Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The First Thanksgiving Turkey Disaster

Decades ago, D&B celebrated our first Thanksgiving in Georgia, hosting B's parents who had flown in for the holiday. This would be the first time that D cooked Thanksgiving dinner for her in-laws or for anyone for that matter.

Wanting to impress her in-laws, especially her mother-in-law, D pulled out recipe book after recipe book and made one long distance call after another to her father, the family chef, for his secret turkey cooking tips.

The table was set with the fine china, the family silver, and fresh fall flowers. The soon-to-be family favorites green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, fruit salad, cornbread dressing, and chocolate pie were ready. It was time to unveil the turkey.

Fresh out of the oven, the 22 lb. turkey was picture perfect - golden brown with luscious, aromatic broth. B grabbed the carving set and made the first slice into the turkey breast, and, of course, had to take a taste of the 'cookbook' perfect looking turkey.

That's when he realized that the turkey breast meat wasn't very hot. In fact, it barely was lukewarm. What was wrong? Well, after a bit of turkey investigation, he discovered that the plastic bags with the turkey innards were still 'inside' the turkey. Chef D seemed to have missed the critical step of turkey cooking - REMOVE all bags inside the turkey cavity.

Needless to say, that Thanksgiving feast was turkey free...and the mother-in-law was not impressed!

1 comment:

  1. I like to think this was my one and only turkey disaster, but it wasn't. More were to come. Now we purchase our baked turkeys for Thanksgiving.