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A Tale of Two Turkeys. 
Nov. 10, 2012 3:13 pm 
Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 8:43 am

A Tale of Two Turkeys


My tale is of cooking our very first Thanksgiving Turkey with my SIL. Her and I were about 19 yrs. old, out on our own. I was already married and she engaged. Ok, I am in my 50's so yes, this was a while ago.

Yes, in the 70's! Geesh! We decided to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for our men. You must understand that neither of us had cooked a big dinner like this by ourselves. So first thing we had to deal with was "the bird". We defrosted it in her frig, no problem. The big day comes and we take it out of refrigerator, put it into the sink and just look at it in all its plastic glory. Now what? Well, we got the plastic off, eww, juicy stuff was dripping out a bit. So, it needed a bath, we both thought, well, at least a good shower. Ok, shower done, wiped dry, then to keep the skin smooth, a little bit of oil was rubbed on. Kind of sounds like the way I bathe, anyway,, next step. I remembered onion and celery was to be added, she said apple and carrot too? So, into the turkey we did stuff all of that. Heat the oven, check, Turkey in pan, sort of check. I'll come back to that. So, turkey goes in oven and cooks, and cooks while we make some potatoes and veges. Turkey not really getting brown and not looking like the turkeys that we have been eating all our lives. Hmmm. Something is wrong here. Why is it flat on top and tilting? Well, we take it out of oven and look long and hard at it. Dawns breaks! We had it upside down on the flat surface of the pan so it couldn't sit straight. Oh well, turn it over and cook some more was what we thought. Turn it over,,umm, it was hot and drippy and stuck to the bottom of the pan. Well, a little pulling and it flopped over, almost upright now, but the veges dropped out and were keeping it from that upright position,,ok, move things around, got it. Had the general shape of a turkey, sort of, except something happened to that one leg, sort of came off a bit and it was missing some skin on top. Then I noticed the other end, something was not right there either. It looked like something plastic was sticking out of there. With a little tug,,yes, a plastic bag popped out. Now what was that doing in there? You open it, no you open it, I'm not opening it, it looks weird. Ok, just put it aside and put turkey back in oven. Now we just wait thinking that the bird will brown, well, it did, somewhat. That disjointed leg and some of the skin missing was a little off putting, but we cooked till it "looked" done. Ok, wait a few minutes, put it on a dish on the table in front of our men. Potatoes were a little undercooked, and green beans weren't exactly warm. We heated up a can of mushroom soup for gravy, yes, it was a little thick because we didn't add anything to it, but,,,what the heck, it was gravy. We made precooked rolls in oven while turkey was resting and they got a little overdone, no problem, don't eat the outsides. That can of cranberry sauce came out in chunks, again. no problem. A frozen pumpkin pie and a can of the whipped cream topped off the dinner. Our guys were good sports and ate most of what was in front of them. They  kept saying how good it was, but in my heart, I had a feeling it was missing something,,like,,GOOD FOOD! But I said nothing. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving. Where do you think the "two turkeys" came into this story? Yes,,,me and the SIL. I will never forget. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov. 10, 2012 3:39 pm
I love this. Oh the benefits of young love! I had to laugh. That is how you learn.
Nov. 10, 2012 3:41 pm
I wanted to put it simply and without any fancy stuff. Just a couple of basically teenagers trying to be adults but without a clue!
Nov. 10, 2012 4:05 pm
hi ibbz! i remember when i fished much more often then now. i would pre-fish bass tournaments at distant lakes for a few days prior to a tournament. ok, january, lake martin, ala. it was snowing and windy and extrememly cold! we didn't catch . i'm disgusted. i pull in the driveway, unhook the boat and stow all my gear still freezing. the wife had made her 1st "southern meal." it was burnt fried chicken that was raw in the middle, mashed potatos from a box and canned green beans. horrible, but i choked down two plates. your story reminds me of that day. it's the thought that counts! great blog. i bet ya still blame each other about the boo-boos.
Nov. 10, 2012 4:06 pm
oops, hope that toe starts getting better soon!
