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Old 25.10.2011, 23:45
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

I've only tasted eierlikor by way of it being the filling in some chocolates but it didn't seem to be the same as eggnog to me, it seems more like Bailey's.

Of course, I could be misremembering also...


Meanwhile, American Food Avenue does have eggnog, likely the other British / American food sources possibly do as well.

I'm a bit tempted to make some eggnog from scratch, I did make coquito a couple of years ago (I'd had some while I lived in Florida) and hubby and his family enjoyed it.
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Old 25.10.2011, 23:47
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

I just eat the last bits of our Thanksgiving Turkey
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Old 26.10.2011, 13:24
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I saw some Cheez Whiz in spray cans in the "Exotic Foods" section of a Rewe. They also had some Pillsbury biscuits-in-a-can in the refrigerated section.

I did not see any Cool Whip though. (Gruyere double cream - found at Migros - with a touch of vanilla and a bit of powdered sugar is reeeeeeeeealy good though!)
"Exotic" Cheez Whiz........nice
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Old 26.10.2011, 13:47
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"Exotic" Cheez Whiz........nice
I would just LOVE to show this to some pretentious americans I know...
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Old 26.10.2011, 13:49
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I'm a bit tempted to make some eggnog from scratch
It's easy, we've been doing it for decades (and my 18 year old daughter has been the one doing it for most of the past 10 years or so).

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P.S. The recipe we've always used is from the "Joy of Cooking".

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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

I've been hosting Thanksgiving since we arrived in 2006.

We do a mix of Southern and Northeastern dishes, including:

macaroni and cheese
mushroom and chestnut stuffing
succotash
turducken
sauteed butternut squash
cranberry fig sauce

It's also my older daughter's birthday (approximately, but this year it's actually on the day) so we do a flourless chocolate cake as well as a a pie (usually apple).

Since we do this for about 20 adults and an equal number of small children, we make everything ahead of time!

I love Thanksgiving, and celebrating it was my only requirement for moving here!

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Old 26.10.2011, 20:56
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Turduken is one of the most scariest foods to me, considering I am a vegetarian... yes, I scuplt a faux turkey for us every year.. lol But the rest sounds tasty! Would love your recipe for chestnut stuffing! Hope you have a wonderful dinner.
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Turduken is one of the most scariest foods to me, considering I am a vegetarian... yes, I scuplt a faux turkey for us every year.. lol But the rest sounds tasty! Would love your recipe for chestnut stuffing! Hope you have a wonderful dinner.
Yeah, it is kind of scary. I was a vegetarian for many years, so the idea of a "free form meat terrine" is pretty nasty. Anyway, that part we have catered, because it's way to big to make in our tiny tiny kitchen.

The rest, however, we do make, and I sent you the recipe.

Hope your dinner is lovely too!
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Old 27.10.2011, 09:41
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Yeah, it is kind of scary. I was a vegetarian for many years, so the idea of a "free form meat terrine" is pretty nasty. Anyway, that part we have catered, because it's way to big to make in our tiny tiny kitchen.
I've made it several times here, most recently two years ago. It's easy to make, though it does take some prep work. I generally do it on the dining room table, as it does take up a little space.

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Old 27.10.2011, 09:52
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As a fellow southerner, let me tell you where your biggest challenges will be in trying to recreate a Thanksgiving like you had back in Dixie:

1. As Tom said, the size of your oven determines the size of the bird. It also makes one get very creative because you can't cook your dressing, your bird, your sweet potato casserole, your green bean casserole, your dinner rolls, etc., all at the same time. Oven management skills are key.

2. You will never find brown sugar at a price that doesn't make your eyebrows lodge themselves up at your hairline, so just start planning on adapting your sweet potato recipe and your apple pie recipe now using white sugar and molasses.

3. Forget finding cornbread stuffing cubes. Forget finding Jiffy cornbread mix to make your own. Start googling now for "Yankee" stuffing recipes that use seasoned bread cubes because you can make these yourself. I have a great one (recipe) that I can give you, if you need it.

4. Forget finding cream of mushroom soup mix and/or Durkee fried onions for your green bean casserole. Make your green beans some other way.

5. Forget finding jellied cranberry sauce. I have seen whole berry canned cranberry sauce and I have seen fresh cranberries, but not the jellied kind. Adapt.

