We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My buddies with whom we did the big pig roast party last summer did a Turkey Fry party last weekend. Deep-fried seventeen 12-13-lb. turkeys (had to fit them in the frying cylinders - we had a 2-cylinder fryer set-up). Had around 100 guests, and they each had to bring an hors d'oevres or a dessert, and some wine or beer. Lots of cornbread and stuff.
I decided that small turkeys are better and easier to manage. I usually cook 2 big ones for TG, but I think I'll go for 3 small ones this year. They cook faster, are maybe more tender, and you can gnaw on the legs like chicken legs.
It was outdoors of course, about 25 degrees F, with torches, firepits, and outdoor fireplace blazing. Gals in their parkas. What are we? Yankee gentry rednecks? Well, we just like informal fun I guess.
That's a good party. The turkeys? Cajun rub, and all thoroughly and I mean thoroughly injected with Cajun spices to the point that Mrs. BD had trouble with it but, as I said, first turkeys I ever ate that did not taste like cardboard or smoke (I cook mine on barby with wood - smokey turkey).
This week we will review turkey injections and rubs (necessary for a good meal). Due to various circumstances, the Maggie's HQ will have a small group this year I think, about 13-15 people instead of 25. We'll invite some friends to fill it out. Always need hands to clean up...
For 45 years I have cooked for between 25 and 30 people for what at times seems to be totally ungrateful eaters. Having them bring one side dish seemed too much for some of them and asking for help cleaning up was beyond question. Being old now with some health issues I told everyone I would no longer "do" Thanksgiving dinner. Why they asked. Well, I did give in and decided to have all of them for just dessert in the afternoon. This time I asked everyone to bring two desserts so everyone could share and have something like a cookie exchange only with different desserts. The complaining was noted with the usual suspects almost refusing to bring two things. When my lazy sister in law balked I asked her to bring a second dish of fresh fruit as an alternative. You would have thought I asked her to cut off one of her feet. I used to cook at least 45 pounds of turkey and a convection oven really helps make a tasty and juicy turkey. I am considering making a small turkey on my smoker to see how it does just for the two of us. Happy Thanksgiving.
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