Today I am putting together a mock Thanksgiving dinner. See, my husband has this theory. He’s concerned that every year, I will succumb to my fear of huge turkeys until the day that — due to unforseen circumstances — I will be asked to put a Thanksgiving dinner together. And then, I will be forced to make a turkey for the first time… with the pressure of having dinner guests coming over to eat it. And I know that were this theory to become true, the end result would be as bad for me as it would for the turkey. I’d be frazzled. A bit frizzy. The cook that no one wants to come near. And the turkey would be tough. Dry. Or maybe under-cooked, so suddenly everyone would be in line for the microwave. Either way, I wouldn’t be happy. And Thanksgiving is all about being thankful… and happy.
And don’t think — for one second — that I would cheat and buy all the food pre-made at a grocery store. Shudder. I would never live that down.
So today, I am making turkey for dinner. Along with stuffing, butternut squash, broccoli casserole (which will be a nice practice run, since I’m making that for the official Thanksgiving), mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce (which will be a nice topping for the turkey if it’s dry, because I have no idea how to make gravy).
Hey, Martha Stewart herself had to start somewhere. 😉
I will admit that I’m cheating a little. I’m starting with a turkey breast, which is plenty big enough for me to practice on. It’s actually larger than a small chicken, so I can only imagine how big the turkey was. Seriously, how would I fit such a large bird in my oven? So we’ll see how it all turns out. Stay tuned…
Oh, and on a bright note, I finished my Christmas shopping! Can’t wait to share the fun Christmas shopping pics that my sister and I took!! 🙂