That Time I made Thanksgiving Dinner and Didn’t End up on the News
I’m going to blow your minds I cooked a Thanksgiving turkey and didn’t end up on the Philadelphia Nightly News. People assume that because I blog and I eat moderately well that I can also cook. That is way beyond false. I can cook simple foods such as fish, steamed vegetables and oven bread….but a turkey?
That visual should fuel your LOLZ tank all week.
Let’s rewind a bit.
Wednesday I found myself having one of the worst days of my life. That’s not an exaggeration.
Rewind even further.
Tuesday evening I had gotten extremely sick (gone from fine to pulling over on the side of the road vomiting within a half hour drive). The fact of eating anything (let alone cooking a turkey) was overwhelming. After composing myself and getting home, I immediately went to bed. I slept and hoped I could sleep it off.
I woke up on Wednesday feeling a little bit better but not much. I went to start my car (in the freezing rain) and it wouldn’t start. My car has done this before (normally in upstate NY when it’s below 0). I was left sick at home, in the freezing rain and alone.
Due to outside factors, there was no promise T would even be home for Thanksgiving. I had a turkey in de-thawing but I was sick and I wasn’t cooking a turkey. So I did what any normal person would do…I cried and went to bed.
After essentially sleeping for 24 hours on Wednesday, I woke up feeling much better on Thanksgiving. I didn’t wake up ready to run a Turkey Trot or the Beer Mile but I was able to move. (Edit to add: nearly a week later and I’m feeling pretty good, I think I ate undercooked chicken…which was my fault).
I guess this is the part where I actually talk about Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving morning, I ventured to Wegmans. I got a few last minute things (and thankfully Wegmans wasn’t that crowded). After picking Tim up, we went for a run and I cooked the Turkey.
How did I do it? Not fancy like most bloggers, facebook friends and social media users. I followed the exact directions so I didn’t set my house on fire…”bake in oven at X degrees until the center is X degrees (roughly 3 hours).”
It’s funny what happens when you follow directions right?
We had a nice Thanksgiving together. It was quiet and laid back. Now that I cooked one turkey and didn’t destroy South Jersey, I can attempt to cook something fancier next year. While it was quiet, I could enjoy Thanksgiving without getting sick. It’s no turkey like mom cooks but I’m not on the news either so I consider that a success.
Questions for you:
How was your Thanksgiving?
How do you cook your turkey?