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Forgive me WB...for I have sinned. I'm mailing it in for Thanksgiving

#1 Post by Chris Freemott »

yeah....I'm exhausted.

I just bought a pre-packed meal kit for Thanksgiving.

It feels like the ultimate sin.

But, now, coming clean...I feel better..am I alone?

*Morton's won the deal this year....

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#2 Post by Tom G l a s g o w »

Chris Freemott wrote: November 24th, 2020, 7:17 pm yeah....I'm exhausted.

I just bought a pre-packed meal kit for Thanksgiving.

It feels like the ultimate sin.

But, now, coming clean...I feel better..am I alone?

*Morton's won the deal this year....
We either go out or buy it prepared and reheat. This time of year is busy work wise and the results never seemed to justify the results. We also never have big gatherings.
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Chris Freemott wrote: November 24th, 2020, 7:17 pm yeah....I'm exhausted.

I just bought a pre-packed meal kit for Thanksgiving.

It feels like the ultimate sin.

But, now, coming clean...I feel better..am I alone?

*Morton's won the deal this year....
Will you warm up the dishes, via sous vide?
That would be partial atonement.
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#4 Post by Al Osterheld »

I bailed out on my brother's T-day dinner, so am cooking for one. Plan to cook a steak.

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Al Osterheld wrote: November 24th, 2020, 8:14 pm I bailed out on my brother's T-day dinner, so am cooking for one. Plan to cook a steak.

-Al
Smart. We are dying to have a normal Thanksgiving, but prefer not literally.
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Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful extended family affair, but this year I’m just joining my brother and his family. I am keeping some of the family spirit by providing dressing and gravy for my cousin and her family as well and yesterday was step one: making cornbread for my cornbread and Challah dressing and about 1-1/2 gallons of turkey stock for the dressing and gravy.
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Mike Evans wrote: November 25th, 2020, 6:22 am Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful extended family affair, but this year I’m just joining my brother and his family. I am keeping some of the family spirit by providing dressing and gravy for my cousin and her family as well and yesterday was step one: making cornbread for my cornbread and Challah dressing and about 1-1/2 gallons of turkey stock for the dressing and gravy.
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Corey N. wrote: November 25th, 2020, 6:33 am
Mike Evans wrote: November 25th, 2020, 6:22 am Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful extended family affair, but this year I’m just joining my brother and his family. I am keeping some of the family spirit by providing dressing and gravy for my cousin and her family as well and yesterday was step one: making cornbread for my cornbread and Challah dressing and about 1-1/2 gallons of turkey stock for the dressing and gravy.
That cornbread looks fantastic, Mike. Take a bow.
Thanks Corey. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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At Siun’s suggestion, we ordered a roasted turkey from Sun Wah. If it half a good as their roasted ducks, we’ll be pleased. Preparing the rest at home

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This Christmas promises to be a big year for Chinese carry-out.
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#11 Post by Siun o'Connell »

Oooooh! Enjoy David! Say Hi to Kelly from me!

Next normal Thanksgiving, we will be back to SunWah order!

I’m actually moving out of Chicago today - to Lake Co near daughter’s family (and nice low rent on a lake) - so I’m doing just a small turkey breast for myself so I can enjoy good turkey sandwiches, my favorite part of the traditional meal while I unpack. Daughter and husband are doing truffle roasted chicken ... but we’re isolating and only visiting outdoors etc. They have promised leftovers.

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Victor Hong wrote: November 25th, 2020, 8:08 am This Christmas promises to be a big year for Chinese carry-out.
Funny, you don't look Jewish.
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Corey N. wrote: November 25th, 2020, 8:18 am
Victor Hong wrote: November 25th, 2020, 8:08 am This Christmas promises to be a big year for Chinese carry-out.
Funny, you don't look Jewish.
I say that when delivering late-night noodles to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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David K o l i n wrote: November 25th, 2020, 6:52 am At Siun’s suggestion, we ordered a roasted turkey from Sun Wah. If it half a good as their roasted ducks, we’ll be pleased. Preparing the rest at home
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also dialing it in. Ordered the Thanksgiving dinner from Atoboy.

But I will be baking a Mama Fleming's pecan pie.
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Jay Miller wrote: November 25th, 2020, 11:43 am

But I will be baking a Mama Fleming's pecan pie.
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Not mailing it in --- but with just the two of us, I'll be roasting a duck.

