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I just wanted to say "thank you" to all the wonderful, helpful. patient people on this board. I posted a bunch of questions about vegetarian main dishes, turkey buying, turkey preparing, and that is just what I posted in the last few weeks! The reponses I got were always kind, and helpful, and I am definitely becoming more confident and capable regarding my kitchen skills.
So, to update...I did buy a TJ's brined turkey, used the Calphalon rack, adjusted Alton Brown's roasting method so that I started at 450 (not 500) degrees (thank you JoBear) and it was wonderful. The mushroom bourguinon (that I believe goodhealthgourmet brought to my attention,sorry if I am not recalling correctly) was a huge hit with the vegetarians.
I hosted 18 people for a sit-down dinner in my typical, NYC (ie small) apartment, and we all had a fabulous time, with wonderful delicious food.
So thanks, CH, and may we all be around to query, answer, critique, and enjoy, next Thanksgiving.

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  1. wow - that is a big party to host if you are just starting out! congrats, glad it went well. I too find this community very nurturing - you learn so much here.

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      +1 on what mariacarmen said. This site has changed the way I cook and DH is thrilled! So my thanks to all CH's for your help and advice.

      1. re: boyzoma

        + 1 from me, too! You all helped with my gravy and cranberry sauce questions.

    2. It is a great board with great people

      1. you, my dear, are officially my hero. a newbie hosting *eighteen* people in an NYC shoebox?! that's amazing!

        glad to hear it all worked out so well. i'm curious, which mushroom recipe did you make? i gave you a few links.

        oh, and a hearty amen to the final line of your post...Turkey Day just wouldn't be the same without all of you.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Hi, goodhealthgourmet,
          I actually just got back from dinner at Blue Hill, but that's another story for another board!!
          For Thanksgiving, I made the mushroom bourguinon recipe from Smittenkitchen,.com
          I used crimini and portobellos ( have since learned that crimini are just baby portobellos, but I thought I was being "fancy") and it was just delicious and gobbled up by the vegetarians.
          I have concluded that with family that you love gathering, and good food, the size of my NYC apartment doesn't really affect the wonderful time we have, Somehow, we make do!!

          1. re: bxgirl

            i couldn't agree more ;)