Turkey-Talk

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
We hosted a Thanksgiving dinner years ago with several of our active duty friends attending. One of the wives brought a huge,
uncooked fish. o_O

My wife had to do some serious cooking timing adjustments to get that foul smelling fish cooked.

Im like TT, and would prefer beef for Thanksgiving, but as to not cause waves, I go along with the family desires.

Outdoor fishboil :tappingfoot Some Viking customs make a lot of sense, even in today's modern world :lol
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
Prime rib (med rare) is what I cook for Christmas, plus we usually get a honey baked ham also.

I usually don't serve a meal on Christmas. That, like Sundays, is a day off for me. I might cook a prime rib on Christmas eve though. I usually get the rib roasts when they're on sale, but this season the sale price is still on the high side. I might visit a couple of stores the night before Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving to see if there are any left that have been marked down that look good to me (I always have to have plenty of cap).
 

RobinB

Well-Known Member
I usually don't serve a meal on Christmas. That, like Sundays, is a day off for me.

For 30+ years Christmas dinner was at my house, parents and sister's family would come over in the afternoon. But trying to fit a home cooked meal and opening gifts and visiting into a 3 hour time slot got really old. I've decided that from now on I'd put out a tray of sandwiches, maybe a fruit display and a shrimp platter and everyone can eat when they are ready. And sit anywhere. No more putting tables together and fancy place settings. It's very freeing feeling. :nod
 

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
For 30+ years Christmas dinner was at my house, parents and sister's family would come over in the afternoon. But trying to fit a home cooked meal and opening gifts and visiting into a 3 hour time slot got really old. I've decided that from now on I'd put out a tray of sandwiches, maybe a fruit display and a shrimp platter and everyone can eat when they are ready. And sit anywhere. No more putting tables together and fancy place settings. It's very freeing feeling. :nod

I generally make everything the day before Thanksgiving except for the turkey and gravy and baked sweet potato and refrigerate in pans that can be used for reheating and serving. On Thanksgiving, all I have to do is bake the turkey and sweet potato, make the gravy, and reheat everything else that's served hot. Everything served cold is served cold out of the fridge or porch.

No fancy place settings. Same as any other dinner.

That way, I get to enjoy Thanksgiving (and Christmas, Easter, etc.), too:smile

I always hated how the women in the family got relegated to the kitchen to cook and clean on holidays and ended up tired, hurting, and crabby by the time it was all over. I was too young to help (and maybe listen to what was being talked about), so I was banished from the kitchen and got to watch football with the guys :lol

Unfortunately, the garage door people are scheduled for Wednesday (no other available options that worked with other stuff going on) :frust
 

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
Same here, some years I even ordered the entire meal from a caterer. However everything still needed to be heated up, so there was still kitchen juggling time. There was still a formal table to set up, and tons of dishes.

Sorry about your garage door people!

If I have company, the dishes wait until the company is gone (and even until the next day) so we can enjoy our time together. Only properly packing, sealing, and storing leftovers happens after dinner because that can't wait.
 

Andy C

Well-Known Member
If I have company, the dishes wait until the company is gone (and even until the next day) so we can enjoy our time together. Only properly packing, sealing, and storing leftovers happens after dinner because that can't wait.
When we have hosted big dinners, Im the one who usually cleans up everything, and I do it as soon as the meal is over, which frees my wife for entertaining the guests, and allows me less interaction. I dont always do well in crowds, so will busy myself in between forced interactions.
 

RobinB

Well-Known Member
When we have hosted big dinners, Im the one who usually cleans up everything, and I do it as soon as the meal is over, which frees my wife for entertaining the guests, and allows me less interaction. I dont always do well in crowds, so will busy myself in between forced interactions.

My hubby is the same-- he jumps in to do the dishes so he has less time to interact with everyone.
 
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