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    Smile Thanksgiving 2007

    Well Pilgrims, what's happening for Thanksgiving this year? Host of the feast? Or guest? Cookin' from scratch? Or Turkey-To-Go? Going on a trip? Other?

    In recent years' past we've done the Turkey-To-Go thing.

    This year my sister is the cook (an excellent one at that) and host. Throw in a whole lotta' chit-chat, some TV time, tinkering around the house, followed by a Tryptophan-induced nap, with just enough rest to prepare for Black Friday (except me). Pretty much standard fare expected.

    Related HT threads of the past:
    Thanksgiving 2006
    Deep-fried Turkey...YUCK!
    Thanksgiving: Plans, Traditions? Share!
    What did you have for Thanksgiving?

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    Guest. Each year, my sister (who lives on the other side of Lake Washington from Seattle) has us over for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Since we plan to spend Christmas with my mother (a couple hours away on the Olympic Peninsula), it's over to the sister's for Thanksgiving.

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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007



    It's a tradition foa our ohana to be celebrate at my nephew's hale in Waipauuuuu! Plenny kaukau to eat. Ukapila homemade desserts. Thanksgiving...a time to reflect and be thankful.

    I am thankful for having an Ohana and friends whom love me for myself.

    PUPULE!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    God bless the Beast and the Children.

    I am dee Beast!





    Please Kokua to KauKau Wagon's Thanksgiving Saturday, November 24, 2007. 1:00 p.m.
    See http://kaukauwagon.com/default.aspx
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    Be AKAMAI ~ KOKUA Hawai`i!
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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007

    My house.
    Menu:
    Turducken
    Honey Brined Turkey Breast
    Store bought Brown Sugar cured Ham
    Cornbread Apple Stuffing
    Green Bean Casserole (green beans/baby bellas/gravy/french onion pieces)
    Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter
    Vegetable Casserole (wife's recipe)
    Mashed Potato/gravy
    Crescent Rolls
    Cranberry Sauce
    Apple Pie Ala mode
    Pumpkin Pie
    -kp!

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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007: Turkey-To-Go Deals

    For your convenience, here's a list* of some current locally-advertised (Oahu) Thanksgiving Turkey-To-Go offerings out there...

    Turkey To Go
    Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa

    (808) 528-6066
    Butterball Turkey (10-12 lbs)
    Chestnut and Sage Dressing
    Homemade Mashed Potatoes
    Corn Chowder
    Giblet Gravy
    Buttered Corn
    Rolls & Butter
    Cranberry Relish
    Candied Yams
    Pumpkin Pie
    Feeds family of 4-6
    $85 plus tax

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    Thanksgiving To Go
    Hawaii Prince Hotel

    (808) 942-4718, 952-4784
    Oven Roasted Turkey (10-12 lbs) with all the ready-to-heat fixings
    Cornbread, Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing
    Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Giblet Gravy
    Orange Cranberry Sauce
    Maple Glazed Yams
    Fresh Baked Rolls
    Pumpkin Pie
    Feeds 4
    $75 prepaid by 11/14, $85 11/15-21, 2007

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    Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
    Don Quijote

    Place order between 11/11 and 11/22 at the Okazuya Dept., Keheka and Waipahu locations only
    Fully cooked Turkey (10-12 lbs)
    Stuffing (1 lb)
    Mashed Potato (1 lb)
    Cranberry Sauce (8 oz)
    Turkey Gravy (24 oz)
    43.99

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    Thanksgiving Complete Dinner to Go
    Panya

    (808) 597-8880
    Succulent Honey Glazed Roast Turkey stuffed with Mochi Rice
    or
    Honey Mustard Glazed Smoked Ham with Mochi Rice
    $88
    A complete Dinner for 6
    $198
    includes 4 appetizers, salad, soup & dessert

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    Thanksgiving Meals to Go
    Zippy's

