Thanksgiving

My family wants to have Thanksgiving in a central location for all of us. We've also talked in the past about renting a big house for all of us to get together in a beach town off season. Any suggestions on towns and/or specific properties or agencies that will result in a good holiday for all of us? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Sep 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Parade Search

Can anyone find a working link to livestream the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade? NBC promised, but I honestly can't find it. Other avenues not productive.
posted by Miko on Nov 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Does this pie crust require pre-baking?

Should I pre-bake this Cooks Illustrated Pie Dough for use with this Pumpkin Pie Recipe? [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Nov 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Does biscuit n' cornbread stuffing really work?

Thanksgivingfilter: stuffing edition. Southern style. [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on Nov 20, 2012 - 20 answers

What makes a great family touch football game

I'd like to organize a family touch football game on Thanksgiving. None of us have ever played touch football, as far as I know. Including me. How does it work? What makes a great family touch football game? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Nov 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Overthinking a plate of turkey

We decided to do turkey parts this year, instead of a whole bird, and could only find a boneless skinless turkey breast for the white meat portion of our Thanksgiving meal. How do we cook it? [more inside]
posted by brina on Nov 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Gravy without giblets?

How do I make turkey gravy for Thanksgiving without giblets? My dad purchased two turkey breasts instead of a whole Turkey. I've been tasked with making the gravy, but my standby recipe calls for giblets (I saute them, cook them with store-bought chicken stock, strain the stock, make a roux and then add the stock to the roux). How do I make gravy with no giblets? How can I give the gravy a rich Turkey taste?
posted by Area Man on Nov 19, 2012 - 20 answers

Easy but great Thanksgiving sweet potato dish...

Help me find something approximated this basic but awesome sweet potato recipe. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Nov 18, 2012 - 4 answers

What dish from Hong Kong can we make to surprise my sister-in-law on Thanksgiving?

What dish from Hong Kong can we make to surprise my sister-in-law on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by double block and bleed on Nov 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Gobble gobble

I only have 3 meat eaters coming for Thanksgiving. What can I serve to balance my desire not to have a ton of meat leftover that no one will eat vs. the desire to set a festive table and have a special meal? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 17, 2012 - 35 answers

Eating and then eating and then eating some more on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving....appetizers? Is that a thing? Related: what time do you eat on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 17, 2012 - 47 answers

We need to have the best sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving.

What are your best recipes for sweet potatoes? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 12, 2012 - 37 answers

Give me some amazing ideas for our family Thanksgiving/reunion/jamboree!

My parents and several siblings and spouses are renting two large houses Thanksgiving week for 10 adults and 11 children (ranging in age from 3 to 19). We love and adore each other, and we're all excited about this week. Help me think of things to do ahead of time or during that would be amazing. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Nov 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Maitakes or other large mushrooms in Sacramento for Thanksgiving

I've been thinking about roasting a whole maitake (hen of the woods) or other large mushroom or mushroom cluster for Thanksgiving. Where might I find something suitable in the Sacramento area? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Nov 10, 2012 - 4 answers

I don't think guitar solos will help me digest pie.

[Playlist filter] In search of great music for the Thanksgiving holiday that sounds like a comfortable sweater. [more inside]
posted by dean winchester on Nov 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Help our Thanksgiving trip not be a turkey.

Portland-area getaway, Thanksgiving weekend, mountains or coast. With dog and toddler. Help? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Nov 5, 2012 - 8 answers

This year, I'm thankful for conflict avoidance.

My mother and I are not talking. I am thinking about skipping Thanksgiving. How do I do this without causing even more turmoil? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2012 - 32 answers

How can 15 people cook together in San Francisco?

How can I cook Thanksgiving dinner with 15 other people when none of us have a big enough apartment? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Thanksgiving II: The Recluckening

I need to make the best turkey you've ever tasted this Thanksgiving. My pride is at stake here, people. Help me! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 19, 2012 - 46 answers

Vegetarian Thanksgiving in Charleston

I will be in Charleston, South Carolina on Thanksgiving Day as a tourist. I am a vegetarian. Help. [more inside]
posted by something something on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Please help me find video footage .

I've searched for a long time for video of George Bush's 2003 surprise Thanksgiving visit to Iraq where he comes out and the soldiers jumped to their feet and erupted with cheering.
posted by rockhopper on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs?