Nov. 10, 2012 4:29 pm
Wonderful story. I sympathize with you and all the "fun". Bet things are SO much better now! Never give up. This Thanksgiving...perfection!
Nov. 10, 2012 6:05 pm
Too funny...but I'll bet the men in your lives didn't really care about the food :)
Nov. 10, 2012 6:59 pm
I'm with you ibbz, when I first got married, I didn't know much about cooking but had to learn it fast. Thanks for sharing. That's the fun stuff...but not so much at the time.
Nov. 10, 2012 10:05 pm
Funny! It reminded me of my first Thanksgiving. I was 18, married and it too was in the 70's. My best friend and fiance few an hour to be with us. All we knew is you had to get up early.. cause that's what all the ladies did in our families. By 11:00 everything was done. My older cousin who was 21 brought wine and beer and by the early afternoon we were all a bit tipsy and sort of had left overs! Thanks for poking that memory out!
Nov. 11, 2012 1:44 am
Love your story! Brings back so many memories! I can still see my best friend and I cooking for our "men" when we were first married. I think we were rolling on the floor laughing so hard we were crying! But, like your guys, they were such good sports and ate everything saying how good everything was, even though the Turkey was like shoe leather when we got done with it! :)
Nov. 11, 2012 4:08 am
Very funny. That first turkey is always a good memory. I love your story of your first bird thanks for sharing.
Nov. 11, 2012 5:32 am
A great memory!
Nov. 11, 2012 8:39 am
Wonderful story ibbz,take care of that toe.
Nov. 11, 2012 9:08 am
Glad to be able to stir up some memories. I will never have a "perfect bird" but I keep trying to at least make it edible.
Nov. 11, 2012 10:43 am
Ibbz-you made me laugh. What is best about your blog is your husband ate it. I loved the frozen pie, canned cranberries, and of course the mushroom soup gravy!
Nov. 11, 2012 4:05 pm
Yes, husband was brave, and still is. I make recipes, he looks at me, I look at him, in my own special way and yes he is required to taste it twice before giving his "honest" opinion. I can take into consideration or dismiss at my discretion.
Nov. 11, 2012 4:45 pm
Aaawww good story Ibbz! Yes, that first T day is Very scary! ! Everything just Has to be perfect! Heck, still does but now we Actually know what we're doing!! Thanks for sharing!
Nov. 11, 2012 7:43 pm
I guess we have to give guys or gals credit for trying something that they know,,they know there are problems with. That is when the loving heart comes in.
Nov. 13, 2012 11:55 am
ibbz, we all learn by trying, don't we? I've had many disasters over the years. My MIL and I never really hit it off in the beginning, so I decided to invite the inlaws over for Thanksgiving dinner in an effort to "bury the hatchet" with her...FIL was great, MIL not so much. Admittedly, she was a fabulous cook, and at that time, I barely knew the difference between a fork and a spoon. Had never cooked a turkey before, but I wanted to impress. Yes, I thought, I'll buy a fresh turkey, not frozen. My husband picked it up at the meat market, brought it home, and I took one look at all of the blood in the bag and thought I was going to pass out. Honestly, I think that bird's life was ended about 30 minutes before he arrived in my apartment. I just couldn't deal with it, so my hubby stepped in, drained the bag, and cleaned up the turkey. All turned out well that day, but I still can't even think about buying a fresh turkey.
Nov. 13, 2012 4:05 pm
Never tried a fresh bird, but have cooked it every way till Sunday! Respect the Bird, as Doug would say.
Nov. 14, 2012 11:57 am
The bird was not the problem around our house. It was the stuffing. It was green, had to throw it out.i have finally perfected my Moms stuffing thank goodness.
Nov. 14, 2012 7:47 pm
I would love a really reliable stuffing recipe. Please.
Nov. 14, 2012 8:25 pm
Ibbz, this is in response to your post on the buzz: Have you tried using chicken or vegetable stock to keep your stuffing moist as you make it? It will help keep the cornbread moist as it cooks. Or some apple juice works, too. Just add a bit more as needed while it cooks to keep it moist. If you stuff it in the turkey or bake it in the oven, it should stay moist. If I am baking it in a dish in the oven, I usually add a little bit more just as I put it in the oven, too.
