Family Comments JTC Nov 25 2017 at 12:15 am Be sure they whack the head off first… “It’s…smiling at me!” JackDeth 72 Nov 25 2017 at 1:20 am “Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra…. Ra Ra Ra Ra!” *A Christmas Story.” Too Tall Nov 25 2017 at 12:28 am Sam + kitchen = a Weapon of Mass Destruction. By herself, Sam is usually a weapon of mass distraction. NotYetInACamp Nov 25 2017 at 3:50 am Some girls are better at making reservations and ordering in. Annnnd we get even more diversity with Wu. 🙂 cmblake6 Nov 25 2017 at 4:13 am Ah well, tasty dinner. Now, if the actual wildlife harvest had gone as planned… JTC Nov 25 2017 at 4:45 pm “What we’ve got heah is,,,failyuh to communicate!” See, when they told Naomi they liked their turkey “smoked”… Well let’s just say they should have been sure she was wearing her chef’s hat and not her IDF beret. Halley Nov 25 2017 at 5:05 am On Thanksgiving we made authentic Thai for some Japanese friends. It worked, almost as well as turkey and gravy. If you’ve ever had real Chinese in China, you know it’s nothing like the “Chinese” you get elsewhere. Yum. nonncom Nov 25 2017 at 8:36 am I agree….traditional American Thanksgiving dinner will not crawl around on your plate….at least, it shouldn’t….(shits and giggles)…. Pamela Nov 25 2017 at 8:53 pm Maybe something Hawaiian https://www.magpul.com/products/magpul-megablend-womens-crew-neck-hula-girl-t-shirt Deplorable B Woodman Nov 25 2017 at 11:12 pm Don’t remind me. I spent four years stationed at Schofield Barracks. At Thanksgiving, we did a nice mix of mainland and island. Pineapple…….ummmmmmm. Too Tall Nov 26 2017 at 1:04 am Pamela, that t-shirt is so you. Alex J Nov 25 2017 at 6:46 am Who’s Wu? There are a small number of “Chinese” restaurants that make it like they do on the mainland. Usually in larger cities. Actually, there are a ton of regional cuisines that make up Chinese. Hunan is very different from Cantonese, which is a whole nother world from Szechwan, and let’s not even get into Mandrin. For that matter, Mexican food is kind of the same deal. The dishes of the Yucatán are quite different from Tex-Mex. Did I mention that the quickest way to a Gal’s heart is through her stomach? nonncom Nov 25 2017 at 8:37 am My Mom always said the quickest way to a man’s heart is through the chest with a sharp knife….same thing?…. Pamela Nov 25 2017 at 2:28 pm I thought a fine Tequila and dark chocolate covered cherries was the way to a Gal’s heart…. Too Tall Nov 26 2017 at 1:08 am Don Julio ‘42. Dove or Godiva? Pamela Nov 26 2017 at 2:15 am Both eon Nov 25 2017 at 8:08 am Zed plans ahead. cheers eon Deplorable B Woodman Nov 25 2017 at 8:36 am Sounds like this isn’t the first time Thanksgiving dinner plans have gone awry with Sam at the DD Ranch. Maybe next year ZED should plan something different, like feral pork. GWB Nov 25 2017 at 9:50 am No, no, no! That’s a *Christmas* tradition! 😉 (A hug ham and a lamb roast for our Thanksgiving. I give thanks for technology that allows me to buy New Zealand lamb. I do NOT give thanks for a society that thinks lamb is weird, and so there are no sources of “local” lamb.) GWB Nov 25 2017 at 9:51 am *sigh* That’s a “huge ham”. I haven’t hugged a ham since my son was in the school play. I like ham, but not like that. Tom Z. Nov 25 2017 at 10:18 pm There is the Ray Stevens son g involving kissing a pig and hugging a hog. 🙂 War Pig Nov 25 2017 at 10:33 am A friend’s family has made it a Christmas tradition to have Chinese because of that movie. His beautiful and elegant wife is Chinese (and a wonderful cook – she can do Sichuan, Mandarin, Hunan, etc) and when she saw the movie for the first time in America she laughed so hard I thought she’d have a seizure. She sings the song “Deck the harrs with bows of horry, fa-rah-rah-rah – raah!” when its time to eat and giggles like a school girl when she does. OBTW, the Chinese also eat lamb and she can make it several ways. My favorite is braised lamb shanks with vegetables. MAJ Arkay Nov 25 2017 at 11:51 am Around here, we smoke whatever meat we feel like on Thanksgiving and at Christmas. Local tradition is cabrito (baby goat) and tamales, but since Spousal Unit’s mom over-fed the tamales when he was young, that’s out in this house. I like cabrito, but like lamb, it’s an awful lot of work for so little meat. This year, he smoked a 20 lb turkey. It’s absolutely delicious. And I don’t want to see one bit of turkey at Christmas — since a good portion of this one will likely still be in the freezer. Luckily, our Christmas tradition is to do something different each Christmas. The year it started with egg drop soup definitely raised the eyebrows in our more traditional family members. Now they make bets on what we’ll serve. LowKey Nov 25 2017 at 1:39 pm If it were Christmas Dinner I’d say that Sam is a Jap², but I didn’t know that her father was Jewish. 😉 It’s a “tradition” for many American Jews to eat Chinese food on Christmas, which stems from Chinese restaurants being one of the few places open on Christmas. Chris Muir Nov 25 2017 at 6:54 pm Her father was Irish.I know, you’re joking, and is Low Key from Inspector Closeau? heh Delilah T. Nov 25 2017 at 2:43 pm Buy the turkey breast, ask the peep at the meat counter to split it through the keelbone, wrap it for freezing, and cook one/freeze one. That settles the ‘leftovers are gross!’ problem, and no one gets tired of turkey. Otherwise, cook both, serve one sliced, make pot pies or shepherd’s pie out of the other and serve later. Pamela Nov 25 2017 at 3:16 pm I’ve got the carcass simmering for stock on the back burner. JTC Nov 25 2017 at 3:03 pm Lesson for Sam; the fam doesn’t like their turkey poached. Or vaporized. 😉 Deplorable B Woodman Nov 25 2017 at 11:21 pm This year, we had deep fried turkey for the first time (sister’s new electric deep fryer). We ate late, but the moistness of even the white (RACISSSS) breast meat was worth the wait. Yum! I’m thinking of getting a small fryer so we can do this more often.