    (808) 973-0880
    Whole Turkey Package
    8-10 lbs. Turkey
    Poultry gravy (4 lbs)
    Real Mashed Potatoes (4 lbs)
    New and improved Stuffing (3 lbs)
    Cranberry-Pineapple Relish (1 lb)
    Sweet Dinner Rolls (1 dozen)
    $66.45 + tax
    Half Turkey Package
    (4-5 lbs Turkey)
    $34.95 + tax

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    Thanksgiving Turkey Package
    Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine

    (808) 692-9880 (Kapolei)
    One whole roasted Turkey
    Crispy Gau Gee (20 pieces)
    Gon Lo Mein
    Custard Pie
    $69.95

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    Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner at Home
    Kenny's Restaurant
    (at the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi)
    (808) 841-0931
    Hot and Ready to Eat Turkey (12-14 lbs)
    Stuffing
    Gravy
    $73.29
    *Other side dishes available at extra cost

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    Take Out Turkey Meals
    The Willows

    (808) 952-9200
    Garlic Herb Focaccia
    Antipasto Pasta Salad
    Roasted Tomato & Vegetable Ratatouille
    Herb & Gruyere Cheese Potato Casserole
    Cranberry & Tarragon Jelly
    Caramelized Onion & Black Truffle Gravy
    Roasted Corn & Chorizo Stuffing
    Rosemary, Basil & Sage Crusted Roast Turkey
    Pumpkin & Pecan Crunch
    Serves 4-6 people
    $92.95

    Wow! This Willows one sounds AWESOME!

    *Call or inquire within for complete details on each package.
    Last edited by Pomai; November 14th, 2007 at 10:37 AM.

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    I always have Thanksgiving dinner at my mom and dad's home. They cook everything from scratch and in my opinion it's the best tasting I've ever had anywhere.

    Their menu usually includes: A brine soaked turkey stuffed with apples, celery, onions smoked in the kamado with kiawe or guava wood. An asian/american fusion stuffing with mochi rice and barley. Homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest, a butter/herb seasoned baked loaf of bread, candied yams topped with marshmallows. Hawaii grown corn on the cob. A foster farm glazed ham. Green beans flavored with bacon and onions and a mandarin orange cottage cheese jello mold.

    My part is to bring the pumpkin pie. In years past, I used to make the pie from scratch, substituting the evaporated milk in the recipe with half and half or heavy cream and (a trick I learned from my mother) adding more powdered ginger which greatly enhances the taste of the pumpkin, but gives it a "weird" color. But because my father is diabetic, and usually shares just one slice of pie with mom, I now usually buy the smallest pumpkin pie from St. Germain Bakery. Otherwise I'm left with too much pie, and I'm not really a dessert person anyway.

    My mom and dad also tell me to bring over any friends of mine who don't have any family here, or anyplace to go on this holiday which is really nice of them. I have cooked the whole "shebang" myself, usually over a good friend's house who wanted to host thanksgiving but doesn't know how to cook her/himself.

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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007: Dine-In Restaurant Specials

    Also for your convenience, here's a list* of current locally-advertised Thanksgiving Day restaurant dine-in offerings...

    Thanksgiving Special
    Nick's Fishmarket

    (808) 955-6333
    Appetizer (choice of)
    Butter Nut Squash Ravioli
    with Corn and Truffle Butter Sauce
    Crab and Artichoke Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms
    with Parmesan Cheese and Hollandaise Sauce
    Popcorn Lobster Salad
    with Baby Greens, Honey and Sweet Chili Viniagreette and Remoulade
    Entree (choice of)
    Sauteed Breaded Stuffed Turkey Breast
    filled with Mozarella Cheese and Ham topped with Marinara and Parmesan Cheese, Served with Green Peas, Corn and Sweet Potato Au Gratin
    Roasted Cornish Game Hen
    with Italian Sausage Stuffing, Served with Green Peas, Corn, Sweet Potato Au Gratin, and Cranberry Demi Glaze Sauce
    Grilled Rib Eye Steak
    with Wild Mushroom and Demi Glaze, Horseradish Cream, Served with Green Peas, Corn and Sweet Potato Au Gratin
    Dessert
    Strawberry Cheesecake
    Home-made Strawberry Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Crust and Cognac Strawberry Sauce
    $32.95

