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
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...