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Hey, I'm not the one who brought up deep fried twinkies... but I sure can derail a topic and be a buzzkill when I want to be.

But... If you so much as lay a hand on the sweet potato caserole I'm going to cut your arm off with a Swiss Army Knife.

Them's my taters an' I'msa gonna eat 'em all up!!!!!
I'm still trying to wrap my head around deep fried butter. Anyway, I hate sweet potato casserole, especially with marshmallows. Ewwwwww. Just give me a plain roasted sweet potato with loads of butter. Mmmmmmmm
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Old 28.10.2011, 18:56
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Searching for places to buy turkeys for Thanksgiving, hoping to find inexpensive ones (yes, yes, it's a celebratory feast but spending more on the meat than I spend for a week's worth of groceries simply "kills" me), I happened to come across this site for Geflügel Gourmet.

They do have standard turkeys available "now" with one week delivery - for something like 50chf. (Not sooooo bad!)

In case anyone is looking for Christmas turkey instead of needing in time for Thanksgiving, they also have gourmet free-range turkeys available after the start of December for 90chf. (This is where the tears start )
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

At the expat expo I came across a company that cooks the whole dinner and delivers to your house in most big cities: AG, BS, BL, BE, LU, SZ, ZH...
They have full menus including Turkey, Hams, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, etc. Not cheap, but might be worth it: www.peace-foods.ch
I think we will give it a try!
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At the expat expo I came across a company that cooks the whole dinner and delivers to your house in most big cities: AG, BS, BL, BE, LU, SZ, ZH...
They have full menus including Turkey, Hams, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, etc. Not cheap, but might be worth it: www.peace-foods.ch
I think we will give it a try!
Considering how much I'm spending preparing for turkey day, I'd say that's actually a pretty good deal!
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Old 01.11.2011, 08:53
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

I saw turkeys at Migros yesterday -- tiny ones for CHF 44! I will be getting mine from a farmer in Germany, thank you. They also had Ocean Spray cranberries in the bag for 3.50.

Where do you find sweet potatoes around these parts?
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I saw turkeys at Migros yesterday -- tiny ones for CHF 44! I will be getting mine from a farmer in Germany, thank you. They also had Ocean Spray cranberries in the bag for 3.50.

Where do you find sweet potatoes around these parts?

In coop, sweet potatoes are usually in the "exotic fruit and vegetable" section. But I see them often. Actually, they probably are yams if that matters.
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

So, we've finalized a menu for our festivity...

Appetizer:
Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts

Supper:
1/2 roasted turkey (3kg) from Peace Foods, cooked and delivered (our oven is small!)
Green Bean Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Green Peas
Dressing (it's not going in the bird )
Corn
Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Au Gratin
Dinner rolls
Orange-Cranberry preserves

One of our guests is handling the dessert, and of course, there will be wine... Since we'll be having ours on a Friday, I am DVR-ing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as the NFL and I'll be Slingboxing it onto our 'television' all day. Should feel almost like home.
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Old 22.11.2011, 18:45
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

I'd try the local butcher.....I've never seen a whole turkey in neither Coop nor Migros...and anyway, butcher quality is most likely better....yoiou may have to go ask them ahead of time, as they may have to order one in for you.

As for the cranberry sauce, try making it from scratch, it'll probably be better :-)
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I'd try the local butcher.....I've never seen a whole turkey in neither Coop nor Migros...and anyway, butcher quality is most likely better....yoiou may have to go ask them ahead of time, as they may have to order one in for you.

As for the cranberry sauce, try making it from scratch, it'll probably be better :-)
Turkey's already ordered from peace foods, cooked and delivered. I'm going to make the cranberry sauce this week. Anybody know where to find pectin and what it is called in the shops here?
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Going to Spain for 5 days...Thanksgiving was always a time to get together with family - I already get together with family at least once a month
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

TODAY I SAW WHOLE SWISS TURKEY IN MIGROS ERLENBACH!!!
(and there were not many left...)
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Turkey's already ordered from peace foods, cooked and delivered. I'm going to make the cranberry sauce this week. Anybody know where to find pectin and what it is called in the shops here?
Nope, but I've found cranberries to have lots of natural gel to them. You might also try agar agar available in the baking section. Actually, you might find pectin there too, just don't know what it's called.
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

I went to Migros last Friday and ordered a fresh turkey, minimum 12Kg. No problem, took all of 5 minutes to order. Will pick it up next Thursday evening, let it brine until Saturday. We have about 20 people coming over on Sat. Will do the whole Turkey/stuffing/Sweet Potato/Cranberry/Mashed potato/braised mushrooms/gravey recipe that I have perfected over many years. Guests are bringing wine and desert.

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In the gas grill....low heat with soaked hickory chips....approx. 5 hours.
The result...ecstasy....
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You are blessed to have an oven big enough for that bird...
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You are blessed to have an oven big enough for that bird...
The trick...I am not using the oven to roast the turkey, rather a Weber gas grill on low (which can accommodate a huge Turkey). My modest Swiss oven will be used for keeping all the sidedishes nice and hot.
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The trick...I am not using the oven to roast the turkey, rather a Weber gas grill on low (which can accommodate a huge Turkey). My modest Swiss oven will be used for keeping all the sidedishes nice and hot.
I see... Clever.
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

I got my onions for green bean casserole last year @ Ikea. They no longer sell them. I have looked everywhere in my area and work strange hours and don't have much time left. Has anyone found friend onions near Dietikon, Baden or Oerlikon???
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I got my onions for green bean casserole last year @ Ikea. They no longer sell them. I have looked everywhere in my area and work strange hours and don't have much time left. Has anyone found friend onions near Dietikon, Baden or Oerlikon???
We got ours from a friend who is a US military dependent, and able to go into a base commissary in Germany, so my best guess would be Globus or Jelmoli, maybe? Worst case... get some flour, cut an onion into thin slices, batter it, and fry them yourself.
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Re: Americans in CH- What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Thanks, but I don't have time for that...have to put the whole casserole together in about 30 mins after work. I know some Migros might sell them.Rostzwiebeln..but not any I went to today. Looking for someone who has bought them in the last day or so??
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