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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Rowena PHilbeck

Looks wonderful. I really don't have plans to go away this Thanksgiving as I have to work on Black Friday. I think I'm just resting and maybe watching a movie. Kids are going elsewhere to eat. Should be quiet for sure. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kathy in San Jose

You're making me hungry!

The cranberry sauce recipe that I've done for the last 7-8 years is only very slightly more complex: 1 c. sugar, juice of an orange + grated orange rind, 1/2 tsp. grated ginger. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, add 1 bag cranberries, cook until they pop. Add 1/2 c. chopped toasted pecans and dash of Grand Marnier if desired.

The rest of our dinner will be similar, but with swiss chard & mashed sweet potatoes. The dessert that we're taking to our friends' house will be a GF pear-apple crisp, with almond flour.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of your family!


Looks yummy! I've never understood why anyone would buy canned cranberry sauce - it always taste stale to me. From scratch couldn't be easier as you have described. I just realized I did not have any cranberry sauce. For the first time in my life, I had Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant. It was just one daughter, my partner & me. I was recently diagnosed with pernicious anemia which meant daily (M-F) trips to Northwestern for B12 shots (after tomorrow, it's weekly for a month & then monthly). Also had an opera & high school reunion this month & another opera Sat & Monday I leave for Baton Rouge to visit the other daughter. So, since I wasn't sure if I'd feel up to making the meal & there were just the 3 of us, we made reservations at Mike Ditka's. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food & the efficient & friendly service. We eat there a few times a year so we knew the food was good but it is not so common for a restaurant that doesn't do buffets regularly to maintain the level of quality when they do them - especially when they had the number of people they did. But Ditka's came through with flying colors - delicious food, great service & the buffet lines were set up so that you didn't have to wait terribly long for anything. I did feel kind of bad for all the employees who were working on Thanksgiving Day. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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