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    Happy Thanksgiving
    Wailana Coffee House

    (808) 955-1764
    Thanksgiving Turkey with Ham Complete Dinner
    $11.95

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    Thanksgiving Buffet
    3660 on the Rise

    (808) 737-1177
    Bountiful Salad Bar
    Fresh Oysters
    Assorted Poke
    Wild Salmon, Herb Butter Sauce
    Chicken with Tarragon Sauce
    Carving: Roast Turkey & Prime Rib
    Assorted Desserts and much more
    Thursday, November 22, 3:30-7:00pm
    $41.00 adults
    $17.50 children

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    Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
    Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab

    8am-2pm
    (808) 545-7979
    Roast Turkey with all the trimmings
    Roast Steamship Round
    Create your own omelet station
    great salads
    Alaskan Snowcrab Legs
    Island Pokes
    Fresh Island Fish
    Ice Cream Bar
    Great Desserts
    $29.95 adults
    $14.95 keiki 5-12

    Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
    Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab

    4pm-8:30pm
    Roast Turkey
    Garlic Rubbed Prime Rib
    Great Salads
    Fresh Island Fish
    Pasta Station
    Kalbi
    Alaskan Snowcrab Clusters
    Ice Cream Sundae station
    Homemade desserts
    $34.95 adults
    $16.95 keiki 5-12

    *Call or inquire within for complete details on each package.

    More to follow later. FYI, I have no personal affiliation with any of the establishments listed above. Just sharpening my typing skills.

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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007

    We'll be at the Willow's for their buffet this year! Only 6 days and I'll be home!
    So long...and thanks for all the fish!

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    We are hosting T-Day dinner at our house and the dearly beloved has invited a couple of new transplants who are single and without family. In an effort to make sure they have some of their Thanksgiving favorites, I must make a green bean casserole. I am ashamed to admit that I have never made this dish. Does anyone have a tried and true recipe that includes the crunchy fried onion topping? I don't want to do a 'test run' on this dish and don't really trust the one on the label as it seems incredibly bland (maybe that is the point), so am asking for any help or advice.

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    I have to admit, I don't think I've ever tasted that highly popular dish known as green bean casserole (which is often mentioned as a Thanksgiving favorite). It might just be me (or my family). I've always wondered if green bean casserole was a mainland thing, and for one reason or another, was never adopted by locals. I don't know. We do have other side dishes we serve for Thanksgiving ... like sushi and poke, which surely isn't a tradition on the mainland.

    (I know this doesn't help you, Glossyp, sorry. )

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    My ohana is going to celebrate at my tita's house. My tita's extended family from the in-laws will be coming to visit, so it should be a packed hale. I'm sure we will be celebrating with the traditional turkey, stuffing, mashers, etc. but, we will also be noshing on some dim sum, sushi, roast duck, kalua pig, poi, and can't forget da rice

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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007: Dine-In Restaurant Specials

    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    [...]
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Wailana Coffee House

    (808) 955-1764
    Thanksgiving Turkey with Ham Complete Dinner
    $11.95
    [...]
    $11.95? This is less expensive than my contribution to a potluck dinner! Plus, it's more convenient...it's walking distance! <sigh!>

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    Does anyone have a tried and true recipe that includes the crunchy fried onion topping? I don't want to do a 'test run' on this dish and don't really trust the one on the label as it seems incredibly bland (maybe that is the point), so am asking for any help or advice.
    Here's one that I have actually tried and is very good (note: I made the cheddar cheese version)
    http://www.greenbeansnmore.com/recipe-b.html

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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007

    I don't celebrate it, ever since my freshman year in college (9 years ago). I mean, what's the point of spending all that money to express your thankfulness? I'm already thankful for everything each day of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Lowery View Post
    I don't celebrate it, ever since my freshman year in college (9 years ago). I mean, what's the point of spending all that money to express your thankfulness? I'm already thankful for everything each day of the year.
    I'm just curious...Not even with your parents? I'm only asking because I think my own parents would be hurt if I didn't come over for Thanksgiving, especially since I'm the only one of my siblings who still lives here.

