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How my under $25 Thanksgiving meal turned out! Surprisingly not bad at all…. Frugal Win 🎉

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u/Honest-Sugar-1492 3d ago

Looks great! Happy Thanksgiving

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u/Historical_Panic_465 3d ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

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u/BankSpankTank 2d ago

You missed the chance to buy 4 cans of pepsi and 4 kitkats instead

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u/TerryFlapss 2d ago

I think one guy had some plantain chips too..

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u/BankSpankTank 2d ago

So that's what it was

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u/FancyWear 2d ago

Truth!

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u/silenius88 3d ago

Those wings are huge 😀

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u/Budget-Peanut7598 3d ago

What state?

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u/Historical_Panic_465 3d ago Facepalm

Hi, I’m in LA, cali

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u/Budget-Peanut7598 3d ago Facepalm

We're in Cali and my dad wasn't buying it lol San Jose here.

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u/Pilose 2d ago

It's completely different in so-cal especially LA. As someone who has lived in both parts of the state... it's much easier to be broke in LA in my experience (the big catch is affordable housing). I was spending 25 dollars a week using manager specials at Ralphs and the 99cents only store and ate mostly steaks and veggies.

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u/awalktojericho 2d ago

99cent Only goes hard. Wish we had them here.

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u/shawster 2d ago

Boxed stuffing, boxed Mac n cheese, puff bread, canned green beans… we’re at like $10 to get the wings.

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u/Ok_Cranberry_1936 2d ago

What is puff bread? Is there a recipe like cornbread I can follow or is it an American brand?

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u/Bother_The_Weak 2d ago

I believe they’re also called Hawaiian rolls.

I’m not really even sure where they got “puff bread” from. 🤷‍♂️

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u/The_MysticLynx 2d ago

Can confirm, Hawaiian rolls

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u/JAK49 2d ago

Probably because it's puffy and if you smush it it just puffs back up. Bet that is a name brought right from childhood to adulthood lol.

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u/KnownFears 2d ago

I am curious what puff bread is as well because a quick Google search is not showing anything even close to what is in the post. Maybe it's a term they coined for obvious reasons? Commenting here to come back later and see!

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u/AreYaEatinThough 2d ago

I replied to the comment above yours but

Where I’m from in the US we call these yeast rolls. Google showed a few results. I can link you if you need. They’re fantastic.

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u/OtherwiseJello 2d ago

They're just dinner rolls.

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u/GroovyTrout 2d ago

They’re just dinner rolls. They aren’t called puff bread, it’s just something this particular called them since they look puffy, I assume. The ones in the picture are a store-bought version of pan or skillet-baked rolls. Here is a recipe If you’re interested in making your own.

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u/AreYaEatinThough 2d ago

Where I’m from in the US we call these yeast rolls. Google showed a few results. I can link you if you need. They’re fantastic.

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u/sweeny-man 2d ago

San Jose here too and Grocery Outlet is a god send for cheap groceries

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u/Myis 2d ago

🎵Groceryy Outlet Bargain Marrrket dudunnn dun

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u/Sfork 2d ago

lol every time I see a great deal on great stuff I sing that. But also when something is cheap but also sucks. Because sometimes those grocery outlet items are bad.

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u/Jimisdegimis89 2d ago

Like that looks pretty legit and that is truly impressive for LA.

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u/xRoyalewithCheese 3d ago

Hello neighbor

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u/Jaeger562 2d ago

even more impressive

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u/somekindagibberish 3d ago

You gonna pop in?

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u/Budget-Peanut7598 3d ago

I am there lmao

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u/Rudy_Ghouliani 2d ago

Bring a bottle of something dark and you're in.

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u/spartancrow2665 3d ago edited 2d ago

What meal is at the top left corner?

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u/Historical_Panic_465 3d ago

😂!!

A very lazy and plain boxed stuffing 😁

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u/whyouiouais 2d ago

I LOVE box stuffing. Swap in broth for water and it's to die for.

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

That’s exactly what i did! YUMMY

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u/zSprawl 2d ago

I generally add some diced celery but yeah I too enjoy the stovetop box stuffing.

