(draft copy thanksgiving 2000)
As a rule the standard Thanksgiving
Dinner will consist of something like: a roasted turkey, candied yams,
a couple of veggies, a salad, and of course pumpkin pie. While there is
many variations to this menu, there are a few things they all have in common.
There will most likely be a bird of some type and someone will be working
hard to pull off this wonderful feast.
Now while we all dream of
the perfect dinner, more times than we care to admit things just don't
go as planned. Some of the more memorable potatioal disasters I remember
Then there are the horror stories
from friends and family:
More guests than I planned for
It's only hours before serving
time and the @#$% bird is still frozen like a rock.
The oven dies, Wednesday night.
You don't find out that you
are cooking the meal until Wednesday night.
Cooking for 50 people in a VERY
SMALL apartment kitchen.
Now there is something to be
said for experience, with all the little disasters I have survived. I now
feel fairly confident I can handle most anything that happens this year!
The daughter who wasn't experienced,
cooking her first holiday meal for her new hubby and friends. Nice looking
turkey, but noticeabley undercooked.
The friend who's dog ran off
with the bird.
Or the friend who charred her
Since the turkey is the "star"
of the meal, I have decated a whole page to him: Let's
For those of you who are
new to my site, I also have nice page called "Christmas
Cooking" While the decorations are done in the Christmas theme, the
recipes will still work for Thanksgiving.
In this section I will be
sharing more than just your average recipes. Some recipes will be for the
less experenced cooks, easy but tasty. Other recipes will be for emergency
situations, like dead ovens, surprise guests, and small kitchens.
* don't require the oven
- very handy if short on oven space