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Well, the new wife and I decided it would be "fun" to host our first Thanksgiving at our house. So far, we know we will be making 2 turkeys (one fried, one oven roasted), yams (not sure whether they will be candied or maple-glazed), mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, broccoli, 2 kinds of stuffing (my Mom's recipe, and her Mom's recipe) and cranberry sauce. For desert, we foresee apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. We have other ideas floating around as well. So, my question(s)...

What are you doing?
Do you have any good recipes and/or tips for Thanksgiving?
What are some good appetizers?

Note, I'll leave the "wine pairing" debate for another thread.

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We did this 2 years ago and were quite happy with how it turned out. Food was hot, flavorful and not from a can....

Unfortunately, with the addition of my sister-in-law's fiancee and his family, we've run out of space and I'm probably going to wind up at my mother in law's house for dry turkey and oddly flavored stuffing again this year. Frown

As such, I'll be very interested in the pairing thread, because that is what keeps me sane. Wink

And as I recall, I think we kept the appetizers pretty light (both quantity and "weight") given how much else we were eating. It may have been some shrimp cocktail (with those big shrimp) and cheese/crackers.

Strangely enough (Wink) we were thinking the same thing about the appys. With the food we'll be having at dinner, we decided to do an olive plate (green, black and kalamatta), cheese and crackers, shrimp cocktail, and veggies w/ dip (we may throw out some chips or pretzels, and nuts).

We decided we'd do maple-glazed carrots... so we're going to do candied yams. We're getting rid of the broccoli and green bean casserole, and just having green beans.

How did you do your turkey? That's my big question. I found a good recipe from Emeril (everything from brine through to the gravy) that looks great.

I'm looking for tips/recipes for turkey and gravy.

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