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u/44problems 2d ago

Add in cooked finely chopped carrots, celery, and/or onions and it really goes next level.

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u/Jayfire137 2d ago

My fam always adds browned sausage and butter as well (minus carrots) So good

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u/keekah 2d ago

And top it with crumbled bacon

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u/mushmoonlady 3d ago

Sometimes the boxed stuffing is the best stuffing imo!!

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u/Brando3141 2d ago

I agree. Boxed stuffing is pretty darn good actually

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u/squaregreenpillar 2d ago

My family always has two dishes of stuffing, my aunt makes it homemade and my mom uses the stovetop mix. The boxed stuffing is always gone way before the homemade stuff

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u/Ylurpn 2d ago

Dang, it sucks that your aunt doesn't make good stuffing

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u/andyumster 2d ago

That's why he doesn't have any cousins.

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u/SunnyAlwaysDaze 2d ago

You know for several years I was really into doing everything from scratch. Making a homemade stuffing from scratch bread with your chopped carrots and celery, at the absolute best you can do it pretty much tastes exactly like stove top stuffing. Except way more expensive and time intensive and fussy. After a couple years of doing that, I got smarter and just started buying stove top stuffing again. There's just some things that are not worth doing from scratch when they're so much easier and cheaper.

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u/nvanprooyen 2d ago

I dunno. The stuffing I made from scratch yesterday was GREAT. Granted it took like 20 mins of prep time and another 40 mins of baking and was a lot more expensive than buying a box. Once a year, no big deal. But I would 100% use Stove Top under any other circumstances. It's really good for what it is.

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u/daemonelectricity 2d ago

I love boxed stuffing.

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u/Even_Consideration55 2d ago

Stuffing for what? Sorry I am not American yet…

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

Typically it’s shoved inside the turkey! It’s basically just dried bread crumbs soaked in broth (usually has onions, celery and lots of herbs)😁

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u/Even_Consideration55 2d ago

That’s what I guessed but was confused since there was no turkey anywhere in the pic.

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u/neontiger07 2d ago

In the US it's typically served as a side dish rather than or beside being actually stuffed in the turkey.

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u/Brando3141 2d ago

Nothing wrong with boxed stuffing! ✊

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u/Ask_if_im_an_alien 2d ago

They sell Stove Top for a reason. It is good and ain't nobody got time for the other kind.

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u/spartancrow2665 3d ago

Sounds delicuous! Ship some over to me in IL 🤤🤤🤤

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u/Laxative_Cookie 3d ago

10/10 would eat. Looks loosen your belt good.

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u/MegaGrimer 2d ago

Put on your friend's pregnancy pants.

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u/Albinofreaken 2d ago

Okay Joey

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u/Cal_G 2d ago

Kind words

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u/Bryciclee 3d ago

You even got the shells??? Thats nice eating. Happy thanksgiving.

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u/ShiningEV 2d ago

Shells go hard, might make some tonight tbh. I could down a whole can of those green beans too. This meal looks great.

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u/TTMcBumbersnazzle 3d ago

Is that a pan of straight up turkey wings and tips?!?

I’d take that over a full turkey any day.

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u/Historical_Panic_465 3d ago

It’s chicken wings!! I’m not a huge Turkey fan 😁

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u/nissansupragtr 3d ago

Honestly I'd take chicken or duck over turkey any day

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u/thatswacyo 3d ago

I used to think the same thing, but it turns out that I only ever ate turkey at family gatherings, and my relatives who did the cooking just way overcooked turkey. The first time I had properly cooked turkey, it totally changed my opinion.

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u/darthvaderismykid 3d ago

Haha, that's my husband! The first time I made turkey he was shocked and said he never knew he could like turkey.

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u/andyumster 2d ago

it's weird when you have something cooked well versus when you have something cooked horribly!

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u/OnTomatoPizza 2d ago

Quality of the meat is also a huge factor. There's only so much you can do to make a Foster Farms bird taste okay.