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    Thanksgiving is traditionally at my parents home, however since I'm on Maui with my sister, and she's unable to travel with her newborn we're making changes.

    Noe and the kids are flying here to Maui to celebrate at my Uncle's home, my cousin is hosting Thanksgiving on Oahu, my Mom is flying off to Vegas, and my Dad will be...relaxing golfing!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you on HT!

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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007

    I'm having the family over. Just bought that incredible six pack of pomegranates at Costco for $9.99. We're talking softballs. But, what to do? Any suggestions. Maybe I should have just bought juice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    I'm just curious...Not even with your parents? I'm only asking because I think my own parents would be hurt if I didn't come over for Thanksgiving, especially since I'm the only one of my siblings who still lives here.
    What parents?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    Here's one that I have actually tried and is very good (note: I made the cheddar cheese version)
    http://www.greenbeansnmore.com/recipe-b.html
    Thanks, Beau. I appreciate the link and will give it a try. I purchased the ingredients today (the store was busy!) and will report on the results.

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    Thanks, Beau. I appreciate the link and will give it a try. I purchased the ingredients today (the store was busy!) and will report on the results.
    Your welcome! Just some advice (I'm sure you're a proficient cook) whether you have bought canned green beans (buy the french cut style) or frozen green beans(cook the frozen beans first following the directions on the pkg.), be sure to squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible (like putting those beans in a cheese cloth and wring out all the extra liquid) before combining it with the mushroom soup and other ingredients.

    That way the dish will stay thick and creamy, rather than becoming soupy and soggy.

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    This year, we will be spending the day with family at my parent's house in Pearl City. Our usual Thanksgiving menu includes:
    turkey
    ham
    rice
    stuffing
    mashed potatoes
    candied yams
    dinner rolls
    gravy
    pumpkin pie
    some kind of chocolate dessert (I don't like pumpkin pie)
    I'd rather be ... LOST


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    Default Re: Thanksgiving 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by kanahina View Post
    [...](I don't like pumpkin pie)
    Does that mean that the aforementioned pumpkin latte at Starbucks won't make your holiday hit list and that discontinued pumpkin smash Jamba Juice was never a sought after delicacy?


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    Both my wife and I will be working that night, so...

    I gave my main guys the night off to be with their families.
    And I'll buy dinner for the few of us that will be working.
    Plates from Meg's or Ritchie's, I believe.

    I'm actually just very thankful to be working and not homeless or hungry.
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal View Post
    I'm having the family over. Just bought that incredible six pack of pomegranates at Costco for $9.99. We're talking softballs. But, what to do? Any suggestions. Maybe I should have just bought juice!
    I love pomegranates! When I was growing up the next door neighbor had a pomegranate tree, and would invite me to help myself to as much as I wanted.

    Here's a link with interesting recipes: http://pomegranates.org/recipes.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    I love pomegranates! When I was growing up the next door neighbor had a pomegranate tree, and would invite me to help myself to as much as I wanted.[...]
    Oooooh...I love pomegranates, too! When I was a kid there was a castle...a real castle, oddly enough...a coupla blocks up the hill from where I lived. It must've had 10 pomegranate trees along the perimeter of the property. The neighborhood kids would raid the trees, bust open the pomegranates and chow down. Gawd, those things were so good and we'd all go home stained from head to toe! Then, one day, someone in the castle took a pot shot at us with a bb gun. Our little pomegranate posse high tailed it down the hill never to return!

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