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My Favorite Thanksgiving Memory 
Nov. 1, 2012 7:30 pm 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 1:45 am
Thanksgiving dinner for the family... married only one month and I invited my parents, his parents, plus 2 of his aunts.  Dinner for 8, what was I thinking?  Turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, jello salad, rolls, pumpkin pie.  Had I ever roasted a turkey?  No.  Which meant I had never made stuffing.  Pumpkin pie?  Nope, but watched my Mom.  Real mashed potatoes with gravy not made from a packet.  Cheated on the rolls, but what the heck, I was a blushing bride.

T-day, I poked and prodded and basted the turkey.  By noon I had a golden, delicious looking bird.  Whew!  DH's job was to carve that sucker.  All the sides came out great and I could probably have used some Ben-Gay from patting myself on the back for not burning, undercooking, or dropping any of the above-mentioned menu items.

I was proud that I could serve a meal to be enjoyed by all.  But the understatement of the day came from my mother-in-law.  The dear lady said "Well, hon - you didn't do too bad for your first time."  Danged with faint praise, coming from a woman who had a history of poor cooking techniques, least of which was the infamous inviting me and my folks over for dinner and not taking the duck out of the freezer until that morning and leaving it on top of the freezer to defrost.  Since the duck obviously wasn't completely thawed and just couldn't get done in the oven, she proceeded to nuke the living heck out of it in the microwave.  Upon serving, the duck wasn't tender, so she blamed it on the grocer for selling her an old, tough duck.  Yeah, right.

Thanks for stopping in.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and remember - Respect the Bird!

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Nov. 1, 2012 8:01 pm
Respecting the Bird here. Should have told you MIL to nuke that duck a little longer so you could use it as a decoy.
Nov. 1, 2012 8:16 pm
LOLOLOL That is Hilarious!! That'll show the old Bird! The duck or MIL, You pick! BTW, I make a Terrific duck:) I am changing the bird a bit this year, with hubbies blessing. We ordered a Turduckin and it comes in next week! That sucker better Not be tough either! LOL
Nov. 1, 2012 8:40 pm
"Well, hon - you didn't do too bad for your first time." LOL - sounds so familiar. But then again it was my MIL that brought me the frozen bird... hmmm, I see a pattern here.....
Nov. 2, 2012 3:39 am
That was certainly a challenge for a new bride! Plainly though, it wasn't more than you could chew!
Nov. 2, 2012 3:52 am
Magnolia Blossom, what a hoot--"old, tough duck"! Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black, right? Twenty days and counting...
Nov. 2, 2012 5:37 am
I like bd's suggestion!
Nov. 2, 2012 7:40 am
Thanksgiving is my family's favorite meal. In fact, my daughter requested Thanksgiving Dinner for her birthday in May. Magnolia-sounds like you did just fine on your very first hosting of Thanksgiving.
Nov. 2, 2012 8:02 am
My first Thanksgiving dinner duty came about when I was a young wife with a 1 year old bambino. I (my husband will NOT take credit for any of the insanity) invited my mom and dad and siblings and my husbands parents and brother and grandmother and great uncle. So with the count down to the holiday, I had lists and pies made to serve a feast for 12. The day before Turkey Day I came down with a horrible flu and baby did too. I had a horrible fever and I was still trying to proceed. When my husband came home from work after a 24 hour shift as a firefighter, he realized how sick we were and called all the outlaws and inlaws and told them that he would deliver all the groc. to them to manage on their own.Everyone invited totally understood except my MIL who accused me of faking it to get out of cooking :( BTW My mother in Law was a great cook....but she is 85 now and has NEVER cooked Thanksgiving dinner. Needless to say, that first Thanksgiving has always stuck in my craw......even 40 years later :)
Nov. 2, 2012 8:32 am
Mauigirl, how Awful!! Talk about the pot=[=[=[
Nov. 2, 2012 1:23 pm
Noooo, she did not! mauigirl, she accused you of faking it. Hmmmm.....
Nov. 2, 2012 8:21 pm
BD, I like that idea of the decoy!
Nov. 2, 2012 8:23 pm
LOL!!! Pattycakes, that was a good one, the old bird... hehe... Good luck on your turducken! I know what that is, but it just sounds like a spinoff from some dirty word.
Nov. 2, 2012 8:23 pm
BN, we really do have a lot in common, LOL!
Nov. 2, 2012 8:24 pm
Thanks for stopping in Mike, at least I could chew mine!