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u/daemonelectricity 2d ago

Yeah, a properly brined, injected, and smoked turkey tastes amazing. The same is true for chicken breasts. A lot of people think they're dry and boring. If you cook them on charcoal and pull them RIGHT when the probe hits ~163 and let them coast up to 165, they will be amazingly tender and juicy.

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u/TTMcBumbersnazzle 3d ago

Honestly, that’s better.

We’ve had some small turkeys the last few years so I couldn’t quite tell which.

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u/Starmoses 2d ago

What marinade did you use? Looks like uncle Dougie's.

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u/jruff84 2d ago

Looks great, but drain those goddamn green beans you animal

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago edited 2d ago

LOL. I never know if you should or not 😭 When i was little, my mum would always microwave them in the juice and use a hole-y spoon to serve! then season after!

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u/Keaper 2d ago

If I am eating canned green beans and not doing anything to them, Ill cook them in the water then strain them, then season them.

But great job on everything, looks great! Happy thanksgiving!

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

Exactly what i did! i microwaved them and didn’t want them to dry out in there! 😁

Happy thanksgiving!

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u/BaLance_95 2d ago

A cheap prep of green beans

Steam, drain, set aside your beans. Mince garlic, (ginger optional). Mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, (Lao Gan Ma) Chilli oil, corn starch. In your largest pan, saute the garlic. Then put the beans and the sauce and sugar. That simple.

I'm Asian, I have these ingredients on hand at all times. They are cheap where I'm from though and keep for a very long time.

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u/citizenatlarge 2d ago

Alright friend, listen to me.. Take that can of corn or green beans and try this.

Strain them about as long as you can take, 5 mins is really enough for corn, just get 'em dry enough - you'll understand if you know what hot oils/fats and water do together..

Get a pan moderately hot, drop some butter (1-2 Tbsp) and some oil - olive or whatever - just not too much, like 1/2 the butter, next dump in your corn or beans or whatever that's still firm'ish from a can. idk how greens would do - o_0'

Here's the magic, fry those veggies in that buttery flavor. Speaking of which, now's when you season it up.. The usual, s&p, a few flakes of red pepper, a pinch of brown sugar?, cinamon?, 5 spice?, tony chachere's??

Shit.. finish it w/a vinaigrette?

Do what you want, but ffs get rid of that flavor robbing water and try pan frying your canned corn people.

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u/maryjan3 2d ago

Nice! I love canned green beans. One of my favorite recipes is to rinse/drain the green beans and toss with chopped onions, a little olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and honey.

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

mmm, sounds good! I will have to try that!

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u/ChiefPockets 2d ago

If not this recipe, look up a classic/simple green bean casserole recipe — a can of cream of mushroom soup and a few onion straws REALLY step up the deliciousness with minimal extra cost.

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u/Sir_Dovk 2d ago

Oh yeah I totally agree. My go to pot luck recipient is a green bean casserole.

Ingredients Bag of frozen beans, Can of mushroom soup, Some crispy fried onion to top. Secret ingredient is a splash of soy sauce.

Throw the beans and mushroom soup into a dish in the oven to bake. (Soy sauce added to taste) When bubbling add the onions for about 5 mins to crisp up and you’re good to go.

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u/Myrdok 2d ago

drain, rinse, drain again -> olive oil (or butter or bacon grease) in pan -> green beans, garlic, salt, pepper, dried thyme. quick sautee, best green beans ever.

slightly fancier use fresh garlic (or even jarred garlic) give quick sautee in oil before the rest goes in

fanciest version blanche and shock green beans, drain, follow above versions.

cheap, delicious, green beans like you've never had. can use fresh thyme also but dried works great in this recipe and is cheeeeaaaapppp

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u/jesskarae 3d ago

Looks great! I hate that everyone is so pressured to cook a whole turkey even if they won’t eat it all. It’s so wasteful. So much smarter to get smaller portions of meat with great sides!

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

I agree!! One day I kinda thought to myself…….I don’t even LIKE Turkey that much???? Lol!

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u/fedditredditfood 2d ago

Not wasteful if you eat it. Who's throwing away turkey?

