Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Sharing Thanksgiving Thoughts



Despite my futile attempts to get out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving, yours truly will be cooking tomorrow. I know I shouldn’t complain, but my family allows for no creativity with this meal. It’s got to be turkey, of course, and stuffed celery, cornbread dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, a throw back to the 1950s Jell-o congealed salad, pumpkin pie, rolls and some random vegetable.

At least I hope for an uneventful morning of cooking, unlike the time I stored freshly made cornbread in a plastic container in the oven overnight. When I turned on the electric oven the next morning, I soon noticed a strange smell and billowing smoke pouring from the oven. I opened the door to a blob of melting plastic dripping down onto the oven racks and bottom. I let the mess cool off and took the racks outside to clean and set about to make more cornbread for the dressing. That was my worse holiday cooking disaster. Martha Stewart is asking for your worst Thanksgiving disasters, but mine can’t top the woman who set her house on fire frying a turkey. Her family and 20 guests had dinner with the firemen at the firehouse.

Do you have a Thanksgiving story you’d like to share?

12 comments:

Jay Croft said...

Is the guy in the picture ironing a shirt, or is he intending to inflict harm on the woman?

Marion said...

The year I mistook ground chili pepper for paprika comes to mind.

That meal was hot!

Sheila said...

I personally think he's up to no good, in a joking way of course. If he was ironing, he would be on the opposite side of the board. And why is darned board so close to the oven? I love these old images. This is from PhotoDisc Retro Americana.

Sheila said...

Marion,
Thanks for sharing your goof. I don't think I've done that one. Least not yet.

Tim said...

Wow - it's been so long since I've had a Thanksgiving dinner I can't remember anything that comes to mind. However, Christmas dinners are huge here, so I'm sure something will happen . . . it always does. Accidents and goofs find me. ;)

East of Oregon said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! The answer to the question of how I have time to do law school and family and the rest is that I do one thing at time - kinda like "eating an elephant" - one piece at a time. My legal writing professor is the best inspiration for hammering that in day after day. I can't do it all immediately and I certainly cnn't do it all at one time - BUT I can do a little at a time... Thanks again for commenting, I love having visitors on my blog and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! :)

Sheila said...

Tim, I look forward to hearing about the Christmas dinner this year. Three years ago when my husband and two sons went to Italy for Thanksgiving, we crammed in two cities, Florence and Roma. Our Italian-style Thanksgiving was a memorable one. Bill gave the cab driver an address for a restaurant he'd been to before, but some how we were taken miles and miles in the wrong direction ending up in a neighborhood well away from the Central district in Roma. We got out and found a little restaurant with a wonderful antipasti buffet. They stuck us in the back but we didn't mind after steaks, pastas, and a little too much wine. It was raining when we were ready to leave and since we were so far out, it took like what seemed forever to get a taxi back to our hotel. After that, my husband decided to study his Italian even harder. We were together and that was what mattered most.

Sheila said...

east of oregon, thanks. I had my first son in the middle of law school. One of my classmates also had a baby around the same time. She returned without missing a day. I took the semester off and when I went back in January, I missed a lot of class due to my son being ill. I flunked my first ever class that semester. I'm not a quitter, though, and while I didn't graduate exactly on time with the folks I started with, I did make it.

I admire you for juggling and I'm sure you will be happy you did it when you family watches you march up to get that degree.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Naomi said...

It sounds like you'll have a good celebration with all that lovely food Sheila. Just reading about it made me feel hungry. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sheila said...

Thank you Naomi.

DaveM said...

I know you who were ranchers went in for branding irons but that guy has taken it literally. Talk about making your mark on a woman.
enjoy your thanksgiving.

Sheila said...

Thanks Davem. That photo was a strangely funny one, wasn't it?