The 2022 Thanksgiving Thread!

I booked my tickets a few weeks ago (very early for me!), but it seemed too early to start a Thanksgiving thread in September (or maybe not?)

But with Canadian Thanksgiving upon us, here we are.

So, if this is a holiday that you celebrate, what’s the plan? Are you hosting, traveling, going to a restaurant, skipping the whole shindig and staying home? Are you baking? Making an app or a side? Buying something to take along?

Here’s the 2021 thread.

Also 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016. I couldn’t find 2018 - if anyone finds it I’ll edit to add. (But there was an all-holiday thread that year.)

A thread about a small Thanksgiving, one about expediting the meal, one just about leftovers, one about cooking the meal while traveling, just about baking, and a whole one about disasters too!

Enjoy, and let’s share ideas and menus and stories for this year!


I’ll start. I’m traveling to my usual Thanksgiving gathering with family.

I’m planning for at least two appetizers and a dessert – our main meal doesn’t accommodate much (any :rofl:) variation, so creativity and experimentation lives in the before and after. We graze from breakfast until turkey time around 3-4pm, so there’s plenty of time and opportunity for anything anyone wants to insert then.

I’ve got ideas swirling, need to narrow down by audience and effort involved.

Fishy app candidates: Tuna mousse (courtesy @Rooster) - made before, Salmon mousse - made before, cured salmon - made before, salmon rillettes - would be new but have been on my must-try list for ages.

Gougeres have long been on my do-again list – a few years ago we did a traveling Thanksgiving and I made, froze, and traveled with a huge number of gougeres, but this time I could just make them onsite (ie at aunt’s home). But it’s a lot of effort for the size of our group (bec the kids will eat gougeres, but not most of the other things).

Then there’s baked brie or brie en croute, which used to be my staple contribution for many years (topped with something spicy – hot pepper jelly, or when we ran out, sriracha mixed with jam, lol). I’ve had a hankering for this, so maybe it will make a return this year.

So many options! And I haven’t even thought about dessert yet.


I finished my shopping today.

I went to my local Farmer’s Market, to get mushrooms from a stall where I’m a regular.Today was its last day for this market until next May.

I think I found the only turkey in my side of town that was under 10 lbs after checking 3 stores. A 12lb turkey costs around $35 to $40 Cdn, organic turkeys are going for $70. ($4.99/lb). My 9.8 lb turkey cost around $29 Cdn ($22 USD) Costs have been skyrocketing lately.

Picked some greens from my garden which will go into a spanakopita on Monday.
Sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans.
Apple, raisin, mushroom, sage and dried apricot stuffing.

Not sure if we will have a pumpkin pie on Monday. I bought one we have been enjoying this week, which was more of a pumpkin chiffon.

Look forward to hearing about your plans!


That’s me this year, for various good reasons.

That was me last year, too, but for different reasons. Last year I baked a turkey breast with some of the traditional sides for DH and myself. What a sad picture: the two of us eating a scaled back Turkey Dinner in our little breakfast nook by the light of an electric bulb, with no fancy serving ware, no guests, and none of the other heart-warming trappings of the holiday. Pa-the-tic! Lol!

This year I think I’ll do something with some wow factor, but not necessarily a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll light a candle and enjoy a nice meal.


Yay! I am a Scrooge about Christmas but Thanksgiving is cool. I recall resenting travelling until I was stuck at home and not my choice.


We do what we have to. Whatever works for you!

2020 was my lonely-ish pandemic Thanksgiving. So I made the things I knew I’d miss, and the rest of it didn’t matter that much.

I did enjoy having scalloped potatoes, vs the mashed that someone decided at some point were the only kind allowed at Thanksgiving!

Missed the leftover meals.


I just wondered at that moment why I was trying to stick to a prescribed food tradition when everything else was so off the mark.

This year we’ll do something different, hopefully something original, and possibly start a new tradition for ourselves for those years when we don’t do a family gathering.


Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Hmm. Deviled eggs would be a good addition to the day-long grazing.


A friend’s bday is close to Thanksgiving and my partners work load has been at near catastrophic levels most of the year, so we’re skipping the usual dinner with her sister and family and meeting said bday friend and spouse for a long weekend at the coast. Bougie dining (including fresh off the boat dungeness!) and a decided lack of any pressure to do anything are the only things on the agenda.


I might have a couple guests .
Razor clams dipped in a egg and milk wash .Then into finely crushed saltines.
Fried in butter and a little oil for a very short amount of time .
Butter nut squash cooked in the oven .
I’m searching for a vegetable or other side that will go with this diverse menu .


Classic clam recipe. Good on you!

What a privilege and pleasure to dig ‘em in good company, and then catch breath while the diggers’ veterans fry 'em for everyone, us newbies included.

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Has anyone made the NYT Sweet Potato Gratin with Gruyere? It’s got a paywall- I’ll post something similar

Other sweet potato ideas

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I grew up with, and have often myself done, simple baked sweet potatoes served as-is with butter for Thanksgiving. However, several years ago I discovered these roasted sweet potatoes with orange marmalade and bitters from the Gourmet Today cookbook. The OJ, marmalade, and bitters reduce down to a sophisticated, bittersweet glaze as the potatoes roast.


We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes with apples, dried cherries, pecans & maple, mixed greens and goat cheese frittata (in place of spanakopita), and apple pie.

Turkey wing for breakfast, stuffing for lunch.

Leftovers for dinner, with purchased pumpkin pie tonight.

I might make the Tom Kha Turkey soup tomorrow. We really liked it last year.

repurposing leftovers thread


Just picked up a copy of this book and was looking at this recipe, wandering if it would be good.

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Here’s my alternative menu for a Thanksgiving Dinner for two. It’s casual enough to make sense for the two of us, but still I tried to incorporate many of the traditional foods so we don’t forget it’s a holiday. We love this kind of fare, and already are looking forward to our “Turkey Dinner”.

Grilled turkey-and-Swiss sandwiches on homemade cranberry-pecan sourdough (choice of open-faced or traditional sandwich, with gravy optional).

Crispy, twice-cooked potato wedges – both gold potatoes and sweet.

Grated carrot salad. Pickled green beans. Pickled cherries.

To drink: choice of apple or blackberry shrub, alcohol optional.

For dessert: homemade pumpkin ice cream.

After dinner we’ll throw the switch on our outdoor holiday light tableau and light up the tree.

Happy holidays!


So glad to see this thread up. Just was discharged from the hospital and need all the help I can get this year.


I hear I am about to be tapped to make a turkey while traveling, 2,516.2 mies away. I’m on it !


Good recovery to you @Wtg2Retire!