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u/AlexanderDaychilde 2d ago

Was scrolling down the page, scanning comments and misread yours as something about "pressure cooking" a turkey. Now, I love my pressure cooker and I grew up with them, but I was momentarily horrified at the thought of pressure cooking a turkey! lol

(pressure cooked plenty of chickens, however. So to make my post not totally dumb - best pressure cooker chicken is something my grandma called Thelma's Chicken. Basically put a chicken in the pressure cooker, put as many onions roughly chopped as will fit, and more garlic cloves (peeled but otherwise whole) than you think. Salt and MSG (the latter is my secret twist for just about everything). The garlic and onions come out soft and smushy - in a good way!. It's so damn tasty on rice. Tender and delicious. :)

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u/sully42 3d ago

Would eat.

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u/homelaberator 3d ago edited 2d ago

as a nonturkish dayist, what are all these dishes?

I recognise cheesemac, cakebread, and birdwing. Middle looks like seaweed green beans and eggs mash or semolina/polenta, top left I have no idea.

There's something about American home cooking that's just so foreign to me. I guess the more restaurant/commercial stuff gets exported into the world in a way that home cooking just doesn't.

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u/superman24742 3d ago

Top is probably mashed potatoes and top left is likely stuffing

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u/homelaberator 2d ago

Ah, yeah. I saw in another comment that it was stuffing.

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u/KnownFears 2d ago

I will from here on out always refer to wings as burdening. 10 out of 10

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u/homelaberator 2d ago

Yeah, I couldn't figure out if they were chicken or turkey. "Bird" seems to cover most possibilities.

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u/StrangerInPerson 3d ago

Looking good. Happy Thanksgiving!

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u/Nige-o 3d ago

What were the prices/how did you do it?

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u/Historical_Panic_465 3d ago

Hehe..I literally bought..boxed everything Lol. Boxed Mac, boxed stuffing, and flaked potatoes. canned green beans. premade bread, and the most expensive thing was the chicken wings! Almost everything I got was on sale marked down quite a bit for thanksgiving, plus i had a bonus coupon for the boxed Mac (buy 2 get 2.00 off)

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u/wetmosaic 3d ago

Next time you're shopping for a small holiday meal, check out the pricing on Cornish game hens. They're basically like very small chickens in flavor, and run about $4 each; they're sometimes sold as 2-packs. You can consider 1/2 bird a decent serving, or a whole bird suitable for a bigger appetite.

When I was in the military and couldn't be home for the holidays, I would often roast a little game hen and go wild with all the trimmings. It felt like my own mini Thanksgiving.

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

I’ve actually had this in mind for so long, but ALWAYS forget!! They keep the Cornish hens in the freezer aisle (for some reason they never have it in the meat department!) I’ve never had it before, but I’ve seen them run pretty dang cheap!!

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u/jysalia 2d ago

We once cooked both a turkey and a Cornish hen for Thanksgiving because my daughter wanted to cook a "baby turkey" and we indulged her.

We ended up eating only the Cornish hen, filling up on all the sides, and the whole turkey was leftovers. Family of 5 - 2 adults and 3 little kids (oldest was 5 when this happened).

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u/Outside_The_Walls 2d ago

They keep the Cornish hens in the freezer aisle (for some reason they never have it in the meat department!)

As delicious as they are, not many people eat them frequently, so the store is probably not moving them fast enough to keep fresh ones on hand. Frozen ones have a much longer shelf life, so they have a longer time to sell the item before it goes to waste.

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u/-PC_LoadLetter 3d ago

Oh man. Not to go against everything the sub is about, but do yourself a favor next time and splurge on the heavy cream, half cup of butter, a head or two of garlic to roast, and bag of potatoes and I promise the extra few dollars are worth it! Either way, it all looks good. Happy Thanksgiving!

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u/jizmo234322 3d ago edited 3d ago

PC LOAD LETTER?

WTF does that mean?

(happy TG)

EDIT: What Grinch would downvote a reply to an Office Space reference?

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u/remotegrowthtb 2d ago edited 2d ago

EDIT: What Grinch would downvote a reply to an Office Space reference?

