Friday, November 7, 2008

Turkey Cooking School

A few weeks ago, Husband asked me what our plans were going to be for Thanksgiving. I hadn’t really given it much thought before he asked. I knew that we didn’t have any family that was planning to join us, so I told him that we’d probably just have our own little celebration. Maybe we’d even invite another couple or two. We even talked about the potential menu we’d want. It all sounded great, until I realized a very scary thought: I’d have to cook the turkey! And I have no idea how to cook a turkey! My only vague recollections of turkey-cooking have come from watching my parents. And apparently I was more consumed by the, well, consuming of the turkey than the actual cooking of it. I only really remember that it involves getting up early and what sounds like a very complicated mathematical equation involving cooking hours and the turkey weight. I panicked and called my mom. “Help! How am I ever going to cook a turkey? On the most important eating-day of the year??” “Don’t worry,” she said. “It’s easy. Really. Once you make it, you’ll realize how easy it is.” Forgive me, but I was still skeptical. Especially since she kept emphasizing how “easy” it is. (“So easy!” “It’s easy!”) I’m practically an expert on not being able to figure out “easy” things. (Just like my desk-assembling disaster.) And I cringe inside whenever someone gives me directions and they say, “You can’t miss it!” Because, trust me, I’ll miss it. But, Uncle Sam unknowingly intervened. Husband recently found out that he will be TDY (away on military duty) around the time of Thanksgiving. We decided that the most convenient option for Thanksgiving would be to visit family. I’m excited about it. (And not just because it postpones my solo turkey-cooking for another year.) I think my mom is excited, too. In fact, I just got an e-mail from her this morning about Thanksgiving. At the bottom of the e-mail, she wrote: “P.S. Guess you will have turkey cooking school. :)” Sign me up. I’m ready to learn. But only if I’m allowed to boast afterwards about how easy it is.

7 comments:

Reynie said...

It really is easy but over whelming the first time. Sounds like you'll get a good lesson from your mom though and those are always the best!

New Girl on Post said...

I'm doing Thanksgiving this year and I told Sean I'd do everything BUT the turkey. I don't do turkeys. My mom, like yours, insists the turkey is the easiest part. Somehow I doubt that.

A. said...

I'm 30 and I've avoiding cooking a turkey thus far, too! I'm glad you can avoid it for another year! ; )

Jenna said...

I cooked a whole turkey the first year we got married...and 18lb turkey! Oh and did I mention that the local paper was doing an article on us?! Oh yes, we had the local paper here taking pictures of me cooking my precious bird. I should post about that!

wendy said...

Turkey is easy. How fun to have cooking school with your mom!

I may try to make this turkey:

http://chattamom.chattablogs.com/archives/TurkeyBikini.jpg

Joanne said...

The turkey really is easy. It pretty much cooks itself. It's the stuffing that confounds me. If you learn any great stuffing secrets, please share here!!

themanhattantransfer said...

i love to cook, but that's too much pressure. i'll let someone else handle the responsibility of the turkey for as many years as i can!