Nov. 2, 2012 8:25 pm
Trust me, Bibi, it was a hilarious moment. Particularly with my Dad sitting next to me on the couch while banging his knee into mine whenever we heard my MIL swearing and banging around in the kitchen.
Nov. 2, 2012 8:26 pm
Thanks for stopping in Lela. It was my shining moment! It could have been sooo disastrous.
Nov. 2, 2012 8:29 pm
Too funny, MG. My WORST Thanksgiving was again inviting relatives, this time the in-laws and the 2 aunts. I was pregnant but hadn't told anyone yet. The smell of raw poultry just made me absolutely hurl. I couldn't get near the turkey, so the DH had to take care of it. Gad, I was so sick.
Nov. 2, 2012 8:30 pm
Cat, thanks for stopping in. I think the decoy would have been more tender.
Nov. 3, 2012 4:42 am
Nov. 3, 2012 4:44 am
Just got your e mail. You will be shouting from the roof top just like I did when you make this duck! 10 STARS! !
Nov. 3, 2012 4:47 am
My dirty bird shows up next week. They won't ship it over the weekend. I guess they think we leave the house Empty all weekend!! Lol You know thawing and all that, like we don't check the front porch, Right? Haha
Nov. 4, 2012 7:32 am
I wondered how they made DUCK decoys. LOL!!! Your dinner sounds like a complete success to me MB. I would've never dreamt of taking that on when I was a young bride. You are a courageous adventurer!
Nov. 4, 2012 8:06 am
ROFLMAO! Thanks for the morning chuckle, BTW we have many duck decoys-none came from my kitchen, RNGrampa had them when we met...must have been from his ex or his mom?
Nov. 4, 2012 5:30 pm
Great stories! Don't know if I can compete but...several years ago, my best friend, Jeff, hosted Thanksgiving at our house. Apparently, I have "all the cool toys". (like a standard size oven and a baster). He's a bachelor, and a good, basic cook, but...well, let's just say my two girlfriends and I decided he might need some "help", getting something as large scale as this on the table. The "discussions" were many and vociferous. Peel the red skinned potatoes? Or leave them on? Whole berry cranberry from a can? Jellied? Or start with real cranberries and go from there? Pies, salads, breads, name it, we probably had conflicting ideas about it. Good natured Jeff took it all in and then politely kicked us out of the kitchen. This was to be HIS contribution, and we would eat what he prepared. The three of us well-meaning busybodies retreated to the living room to nurse our wounded culinary pride and regroup. The day proceeded with much laughter and fun, but I for one, couldn't let go of ONE point of contention between Jeff and me: he was making a tried and true stuffing/dressing recipe that called for garlic and had decided to leave it out! How COULD he? It was a key ingredient. Surprisingly, my other two friends agreed with me. Oh well, we were banished and there was nothing I could do anyhow, right? Just then, Jeff came out of the kitchen and headed for the restroom. Under pretext of getting drinks for everyone, I went to the kitchen, and quickly threw a heaping teaspoon of minced garlic into the in-process stuffing. I knew it was wrong, but I didn't care. He'd change his mind once he tasted it. I made my escape and no one was any the wiser. Fast forward several hours. The meal is on the table, the prayers have been said, and EVERYONE seems really impressed with EVERYTHING. Turns out, the guy COULD cook. As the dressing made its way around the table, I caught the wonderful aroma of garlic. This was going to be great! And as I raised a forkful to my mouth, Jeff spoke, "You know? I got to thinking, and decided you were probably right, so I added some garlic salt." the word "salt" registered, just as the pungent, burning, strong flavor of garlic assaulted my palette. I coughed, and spluttered, and grabbed for my water, only barely registering that others around the table were doing the same. "What happened?" he gasped, when the noise finally calmed down. It was time to come clean. "I'm so sorry, Jeff...I ruined your stuffing. While you were in the bathroom, I added over a teaspoon of minced garlic. I was so wrong...forgive me?" he did, bless his heart, and the meal continued. A few minutes later, we returned to the subject. "What I don't understand is how relatively so little garlic made such a whopping difference." From the other end of the table, one of our girlfriends spoke up, "Well, it COULD have been Jen's addition...or...maybe the tablespoon of garlic powder I added before that.." The third friend then added without looking up from her plate, "Ahem, or maybe the, um, peeled garlic cloves I added when I was basting..." The silence was heavy for about 5 seconds, then, a small titter escaped from one of the teens ... Within seconds, it built to where we all were laughing so hard we couldn't talk. Jeff was so wonderful, although aggravated with our meddling. He forgave us, but from that Thanksgiving, almost 20 years ago, until now? He has NEVER had garlic in his stuffing/dressing or sides at the holiday meal. And I learned an important lesson that day: don't meddle. And if you DO meddle, coomunicate! :)