You'd be surprised how many young kids that can't spot a good reference populate Reddit these days.. the other day I explained to someone how dogs can't look up and the comment got to -29 and got sent multiple videos of dogs looking up before a single person commented "don't worry I got your reference" that's just where we're at with this site..

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u/vce5150 2d ago

I understood your comment and I have upvoted you! Man, I love that movie.

Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you were able to enjoy yourself and relax. But don’t forget to turn in your TPS reports.

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u/jizmo234322 2d ago

Is this about the cover sheets? I already got the memo.

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u/lolweakbro 2d ago

I'll go against your "going against" and say I fucking LOVE the boxed, flaked Idahoan potatoes. Like I'll pick them over homemade every damn day.

Idc what dark magic your great-grandmother casts over her spuds to make them the best in the world, I'm going boxed every time.

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u/-PC_LoadLetter 2d ago

I question your taste, sir.

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u/sirjonsnow 2d ago

As someone who only had real mashed potatoes for decades (at home, I'm sure cafeterias used whatever), I was shocked at how good flaked potatoes are.

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u/octokit 2d ago

You had me until flaked potatoes

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u/foofypoops 2d ago

Try using flaked potatoes as breading you're going to fry. Not keen to use them as mash, but using them as breading for scotch eggs, or jalapeno poppers is eye opening.

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u/Chungushamster123 2d ago

Can people tell if your being a lazy fucker if you buy boxed everything? Asking for a friend

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

Ok honestly…I know this is a hot take…but this was actually tastier than many thanksgiving dinners I’ve had from past family/friends LOL. Everything i got was super cheap, so you really could just try a test run with everything to see how they are for yourself in you everyday dinners? My only advice would be to add things to the boxed stuff to make them more delicious…i added shredded cheese, butter, sour cream and cream cheese to the potatoes (they were BLEH before, actually not half bad after finessing them!) I’ve heard adding cream cheese to the boxed Mac is good too! And probably would’ve been way better to just add the dang onions and celery to the boxed stuffing…i was too dang lazy today though lol. I’m sure there’s a bunch of ideas online how to make boxed things taste way better too!

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u/dream_walker09 2d ago

No data to back up my comment but i bet because the processed foods contain more sodium than homemade stuff.

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u/RobDaCajun 3d ago

It looks great Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

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u/benhereford 3d ago

That mac and cheese, tho

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u/AlexanderDaychilde 2d ago

Looks really good!

If I may suggest - a great way to handle what looks like canned green beans:

  1. Drain the green beans
  2. Melt some butter in the pot. Or bacon grease if you have it
  3. Add a little salt and MSG. Some real bacon if you have it (I keep real bacon crumbles for precisely this)
  4. Heat up and cook off a little of what liquid remains

This causes the oil to be able to stick to the green beans, making them super tasty. :)

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

Thank you! I will definitely try this! i never know how to make canned green beans lol (also ran out of pans toda haha!)

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u/AlexanderDaychilde 2d ago

That's really my secret to almost any vegetable. :)

For things like zucchini or squash, I saute in butter and add salt and msg. For things like frozen broccoli florets, I steam part of the way, then… drain any liquid, saute in butter and salt and msg. Basically it's a matter of partly cooking raw things that take time, adding whatever oil tastes good (Bacon, butter, olive oil), salt and msg. You can't go wrong with black pepper. And you can always add herbs/spices/etc. But for me, simple is best - really brings out the flavour of the vegetable. :)

Also, if you have a rice cooker, the best rice I've had:

  • 2⅔ C long grain rice (basmati is most amazing)
  • 4 C stock/broth or water + bouillon or soup base
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 t MSG
  • a full stick (½C) of butter

You can use any flavour of stock/broth/etc - I default to chicken or vegetable, but use beef when my rice will be used with beef stuff, for example.

I love to add an acid like lemon juice to the cooked rice - goes well with fish or baked chicken.