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And here’s the finished dressing and gravy.


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#19 Post by Nola Palomar »

Nope, I’m doing the whole shebang. Smoked the turkey and all the normal side and pies!! I finished smoking the turkey this morning and I think it’s the best I have ever made. I have the casseroles to do yet. All my kids are coming to pick it up in the garage and take it home and then we’ll zoom or FaceTime.

So ready for the vaccine.
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#20 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 »

Cut down on the size of thy bird this year, only us. The sides though, still strong, we just started early. Stuffing for dinner tonight. I make 2, a country and a fruit.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/43408 ... -stuffing/

https://www.pauladeen.com/recipe/good-o ... -stuffing/

I cut the ingredients in half for my smaller household. Still 5 days fo fun. Also have my own mods and tweaks after a decade. The stuffing is half the show. Tomorrow, I fry the turkey, sweet potato pie and whole berry cranberry sauce.

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Al Osterheld wrote: November 24th, 2020, 8:14 pm I bailed out on my brother's T-day dinner, so am cooking for one. Plan to cook a steak.

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Chris Freemott wrote: November 24th, 2020, 7:17 pm yeah....I'm exhausted.

I just bought a pre-packed meal kit for Thanksgiving.

It feels like the ultimate sin.

But, now, coming clean...I feel better..am I alone?

*Morton's won the deal this year....
Thinking about all the cooking ahead of me for the next several hours, I'm jealous.
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#23 Post by Scott Brunson »

Green beans, sweet corn, and strawberries are in season so I’ll use those as sides.
The family doesn’t want turkey so I’m pan roasting duck breasts.
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David K o l i n wrote: November 25th, 2020, 6:52 am At Siun’s suggestion, we ordered a roasted turkey from Sun Wah. If it half a good as their roasted ducks, we’ll be pleased. Preparing the rest at home
Stop the insanity! My place just got hit with last-minute turkey orders, perhaps as overflow.

So, how does one stir-fry a whole turkey? Unlike a street-harvested pigeon, it does not fit into the wok.
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#25 Post by Al Osterheld »

Scott Brunson wrote: November 26th, 2020, 7:30 am Green beans, sweet corn, and strawberries are in season so I’ll use those as sides.
The family doesn’t want turkey so I’m pan roasting duck breasts.
The best thing about turkey is the leftovers. I'd take duck over turkey any time.

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#26 Post by Michael S. Monie »

Jay Miller wrote: November 25th, 2020, 11:43 am also dialing it in. Ordered the Thanksgiving dinner from Atoboy.

But I will be baking a Mama Fleming's pecan pie.
Based on my one meal at Atoboy around this time last year, I can't imagine that this will be anything less than fantastic.
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#27 Post by JDavisRoby »

I ordered the turkey from our club and selected the beverages while my wife made all the sides and desserts. I’d like to think my contribution was equalish.

We have our normal food cooked for 15-20 but only serving us and the kids. Feels wasteful because I know we won’t eat it all.
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JDavisRoby wrote: November 26th, 2020, 9:46 am I ordered the turkey from our club and selected the beverages while my wife made all the sides and desserts. I’d like to think my contribution was equalish.

We have our normal food cooked for 15-20 but only serving us and the kids. Feels wasteful because I know we won’t eat it all.
Portion, and freeze. Do not waste. (I would have starving relatives in China now, but they became billionaires.)
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#29 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Original Morton’s in Chicago closed up right Chris?

We did 💯% take-out, no guests Thanksgiving this year.

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Michael S. Monie wrote: November 26th, 2020, 9:37 am
Jay Miller wrote: November 25th, 2020, 11:43 am also dialing it in. Ordered the Thanksgiving dinner from Atoboy.

But I will be baking a Mama Fleming's pecan pie.
Based on my one meal at Atoboy around this time last year, I can't imagine that this will be anything less than fantastic.
It's one of our favorite restaurants so I'm definitely looking forward to it.
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Victor Hong wrote: November 26th, 2020, 9:55 am
JDavisRoby wrote: November 26th, 2020, 9:46 am I ordered the turkey from our club and selected the beverages while my wife made all the sides and desserts. I’d like to think my contribution was equalish.

