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Isn't it amazing what we take for granted? I roasted a turkey for a pot luck to be held at work yesterday. I had promised that if everyone gave me $2, I would purchase a turkey and barbecue it with smoke. As luck would have it, the weather wouldn't cooperate on Monday night. I was force to roast the bird. So I made broth by pressure cooking the neck, livers, and other giblets. When it was done, I added salt, sage, and liquid smoke (mesquite flavor). I injected that into the bird, all over the bird and let it sit for 20minutes to let the smokey liquid distribute in the bird. I used the pan drippings to immerse the carved turkey meat in, with more liquid smoke added to the drippings. The turkey sat in the electric roasting pan, refrigerated over night, then heated before the pot luck. The pan juices were used to make gravy at the pot luck. Everyone thought the bird had been smoked and were very happy with the results.
Later that evening, I and a couple of young men from out church visited and elderly gentlemen and brought a bit of Christmas spirit to his home. He is diabetic, and has arthritis. I brought some cooked rice, left-over turkey, and various seasonings and flavoring to make him some fried rice. I wanted to make some scrambled eggs to go into the fired rice, and was busy multi-tasking in a small kitchen. I broke the eggs into a mixing bowl with one hand while heating a pan and adding butter to it with the other. One of the young men, and the man we were visiting commented on how cool it was that I could break open eggs with one hand.
The point is, that even though something like using alternate techniques to roast a smoked turkey, or cracking open raw eggs with one hand may seem like child's play to those of us who do such things, others have such limited cooking knowledge or experience, or are handicapped such that they don't have a chance at duplicating what we can do. We need to be aware that we can use our talents, knowledge and experience to bring joy to others, for sometimes, they can't do it themselves.
It is wrong to use talents and abilities to puff oneself up. It is a blessing to use them to lift up another. The co-workers at the potluck were able to enjoy great turkey. The elderly gentleman was so very thankful for a good dish of fried rice, a humble dish that took a mere twenty minutes to make, and for the spiritual lesson that came with the meal.
Give your best always, and your own joy will be multipliled in the joy of others.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
Seeeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
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