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Nov 28, 2013 04:55 AM

Turkey Day Live

I thought maybe we could keep up with each other as the day progresses.

Coffee in hand, looking over my to-do list, about to get Mr. turkey out of fridge and into oven.

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  1. First round of company already stopped in to drop off mains and a few side dishes. I made early-riser pancakes, coffee and eggs for my helpers. Now they are outside decorating the front door and front lawn and I'm arranging the table, going through the music and setting up the bar over my own coffee all while reading CH. Probably won't be back online until tomorrow so have a wonderful holiday!

    1. I fell asleep at 9pm last night and woke up at 4:30. Goofed off, made breakfast, rolled out my pie crust and now my pie is in the oven. Took out my parker house roll dough and put it in the proofer to warm up, getting ready to roll and shape them and let them do their second rise. I don't think I'm going to bother finishing up my dressing until the hubby puts the turkey on. I'm going to try keeping the mashed potatoes warm in the crock pot this year.

      1. We fell asleep early after spending last night getting dishes out, setting the table, chopping and pie-making. This morning so far I assembled the stuffing parts and we're about to start peeling potatoes and chopping herbs. I'm nursing a sprained ankle so I have to take frequent breaks, so I'll be checking back here for inspiration and tips!

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        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          So sorry about your ankle! Last year I made dinner with all the trimmings for our friends... with a broken foot. I cooked standing on my good foot with the other knee resting on a kitchen chair. It worked out pretty well considering. :)

          This year it's just hubby and me and the dogs. No pressure. So awesome!

          I'm making Ina Garten's accidental turkey. I'll put it in the oven around noon. I made all the sides yesterday. They'll reheat while the turkey is resting.

          Wishing everyone a wonderful T day!

          1. re: thingmaker

            Thank you!!! Wow, your broken foot Thanksgiving sounds like quite a feat! Us Chowhounds like a challenge I guess! :)

            1. re: thingmaker

              So I just went to fish out the innards of the turkey and I discovered that my fresh never frozen turkey from Whole Foods has a good amount of ice in the cavity. It's definitely not frozen solid so it was probably just refrigerated at a very low temp. But I'm a little nervous this may throw off the timing. I managed to get some of the ice out of the cavity but the neck is frozen onto the inside of the body of the turkey. I wasn't planning on taking the turkey out of the frig till about 11 (starting it around 12:30) but it's sitting out now.... any tips on this??

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                Just run some warm water in there, and leave the bird out on the counter for a little while till it thaws.
                Fresh turkeys usually are partially frozen like yours, to keep them fresh longer. They're just not frozen solid.

                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  Great idea, thanks. i'll have my husband do that since I already dropped a container of meticulously chopped onions in the dirty sink. SIGH!

                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    You're off the hook for the rest of the day. Once I've dropped one thing in the kitchen, I'll be dropping stuff all day.
                    Don't lift anything, have Hubby do all the putting in and taking out of the oven. You just stand there and stir stuff. I'd even be careful chopping.
                    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

                    1. re: kitchengardengal

                      HAHA!!! You are so right, cuz RIGHT after I did that I tried pulling the neck out of the turkey and squirted turkey juice all over my face and glasses... at which point my husband said it was time for me to leave the kitchen for a while. :) Happy thanksgiving!

                2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                  My fresh, never frozen turkey from Whole foods also had ice in the cavity when I unwrapped it on Monday....hmmm. I'll be sure to ask about that one.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    Yeah.... we finally got the neck out and now my husband is trying to defrost the inside a bit. Hope it doesn't affect the cooking time too much. I'm glad I decided last night to not stuff it.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      My wife bought 2 turkey breasts at Whole Paycheck...oops! excuse me, Whole Foods, and paid 20 times more per pound than the regular supermarkets were charging. Good luck with your interrogation.

