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The Trouble with Turkey

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

As a mom it's the planning meals part that always gets to me especially this year's Thanksgiving. I am making dinner for the Canadian Thanksgiving on Oct. 8. for the extended family. Before I go on my little rant I want to politically correctly state that of course, I am sensitive to everyone's challenges around food allergies and religious convictions etc. Now, that I have cleared the legalities out of the way here goes! My niece's boyfriend is Kosher so I can't make anything dairy because I am serving meat (turkey). My sister and niece eat gluten free - no wheat and in my sister's case corn products. Ever tried to make a green bean casserole under those conditions? By the time I am through eliminating dairy and wheat what will be left to serve - you guessed it a naked turkey as in undressed bird! What would Martha Stewart do? On top of it all - 10 hours of prep and gobble, gobble, gobble - it's all gobbled up! emoticon emoticon I feel like such a turkey ranting like this!
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  • CROWLEY123
    Yet, you sound like you will take it all in stride!
    Have fun with it, do your best, enjoy! emoticon
    2975 days ago
    Wow, tough conditions. Maybe you should just serve Chinese? emoticon
    Good luck!
    2977 days ago
    I thought fowl was parve? That would let you serve dairy with the turkey, though you'll still have the issues with wheat and corn.
    2977 days ago
    You should just make a variety of foods and they can choose what they eat. I don't think you have to exclude all those things just because one or two people won't eat it. But, it is very considerate of you!!

    I like the idea of asking them to make a dish to pass, that way it guarantees that everyone has something they will eat.
    2977 days ago
    I think it's great that you want to accommodate everyone but keep in mind, it's not necessary. How would they make the meals if they were preparing? I say make the green bean casserole. They aren't required to eat it. I know you want everyone to be happy and I agree, that is very kind to take the time to do that but don't frustrate yourself too much. You deserve to enjoy the holiday, too! :)
    2977 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    Makes a lot of sense. Maybe too ask them each to bring a dish to share as they might like that. Thinking of you! emoticon
    2978 days ago
    Another thing I thought of. You don't need to plan EVERYTHING so that EVERYONE can eat some of every dish. Someone's avoiding wheat? Okay, so they ignore the green bean casserole (I don't know what this is, but I assume it has bread crumbs on it). Kosher? She doesn't have to eat the things with milk in it. Some people would object to you using the same pans or dishes to serve either to them.
    2978 days ago
    Our last couple of turkeys we actually roasted on the bbq (Canadian Living had a recipe online when I googled bbq roast turkey). We didn't miss the stuffing at all and the turkey was fantastic.
    2978 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12961730
    Wow, that is one challenging meal to plan! You are so special for taking the time to do a nice dinner that accommodation everyone. I would rant like that too! Gobble gobble is right.
    2978 days ago
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