Thanksgiving dinner for the family... married only one month and I invited my parents, his parents, plus two of his aunts. Dinner for eight, what was I thinking? Turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, jello salad, rolls, pumpkin pie. Had I ever roasted a turkey? No. Which meant I had never made stuffing. Pumpkin pie? Nope, but watched my Mom. Real mashed potatoes with gravy not made from a packet. Cheated on the rolls, but what the heck, I was a blushing bride.
T-day, I poked and prodded and basted the turkey. By noon I had a golden, delicious looking bird. Whew! DH's job was to carve that sucker. All the sides came out great and I could probably have used some Ben-Gay from patting myself on the back for not burning, undercooking, or dropping any of the above-mentioned menu items.
I was proud that I could serve a meal to be enjoyed by all. But the understatement of the day came from my mother-in-law. The dear lady said "Well, hon - you didn't do too bad for your first time." Danged with faint praise, coming from a woman who had a history of poor cooking techniques, least of which was the infamous inviting me and my folks over for dinner and not taking the duck out of the freezer until that morning and leaving it on top of the freezer to defrost. Since the duck obviously wasn't completely thawed and just couldn't get done in the oven, she proceeded to nuke the living heck out of it in the microwave. Upon serving, the duck wasn't tender, so she blamed it on the grocer for selling her an old, tough duck. Yeah, right.
Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and remember--Respect the Bird!
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