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs? [more inside]
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Nov 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Cooked turkey debacle

What do I do with the stuffing and gravy if the turkey is already cooked? [more inside]
posted by _cave on Nov 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Thanksgiving Day kids activities?

Help us keep our sanity! What can we do with a hyperactive 2 year old in Boston on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by synapse on Nov 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Cranberry sorbet + ?

I'm making a little bit of cranberry sorbet (possibly with port) tomorrow as a palate cleanser and need suggestions for completing the dish-- maybe a complementary flavor of sorbet, a little savory cookie, or something else? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Nov 23, 2011 - 11 answers

last-minute planning for tomorrow

Ann Arbor filter: decent restaurants open for Thanksgiving dinner? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Nov 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Turkey traffic

What's traffic like around NYC on Thanksgiving Day? [more inside]
posted by Coventry on Nov 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Closest ski resort to NYC that is open this weekend?

I'm in New York City. I want to go skiing this thanksgiving weekend. None of the nearby resorts seem to be open (yet). What is my closest option? I'm willing to take a very long drive, but I'd like to avoid flying on thanksgiving. Thanks!
posted by falameufilho on Nov 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Gluten-free Thanksgiving.

Gluten-free Thanksgiving. My youngest sister was diagnosed with Celiac disease at the beginning of this year. She will be coming home for Thanksgiving and I'd like to make some gluten-free dishes for our family pot-luck style dinner. The interweb is chock-full of gluten-free recipes, but I don't know which ones are good and which are just meh. Please share your favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving-y recipes! [more inside]
posted by netsirk on Nov 21, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me avoid seppuku this Thanksgiving.

I need to cook a 16-18lb bird and a 19lb sirloin, and I want to do it with fire, but I'm not sure my plan is a good one. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Nov 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Turkey Hacks?

Has anyone ever tried this Cook's Illustrated turkey recipe? It purports to cook a 12-14 lb bird in two hours. I'm a bit skeptical. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Nov 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Kosher substitute for salt pork

Kosher substitute for salt pork? We want to make an America's Test Kichen recipe for Thanksgiving turkey. It calls for salt pork to be laid along the back of the turkey during the first part of the roasting process (with the breast-side down), like so. ATK says this is called "barding" the turkey, which they say makes the bird "self-basting." [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Nov 20, 2011 - 18 answers

Drive time: CT to DC?

How long would the drive from New Haven to Washington, D.C., take on Wednesday evening? I'm trying to decide how horrendous the experience will be so I can judge whether springing for Amtrack tickets would be worth it. We'll be leaving at about 6 from New Haven. Specific experiences with that drive or a similar one before Thanksgiving would be appreciated.
posted by reren on Nov 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Thanksgiving dinner on a road trip

Looking for a reasonably priced restaurant serving Thanksgiving dinner near the New Jersey Turnpike. [more inside]
posted by gazole on Nov 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Cranberries from the Paleocene - Can I Eat Them?

I'm embarrassed to use up a question on this Can I Eat This-filter, but... So I have some bags of cranberries in the freezer... that have been there since last year. Can I use them in making cranberry sauce without courting death or intestinal discomfort?
posted by canine epigram on Nov 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me make a Thanksgiving dinner for one

Help me plan a small Thanksgiving dinner -- alone. [more inside]
posted by Yunani on Nov 19, 2011 - 28 answers

Best Boston->New Haven Thanksgiving route?

Which Boston->New Haven route will have less traffic on Thanksgiving: 90-84-91, or 95? [more inside]
posted by Aethelwer on Nov 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Don't bogart that turkey!

Have you smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving? Want to give me the benefit of your experience? [more inside]
posted by rtha on Nov 18, 2011 - 15 answers

What to do in North Carolina??

I"ll be in the Willmington, Richlands N.C. area over Thanksgiving and the first week in December to visit my daughter. We both have slight physical problems that make long walks impossible. She is also new to the area and I'm am looking for fun places to go. Restaurants, tourist spots, historical sights, etc. Her husband is overseas in Aftganistgan, so I'm trying to fill a gap and cheer her up. Thanks in advance.
posted by cliffster99 on Nov 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Vegan campfire cooking?

Vegan campfire Thanksgiving ideas? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Nov 17, 2011 - 15 answers

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