I've sauteed onion and garlic, added a little water and simmered it back out - this softens the onion - and added to the rice for a more complex flavour. This is especially good for chicken-and-rice. :)

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

Thanks for the advice!! I feel like i ONLY ever make carrots good, so i’m excited to try new things 😁

My favorite carrots are roasted with oil salt pepper. then drizzle honey on top after! Or oil+salt+pepper and CILANTROO is another favorite! Mmm i love carrots!

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u/AlexanderDaychilde 2d ago

I know people love sweet carrots, but I grew up on them not sweet, so I treat them the same as my above. lol. They're savory and tasty that way.

BUT. The way you like things is superior for you, so don't think I'm disagreeing! :)

But carrots are a favorite for me, too. :)

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

I honestly NEVER tried sweet carrots until about a year ago, i think they’re only good when the whole meal goes together nicely with them. i had a super yummy Home Chef recipe that really surprised me! I had accidentally forgot to hand pick my recipes that week so they sent me random ones. It was a recipe i would’ve NEVER chosen myself, blue cheese and smoked almond pork chops with honey carrots! I normally HATE blue cheese, and really not even a pork chop OR almond fan...but somehow everything just...really went together somehow? It was the first time i think i ever had properly cooked pork chops, super juicy and tender! When i was young my mom would make pork chops but they were always so dry! lol

i found the recipe

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u/NerosOddThoughts26 3d ago

Your Thanksgiving spread looks amazing!

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u/SweetPinkSocks 3d ago

Happy Chicken Wings Day!
I saw your other post and I gotta say, I love those mashed potatoes. I'm usually vehemently against instant mashed potatoes because I grew up on those nasty ones that came in the box in the 80's. YUCK. But the ones you made, I just made for Thanksgiving too! They are so easy to make and they taste like real mashed potatoes. I like mine tangy and chunky so I added half a cup of sour cream and a can of diced potatoes and they tasted amazing.

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

Omg that’s a great idea to add some chunk to them! I added some shredded cheese, (and some sour cream and cream cheese I had on hand) YUMMY. I’m surprised how they turned out!

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u/SweetPinkSocks 2d ago

Right? For something that costs just over a buck and you literally just pour into water and stir, they are mighty amazing.

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u/Prudent-Quarter-3842 3d ago

Looks very good, I’m very impressed you got this for $25. I must be doing something wrong. Any advice or information would be appreciated!

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u/Huffle-buff 2d ago

I'm from Egypt, and so I don't understand. What are these op? They all look SO GOOD. Bravo.

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u/xXbean_machineXx 2d ago

From left top to right bottom: stuffing, mashed potatos, Mac n cheese, bread, green bean casserole, turkey wings? Maybe chicken idk

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u/fischestix 2d ago

That actually has Thanksgiving vibes and looks tasty. I am a pretty negative person and usually have a "but is the savings worth the tradeoffs" thoughts. I would actually be pleased with this as a meal and consider it to check the classic Thanksgiving style boxes. When you google low cost but delicious holiday meal this should be one of the top results.

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u/AineLasagna 2d ago

You spent less than $25 for everything and still managed to make better looking mac and cheese than my whole extended family.

Take the time to talk to your family this holiday season. Dry, crusty, crispy baked mac and cheese is a crime against nature and I’m tired of pretending it’s not

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u/masheredtrader 3d ago

Just curious if you prefer chicken wings over a roasted whole chicken? Only asking bc at least here in NC wings are way more expensive than a whole chicken or chicken quarters. Looks great!

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago edited 2d ago

So, I personally love both! My dad said he would prefer wings over the whole chicken, so I obliged! (I really wanted to do a rotisserie, but eh! Saved about $10 doing so, cus the only whole chicken Ralphs had was $20!) I got 2 packs of wings for $10!

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u/Ultenth 2d ago

That's insane, wings like 4x the price per pound compared to whole chickens where I live.

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u/LocalAndi 3d ago

Looks scrumptious to me! Great job. Happy Thanksgiving!

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u/Historical_Panic_465 3d ago

Thanks! Back atcha!!

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u/cpa_brah 3d ago

That's a hell of a meal for $25

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u/Parayeetles 3d ago

That Mac looks nice and moist, and chicken wings look lovely! We’re gonna need some take home plates!