We have our normal food cooked for 15-20 but only serving us and the kids. Feels wasteful because I know we won’t eat it all.
Portion, and freeze. Do not waste. (I would have starving relatives in China now, but they became billionaires.)
Assuming I don’t drink too much wine I will portion them and put them in vacuum bags, thrown in the freezer and then warm them up in the sous vide next few weeks.
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#32 Post by Bdklein »

We went conventional.

Made cornbread, mashed potatoes, cranberry/pineapple/strawberry sauce/relish, and stuffing. Going to make roasted veggies.

Half-turkey (fresh/organic) just went in :
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#33 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

We had two pork chops, almost as big as my head, with leftover mushrooms and greens from earlier this week.
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David K o l i n wrote: November 25th, 2020, 6:52 am At Siun’s suggestion, we ordered a roasted turkey from Sun Wah. If it half a good as their roasted ducks, we’ll be pleased. Preparing the rest at home
I’ve done Thanksgiving at Sun Wah before but had the duck not the turkey. I cannot envision a scenario in which I’d choose their turkey over duck. I really miss that place. Just too far a drive for take-out.
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The Atoboy Thanksgiving takeout menu:

Spatchcocked Roast Chicken with sauce
Sunchoke & Sweet Potato Chips
Salad
Pickled Radish
Apple & Kale Kimchi with mint
Kabocha Squash with Pumpkin Seeds
Napa Cabbage and Pear Coleslaw
Brussels Sprouts with bacon & anchovies
Octopus with tofu & Broccolin Rabe
Hen of the Woods with Truffle Sauce
Kaluga Caviar (Regalis) & Creme Fraiche

Then a Mama Fleming's pecan pie with chantilly cream.

Probably the best Thanksgiving meal I've ever had. They really knocked it out of the park.
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Sounds great, Jay.

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Jay Miller wrote: November 26th, 2020, 5:14 pm The Atoboy Thanksgiving takeout menu:

Spatchcocked Roast Chicken with sauce
Sunchoke & Sweet Potato Chips
Salad
Pickled Radish
Apple & Kale Kimchi with mint
Kabocha Squash with Pumpkin Seeds
Napa Cabbage and Pear Coleslaw
Brussels Sprouts with bacon & anchovies
Octopus with tofu & Broccolin Rabe
Hen of the Woods with Truffle Sauce
Kaluga Caviar (Regalis) & Creme Fraiche

Then a Mama Fleming's pecan pie with chantilly cream.

Probably the best Thanksgiving meal I've ever had. They really knocked it out of the park.

I thought the group think was that octopus was verboten these days.

All of it sounds awesome, regardless.
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#38 Post by Alan Rath »

Just two of us this year, facetiming with kids. Did all the normal stuff, though a little less, and broke it up by making gravy on Tuesday, sweet potatoes on Wednesday, leaving turkey breast and mashed potatoes today, plus some misc. Plenty of leftovers, plus a couple of turkey thigh/leg quarters in the freezer to cook another time.
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#39 Post by Uli K. »

Scott Brunson wrote: November 26th, 2020, 7:30 am The family doesn’t want turkey so I’m pan roasting duck breasts.
My choice every year - served with morel wine sauce, pommes dauphinois, roasted brussels sprouts and carrots, and green beans.
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#42 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 »

Today is left over turkey pot pie dinner night. A recent ritual that has just paid dividends. It rounds out everything that is left.

Monday is a usually a meat-free dinner to just give the system a break.
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#43 Post by Ethan Abraham »

We did takeout too! I've probably cooked more this year than the past 3 years combined, cooking on Thanksgiving would have been just another chore. Plus cooking 6-8 dishes for 6 people seemed like overkill.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/kitch ... of-cooking - not a bad description of how a lot of people are probably feeling.

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Ethan Abraham wrote: November 29th, 2020, 2:08 pm We did takeout too! I've probably cooked more this year than the past 3 years combined, cooking on Thanksgiving would have been just another chore. Plus cooking 6-8 dishes for 6 people seemed like overkill.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/kitch ... of-cooking - not a bad description of how a lot of people are probably feeling.
Before Covid-19, I cooked almost every meal. So, this pandemic has not changed that life aspect, although it did for nearly all else.

I can understand her angst. Still, she should count her blessings.
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Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: November 29th, 2020, 12:33 pm Today is left over turkey pot pie dinner night. A recent ritual that has just paid dividends. It rounds out everything that is left.

