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Ever cooked a full Thanksgiving Dinner in your room at a Marriott Residence Inn?

We will be attempting to do this in a couple of weeks, and are looking for past experiences of others who have had the experience.

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  1. I would just get a bunch of microwaveable Hungry Man Turkey TV dinners.

    1. haven't tried it, but what equipment is available? The national website says full-sized refrigerator, oven, stove, and microwave -- so I figure you can make as much of a meal as you want.

      1. I'm impressed with the appliances and space that Residence Inns have. I've never done a whole Thanksgiving meal in one but think it is doable. I think the biggest limitation are pots/pans/knives. Any chance you can bring your own?

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        1. re: chowser

          that crossed my mind -- I'm thinking a trip to Walmart or a Dollar Store would get you enough to get you through. (roasting pan, usable knife, etc.)

          1. re: chowser

            I will be able to bring things to help. I am specifically interested with experience with the 'kitchens' at the Marriott, and cooking in them. Fortunately, I will be able to do a lot of prep at home and bring the results in my ice chest. I plan on bring good knives and a real cutting board.

            1. re: NVJims

              You might want to check the one you're staying at but the ones I've stayed at have nice full sized appliances, stove/refrigerator/microwave. And, nice ones like GE Profile. They don't have much counter space but there is a kitchen table that would work, near by, sometimes inside. I don't think it would be hard to do a thanksgiving dinner in one, as long as you bring your own cooking utensils/pas/etc.

          2. I attended a Thanksgiving cooked in a similar situation. The host had to pickup a roasting pan, good knife, and some casserole dishes. Serving spoons too. The oven was small and just accommodated the small turkey. He used a food grade plastic bag and filled the tub with ice for the brining. The only "glitch" was the tiny coffee pot. It took a while to make multiple pots for after dinner coffee!

            1. I will be cooking a full thanksgiving dinner in a classroom. Well, mostly reheating but still. I have a roaster for the turkey, and one single burner portable IH hotplate at my disposal. I plan on doing most of the work the day before, blanching green beans and chilling them, blanching carrots and chilling, maybe cooking the potatoes the day before too, though I am not entirely sure yet. The stuffing I will mostly do the day before, and the braised cabbage the day before.

              My plan is the day of, to be able to have the turkey in the roaster, while the turkey rests stick the potatoes and stuffing in the roaster to heat them up, and then heat the cabbage on the IH, and then last minute sautee the green beans in some butter and herbs, and then after the carrots in a similar fashion. And at some point the gravy fairy will make an appearance and gravy will happen.

              I will also have buns that I will somehow mass produce in my baby oven, and pumpkin pies.

              I have one pot and one frying pan, so expect I will buy a few foil dishes for the stuffing and pie plates and stuff.

              I am cooking for 20 people, but have to keep it very simple and do most of the prep before hand. Even at home where I will do most of the prep I only have said single burner IH and a toaster oven and a small microwave/convection oven.

              The turkey in the roaster is easy, the scariest most difficult part for me is the fact I have to prep the turkey, and then carve it on a desk, with very limited sink availability. At least I will have my knives to carve the turkey.

              I figure as long as I have an open bottle of wine, nothing can go wrong?

              Cheers to interesting thanksgivings!

              My potluck Canadian thanksgiving was much easier last month, but now I got suckered into catering this one for the school I work at.

              1. Not a traditional turkey dinner, but 2 years ago I did a Thanksgiving dinner in a bachelor friend's poorly equipped studio apartment kitchen... no counterspace (had to use the pub table), one of those old fashioned all in one sink things, and a mini stove. I did cornish hens, stuffing, twice baked potatoes, and asparagus. I brought a pre-made (in my own kitchen) cheesecake, and my own knife. Cornish hens were done on his 1 cookie sheet, I did the stuffing and potatoes in disposable pans, and did the asparagus after the hens were done, on the same cookie sheet.

                I was moving cross-country 4 days after T-day, so most of my kitchen was already packed up, and plus I had sold most of my furniture so there was only 1 chair to sit in anyway.

                1. First I'd put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.

                  1. I once cooked a full chicken dinner in a minimally equipped studio (a vacation rental). I second most things people have said here-- especially to bring/buy your own real roasting pan. I tried to use a disposable aluminum "roasting" pan, and it was dreadful-- the high, shiny sides kept it from browning much, there were hardly any "brown bits" to make the gravy with, and it was flimsy, slippery, and hard to wrangle in and out of the oven (I didn't have a cookie sheet to put under it). I almost ended up with a floor covered in grease and pan juices!

                    1. It was a success. The kitchen had the basics, but there was a definite lack of serving dishes and utensils. Counter space is definitely at a premium. We had two rooms, a larger suite and a studio. The studio had actually more free floorspace for the dining table. All of the cooking utensils were coated even though the pots and pans were stainless. We brought a real roasting pan for the turkey and a couple of other pans for sides. There were a couple of other turkey dinners being cooked around the inn, so this can be a good option for visiting those without the room or kitchen facilities like dorm bound students.

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                      1. re: NVJims

                        Glad it worked out so well, thanks for reporting back!!

                        1. re: NVJims

                          Glad it worked out!

                          I think sometimes it's also good to remind ourselves that we don't need All That Stuff to turn out a good meal (says the recovering High Priestess of Stuff)

                          1. re: NVJims

                            Glad it worked out! I am impressed with the facilities at Marriott Residence Inns.

                          2. No but I've cooked lots of diners for two, like steaks, fried potatoes with onions and garlic with a nice side salad in motel rooms WITHOUT kitchenettes across Canada. We chose our trips in the fall when motel rates were less and the motels were less full. When we had checked in and I had checked out the room before signing in (the motel is more inclined to give you a nicer room if you insist on looking at the room first) I moved my propane camp stove (in a plain cardboard box) and the other cooking gear into the room with our other luggage. I'd always choose an out-of-the-way motel and asked for a really "quite" room because we were 'light sleepers'. In-veritably we'd get put at the far end on the second floor if there was one. We always sought out the sliding glass door motels. When I was cooking I always laid out a plastic table cloth on the surface I was cooking on. And I put a few paper towels on top of the frying food to eliminate grease molecules in the air.. Don't worry I made sure there was never any 'fire hazard'. We did this dozens of times over the years. Never got caught. And we were careful never to leave any garbage or mess to be cleaned up. Sometimes we left the room cleaner then when we found it. We always left early bc we had many hours to travel. I always told the staff we'd be leaving early. We'd turn off the heat and leave the sliding glass door open a bit. Why all the bother? Bc I could prepare an excellent dinner so why bother paying a restaurant so we could sit with strangers and gamble on the quality of the food then pay almost what the room cost for the experience? With the money we saved I could afford to buy the best rib eyes/seafood on either coast and still be money ahead. There's no better feeling than relaxing on the bed, after a nice hot 'float' in the tub, with the bed spread rolled up and all the pillows propping up your back eating an excellent steak with all the trimmings sipping a cold beer watching 'The Littlest Hobo' after driving for ten hours. LOL
                            About the 'float' in the tube. You know the disk on the tub that has the drains you can't see, so the tub will drain when the water reaches it? Just stuff these drains with a wet face cloth. Then you can run the water until it's right to the top edge of the tub. Then you can have a 'float'.