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        "Fresh" turkeys can be chilled to 26 degrees - where I come from, that is freezing - so really, they are 'super chilled/lightly frozen - they just can't be blast frozen and kept that way, like frozen turkeys.
                        _________ From the honeysuckle white website:

                        What’s the definition of "fresh poultry"?
                        Turkeys to be sold as "fresh" must be stored at a temperature no lower than 26° F.

                        Source: USDA

                        What’s the definition of "frozen poultry"?
                        Turkeys sold as "frozen" must be stored at 0° F or below.

                        Source: USDA

                        1. re: gingershelley

                          Hmm, interesting. Everything turned out fine despite my concern about the turkey. It was perfectly cooked, no issues with uneven cooking. In fact it was ready about 30 min ahead of schedule.

                    2. re: thingmaker

                      Hope all goes well with your dinner. Just the 2 of us and the dogs. I was going to roast a duck but found an 8lb. turkey in a grocery store so turkey it is and the best part later will be Hot Browns.

                      I need to bring the pie crust in from the porch. to warm up enough to roll out. I need to run to the store for more flour and eggs. Don't know how that got away from me.

                      Don't send evil thoughts my way but this is going to be a laid back dinner, Christmas and New Year's Eve. I retired in April and don't think about the hoards of peeps who are going to wet their pants if they aren't the first one over the threshold to a store.

                      1. re: Candy

                        LOVE a hot brown! Thanks for the reminder to make one with some of the leftovers this weekend:)!

                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                            A wonderful sandwich for Thanksgiving leftovers. The "Hot Brown" likely was developed at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY in the 1920s or 30s. You've got turkey breast, tomato, bacon, a sauce that could have butter, flour, cream, milk, grated swiss cheese. Toast the (quartered) bread, make a turkey-tomato sandwich, cover the sandwich with warm sauce, and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Garnish with bacon. Variations over the years have included country ham and/or a cheddar cheese sauce.

                              1. re: Florida Hound

                                For dinner tonight. On a small dinner roll, smoked turkey, lightly shredded, thick piece of gouda, then into the toaster oven until the cheese is melted and the top is toasted. Then some mustard and mayo. Simple and delicious.


                                1. re: Florida Hound

                                  Even tho' I'm from Kentucky, it's been donkey's years since I had a hot brown. Thanks for reminding me--that might be tonight's dinner!

                      2. Enjoy everyone! We aren't having our dinner until tomorrow so it is just a regular day here.

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                        1. re: Njchicaa

                          Ours is on Saturday, so today is really the start of my real prep.

                          I'll enjoy reading along here throughout the day to see what/how everyone is doing.

                          Happy Thanksgiving to all you wonderful Home Cooking 'hounds!

                        2. Mom and sister have taken over most of the tasks and completed so much of the prep yesterday because of law school finals next week, I've been mostly out of commission.

                          Turkey about to go into the oven, apple pie going into oven. Green bean casserole assembled, sweet potatoes cooked but casserole not made, veggies chopped for dressings, and croutons crunched up.

                          Getting ready to hop in the shower then go help mom and sister pull everything together.

                          Breakfast? Totally forgot about that concept!

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                          1. re: bblonde

                            Law school finals...just threw up in my mouth a little. Ahh...memories

                            Good luck!

                            1. re: bblonde

                              Every single year for the past 8 years I take a moment the day after Thanksgiving to be infinitely thankful that I am NOT spending the day outlining/studying/brief writing. For years Thanksgiving Day was marred by the dread I felt in the pit of my stomach caused by the knowledge of what lay in front of me the following day, weekend, and weeks leading to Christmas.

                              This is not to depress you, it's to say hang in there!! This too shall pass and one day soon you will be able to fully relax and enjoy the holiday again.

                              1. re: charmedgirl

                                I know that feeling. It's only been the past few years after I've graduated from med school that I can finally relax and breathe on Thanksgiving without feeling the need to break out the books and read alone in a corner while everyone else celebrates. Kick butt, bblonde! Med school was pretty rough, but I never could have tackled those law school exams.