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Old 10-09-2013, 08:54 PM   #101
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Or in keeping with the thread's theme, get back over to the little table.
I always get the little table...
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:57 PM   #102
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Kind of sorry I started this thread, things got out of whack!
It was meant to help people with any cooking questions pre-Thanksgiving.
Since the busiest day on this site is Thanksgiving or leading up to it.
Sorry S&P...threads that get started before a holiday tend to drift.

I'm up for unusual suggestions for T-Day Dinner. I can change my mind anytime I like about what I am fixing.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:07 PM   #103
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:25 PM   #104
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My most memorable Thanksgiving was when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I had an ear infection. Everyone was sitting around the dining room table eating Thanksgiving dinner and I was laying on the studio couch in the corner with a hot water bottle.

And the second most memorable was a couple years ago when I was hosting and I came down with shingles the day before. I refused to go to the ER so I suffered through dinner with terrible pain and went to the ER the next day.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:09 PM   #105
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My most memorable was the year Mom woke up sick and couldn't cook our dinner. Mom and Dad had decided to wait until the weekend when Mom felt better, but I piped up that I could do it. I think I was about 9 or 10...I whipped up the meal, with a hundred rounds of the stairs to ask Mom questions. Daddy said I did it just as good as Mom's After that I was more than just Mom's sous chef.

Then there was the year I talked them into letting me cook the turkey in the microwave...it was good! I did have to use the oven to crisp it at the end, but it worked!
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:50 PM   #106
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My most memorable Thanksgiving was when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I had an ear infection. Everyone was sitting around the dining room table eating Thanksgiving dinner and I was laying on the studio couch in the corner with a hot water bottle.

And the second most memorable was a couple years ago when I was hosting and I came down with shingles the day before. I refused to go to the ER so I suffered through dinner with terrible pain and went to the ER the next day.
I watched my second husband go through a bout with shingles. I didn't know it was contagious and I was sleeping right next to him. He was in such horrible pain. You have my sympathy. All my kids had chicken pox. And they have all gotten their shots again. I have never had them and mentioned it my doctor. He told me that I could very easily catch them if I came in contract with the shingles. So I got my shot right then and there. At my age, any of the childhood diseases could kill me very easily.
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My kids never liked turkey until they became adults. So I always made four roasted stuffed chickens. I told them they were small turkeys. For the next few years until they figured out the truth, they told their friends that we always had four turkeys for the holiday. "My mother wanted every one to have a leg for Thanksgiving".
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My most memorable was the year Mom woke up sick and couldn't cook our dinner.... I piped up that I could do it.
I cooked my first bird day dinner when I was 6 or 7. It was memorable because the turkey weighed about as much as I did and I had to get it into the oven by stages - hauled it up out of the sink onto the drain board (this was in ancient times when we thought the safest way to defrost giant birds was in a sink full of cold water), clean, remove giblets, place pan over sink well, shove bird onto rack ... haul pan up onto drainboard, whomp pan onto top of kitchen stool, push stool to open oven with rack pulled all the way out, whomp pan onto rack (they don't build 'em like that anymore) ... push oven closed by wedging kitchen stool against sink (it was one of those 40's all-steel monstrosities, if you remember those)... wedge self onto second step of step stool (seat up) ... push oven closed with feet protected by potholders ... had to repeat this last phase every time I basted the bird, LOL!

It was the more memorable because I managed to burn my toe at one point (the potholder slipped, LOL!)

EDIT: Ooops, left out the stuff-the-bird-step - had I done that in real life, they'd have had me for dinner! Turkey without stuffing would be INCONCEIVABLE!

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Then there was the year I talked them into letting me cook the turkey in the microwave...it was good! I did have to use the oven to crisp it at the end, but it worked!....
Wow, you must have the most ginormous microwave in the world, LOL!
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My kids never liked turkey until they became adults.
I'm the opposite - I liked it fine as a kid, don't care for it at all as an adult.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:23 PM   #110
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I cooked my first bird day dinner when I was 6 or 7. It was memorable because the turkey weighed about as much as I did and I had to get it into the oven by stages - hauled it up out of the sink onto the drain board (this was in ancient times when we thought the safest way to defrost giant birds was in a sink full of cold water), clean, remove giblets, place pan over sink well, shove bird onto rack ... haul pan up onto drainboard, whomp pan onto top of kitchen stool, push stool to open oven with rack pulled all the way out, whomp pan onto rack (they don't build 'em like that anymore) ... push oven closed by wedging kitchen stool against sink (it was one of those 40's all-steel monstrosities, if you remember those)... wedge self onto second step of step stool (seat up) ... push oven closed with feet protected by potholders ... had to repeat this last phase every time I basted the bird, LOL!

It was the more memorable because I managed to burn my toe at one point (the potholder slipped, LOL!)



Wow, you must have the most ginormous microwave in the world, LOL!
Big enough for a 10 pound turkey. It only had one power level, all done with adjusting the timing, turning, etc. Very energetic and time consuming for the cook. I never did it again. I must have been about 16 at the time...37 years ago.
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