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Old 10-10-2013, 01:39 AM   #111
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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!
Mom always did Thanksgiving dinner for us every year. She loved cooking for holidays! Good thing even after we were married because I never wanted to get up early enough to throw that bird into the oven - she liked to be ready by 1:00PM. And no one wanted to eat Thanksgiving day dinner at 9:00 PM. Mom did dinners for a few years, but when she had heart surgery I took over. We had a fairly large microwave with a few whistles and bells, bought around 1983 (never had one until the kids were around 2 or so), and a rather decent cookbook included that told how to cook a bird around 12-14 pounds. I got a small box of those micro cooking bags, used the probe...and we were surprised how good it turned out! Now my SIL likes to make the turkey. One big enough to feed the neighborhood because she loves the leftovers for days. And days, and days...
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:55 AM   #112
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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.

The doc told me it was contagious, but only if the other person is exposed to the active blisters. My step daughter had it in high school. It was 10 years later when I got it. My husband slept right next to me and never got it. We got concerned when my step son got it because they had a new born at home, but the baby never got it, neither did his wife. So I think you would actually have to rub up against the blisters to get it from someone else. It us usually explained as the worst pain you ever had, but after having peritinitis, I'm not so sure.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #113
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Mom always did Thanksgiving dinner for us every year. She loved cooking for holidays! Good thing even after we were married because I never wanted to get up early enough to throw that bird into the oven - she liked to be ready by 1:00PM. And no one wanted to eat Thanksgiving day dinner at 9:00 PM. Mom did dinners for a few years, but when she had heart surgery I took over. We had a fairly large microwave with a few whistles and bells, bought around 1983 (never had one until the kids were around 2 or so), and a rather decent cookbook included that told how to cook a bird around 12-14 pounds. I got a small box of those micro cooking bags, used the probe...and we were surprised how good it turned out! Now my SIL likes to make the turkey. One big enough to feed the neighborhood because she loves the leftovers for days. And days, and days...
I am like your SIL. One year I made 2 18lb turkeys for 9 people. There were lots and lots of leftovers, but my family likes to take leftovers home. My MIL never had leftovers. I like to cook 2 turkeys because it gives me more dark meat which my family loves. I often wonder about my step daughter and daughter in law. They are both in their 40's and neither have ever cooked a turkey. Have no clue. One time I asked my step daughter to take the stuffing out of the turkey and she asked "Where is it?" When I am gone, there is no one left to cook Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. There is a nice restaurant in town that serves both Thanksgiving and Christmas. They will be going there.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:07 AM   #114
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Lately I've been buying two turkeys. One for the main meal and the other for odds and ends. I buy a cheap turkey ($0.59/Lb) and break it down. I freeze two breast halves and all the thigh meat for future meals. I use the carcass, wings and drumsticks to make a killer turkey stock for pilaf, gravy, etc. It's extra work but ends up cheaper than buying turkey parts for stock.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #115
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I need to stock up parts before Thanksgiving, last year I couldn't find any when I wanted them.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:30 PM   #116
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What was the commercial "Parts is part, pieces is pieces."

One year I bought extra thighs because my family likes dark meat and they wouldn't eat them. Wanted them attached to the rest of the bird. Thus the cooking of two turkeys.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:04 PM   #117
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Parts is parts was a Wendy's ad about "processed chicken" used in sandwiches at other stores.

That's too funny, not eating meat because it's "not attached to the bird" - LOL!
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:12 AM   #118
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Parts is parts was a Wendy's ad about "processed chicken" used in sandwiches at other stores.

That's too funny, not eating meat because it's "not attached to the bird" - LOL!

My family is so in the dark, they don't realize that white meat is the breast and dark meat is the thighs and drumsticks. They just know that when they sit down to eat, the white meat is on one plate and the dark meat on the other.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:31 PM   #119
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Looking through my recipes I found a recipe for Herbed Scalloped Sweet Potatoes. I made it one year for Thanksgiving but my family was not receptive to sweet potatoes that were not covered in brown sugar, cinnamon and marshmallows. I thought someone might want something different this Thanksgiving. I posted in recipes under vegetables. I loved it!
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:24 PM   #120
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Turkey question. I am always loosing my mind over how long it will take to defrost a turkey so this year I purchased a fresh one yesterday. Sell by date is 12/3/13. So now I'm loosing my mind worrying that this fresh turkey sitting in my fridge until Thanksgiving will go bad. I'm relying on the package! Does fresh poultry really last that long in the cold box?
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