The Whole Bird
November 25th, 2008 by Mike

For the past four years that I’ve lived in New England, I’ve gone somewhere or dome something for Thanksgiving. It’s either been to Beth and Paul’s house or making the trek to my parents’ house in western PA. And every year, I seem to miss the parade on TV. I try to watch it at my parents’ house, but my mom is forever asking me to help her with something. And I don’t mind helping her out since she’s having the whole family over for a feast about 2 PM. It just means I don’t get to see the parade.

This year, I intentionally didn’t make plans. I want to stay at home and watch the parade. From my own couch. On my own TV.

Somewhere along the way, I decided I was going to cook Thanksgiving dinner. I may be cooking for one, but I really don’t know. I sent an e-mail to the chorus e-mail list this morning, offering dinner to anybody who needs a place to go. I may have guests. Then again, I might be eating alone. Either way is perfectly acceptable.

So tonight I went to the grocery store with the goal of buying a turkey breast. They’re not cheap. I ended up getting a better deal on a whole turkey. That’s right, I bought a whole bird, fourteen pounds, potentially for one person.  That’s plenty of leftovers, right?

I’m also going to roast some sweet potatoes, make some cranberries, and make another attempt at the chocolate toffee wedges. I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie. I never have been.

Beth has given me some pointers on how to prepare this bird, and I’ll be brining it overnight, and then covering it with bacon to keep it moist. As Iron Chef Michael Symon says, everything is better with the pig. I’ll also be stuffing the inside with herbs, garlic, and lemon. Although I may skip the garlic and replace the lemons with apples. 

Why do I have the feeling that this has the potential to be a grand adventure?


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