Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thanksgiving Warm-up

My family decided to take a stab at our Thanksgiving cooking-skills this evening.

After thoroughly scrubbing the nearly 21-pound turkey down, we maintained our tradition of blow drying with Mom's hairdryer.
We broke out the paper towels, though, after a few minutes because we were in hurry to get it in the oven.After filling the bird with corn bread stuffing, we placed it in the oven for the long haul.

For a moment, I must digress a bit....
It is well known amongst a good number of my friends that any turkey I am responsible for does not cook in an efficient manner. This became apparent my sophomore year of college when I attempted to a cook a similarly-sized turkey for the Thanksgiving crowd remaining on campus. We waited over 8 hours for it to cook. We raised the temperature in increments, eventually reaching 500 degrees, but to no avail. Our hunger eventually got the best of us and we removed it from the oven, sliced it up and zapped pieces in the microwave so we could eat before midnight. I was sorely disappointed and discouraged by that experience but still willing to give it another try....Well, turns out I simply don't have the magic touch for cooking turkeys. Today our turkey remained uncooked after 7 hours in the oven. I am beginning to feel cursed when it comes to turkeys. I think I'll stick to cookies....

3 comments:

Rye-Rye said...

Ridiculous! Ridiculous! That is all I have to say when it comes to that turkey! And I commend you on the hair dryer usage...so ingenious...

healthily sanguine said...

Haha, I remember that! As a vegetarian, I was so smug. Actually, I felt bad for you all. Coincidentally, Nicole just roasted a turkey here the other day--hers came out a big overdone. :)

Laurel said...

It was delicious after it cooked! Tender and moist.
I baked up a mean shepherd's pie this evening to get rid of many of the leftovers... :-)