Nov. 5, 2012 3:45 am
My MIL always prepared TG day dinner. She was a horrible cook, who roasted the poor bird till his wings fell off, the gravy was so thick by the time it hit the table you could stand a spoon up in it, the stuffing was so wet and gluey....well, need I say more? Sweet potatoes were slabs of the orange potato, par-boiled, dipped in white sugar and fried in crisco! Pumpkin pie, was the frozen pie shells (yucky) with the real filling, about the only thing really pretty good was the taters, and the asparagus casserole I brought. Coming from a family where both my parents were phenominal cooks (ok, maybe I'm a little spoiled?)this always left me yearning for my moms TG dinner. So, a few yrs. down the road, I decide the turkey I've had in the freezer a while needs to be cooked. I set about cutting it in half, seasoned it well, and roasted it on the grill. It was summer time, so we had corn on the cob, and potato salad. Invited the whole crew over, in-laws everybody. To my delight, it came out gorgeously brown and flavorful, juicy, tender, yummy. We're all sitting around eating when my young niece (probably 7 at the time)says "this turkey is better than the turkey Grandma makes at Thanksgiving!" groans and giggles were heard around the table. I didn't know if I should be proud or crawl under the table! It wasn't my intention to show her up! Just wanted that Turkey outta my little freezer!
Nov. 5, 2012 10:18 am
I am so tickled reading all your stories, I have to share this (yes, it involves a Mother In Law!) Two years ago my husband and I decided to host Thanksgiving. My MIL volunteered to make a pan of stuffing and a pie. My husband asked if she would also make the gravy, as her gravy was the best ever! I was o.k. with that as I had never made gravy before. The night before Thanksgiving MIL showed up at the house with her pan of amazing stuffing, a picture-perfect pie, an 2 jars of Heinz turkey gravy. When questioned by my husband, she replied "That's what I always used." My husband's reality was shattered, MIL and I laughed.
Nov. 5, 2012 10:27 am
Thanks for sharing the recipe pattycakes!
Nov. 5, 2012 10:28 am
Candice, I don't know if it was courageous or if I just didn't want to eat my MIL's cooking.
Nov. 5, 2012 10:28 am
Hah! Too funny RNG, thanks for stopping in.
Nov. 5, 2012 10:31 am
JenHanson, that was hilarious! Thank you for sharing.
Nov. 5, 2012 10:33 am
dbdimples58, another great story. Unintended or not, you had to have had just a wee bit of satisfaction there.
Nov. 5, 2012 10:34 am
LOL! Ruby Sparkle, that's a good one! Sometimes a jar or packet can be the best kept secret. Lips are usually sealed...
Nov. 5, 2012 12:33 pm
Magnolia Blossom,reading this blog was so much fun.Thanks for the laughs.My first Thanksgiving i decided to make home made rolls,which i have never did before.Well they were nice and golden brown,and smelled wonderful,but alas you could use them as hockey pucks,they were that hard.That was many,many years ago,my bread making has improved greatly,i'm happy to say.I hope you and all the Americans on this site have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.
Nov. 5, 2012 1:34 pm
Those disasters in the kitchen, bad at the time but make for great stories later. Like the time, I brined the turkey according to the "chef's" recipe and it was too salty to eat and then had to stay up 1/2 the night smoking a fresh turkey that was hurriedly purchased the night before. Such fun!
Nov. 5, 2012 3:31 pm
Thanksgiving as a child was always held at Grandma's. She was a wonderful cook and the table was always full of wonderful food. Grandma didn't have a dishwasher, so I was always the dryer and she the washer. I remember having to hand her back a dish that was still dirty and hearing my Uncles laughing Loudly at their Mother's mishap. I do remember being the washer the next few years. Lord, how I miss that womman.
Nov. 5, 2012 5:36 pm
Manella, thanks for popping in and sharing your story. Who hasn't had a few hockey pucks in their history?
Nov. 5, 2012 5:38 pm
Cat - aahh.. the memories!
Nov. 5, 2012 5:39 pm
pattyD - isn't it great to reflect on some our family stories? In some cases, like yours, it's just like a warm little hug from Grandma.
Nov. 15, 2012 1:45 am
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