I'm so traditional and old-fashioned when it comes to Thanksgiving, lol. I make the same foods each year, changing things up very little. I've brined the turkey for the past 3 or 4 though, as it does make for a more juicy and tender breast. Brining doesn't make it really salty, though, as long as you rinse your bird well after it comes out of the brine.
Brining increases the moisture content in meat through a process called Osmosis. The salt is very important in this process that causes the cells to incorporate more water without absorbing much of the salt.
You can read more about the scientific process of brining here;http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/me ... lavor.html
I make turkey, stuffing (the same way I learned as a 12 or 13 year old from Mom who learned it from Gramma
), mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes (some years candied, some years mashed with mini-marshmallows baked on top), broccoli casserole, green bean casserole (not every year but usually), cranberry molded salad, Plain ol cranberry sauce in the can, rolls of some sort, iced tea and coffee.
For dessert, pumpkin pie and chocolate angel pie, which is to die for if I do say so myself.
I used to make 4 different desserts when there were more of us for dinner, apple pie or banana pudding or peach cobbler were a few.
It's usually the 3 of us, Tom's Mom, My Mom and StepDad for dinner and then my brother and his gf join us for dessert. Both Grammas were always here, too, but they've been gone over 4 years and almost 1 year, repsectively. Before that, both Grampas as well.
I always make too much food but I like to send everyone home with leftovers. I'm always exhausted the next day and have no desire to go out shopping on Black Friday, lol. Just stay home and eat leftovers, yum.
Oh, I always put the Christmas tree up a day or 2 before TGiving so it's up for dinner. Yes, I'm weird.