Nov. 14, 2012 9:02 pm
Thanks chris. I never stuff the turkey make it on the side. I think I don't add enough liquid. I have to get over that and add then cook.
Nov. 14, 2012 9:05 pm
Here are three recipes from the Iron Grandma Stuffing Smackdown on The Chew from a couple days ago. The middle one is the cornbread stuffing. It didn't win, but all the judges really seemed to like it . . . [You can google the chew iron grandma stuffing to find video of the episode, too.] http://www.recapo.com/the-chew/the-chew-recipes/the-chew-iron-grandmas-italian-sausage-stuffing-recipe-more-stuffing/
Nov. 15, 2012 8:46 am
Thanks for the ideas on the stuffing. I think I am going to try a few ideas from you all.
Nov. 15, 2012 3:05 pm
Ibbz - this is hilarious! Thanks for sharing your experience on learning to cook your first Thanksgiving dinner. I, too, left that plastic bag inside the cavity of the bird - mortified! Even though I have cooked several turkeys since then, I still remember that first turkey. Thanks for sharing! May your Thanksgiving this year be as memorable as the first one! Thanksgiving Blessings to you and yours :)
Nov. 15, 2012 5:25 pm
And to you Shearone. The old memories are the best.
Nov. 16, 2012 2:07 pm
Speaking of sister stories! My husband, 3 young sons and myself drove from San Diego to Alburque(sp?) to have my baby sister make T-day dinner for us and her little family!!! First off, she proudly brings out this 18lb bird, has it already to pop in the oven gleaming & smothered w/ butter! As she is placing it in the pan - she drops the turkey which proceeds to slide across the floor! It was like grabbing a greased piggy! She wipes it down and says "Oh whatever is still on it will bake off! I asked her if she had stuffed it and she said but of course!!! I made the side dishes (I am a expert Chef/Culinary experience) as she proudly watched and basted the bird! Upon it being done and everyone sitting; my brother-in-law ask where the dressing was and she says "Oh its still in the Turkey"....He starts digging and pulls out the white innered bag! Her comment "See there it is - it came stuffed!"....We about fell out of our chairs! None of the kids, let alone US adults wanted to eat it....so she ordered pizza!
Nov. 16, 2012 4:30 pm
Oh my Catie, how funny! Pizza for Thanksgiving!
Nov. 16, 2012 5:54 pm
ibbz! I saw this today - and am thinking about trying it! It sounds like a good idea to me (= Just another idea on your corn bread stuffing/dressing quest (= [Though I may sub dried cranberries for the red peppers and possibly leave out the sausage (=] http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Thanksgiving-Corn-Bread-and-Sausage-Muffins-Carla-Hall-Daphne-Oz
Nov. 16, 2012 6:24 pm
Has some interesting ideas, thanks Barb
Nov. 17, 2012 6:27 am
Funny! When I was fairly newly married, we were invited to a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at our friend's. My DH insisted on preparing a turkey all by himself, so I let him at it. It smelled and looked beautiful as we added it to the others on the sideboard. Shortly thereafter, a guest waved around a large nail that he had pulled from his food! I looked at my DH with questioning eyes. Sure enough, my husband had NAILED in the wings! He sheepishly shrugged as if to say "Well, what do you expect from a carpenter?" I was humorously mortified.
Nov. 17, 2012 7:05 am
This was a wonderful article which kept me laughing. It brought back memories of my first Thanksgiving Turkey which was still not done when we served it. It looked done on the outside but was still pink inside. I also enjoyed the blogs but the one from Nanaverm about the nails was awesome! What a great carpenter not so much a cook!
Nov. 17, 2012 7:08 am
Well, that was a way to make sure the wings didn't get burned. Maybe rusty but not burned! Love it Nana.
Nov. 17, 2012 4:49 pm
Good family memories are priceless. It's what living is all bout ...
Nov. 18, 2012 6:49 pm
Hoping to make more each I have with the grand girls. Never know what future will bring. Hopefully they will have good memories even as young as they are.
Dec. 19, 2012 8:43 am
Hi Auntie, it's Angela! Was that my mom?
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