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Oct 15, 2012 08:24 AM

Thanksgiving with In-Laws - What to take on flight?

So, not technically my in-laws, but rather my boyfriend's parents. I was invited to spend Thanksgiving with them in Seattle this year. I live in New York and would have to sit through a 5-6 hour flight before I arrive at their house. There is a similar thread on Chow dealing with what to bake/cook to take to the in-laws' home for Thanksgiving, but the asker was traveling by car. Any tips on what I can take with me on a flight? The family's kitchen isn't large and I'd much rather stay out of the kitchen while my boyfriend's mom is scrambling around to get things ready.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Are you arriving a day or so prior to Thanksgiving? If not, perhaps just bring along a special bottle of wine rather than food.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Wouldn't that be confiscated at security?

      1. re: Splendid Spatula

        Within the States? I don't think so, but I haven't flown in awhile. But that's why I asked if the OP was arriving a day or so before the holiday, as the purchase could be made in Seattle.

        DUH...of course it would. More than 3 oz. So perhaps the bottle could be packed very well in the luggage?

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Some wine shops will pack a bottle of wine in a small crate so it can be packed in your luggage

        2. re: Splendid Spatula

          yes, but it can be packed in checked luggage

      2. We go to my SIL's house for Thanksgiving every year, and they certainly have a small kitchen and lots of cooks. I make all my pie crusts in NY, wrap in pastic wrap, freeze until solid, and then wrap them in newspaper, which is a good insulator, and put them in my luggage. Believe it or not, they are still frozen when I get to San Diego.

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        1. re: roxlet

          I also bring pie crust dough, and finish the pie at the in-laws.

        2. Since you're coming from New York, how about bringing bagels, etc., for morning-after breakfast?

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            1. re: mcel215

              Ditto, bring something special from NYC for the next day.

            2. re: susan1353

              Black and white cookies, fresh ground ny coffee

              1. re: cheesecake17

                people in Seattle have very good coffee

            3. Unless you've been specifically asked to bring a dish, then I'd go the bagel, or something else uniquely NY, route. A treat for a meal other than the main event.

              When you get there, politely inquire of the primary cook how you can be of assistance-cook a dish, sous chef, cleanup, etc. One thing I've learned here is that there are many ways to offend so you are best off asking a direct question. If the answer is "nothing," head out to purchase a nice bottle of wine or flowers.

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              1. re: tcamp

                +1 on t-camps suggestions. Some nice bagels and perhaps some other NY item... you can sure get the smoked salmon for the bagels in SEA (I live here, so I know:).

                1. re: gingershelley

                  I also love tcamp's advice. I know many fantastic hosts/cooks that really do NOT want help in the kitchen during holiday meals and don't want uninvited side dishes. Make a sincere offer and go from there. Pick you BF's brain for what might be appreciated.

                  Something like fantastic chocolates or local treats that could be enjoyed that weekend or later are always a good bet. Arranged, seasonal flowers are safe unless there are allergy issues.

              2. I agree on the bagel suggestion. Taking something to prepare for the big meal would stress me out as a host.