Someone emailed me the other day, asking about our Thanksgiving menu! We've been discussing it (Joshua and I have) but haven't come to any set decisions.
For one thing, turkey is expensive! Last year, Krogers had a special on turkeys the week of Thanksgiving. I think it was something like a free turkey if you spend $30 in the store, and they also had cheese for $2/lb. So I bought $30 worth of cheese and we got a turkey!
This year, I've seen turkeys advertized at prices like $.69 or $.89 per pound! Since I'm accustomed to getting moist and tender roasting chickens for $.49/lb, I can't imagine paying more than that just to have a turkey because "it's a holiday"! I guess I'll see if there are any good deals next week. If not, we'll probably be having roasted chicken. :)
For Thanksgiving day, we'll be heading over to my grandmother's house at noon. She makes a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, and everyone else brings side dishes. For the past couple years, I have brought a huge batch of my pumpkin dinner rolls as our family's contribution. We'll eat and visit with our extended family (there are usually 40-50 people there) and then head home for a quiet evening.
Last year, we had my parents and siblings over for a sort-of Thanksgiving dinner the week after Thanksgiving, and made our free turkey. This year, we're getting out-of-country visitors the day after Thanksgiving and are tentatively planning some sort of dinner involving either roasted turkey or chicken. :)
So, my own little after-Thanksgiving Meal menu plan:
With the oven-roasted chicken (or maybe a turkey!), I am planning to serve gourmet potatoes, a cooked vegetable or else garlic-parmesan egg noodles with extra veggies added, mixed fruit, and a dessert. I'm considering a cranberry dessert, although I wouldn't be surprised if Joshua requests pumpkin pie. :)
I know... not very traditional, is it? :) I have made sweet potatoes in past years... when we had them from the garden. Last year I made homemade stuffing, which was really tasty, but this year I think I want something that can be made ahead quickly and easily... like the super-yummy gourmet potatoes!
I did purchase two bags of cranberries this week, spending a whopping $3.00 for them. They were "on sale", but I was disappointed in the number of wilty and rotting berries in those bags of Ocean Spray cranberries.
I suppose I'm just too much of a tight-wad to want to go out and spend extra money on things like yams, cranberries, or turkey when I can get other foods cheaper. Maybe some of my readers would like to share their thanksgiving menu ideas for others to peruse! Please? :)