Adventures in Thanksgiving Dinners

Kris and I decided to have our first Thanksgiving dinner at our place, and wouldncha know... something had to go wrong. We were halfway through cooking the turkey when the oven, you guessed it, quit working. Luckily we had already cooked the pie, but the turkey was only halfway done and we hadn't cooked the stuffing yet.

After pulling the oven away from the wall (carefully, the turkey was still inside) we unplugged, replugged, kicked, screamed and cursed to the Thanksgiving gods to try and get the damn thing to work. Well, nothing doing...

So what's a Texas boy to do when the turkey's not done? Find the only hot thing in the place... the barbecue. So we fired up the grill and threw the 12 pound turkey on there. Got some water with herbs in it down there and made a fire. Great... now put the lid on... nope... won't fit. The turkey was too large for the barbecue grill. So back to good old Reynold's wrap. We put foil over the top and hoped the turkey didn't get too hot/dry/fried/burnt. After two hours of continuous checking and burnt fingers pulling the foil on and off, it was finally done.

And miracle of miracles it was tasty. One of our friends (Brent) never had a good piece of turkey in his life he told us. Always dry and yucky. We've redeemed his faith in the bird, and he now claims that we have an official "recipe" and will be required to do the same thing again next year. Hopefully without the frustration (and a larger grill).

Epilogue: To add insult to injury, we turned the oven on this morning... and it worked... bastards...

Posted by Daniel Short on Nov 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM | Categories: Rambling -



Jeff wrote on 11/25/02 8:41 AM

11/25... aren't you a bit early for thanksgiving? guess you all get started eating *really* early... ;-)
Daniel Short

Daniel Short wrote on 11/25/02 8:41 AM

:D. Had to eat with friends and get an early turkey coma before we head to Seattle for dinner with family :)
lary Mckee

lary Mckee wrote on 12/12/02 3:10 PM

My Gosh! This almost sounded like the turkey from hell!!!! But it decided to behave and let you eat after all! :-) Sounded great! But not what you had to go through to get it! Sunday will be fine, and yes you can have this stupid computer, sounds like it and your oven will get along just fine! Lary
Daniel Short

Daniel Short wrote on 12/12/02 3:10 PM

That's right, I whipped it into shape... :).

Brenda wrote on 12/17/02 9:05 AM

Now you know why I don't do that, your granddad can cook it as long as he wants to!!!
Daniel Short

Daniel Short wrote on 12/17/02 9:05 AM

lol... cooking is always best left to grandparents huh? ;)