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u/Klin24 2d ago

Shells and cheese would suffice for me.

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u/one2three93 2d ago

Just made the purchase from local Kroger, 170$ for nothing. I’m so sad.

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u/Adorable_Worth_6510 2d ago

I live in Alabama and I’m impressed with how little you spent. Great job!

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u/humanman42 2d ago

while I do absolutely love wings. price per lbs I'd go chicken thighs all day. much more meat so you are not paying for bones.

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u/Halofanatiks 2d ago

That is one fancy meal, happy belated Thanksgiving. Hope it was good.

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u/Infiniteh 2d ago

If you invited me over for thanksgiving dinner (or any dinner) and put this in front of me, I'd be chowing down happily, no problem. this looks very good for $25!
I don't like canned green beans, but that's just a personal preference.

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u/ChillFrancis 2d ago

Looks damned good to me. You did a fantastic job!

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u/jrr6415sun 2d ago

How did any one of those cost under $5 each?

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u/rdrgamer 2d ago

That Mac is lookin cheesy

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u/am0x 2d ago

Wings? Man those things are as expensive as a Turkey these days.

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u/RelsircTheGrey 2d ago

That looks great. If you don't have enough people to take down a whole bird, there's no point unless you're just really into turkey or got it for free/on sale.

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u/TerryFlapss 2d ago

This looks like any other Thanksgiving dinner maybe minus the whole turkey, but still looks just as good to me! What a win for 25 OP! Happy Thanksgiving!

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u/Thin-Kaleidoscope-40 2d ago

My friend and I ordered from a local restaurant. Food is absolutely amazing. Enough food for 4 meals. Made green beans, box stuffing and roasted sweet potatoes on the side. Stuffing was about $1/box, .79 for beans, and .39/lb for sweet potatoes. The restaurant meal was $38 total. Meal came with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy. So many meals for about $45. Not the most frugal, but a good deal considering how many meals/snacks will be eaten over the next few days.

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u/Takeabreak128 2d ago

Well done !

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u/Seco4800 2d ago

That's a lot of food for $25. Sounds like a success to me

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u/DutchCarFan 2d ago

This looks tasty AF! Happy days - Ex Michelin chef Europe.

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u/OtterTF 2d ago

I'm from a 3rd world country (which is supposed to be a lot cheaper) but I don't see myself budgeting this kind of hearty meal for $25. Kudos to you OP and Happy Thanksgiving!

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u/Nincio1984 2d ago

I’d smash

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u/buddy_moon 2d ago

Looks delicious! Happy thanksgiving! *Edit: an s

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u/Cautious-Marzipan995 2d ago

Amazing job, that looks 10/10 good!

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u/DrTCHH 2d ago

DAMN, I'll be RIGHT OVER!!!

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u/shoscene 2d ago

Under 25. Oh wow. Amazing!

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u/somekindagibberish 3d ago

Looks soooo good! Nice job OP:-)

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u/Playful-Slide-724 3d ago

Damn that's so awesome!

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u/jizmo234322 3d ago

Looks delicious. I wish I could cook half as well as you. Enjoy my friend.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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u/robetyarg 3d ago

Not gonna sugarcoat this, looks fuckin’ tasty.

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u/jtmarshiii 3d ago

You can have that meal anytime of year... I was thinking about it today eating and saying SCREW all this BS... I'm having thanksgiving food anytime I want!!! Seeing how what you made for under $25... no excuses!!!!

Looks awesome. Just needs gravy! Gavy makes everything good!!!

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u/cflatjazz 3d ago edited 3d ago

If you live in a small household like mine, you can buy a discount turkey now, break it down into parts, and freeze the portions separately for use over the next few months. I just broke one down into 2 packages of boneless breasts, 2 leg quarters, 1 for the wings, 1 for giblets and scraps to make gravy, and the remaining carcass and neck to make stock.

It stacks up in the freezer nicer now. And I can pull a single portion out and pair it with a carb and two veg for mock Thanksgiving dinner whenever I want.

