Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dim Sum Sunday - Thanksgiving

Since November brings my favorite foodie holiday of the year I've decided that we'll do one Dim Sum Sunday for the month. Show us your Thanksgiving Day artistry, tell us what you're thankful for, take pictures of mountains of pots, pans and kitchen utensils you use produce your masterpiece meal. Bonus points if you get snapshots of your clean up crew or anyone passed out in a tryptophan induced coma.
International DSSers, don't feel left out, please join us as we celebrate all the things we're thankful for like real mashed potatoes, pecan pie or nabbing the most comfortable spot in the living room to watch the football game. Canadians, I know you have your own Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October) so show us what your foodie traditions are and let us know if any cheese curds will be used.

I'll be running Dim Sum from Thanksgiving Thursday to Sunday so take your time, have fun and come back and share with the rest of us.

23 comments:

Dani said...

If I ever win the lottery, I'm getting turkeys.

Making Space said...

Hot diggity DAWG!!!

I was going to the store this morning wondering what the DSS is for next week and wondering if I'd need to make an extra trip to the store. I bought plennnnny baking stuff (all mixes but it's me we're talking about here) so I will photograph as we go along. We commence to baking as soon as I hit "enter" here and clean up the counter. Woot!

Buzz Kill said...

Thanksgiving is the big family event that the Mrs and I host every year. I was just finalizing the attendance list and menu. We're down to 30 people this year (from 36 last year). I do all the cooking and the Mrs does all of the hostessing. If I'm not too hammered by the time dinner is served (I drink heavily while I'm cooking because it's mostly the Mrs family), I'll try to get some pictures.

moi said...

A most splendid idea, but can you believe it, I've never cooked a full Thanksgiving meal in my life! First, it was mom, then my ex-husband or in-laws, then my best friend, then mom again, then new set of in-laws, best friend, or step father's neighbors. However, I always bring the sweet potatoes. Always. So I will post recipe, take photos, and summarize everything I am thankful for, which will, I assure you, be the Cliff Notes version, and not War and Peace in its entirety.

P.S. I wanna go to Buzz's this year :o)

Making Space said...

Yeah I wanna go to Buzz's this year too. ROFL

LaDivaCucina said...

Yes, count me in for Buzz's house for Turkey Day! (sounds like he needs a bit of representation! haha!)

La Diva is OVER Thanksgiving. I've been cooking it for over 20 years and used to do my Lonely Hearts Thanksgiving for peeps with no family in town or anywhere to go. Then I moved to Australia and still did it. But after having a very ungrateful wayward soul come to our house two years ago and the expense for two and all the work, shopping, cleaning up and left overs, I'm just over it. If I was going to be home this year, I would volunteer somewhere....I keep thinking about that option, maybe next year.

Going to have our Turkey Day on the beach at Marco Island with friends and they have not instructed what I'll be making yet. Hopefully it's the crudite tray! haha!

Sham, yesterday I did Susan's pumpkin dippy thing except mine turned out more like stuffed mini acorn squash halves which led me to think that they would make a lovely little side dish for turkey day, don't you?

PS: I heard the tryptophan thing is a myth.

Dani said...

Hey Diva! I did the pumpkin too. Very, very tasty. I went with the blue cheese on mine. What did you go with?

LaDivaCucina said...

Hi Dani,

I did gruyere as that's what I had in the fridge. And some bacon too. I didn't have any stale bread but toasted some to make it a bit less soft. I thought I bought a little pumpkin but I noticed it was really an orange acorn squash so not empty inside and had to cut in half! Still very tasty!

Big Shamu said...

I'm thinking Buzz needs to give us directions to his house since it sounds like he's going to be short some guests. Just think of all the dishes we would bring?

Can't wait to see Moi's Sweet Potato dish. I think, Moi, that there are people who initially volunteer to make the whole dinner and once it works out well it just sticks with that person. For YEARS.

Until they get sick of it...like La Diva. Worst case of Thanksgiving burnout I've ever heard. And yes, the mini stuffed pumpkins would be great sides.

I believe the trytophan food coma.

Is it just me or does that one post card looks like the Turkey is expelling fruit and veggies from his ass?

LaDivaCucina said...

Hey, that turkey is blowing produce from its ASS...from a plane in the sky!!! Too funny!

After I wrote about my burnout it got me to thinking of Christmas and how some people have been hinting to Diva to "do" Christmas dinner. sigh. I don't mind really IF people help out a bit and learn to contribute! (Diva is SO OVER TAKERS!)

But, I have an idea.....We all volunteer at some soup kitchen in the morning and THEN back to my house for dinner. That way NO ONE gets a free lunch and I feel it will all be "worth" something. I'm going to investigate worthy organizations. Any suggestions?

moi said...

Although I have never "done" Thanksgiving, I did take over the Christmas dinner duties from my mom for many years. And promptly stopped when I realized that no one even offered to help clean up afterward. It's one thing to CHOOSE to throw a party and foot the bill for the food and drink. But it's quite another to have a bunch of people over to a holiday meal that is inevitable and unavoidable and get stuck footing the entire bill both in terms of labor and money. Diva, I don't blame you for saying NYET.

Honestly, my idea of the perfect Holiday dinner is either a sojourn in Bali or serving at a homeless shelter and then GOING OUT for dinner afterward. Maybe one day when the niece is grown and my step dad is gone.

Big Shamu said...

And why is it the men never help clean up? (Not Buzz) Why is it the duty of carving relieves all men from all prep or subsequent clean up duties?
HUH?

Buzz Kill said...

One word - FOOTBALL.

Big Shamu said...

I know a lot of female football fans...

moi said...

Some men feel hapless in the kitchen, I think. Others honestly feel - and I'm not talking just the older gents – that it is women's work. The kitchen is "their area" so to speak. I don't know a single man who helps out in the kitchen. Seriously. Even the ones who cook don't clean up.

Big Shamu said...

How hard is it to wash a dish?

moi said...

You'd be surprised. My hubband has one task in the kitchen. To load and unload the dishwasher. I have given him clear, concise directions on what can go in, what cannot, and what goes where once cleaned. Fifteen freakin' years later and I still catch him sticking in the Wusthofs and putting the Pyrex in the drawer with the Le Creuset. If it weren't for the fact that he seems so shameful when I calmly point it out, I'd think he was forkin' with me on purpose.

Big Shamu said...

I find messing with men's tools is an excellent way to prove a point.

LaDivaCucina said...

Oh dear...football is one of the reasons I hate Turkey Day at other people's houses! No TV on the beach though and hubby is not into American football (thank Christ, he's a rugby man)

As for the men not cleaning up, that don't fly in Diva's house. Or anywhere else I'm visiting! I tend to be vocal about those things as I throw a dishtowel at a male guest and make him feel guilty!

Finally, MOI, I'm p*ssed my husband put away my measuring cups in all different places yesterday! Can't find my half cup. We are all married to the same man! Had the "don't put the good knives in the dishwasher" conversation only the other day.....ARGH!!!

LaDivaCucina said...

Oh yeah, going out to dinner here for Turkey Day is too expensive. They want $70 a head just for food at many places unless we went to a diner. Not paying that much for turkey dinner!

Dani said...

We usually take advantage of everyone eating and head down to our fave beach to look for beach treasure. It's great having the place to ourselves.

TROLL Y2K said...

I'm planning on shooting and catching and harvesting much of my Thanksgiving Feast. Just like the Pilgrims!

Dani said...

I still want turkeys.