Early Preparation

@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
United States
November 23, 2022 10:25am CST
I don’t enjoy living in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. So I usually prepare everything I can ahead of time. I am blessed that I have my son to share the cooking with. He is making a duck, rolls and dessert. It will be our first time trying duck. I’m making the sides. I have the first one ready and it will just need to be placed in the oven tomorrow.
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@CarolDM (198356)
• United States
23 Nov
Preparing ahead is a good idea. Not big meal planned here. You are very blessed to have a chef son. Your casserole looks good. Happy Thanksgiving!
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
23 Nov
Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
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@CarolDM (198356)
• United States
23 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 Thank you.
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@DaddyEvil (102940)
• United States
23 Nov
Uh oh! I hope you like duck more than we did. It was way too greasy for us. I hope you have a good Thanksgiving!
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
24 Nov
I’ll let you know what we think.
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@DaddyEvil (102940)
• United States
24 Nov
@Dreamerby Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving in the US.
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@Dreamerby (2912)
• Calcutta, India
24 Nov
When is Thanksgiving traditionally? After Christmas or before Christmas?
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@allknowing (107716)
• India
24 Nov
Since the maid is taking a holiday just around Christmas I am planning to get things done before she leaves.
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@allknowing (107716)
• India
27 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 She will be back on Jan 5
@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
How long will she be on holiday ?
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@kaylachan (39623)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Nov
I hope that turns out well. I've never tried duck, so it should be a nice interesting meal.
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@kaylachan (39623)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Nov
@Dreamerby I tend to prefer chicken, too.
@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
It turned out good.
@Dreamerby (2912)
• Calcutta, India
24 Nov
I tried it once. I prefer chicken.
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@DWDavis (20696)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
24 Nov
My missus started prepping for T-Day on Tuesday, continued most of the day today, and will bring it all together tomorrow. My job today was to prepare the brine and get the turkey into it to soak overnight.
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@DWDavis (20696)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
27 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 We did. Thank you. I hope yours was happy, too. Son2 and his spouse-like partner (as the government forms now refer to his live-in fiance) came and spent a couple of nights and left with two grocery bags full of leftovers. My missus still prepares T-day dinner for a crowd.
@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
I hope that you had a happy Thanksgiving.
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@kobesbuddy (156416)
• East Tawas, Michigan
23 Nov
We do the exact same thing, Marie:) Today, Jay is baking pies and I'm preparing the side dishes. Tomorrow, we will simply roast the turkey, with everything else already prepared. Duck? That sounds wonderful! I don't think I've ever eaten duck before. Enjoy!
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
23 Nov
It’s our first time. I’ll let you know how it tastes.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
@kobesbuddy It turned out good, but I like chicken better.
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@kobesbuddy (156416)
• East Tawas, Michigan
23 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 Yes, I'd love to hear how this duck turns out:) Jay shot on in Alabama and brought it home. For some reason, it got freezer burn!
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@snowy22315 (146101)
• United States
23 Nov
Yes, when it comes to making a big meal like that, best to do it in stages.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
Yes, it’s exhausting doing it all at once.
@much2say (49057)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Nov
We try to prepare things early too. Your son makes everything amazing - ohhh, we've never done duck. Enjoy your good eats for Thanksgiving!
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
23 Nov
It will be our first time having duck. Happy Thanksgiving.
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@much2say (49057)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 How did it turn out ?
@Juliaacv (72739)
• Canada
23 Nov
I like the way that you think. I have been doing things ahead of time for most of married life for large family gatherings. I used to buy already peeled potatoes for mashed pototoes, then make them up with the sour cream and cream cheese a couple of days in advance and put them into the fridge until the big day. There are so many ways of time saving for holiday cooking, I have a wonderful recipe for slow cooker stuffing which works wonderfully. Happy Thanksgiving to you Marie and to your family.
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@Juliaacv (72739)
• Canada
27 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 I will look up the recipe and send it to you in a pm Marie. it is great if you have to serve a really large crowd. I used to double the recipe (it cooks down) and then do a second slow cooker with a double batch for our huge family. But if you are just cooking for a normal size group, it is just nice to have something low maintenance like that, the only 'work' is browning the onions and celery and that is done at the start before putting it into the slow cooker.
@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
I’m intrigued about slow cooker stuffing.
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@marlina (152752)
• Canada
23 Nov
Good planning!
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
Thanksgiving day was relaxing.
@RasmaSandra (59556)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Nov
All the best to you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day,
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
I hope your Thanksgiving was nice.
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@1creekgirl (34177)
• United States
23 Nov
I know you enjoy having your son help with the food. Happy Thanksgiving!
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
It is a joy to cook with him.
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• United States
23 Nov
We do the same thing preparing what we can in advance. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Marie
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
23 Nov
I hope that yours is wonderful too.
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@JudyEv (293663)
• Rockingham, Australia
23 Nov
I remember that your son is a very good cook. I have got that right, haven't I?
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
Yes, we feel like we have our own private chef.
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@JudyEv (293663)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 I have a private chef too - my husband!
@RebeccasFarm (77451)
• United States
25 Nov
I used to love duck. I hope everything was good Marie. Yes your son is amazing. Happy Thanksgiving.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
I liked it, but prefer chicken.
@jstory07 (125613)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Nov
Planning ahead of time is the only way to make a Thanksgiving meal. I hope you had a good meal and nice time with your family.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
Thank you, I hope that your Thanksgiving was nice too.
@noni1959 (9237)
• United States
25 Nov
Sharing in the creations and clean up helps. We shared all tasks today so was able to relax and enjoy. I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
I’m glad that yours was nice too.
@aninditasen (11090)
• Raurkela, India
24 Nov
What's the dish you have posted? How many people do you have for Thanksgiving for dinner or lunch.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
The photo is of green bean casserole. There were only three of us.
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@aninditasen (11090)
• Raurkela, India
28 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 Oh! That looks lovely. I shall try it.
@LindaOHio (109106)
• United States
24 Nov
I used to take the day off before Thanksgiving when I was working. I would cook and bake all day. Have a great Thanksgiving.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
27 Nov
I hope your Thanksgiving was nice too.
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@LindaOHio (109106)
• United States
27 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 Ours was quiet but nice.
@NanaMc (589)
24 Nov
My mother in law did all the cooking back when my marriage was still young and so were my children. Instead of the preparation falling to one of the daughters, it fell to me. Now I do all the cooking. I don't enjoy it that much either and try to fix what I can ahead of time. I also no longer do Thanksgiving on Thursday (heheheh), I do it the Saturday before, so that if the sisters and brothers in law, or my own children, now that they have two sides of a family, can enjoy Thanksgiving on Thursday. Some of the inlaws come for just a bit, don't overload themselves and get ready to do it on Thursday all over again. It's been a win win in my case.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48608)
• United States
24 Nov
We sometimes switch the day too so that extended family can come.