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Old 11-19-2007, 04:33 PM
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Thanksgiving from scratch?

Is your Thanksgiving dinner made from scratch or convienience foods?

I am about half and half, I guess.

I like homemade stuffing and gravy but do use canned cranberries, canned pumpkin for the pies, etc.
You know me, I can't even grow a house
plant let alone a whole pumpkin so my pies come from canned pumpkin but I still consider that homemade!!
I used to use canned sweet potatoes.
but in the past few years have made a really great sweet potato dish with the fresh potatoes.

In years that I especially feel like it I'll make homemade rolls though I have also used the brown and serve type.
This year I am making rolls.

Is everyone prepping this week? Baking pies? Chopping? Baking bread? Getting out the good dishes?

I'll be baking pumpkin, apple , pecan pies and my yeast rolls on Wednesday. Also will make my jello and fruit salads.

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday week!

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:17 AM
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Train, I am like you I do a little of both. There are somethings that taking a little help from the store just makes it easier.
I alway cook my turkey the day before using a turkey roasting bag. After I slice it, I put it back in the pan and pour all of the juice from cooking back over the meat. The next day I just pop it in the oven early at a low temp to get it warmed through. I make my own gravy, sweet potatoes and cranberries. Canned pumpkin is so much easier and faster than cooking and mashing pumpkin from scratch. I also use the brown and serve rolls. I make dressing, but I use boxed stuffing mix (like Stove Top) and prepare it my own way adding canned cream soup, eggs and broth.
It is possible to get that homemade taste and not have to slave away in the kitchen all day too. After all the best part of Thanksgiving is sharing time with family and friends.
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:58 AM
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I have a from scratch Turkey,Stuffing< cranberries, gravy,and Sweet Potatos I do it all and even the pumpkin pies are from scratch. thats the way my mom taught me so I do it the same way. I start cooking the bird the night before so it will be done by 2.00pm and the pies are already done.
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Old 11-22-2007, 12:07 PM
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Train----I guess I'd have to say, this year, most of mine is from scratch. I am using some frozen green beans, though. I didn't make pumpkin pie this year. I had an abundance of apples to use up! I did buy my pie crust.
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I do about half and half. Homemade turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. I used canned pumpkin in my pumpkin cake (no pumpkin pie eaters here!) and frozen green beans and canned soup in the green bean casserole. Also using brown and serve rolls and frozen corn.
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