(A breast is about 4 portions for us. So I'm estimating 7-9 dinners depending on how we use the legs, plus a significant batch of stock)

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u/Afrojones66 3d ago

Impressive.Happy holidays.

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u/KiwiEV 3d ago

Man that looks excellent. So much food for such a good price. Well done, internet stranger. You earned that meal in more ways than one.

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u/ShoggothPanoptes 3d ago

Yum, that looks great! Are those the Schubert frozen rolls? We had those today and they were scrumptious.

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u/VeryCanadianCanadian 3d ago

Nicely done. Would absolutely eat at your table. Yummy!!

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u/voldi4ever 3d ago

You are the best. Happy Thanksgiving

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u/InfiniteHounds 2d ago

Where did you get the wings for less than $25? The Albertsons near me is still selling these for 5.99/lb and the package typically is $20 -30. But you can get chicken breast for 1.99/lb. The situation is out of control.....🙄

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

😱😱😱😱😱 oh no! Where do you live?!? I’m in LA, I got these at Ralph’s, 2 packages for $10 (It was originally $6/lb, so i think it came out to about $3 a lb. (they were Buy 1 Get 1 Free). My local ralphs has the buy one get 1 sale for this free range chicken//wings ALL the time!!

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u/InfiniteHounds 2d ago

LA too. I'll have to start going to Ralphs.

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u/bonnomi 2d ago

Nice! Wings are expensive though- pandemic pricing got me buying drumsticks now.

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u/themenace117 2d ago

Would love an invite next year. You obviously care and that's what's important Happy Thanksgiving.

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u/bigsmoove_3 2d ago

Great job! All the sides, but just used the box and can instead of fresh, and it all looks great

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u/KeepYourDemonsIn 2d ago

French-style green beans are superior.

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u/ReallyBadNuggets 2d ago

As long as you got stuffing and mashed potatoes you're set!

My absolute favorite parts. Well those and the yams.

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u/Kharons_Wrath 2d ago

You ain’t got no spices then 🤣

I’m just fuckin with you Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

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u/Fodux 2d ago

Look at the big spender over here buying chicken wings. Seriously though, it looks great. But I def miss the days of wings being cheap

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u/SarniaSaint 2d ago

Wheres the fucking gravy OP?

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u/Historical_Panic_465 2d ago

I FORGOT TO PUT IT IN THE PHOTO!!!

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u/bensanna19 2d ago

Why are people downvoting? Literally had 7,599 likes then went straight down to 7570?

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u/Phaze_Change 2d ago

Damn. In Canada I feel like I could basically get those buns for $25 these days. It brutal.

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u/itsmeandnotme 2d ago

Looks great but that would cost at least 50 dollars in Australia to make. Chicken wings are 6.99 or 7.99 Aud a kilo.

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u/blue-trout 2d ago

Hey could you say what brand Mac and cheese that is? It looks amazing!

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u/TonesBalones 2d ago

There is NOTHING wrong with boxed thanksgiving. Keep in mind that these food companies spend BILLIONS of dollars researching how to make their food taste good with minimal effort. Cake mix is a perfect example, it is a mathematically formulated dry-mixure, good luck getting that precise on your own.

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u/strshp_enterprise 2d ago

My local deli has smoked turkey legs for $2 each. They are fall-off-the-bone good. Some Kraft deluxe (white cheddar for me), Stouffers stuffing, boxed mashed potatoes, and maybe something exotic like lumpia.

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u/Elnuy 2d ago

scuze me miss but where is the foooookkin graaavyy 😡😤

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u/oRamboSandman 2d ago

Enough for left overs! Makes me want to budget more

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u/CorpsCarbonate 2d ago

id eat the fk out of that mac n cheese

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u/funkmaster29 2d ago

jesus that looks delicious!!!!!

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u/tom04d 2d ago

Good ol mac

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u/Hope_u_hav_a_gud_day 2d ago

Nice. Keep at it! People out saying it’s cheaper to eat at McDonald’s.

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u/sleepyhollow8922 2d ago

I swear the shape of Mac and Cheese can make it taste better. Shells are great, good job.

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