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The Turkey, and the Duck 
 
Nov. 22, 2011 9:56 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2011 5:54 am
In the midst of my second cup of coffee this morning, I got to thinking of my buddy Rose and her passion for Duck as her holiday entree...  She'll only eat dark meat, and therefore has little use for a turkey unless she's feeding a house full, which hasn't happened for a few years now.  Don't get me wrong, she has no issue roasting a turkey, there simply hasn't been the need.

Fact of the matter is, that the majestic Turkey has been, and will remain, center stage on Thanksgiving day, surrounded by traditional (and some not so traditional) side dishes... steaming bowls of potatoes, yams and vegetables.  The one day each year that the pace of modern day life slows down a bit, if only for a few hours.

In the "old days" I would awake to the smells of mom's holiday baking... the from scratch cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pies in the oven, dinner rolls in the making - so much to do before the oven would provide the needed space to house "the turkey" all full of stuffing made lovingly from day old bread.  Dad would be at the dining table pouring over the day's newspaper.  Hot coffee in the percolater and steaming in his coffee cup - an old white pyrex type of mug, badly stained inside from years of use rather than neglect...  That is the way the day was to begin... mom up to her elbows in flour and spices, until that portion of the day's dishes were prepared, making way for the turkey itself.

In expectation of family arriving, the table that had once been dad's father's (and is now mine...) would be pulled out to it's limit, seating for up to 12 in a pinch.  The twice per year tablecloth of lace, grandpa's old bone colored china edged in silver, rather than gold - and his old silverware, of course.  These fineries were only allowed to appear twice each year...

Aunt Donna, Uncle Mort and their two daughters would arrive, raising the levels of excitement and anticipation...  It was about an hour's drive to their house, but a trip that they seldom made in those days, which succeeded in making the event that much more monumental.

So, now 30(ish) years later, my frige's are full of holiday goodies awaiting the big day.  Once again, we're hosting our "Thanksgiving Pot Luck," / don't eat alone holiday meal!  This a tradition I began more than 20 years ago, not long after I'd left Michigan to head out west to Arizona - where it doesn't SNOW!  The excitement is the same however, though toned down just a tad from my young days...  With just a few days to go, I've got a house to clean, and turkey in the frige... should I stuff it, or not?  Roast it in one of those bag things?  I think somebody gave me one of those many years ago, but have never used...  Of course I will make my traditional Scalloped Corn Supreme in place of the "green bean casserole" everyone but me seems to be all ga ga over (can't stand the stuff myself!)  This year, I don't think we'll have mashed potatoes but some fancy variation of a potato dish...  Pass on the sweet potatoes also, unless someone surprises me!  Doug will (as always) bring a loaf of orange bread warm from the oven in addition to one of his chocloate confections (he loves to bake!) 

My only pit fall is that we've NEVER served at the table... there just never seems to be the space for food, once a center piece and place settings are laid out, so once again we will serve "buffet style" in the kitchen.  This year, being a smaller group - about 12, I'm not sure about all of the details... as yet I need to finish working on the new pantry cabinets, so as to un-bury the table...  Today's "chore" after I get to the pharmacy, after I finish my "morning routine," which today, is being way laid as I'm involved in writing a blog post!

Now, back to my original train of thought...  Back to the topic of Turkey v. Duck.  Who EVER came up with the idea of stuffing a duck into a chicken and then into a turkey?  Or is it chicken into duck?  The whole idea sounds preposterous to me... but then I guess I'm steeped in traditions, and doubt that I've ever made a ham rather than a turkey this time of year...  (Ok, get over it that I don't like the green bean salad!)  Now if you've spent the major $$'s it takes to purchase one of these concoctions, and REALLY liked it, all the power to you...  I just wonder if the maker's of this abboration truly expected it to become popular...  I'm saying this, as I've not seen a single ad for Turduken this season, and wonder if it wasn't simply a flop that has been removed from the realm of possiblity.  I was tempted to make a lasagne... but then tradition reared up once again!

So, despite all of the alternatives, once again CrazyCook will toss a turkey into the oven at an appropriate time to enable an early holiday dinner amongst a group of friends, all of whom have no family nearby, and would otherwise spend the day alone... eating a frozen dinner!  "Dinner in a Box," now there's an appetizing thought...

Now I think I will wish you all a happy (but Crazy) holiday, just in case I don't get back here before Friday!  Be well...
 
Comments
judy 
Nov. 22, 2011 11:04 am
happy thanksgiving Stevie,sounds like you are coming along great on your dinner, i am still plugging away at getting mine ready, the kids are ALL coming this year,( so happy to have them here)ttyl friend...judy
 
Nov. 22, 2011 11:16 am
Hope that you have a great visit with your kids! Just had a late brunch of biscuits/sausage gravy... doubt there will be much left for Thurs breakfast though! Boy was it yumm! Be well, Judy!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 3:45 pm
It all sounds fab. except "No Mashed Potatoes" I find this to be heresy. Don't care how altruistic you are, how many orphans are comforted by the good food and fellowship, it is UNTHINKABLE, please change your mind. I know I'm not going to be there, but I am emotionally as you can tell. Oh well, I will eat two servings with you in mind. Happy Day to you and yours.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 4:06 pm
Covergirl, the concept of NO MASHED potatoes smothered in gravy breaks my heart... but the friend who is making a potato dish is English... guess we'll make an allowance, as Keith is unfamiliar with our American traditions... I'm not one to insult a visitor, simply as I WOULD RATHER have mashed spuds, or scalloped corn instead of green beans! Thanks for the comment! Be well, and thanks for having taters for me!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 11:28 pm
There is a great deal of comfort in traditions. I like to balance our traditions with new concepts or recipes. I have traded the green bean casserole in for green bean bundles. I love fresh green beans, just now swimming in mushroom soup. I have never been able to get my head around turducken either. I've cooked enough duck in my time to know they are rather greasy if they can't drip properly so the whole thing just sounds gross to me, but to each his own, right? Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 11:30 pm
That would be I don't care for green beans swimming is soup. My fingers seem to be on strike.
 
Nov. 22, 2011 11:44 pm
"Mom," with the long time traditions, there surely is a time that new traditions begin...? Send me a green bean bundle, will ya? Or Asparagus is good too! Maybe give your fingers a raise to end the strike? lol! Be well...
 
Lee B 
Nov. 24, 2011 5:54 am
Don't work too hard,Stevie...ENJOY yourself with family and friends.Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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