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November 23, 2011

Turkey, Chicken or Duck? Three Complete Mid-Century Thanksgiving Menus For Your Holiday Table

By RetroRuth

Feel like having turkey this year or do you want to try something different? Only having a few for Thanksgiving, and don’t know what to serve? If you still need ideas, the November 1953 issue of Woman’s Home Companion has the answers for your Thanksgiving dinner this year. And there are three complete menus to choose from. Bliss!

But first off, as always, is classic turkey.

Turkey

If your family is a big one, nothing is better than turkey – nothing’s more popular either.

Turkey 2

With the turkey dinner on this page, much of the preparation can be done in advance.

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Pick a plump Long Island duckling for a family of three or four – roast two if you’ve more at table.

Duck

 

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Here’s your chicken dinner – a pair of young three-pounders roasted to a turn – they’ll serve six generously.

Chicken

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Wow! Now those are some Thanksgiving dinners!  I am tempted to try out some of the sides on my unsuspecting folks, like the Orange-Avocado Blossom and the Jellied Grape and Apple Salad (serve with mayo!).

What are you serving for Thanksgiving, readers? Turkey? Chicken? Jellied salads? Let us know!

But wait (I can hear you all saying), where’s the pie??? Well, there are pies aplenty over on the Mid-Century Menu today. Cranberry, Cinnamon Apple, Walnut…and some even topped with American Cheese Turkeys! Yes! Come on over and check it out!

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5 Responses to Turkey, Chicken or Duck? Three Complete Mid-Century Thanksgiving Menus For Your Holiday Table

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    It’s gonna be turkey for us this year, but yay for us not having to make it! hee! I ALWAYS try to get everyone to try a chicken every year, because it seems easier, but no one will ever have anything to do with it. Oh well, maybe next year. 🙂

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Keep working on them, Sara!

  2. Toni Reply

    November 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    The pictures of the turkey and chicken are interesting. The breast sections appear much smaller than current breeds.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      I noticed that too, Toni!

  3. Mia Reply

    November 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Oh, my…the Jellied thing stuffed with the mayo!

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