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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I was feeling decidedly lazy this year and only planned on roasting the turkey and making Homemade Turkey Gravy from the drippings. I asked the middle '87 to make the mashed potatoes and stuffing. Her mom, my youngest uncle's wife, brought Vietnamese desserts. The older '88 brought pasta salad. Her mom, my youngest aunt, brought over Thit Heo Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork). Cousin A and her husband provided drinks. The younger '88 sent over the cute turkey cake pops. And my friend DP stopped by later with apple and pumpkin pies and a souvenir for me from Brazil.

Since my cousins alleviated my worries about the main side dishes, I decided to make Cottage Pie with Ground Beef and Mushrooms and Tator Tot Casserole.

The main course was a 15.6-lb Roast Turkey with Rosemary and Sage Salt Rub.

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Tater Tot Casserole with Chicken Pot Pie Filling.

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English Cottage Pie with Ground Beef and Mushrooms, since I've already blogged a proper English Cottage Pie with Ground Beef and Peas and Carrots and Pate "Chinois" (Canadian "Chinese" Cottage Pie) with Ground Beef and Corn.

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Inspired by the garlic fries I ate at Dodgers Stadium, I made Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro and Garlic.

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The aftermath. Not much left of that turkey.

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My youngest uncle's wife made flan.

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Which I plated so it'd look so pretty and so I could update my photo of my Banh Kem Dua (Vietnamese Coconut Flan) recipe.

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She also made Vietnamese agar agar gelatin. So pretty!

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The younger '88's adorable turkey cake pops.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you had a fabulous time with your family and friends too.

New recipes at this Thanksgiving dinner:
English Cottage Pie with Ground Beef and Mushrooms
Roast Turkey with Rosemary and Sage Salt Rub
Tater Tot Casserole with Chicken Pot Pie Filling

And the turkey leftover recipes:
How to Make Turkey Stock
Turkey Alphabet Soup
Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
Turkey Quinoa Vegetable Soup

1 year ago today, Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and pre-Thanksgiving.
2 years ago today, Butter, Maple, and Orange Juice Turkey Marinade.
3 years ago today, Vegetarian Lasagna with Broccoli, Kale, and Zucchini.
4 years ago today, Happy Holidays or when I put up my tree or granny square afghan.
5 years ago today, New England Clam Chowder.

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