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This [American] Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

Just because we’re in Switzerland doesn’t mean that we can’t take a day to be grateful. This November 26th, I’ll be taking the time to show my friends and family how grateful I am for their love and support with a few delectable Thanksgiving dishes from Epicurious.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com and AllRecipes.com.
These highly esteemed websites are reliable sources for flavorful holiday recipes that have been pre-approve by everyday food lovers like us.

Epicurious.com, the on-line version of Bon Appétit and Gourmet Magazines, is an exceptional site offering complete holiday menus, nutritional details, preparation times, and how-to videos for preparing recipes ranging from easy to expert level.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmen...ksgiving/menus

America’s Test Kitchen is another one of my favorite websites. The ATK staff uses the scientific method and culinary experience to create and renovate classic recipes. I recently discovered their Skillet Apple Pie on one of their recent episodes and like every other recipe I’ve tried from this website, this has become a staple in my repertoire of recipes. You do have to sign up; however, those few minutes that it takes to sign up are well worth it.
http://americastestkitchen.com/recip...cipe&iSeason=9

Lastly and definitely not least, All Recipes.com is a fantastic peer-to-peer website offering an array of culinary expertise from around the United States. The link below takes you to a section of their website that offers classic homestyle recipes that only a mother could make.
http://allrecipes.com/features/holid...ving/2009.aspx

How many of you are celebrating Thanksgiving in Switzerland and what recipe resources can you suggest?
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Re: This Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

I won't be in Switzerland for Thanksgiving, unfortunately, and for me (Canadian), my thanksgiving was even earlier... BUT, I really love a good stuffing that is made OUTSIDE of the bird - usually in a crockery dish in the oven, with summer-savory (?) spices too. Good summer-savory is hard to find in many places though...

Well wishes for your thanksgiving dinner, and your celebration of friends, family, and food!

Brian.
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Re: This Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

This year I'm going to visit my brother and his new wife in Chicago for Thanksgiving. (Yay me!) As my father will also be going, I'm grateful for the opportunity to see a few of my family members (and for hubby to finally meet my brother and his wife) after (my) not having seen them for about 2 years now.

As for my own Thanksgiving recipes, some are handed down from my mother, some I found cruising the web but I signed up long ago for the Food Network Newsletter so I get a weekly letter with recipes from Emeril, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown and (my favorite) Ina Garten.


My own cooking style tends to be a bit homey, I find myself at All Recipes over and over again, or if I'm looking for something fancy, I've certainly found what I was looking for at Epicurious.

Which reminds me... I need to keep an eye out for Bon Appétit magazine when I'm at my brother's.
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I signed up long ago for the Food Network Newsletter so I get a weekly letter with recipes from Emeril, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown and (my favorite) Ina Garten.
Food Network is always a great choice. I've actually eaten at Bobby Flay's restaurant in Las Vegas and it was absolutely delightful. Although I didn't mention FoodNetwork.com it is another awesome and well-rounded recipe resource.
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This is my favorite: Cook's Illustrated.

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Re: This [American] Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

I still get weekly emails from the Splendid Table (from Public Radio in the US).
Food and Wine, Gourmet, are great sources as well. Truth be told, I also just google for the ingredient and end up on random blogs and other spots across the WWW. Recipe roulette, without firearms.

And then I just experiment. I've been trying out pumpkins for the last month, but now the pumpkins are pretty much all gone and I'll be making a pumpkin pie with butternut squash anyway.
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This is my favorite: Cook's Illustrated.

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Re: This [American] Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

I'm curious, the topic seems to have been edited from Thanksgiving to "American" Thanksgiving. I always thought this was an American holiday and I wondered whether there is something else that exists which the Mod is trying to distinguish?
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I'm curious, the topic seems to have been edited from Thanksgiving to "American" Thanksgiving. I always thought this was an American holiday and I wondered whether there is something else that exists which the Mod is trying to distinguish?
Well, I must admit that I thought that the OP was talking about Azerbaijani Thanksgiving when I first saw it.

It's an easy mistake to make, and I'm grateful to the kind moderator who clarified things before I wasted my time going shopping for goat meat, cloves and rosewater in preparation for the customary festivities.
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I'm curious, the topic seems to have been edited from Thanksgiving to "American" Thanksgiving. I always thought this was an American holiday and I wondered whether there is something else that exists which the Mod is trying to distinguish?
It is true that the Canadians stole the name of the holiday and had theirs a month or so ago. But, we all know that Canadians are thankless *******s so when it comes down to it there is only one Thanksgiving, and that is America's. God Bless and all that.....