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Ethan Abraham wrote: November 29th, 2020, 2:08 pm We did takeout too! I've probably cooked more this year than the past 3 years combined, cooking on Thanksgiving would have been just another chore. Plus cooking 6-8 dishes for 6 people seemed like overkill.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/kitch ... of-cooking - not a bad description of how a lot of people are probably feeling.
I was nodding along until I got to this:

"many establishments have closed forever, and ordering delivery from those that remain is an ethical minefield. "

What exactly are the ethical issues with ordering delivery? It's supporting the restaurant, it's not putting a bunch of maskless people into an indoor space, it's giving you something different to eat. It really seems like a win-win option.

True it doesn't solve social isolation issues but that's not an ethical problem, it's a psychological one.
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Jay Miller wrote: November 30th, 2020, 7:26 am
Ethan Abraham wrote: November 29th, 2020, 2:08 pm We did takeout too! I've probably cooked more this year than the past 3 years combined, cooking on Thanksgiving would have been just another chore. Plus cooking 6-8 dishes for 6 people seemed like overkill.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/kitch ... of-cooking - not a bad description of how a lot of people are probably feeling.
I was nodding along until I got to this:

"many establishments have closed forever, and ordering delivery from those that remain is an ethical minefield. "

What exactly are the ethical issues with ordering delivery? It's supporting the restaurant, it's not putting a bunch of maskless people into an indoor space, it's giving you something different to eat. It really seems like a win-win option.

True it doesn't solve social isolation issues but that's not an ethical problem, it's a psychological one.
I agree with this and as an added reason to use delivery services is a lot of displaced workers are filling those positions. My oldest daughter is staying afloat by multi app’ing. She delivers for Uber Eats, Grub Hub and Door Dash, all at the same time. She’s learned to stack orders based on location and can deliver several orders in the same location. She does not have anyone to back her up except me as a safety net. Utilizing delivery services cuts into the restaurant revenue significantly and I wish they would collectively reduce their fees, but it is providing my daughter a method to survive economically during this pandemic. Pre-Covid she was a photographer.
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#48 Post by Victor Hong »

Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: November 29th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: November 29th, 2020, 12:33 pm Today is left over turkey pot pie dinner night. A recent ritual that has just paid dividends. It rounds out everything that is left.

Monday is a usually a meat-free dinner to just give the system a break.
Thanksgiving keeps on giving

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#49 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 »

Victor Hong wrote: November 30th, 2020, 9:06 am
Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: November 29th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: November 29th, 2020, 12:33 pm Today is left over turkey pot pie dinner night. A recent ritual that has just paid dividends. It rounds out everything that is left.

Monday is a usually a meat-free dinner to just give the system a break.
Thanksgiving keeps on giving

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#50 Post by Tom G l a s g o w »

Nola Palomar wrote: November 30th, 2020, 8:03 am
Jay Miller wrote: November 30th, 2020, 7:26 am
Ethan Abraham wrote: November 29th, 2020, 2:08 pm We did takeout too! I've probably cooked more this year than the past 3 years combined, cooking on Thanksgiving would have been just another chore. Plus cooking 6-8 dishes for 6 people seemed like overkill.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/kitch ... of-cooking - not a bad description of how a lot of people are probably feeling.
I was nodding along until I got to this:

"many establishments have closed forever, and ordering delivery from those that remain is an ethical minefield. "

What exactly are the ethical issues with ordering delivery? It's supporting the restaurant, it's not putting a bunch of maskless people into an indoor space, it's giving you something different to eat. It really seems like a win-win option.

True it doesn't solve social isolation issues but that's not an ethical problem, it's a psychological one.
I agree with this and as an added reason to use delivery services is a lot of displaced workers are filling those positions. My oldest daughter is staying afloat by multi app’ing. She delivers for Uber Eats, Grub Hub and Door Dash, all at the same time. She’s learned to stack orders based on location and can deliver several orders in the same location. She does not have anyone to back her up except me as a safety net. Utilizing delivery services cuts into the restaurant revenue significantly and I wish they would collectively reduce their fees, but it is providing my daughter a method to survive economically during this pandemic. Pre-Covid she was a photographer.
I try to pick up to go orders whenever I can. The delivery fees are high, but it’s the cost to the restaurant that concerns me. You wonder how the restaurant can make any money. I feel for the drivers, it doesn’t seems they get much of the fee. I think the ethical concern is the haircut the restaurant pays for Grub Hub, etc. They probably long for the good old days of complaining about open table.

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