Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bring On That Surrogate Turkey!

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking about past Thanksgivings--when Mom and Dad were still with us. I miss those those holidays. I miss them. I even miss the mess, the cleanup afterward, the leftovers that were sometimes left over for days afterward.
 
  
Dad was always up first. He got up at the same time every morning for as long as I can remember, whether he was working or not. He always had the same thing for breakfast: bacon, eggs and coffee. My parents were creatures of habit.

Mom would be up and about shortly after, getting the turkey in the oven and preparing the oyster stuffing. It was the only thing she made from scratch. I remember everything she put into it, just not how much of each ingredient. I couldn't make it if I tried, but I loved it. 

Mom was a better cook than I am, but she wasn't one to make anything from scratch if there was an easier alternative. Canned vegetables and gravy, mashed potato flakes, frozen pies, no problem. I buy mine ready to eat or at least microwavable. Sometimes, Collin and I even eat out or buy a prepared meal from a restaurant or grocery store.

I'd get up in time to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. Collin was the only one who slept in. We always had dinner early on holidays, making two meals from the large volume of food. After round two, we'd all fall asleep in front of the TV.

The next day, we'd have turkey sandwiches. The following day, it was turkey salad. By the third day, we were sick of turkey.
 
We only varied from that tradition once. Dad decided Mom needed a rest. It was just the four of us, and we agreed we would have Kentucky Fried Chicken for Thanksgiving dinner. That was in 1984. I had just signed with my literary agent. She was attending a writers conference--in Texas, I think--and arranged her return flight to New York so she could make an overnight stopover in St. Louis for our first face-to-face meeting. After a mix-up at the airport (it took Mom and me almost an hour to connect with her), we had a wonderful time. 
 
We didn't get any cookies with ours....
 

But for a long time after that, Maria gave me a good-natured ribbing about our "surrogate Thanksgiving turkey!"

These days, it's just Collin and me. We either eat out or I prepare a large turkey breast in our Crock-Pot and do the sides (from cans, boxes, whatever is easy) in the microwave. It's fast, easy, and safer than eating anything I could make from scratch. We get a cake or pie from a bakery. And we watch the classic WKRP in Cincinnati episode, "Turkeys Away."


16 comments:

  1. I'd rather go for quiche. I'm rather indifferent to turkey.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Ah, so you are online today!

      I don't care for turkey, either, but I love those sides!

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  2. I'll make the cornbread stuffing tonight. The pumpkin pie is my own recipe (I discovered how the old timers achieved that special taste), and I make the mash potatoes from real potatoes. The gravy will be from scratch also. One of the years, someone else will have to do it, but not this one. It doesn't matter what you choose to eat as long as the family is there around the table together. Oh, I loved that episode of WKRP in Cincinnati!

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    1. Sounds like you'll be busy, Mari!

      You're right--I know some people who will have Chinese or even pizza.

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  3. The very best episode of WKRP !
    Our few family who comes to dinner has now dwindled down to 5.
    Two people 2 cats and the one and only thehamish
    Adam cooks the best Ina Garten roasted turkey roulade. We have a very small dinner but so good.
    I love turkey and eat it all the time.

    Hope you have wonderful dinner and PIE !
    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I think almost everyone loves that episode of WKRP. We bought the digital version from Amazon Prime Instant Video. We have holiday episodes of many of our favorite shows. (There's a Christmas episode of Home Improvement that always cracks us up.)

      I can take turkey once a year, but convinced Collin to go with ham for Christmas. I wanted pie for Christmas, but he wanted cake. We got a lemon cake and something we both love: apple dumplings!

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  4. We don't do the Thanksgiving thing here Norma, I think it's a particularly American celebration. It can't always be easy with Christmas following so close behind ☺

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    1. Canada has Thanksgiving, but they have theirs in October. My only objection to Thanksgiving is the cooking part!

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  5. The Handsome One and I had turkey, mashed potatoes and corn. Some of those leftovers will fuel us for the Christmas decorating today!

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  6. Broasted chicken from our local store, microwave potatoes (no gravy), peas, cranberrys, Hawaiian rolls, and I couldn't eat much of it for some reason. Must have been the eggnog earlier.

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    1. That's almost exactly what we had, except for the eggnog!

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  7. As God as my witness ... one of the best lines in television history. I've posted it a few times and each time, I laugh.

    We ate pancakes and cookies all day and stayed in our jams.

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    1. That's the kind of day to give thanks for, Ivy!

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  8. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

    In the past, I've cooked up a storm. Made biscuits and cornbread from scratch for the dressing...sweet potato casserole from real potatoes...It wasn't fun though. By the time we sat down to eat, my feet were killing me. And I still had the cleaning-up to do. This year we ate out. And it was good!

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    1. Thanksgiving can be anything but a day for thankfulness if you're the one doing the cooking. We thought about eating out, but the restaurants get so crowded--and Collin wanted to make a statement about all those Thanksgivings he had to work when he was at IHOP.

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