The turkey is actually the easy part. Just keep your eyes peeled. I have seen turkeys in all of the supermarkets.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving.
Well, you can find most of these things! Yeah, they're expensive, but for one meal a year, it's worth it if you are really homesick and it makes a difference...

from www.americanmarket.ch:
jiffy corn muffin mix, 1/2 pound (2.55 CHF)
domino light or dark brown sugar, 1 pound (4.50 CHF)
campbell's cream of mushroom soup (5.10 CHF)
ocean spray jellied cranberry sauce, 1 pound (7.30 CHF)

from www.afoodave.ch:
french's french fried onion: 5.50 CHF
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Old 27.10.2011, 10:14
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I would just LOVE to show this to some pretentious americans I know...
Yes, that is hilarious. How lowbrow can you get?
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

The Eierlikoer I know is not at all eggnog! You would be rolling-on-the-floor drunk if you drank the same amounts ... although maybe that's not such a bad idea?

You can probably make your own eggnog safely with high-quality eggs. My parents always made their own until the whole salmonella scare came up, and then someone had the nifty idea of making pasteurized eggnog so you didn't need to make it any more.

Now, don't sue me if you do this and get food poisoning.
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I've been hosting Thanksgiving since we arrived in 2006.

We do a mix of Southern and Northeastern dishes, including:

macaroni and cheese
mushroom and chestnut stuffing
succotash
turducken
sauteed butternut squash
cranberry fig sauce
Can you explain to this Midwesterner what succotash and turducken are?

My favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potatoes made with pecans, a half-ton of butter, condensed milk and brown sugar. Mmmmm, delicious. I've served it to Europeans back home and most do not agree -- too many foreign flavors (although my husband loves it, too, but I have absolutely ruined his tastebuds)!
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Old 27.10.2011, 10:26
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So, what is traditional for Thanksgiving anyway?


Turkey
Sweet Potato Caserole (various recipes)
Green Beans
Roasted Corn
Cornbread Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey (or Chicken) Gravy
Biscuits/Dinner Rolls
Cranberry Sauce

And the best parts...

Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Apple Cobler
Peach Cobler

I'm leaving out Eggnog because that's more of a Christmas tradition than a Thanksgiving tradition, even though it starts to show up in stores around Halloween along with "pumpkin spice".
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Can you explain to this Midwesterner what succotash and turducken are?

My favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potatoes made with pecans, a half-ton of butter, condensed milk and brown sugar. Mmmmm, delicious. I've served it to Europeans back home and most do not agree -- too many foreign flavors (although my husband loves it, too, but I have absolutely ruined his tastebuds)!
Yes!

Turducken = turkey-duck-chicken! It's a deboned turkey (except the drumsticks), stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken (both completely deboned). It also has stuffing, traditionally of the cornbread and spicy sausage variety. Too bad the pork sausage doesn't get included in the name...

Succotash is corn and lima beans, basically. It can have bacon in it (though ours doesn't), onions and peppers, and can be spicy. It can be in butter or with a cream sauce.
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I've made it several times here, most recently two years ago. It's easy to make, though it does take some prep work. I generally do it on the dining room table, as it does take up a little space.

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Yes!

Turducken = turkey-duck-chicken! It's a deboned turkey (except the drumsticks), stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken (both completely deboned). It also has stuffing, traditionally of the cornbread and spicy sausage variety. Too bad the pork sausage doesn't get included in the name...

Succotash is corn and lima beans, basically. It can have bacon in it (though ours doesn't), onions and peppers, and can be spicy. It can be in butter or with a cream sauce.
I might make succotash this year... that's a good idea. Personally, I like bacon in mine, but I've had good recipes without.
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I might make succotash this year... that's a good idea. Personally, I like bacon in mine, but I've had good recipes without.
The one caveat is that I haven't found fresh or frozen lima beans here (and the ones in the jar taste a bit, well, like they're from a jar) so we use frozen soybeans instead. Available from your local Asian market.
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Yes!

Turducken = turkey-duck-chicken! It's a deboned turkey (except the drumsticks), stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken (both completely deboned).
I'm sorry but that's just fowl
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Turducken = turkey-duck-chicken! It's a deboned turkey (except the drumsticks), stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken (both completely deboned).
Actually, the drumsticks are partially deboned, only the tips are left (last 2 inches or so).

Generally, I de-bone them a day or two ahead of time, then make stock from the bones.

I also made a special insert for my roasting pan to hold it in shape (otherwise it'll end up looking like a pancake, due to the lack of bones)

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