It's that time of year to eat a large bird, too many side dishes and hopefully lots of dessert. Those who know me well know that I may want to start at the dessert end of the meal. I would be stopped if there are children present. My favorite side is the mashed potatoes and gravy. I would prefer to grill the turkey, but then I would lose the great juices to make gravy. My daughter fattened up a dozen birds this year which makes for a good meal for many. My tradition is to box up the complete meal of ingredients and find a family who needs help to overeat for the day. One year I helped pass out six of these boxes, and the same at Christmas. I had an employer who gave free turkeys to each employee for both holidays and came up with the idea. All who donated always went to family gatherings and had a meal prepared for them anyway. I prefer prime rib or lobster for that next holiday.
There is not much to eat other than the breast on these wild birds. I am more a leg man, as was my grandfather. I used to tease him that I got one near a nuclear plant and they had four legs and were self cooking. My father always took pride in finding the largest bird, and one year it barely fit in the oven. I can still see my mother's eyes rolling when she retold the story, along with my father's always mischievous smile. Share with me a family tradition and/or favorite items you like for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate.
These birds are hard to get close to. Ben Franklin thought the turkey should be our national bird because they were so smart. I have seen the bald Eagles arriving and enjoy that we chose them.
Run, it's the guy with a camera!