Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turkey Bloopers

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving story? I'd love to hear about it in a comment. Here are two of my own favorites, now that we are planning for Turkey Day this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Turkey Blooper #1
Supposedly, one year Grandma made an especially beautiful roasted turkey, so she decided to carve it at the dinner table. As she carried it out to the dining room with everyone assembled in anticipation, it slid off the platter and bounced on the floor.

There was a simultaneous "Gasp!" as everyone thought the dinner was ruined.

But Grandma very calmly said, "Don't worry, I'll just go get the SECOND turkey."

So now the question is, was there really another turkey, which is actually quite possible? Or more likely, did she just put the turkey back onto another platter and dust it off a bit?

And was everyone looking forward to the turkey so much that it didn't really matter either way?

Turkey Blooper #2

The mother of a friend of mine got a fancy new stove right before Thanksgiving one year. She was all excited about using the Delayed Start cycle to automatically start the turkey cooking early in the morning. So she prepared the turkey the night before, put it into the oven & set the timer.

Several hours later, the smoke alarm went off and everyone grabbed a coat & ran outside. The kitchen was filled with smoke, but they didn't see any flames, so someone very carefully went back inside to assess the problem.

It turns out, she had set the stove to Self-Clean instead of Delayed Start. Even though they discovered what caused the smoke, the oven was now so hot, they couldn't open the door or stop the Self-Clean cycle. By the time they figured out how to trip the circuit breaker on the electric panel, the turkey was burned to a cinder.

Needless to say, with all the smoke and the burnt smell, they took the rest of the food to someone else's home for dinner.

Oh, yeah. They stopped to pick up a few pizzas on the way, but there was no turkey for them that year.


Susan Kuhn Frost said...

Our Thanksgiving turkey blooper sent my husband to the doctor writhing in pain after a glorious dinner. Since he was the only one affected, we assumed that he was having a gallbladder or appendicitis. But the doctor told him that he was suffering from eating stuffing that had held onto the juices from the uncooked turkey and retained the bacteria. We learned to never stuff a turkey with dressing, but to prepare it on the stove. Now we stuff the turkey with apples and onions -- delish!

Elizabeth (Beth) LaMie said...

Thanks for the comment, but I am so sorry your husband got sick from the dressing. It is surprising that he was the only one affected.

I also like to put apples, celery and oranges into the cavity instead of stuffing. By cooking the meatless stuffing separately, it makes another side dish for the vegetarians in our family.