Saturday, November 20, 2010
When it was time to sign up to make something for Matthew's preschool Thanksgiving party, I hesitated. Did I want to make an apple pie? Maybe pumpkin pie - since the previous time I signed up to make pumpkin pie, I had made pumpkin cupcakes instead. I couldn't decide, so I held off signing up so that I could have more time to think about it.
Turns out I didn't have to decide. My husband came home a couple of days later and informed me that Matthew's teacher had asked us to make the turkey. The turkey?! I guess no one else wanted to sign up for this task. It's only like the biggest and most important part of a Thanksgiving meal! I can understand why no one would volunteer for this!
Luckily, I have a favorite way to roast my turkey. I generously season the cavity with salt and pepper, and then stuff it full of aromatics - I use garlic, lemons, whole sprigs of fresh herbs (rosemary from our garden, in this case), and a whole quartered onion. Then I slather the outside with lots of olive oil, and season with more salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. Tuck the wings under, tie up the legs with twine, and it's ready to go in the oven!
Unfortunately for my husband and I, we didn't start this task until the night before, just after midnight. Which meant that it would be done cooking in the middle of the night. I was able to take a nice nap on the couch though, and my husband woke me around 4am when the turkey was out of the oven and we could finally go to bed. (Thanks hon!)
It was worth it though. Matthew was very proud that he brought the turkey, and all of the kids (dressed as pilgrims and indians), teachers, and parents all enjoyed a nice, although chaotic, Thanksgiving lunch.