This picture may explain why the fresh turkey I ordered from Ladyslipper Free Range Poultry Farms Ltd. has not been delivered yet. It's ok though because I have a 23 pounder in the freezer. Note to self: Take it OUT of the freezer TODAY!
We will have the standard delicious need-a-nap-later fare: Roast Turkey basted with sage butter, bread stuffing (which is basically the same recipe that my Mom and Grandmother made with celery, onions, parsley. sage and thyme), mashed potatoes with 23 gallons of gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, corn and another veggie side dish (usually green bean casserole) and p-u-m-p-k-i-n pie with whipped cream on top. Hoowah!
I've served several versions of everything through the years and this one seems to be the combination that everyone prefers.
I like the dark meat the best. It's MINE, MINE all MINE. Keep yer mitts off that drumstick. At least it once was all mine. The Mister always liked white meat. One year, he must have gotten knocked in the head because out of the blue he starts piling dark meat on his plate and he says "Oh yes I am too having dark meat. I've always liked it." So, I have this turkey main lining competitor for the best part of the bird. I may have him hypnotized before next Turkey Day.
Our long time friends Sue and Bill will have dinner with us. Sue is making the veggies and the pies. I choose my guests carefully - it's all about who likes white meat.
So, five for dinner and a 23 lb. turkey. You do the math.
What are you having? What are your favorites? Do you like dark meat? (answers to this last question will determine future guest lists)