Edit: back on topic. We use allrecipes.com mainly for this holiday.
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Re: This [American] Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

Anyway, so long as there's no turkey bits in my gravy, I'll be happy...
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Re: This [American] Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

Nice links - here's another one I like:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/

Not for Thanksgiving though! That's just not a day for experimentation - not when I'm cooking by myself, and especially not in a Swiss kitchen. What I wouldn't give for a proper oven, just two days of the year...


I remember when I was living at home, Mom, Sis and I used to do Thanksgiving dinner together. I always made the gravy because I was the one singleminded enough to stand here, stir this no matter what else might burn or catch fire while I was doing it. Every year we'd pick one or two new vegetable dishes to try... give them a test run two weeks before, to make sure the recipe was sound AND was something the menfolk would eat... and then when Thanksgiving came around, we'd be cooking from Wednesday night straight through to (usually 2 hours delayed) dinnertime on Thursday.

Now I'm doing the whole thing myself it's an entirely different proposition. The menu is the same, and prep still starts the day before, but gone is the experimentation... and I've learned to put turkey bits in my gravy on purpose, so if there are any lumpy bits I can pass them off as turkey bits.
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Re: This [American] Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

The only Thanksgiving dish I can do is turkey goulash ...

I think I can pull off tater salad, pumpkin soup and pie, etc although I do not think that is traditional.

If anybody needs a big bird and does not feel like roasting a turkey, Ste Croix happens to produce the biggest (and best) chickens here. I had couple of giant 5kilo ones at our wedding BBQ.
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Their online subscription continues to make me happy.
It is great.

(Santa brought me lovely The New Yorker and Harpers subscriptions, equally enlightening, altough we have nowhere to step anymore since both come in paper versions I never thought about online subscr.)
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The only Thanksgiving dish I can do is turkey goulash ...

I think I can pull off tater salad, pumpkin soup and pie, etc although I do not think that is traditional.

If anybody needs a big bird and does not feel like roasting a turkey, Ste Croix happens to produce the biggest (and best) chickens here. I had couple of 5kilo ones at our wedding BBQ.
Yeah, I'm pretty much a casserole queen myself, the other 364 days a year - but Thanksgiving is special.

5 kg chicken? for reals? Some of the turkeys I saw for sale last year weren't that big.
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Yeah, I'm pretty much a casserole queen myself, the other 364 days a year - but Thanksgiving is special.

5 kg chicken? for reals? Some of the turkeys I saw for sale last year weren't that big.
Yup, for reals. They look like baby ostriches. Humongous.

I am not sure how much they cost though, turkey is generally half the price of a chicken, it might be better to get a cute little turkey instead. I think they get done slower though. The cool thing about a big chicken carcass is the soup you can make afterwards. I have never made a turkey noodle soup
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Re: This [American] Thanksgiving I'm grateful for friends, family and FOOD

You can find a butterball in Migros and Coop in the frozen section.
Saw a few big ones. Would be nice to have family around just to get the chance to cook !!!!!!!
Finishing touch, pumpkin pie with fresh cream and cherry pie with the woven crust
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You can find a butterball in Migros and Coop in the frozen section.
Saw a few big ones. Would be nice to have family around just to get the chance to cook !!!!!!!
Finishing touch, pumpkin pie with fresh cream and cherry pie with the woven crust
mmm, Butterball turkeys...

Will probably stick with a fresh bird though and brine it. (I'm not sure my freezer would even hold a whole Butterball!)
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So I'm going to get to nibble on a big greasy bird for Thanksgiving?

I can't wait!
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The only Thanksgiving dish I can do is turkey goulash ...

I think I can pull off tater salad, pumpkin soup and pie, etc although I do not think that is traditional.

If anybody needs a big bird and does not feel like roasting a turkey, Ste Croix happens to produce the biggest (and best) chickens here. I had couple of giant 5kilo ones at our wedding BBQ.
Turkey goulash sounds nice.

Where does one get whole turkeys?
Does anyone know where?

Thanks
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