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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