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Nov 25, 2013 06:31 PM

Thanksgiving Meal Other Than Turkey

Is anyone out there eating something other than Turkey for Thanksgiving? This years for the second years in a row we are having brisket. I'm not sure what else is going to be there besides the usual chopped liver appetizer. I'm bringing a bottle of Mad Housewife wine and Baklava. It should be interesting and intimate, (5 people are going to be there.)

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  1. Not this year, but Wild Boar roast. From

    1. Many years ago, the object of my affection (and soon to become my husband) were sharing our first Thanksgiving together. Rebels to the core, we decided to thumb our noses at convention, and have a standing rib roast, and lemon cheesecake for dessert. He was a volunteer at the local Crisis Hotline center and took the T-day shift because it was hard to fill. I worked on my Christmas cards while he fielded calls, and dinner was ready when he got home. Garlic mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, bleu cheese and spiced pecans rounded out the meals. It was just the two of us, and, as you can tell, one of the most memorable Thanksgiving meals I ever had.

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      1. re: Cheflambo

        Kudos to anyone who volunteers at such centres on holidays, and to health, social service and first response workers who accept those shifts. Holidays can be a miserable time for many people in crisis, and it is important to be there for them.

      2. Chinese hot pot.

        Truth be told, we do it so regularly it's no longer an alternative to traditional - it *is* traditional for us.

        Festive communal eating with little to no prep and all the deliciousness one can fit into a large smoldering liquid caldron. Perfect for a large family gathering on a chilly Autumn evening.


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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Chinese hot pot for the win ! :-D

          While we've never done HP for a holiday per se, we've done it several times potluck (or is that "hotpot luck"), where we ask quests to each bring one or two items. And often times they'll happily bring much more than we asked :-) It's a fantastic, communal and delicious way to enjoy a slow, conversation-heavy meal with something for everyone.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I coulda told you it's some ancient dynastic torture tool for enemies, haha.

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    Or something sold at marijuana dispensaries ...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              We usually do hot pot the next day, by boiling the turkey bones for the soup base.

            2. We occasionally have TG ham.

              1. We're invited to friends this year so I suppose I'll be having turkey. I really want sloppy joe sandwiches, fries, and cole slaw. Two years ago we had steak, potatoes, and green beans.