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Thanksgiving Recipes -- Recap

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A Faithful Reader suggested that I post a recap to end this series of Thanksgiving recipes.  Great idea! Thank you, Faithful Reader, who will remain nameless as upon usual request.  And, BTW ("By The Way," for intertube newbies) if any other reader ever has a suggestion, please feel free to let me know in the comments area (click on the microscopic "comments" link at the bottom of this and every post).  I'm a mom, not a mind-reader.  Except about your car keys.  They fell behind the desk again.  You're welcome.

The following list includes recipes I deem Thanksgiving-ish.  They are all merely suggestions.  We won't be having every single item listed at our Thanksgiving dinner.  There will be other sides not listed here, including plain sweet potatoes and canned jello cranberry sauce.  But we will be having many of them.  Just not all of them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving-Appropriate Oh!  You Cook! Recipes

Spring Vegetable Soup (not just for Springtim…

Thanksgiving Recipes Pt. VIII - The Turkey

There are lots and lots of recipes to make fancy-schmancy turkey.

This is not one of them.

But I use it every year, and it's very reliable.  Large, medium or small turkey, this roasting method works.

By now you should be defrosting the turkey that was taking up all that space in your freezer. If not, try the cold water method to safety defrost it.  Or else be prepared to eat Thanksgiving dinner around 11pm.

Check the USDA's site anyway (and scroll down) for approximate roasting times.

Be sure to use a meat thermometer for accurate results.  If your bird has a pop-up timer, ignore it.  Those things have never ever worked for me.

The mayo step is perfect for a couple of 5-10 year olds.  But if there are no kids hanging around, don't worry -- your hands will benefit nicely from the mayo massage.


Roast Turkey
Yield: depends upon size

1 frozen turkey, your choice of size, completely defrosted
1 or 2 cups of mayonnaise (regular, NOT low-fat, olive oil or any other style)
kosher …

Thanksgiving Recipes Pt.VII - String Bean Almondine - Easy

String beans, aka green beans, are another traditional Thanksgiving side dish.  Technically, "bean" should really be plural since there's more than one bean in this recipe.  But I like how the name rhymes so it's staying.  Hmmph!

This side-dish is very easy to make, especially if you start with frozen string beans.  You can use fresh string beans, but with the 28 other dishes you are making for Turkey Day, something's gotta give.  Tell you what ... how 'bout a compromise :  use frozen, but spring for whole string beans or baby beans.  Just don't use french-cut, where the beans are sliced down the middle lengthwise.  In fact, don't use frozen pre-cut in any direction.  Only because whole beans look fancier and will impress you family and guests. Especially that know-it-all relative, you know who I mean, who manages to find fault with something you did, and why did you do it that way anyway, because he/she always does it the other, correct way.  Every. …

Thanksgiving Recipes Pt. VI -- Parve "Creamed" Spinach

Finally ... a parve "creamed" spinach that tastes great! It's pretty easy as well, but requires a lot of attention, so I'm not calling it easy.  Even though it is.

Two pounds of fresh spinach can be substituted for the frozen, but it adds three whole extra steps, rinsing, chopping, then nuking  the spinach until wilted, about 2-4 minutes, before continuing below.

If you don't like to use plastic pretend sour cream or cream cheese, use all soy (or almond) milk, but I like the tang that the plastic pretend sour cream or cream cheese gives it.

Parve "Creamed" Spinach
serves 6

2-10 oz. boxes frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
2 Tbl. olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. chopped garlic (bottled okay)
1/2 cup parve (non-dairy) sour cream (or cream cheese)
1 cup soy (or almond) milk
3 Tbl. unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper (or to taste)

Drain spinach in colander over bowl.  Pr…