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Turkey Time

For the last 10 years or so I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving. The guest list ranges from 20-25 and the age of the guests ranges from 2-75. I prepare an embarrassingly huge feast of mostly traditional Thanksgiving fare with a couple of specialties thrown in. But here’s the rub: I really don’t like traditional thanksgiving food.

As a matter of fact, I have no interest in eating turkey and even less interest in preparing it. I don’t like removing the innards, I don’t like the fact that the turkey takes up the entire oven (requiring me to make a spreadsheet of how and when the other food will get cooked), and I don’t like having to baste it every 20 minutes hour after hour. So here’s my thought. Down the road from me is a turkey farm that sells fully cooked and ready to reheat roasted turkeys. I can even pick it up Thursday morning so I don’t have to worry about refrigerator space.

Is this cheating? What will my parents-in-law, who will be staying at my house, think of this yuppie-like solution? Will my kitchen still have that Thanksgiving smell? Most important, do I admit to my guests that though the turkey was home-made that it wasn’t made in my home? I think buying the turkey will give me more time to focus on preparing the other food, more energy to focus on my guests, and more of an opportunity to relax. If that isn’t something to be thankful about, I don’t know what is.


  1. Anonymous November 19, 2007 at 8:47 am

    What fun are the holidays when you can’t enjoy them because you’re too busy in the kitchen? I would guess that the house will still have that fantastic Thanksgiving day aroma with all of the other foods and if the turkey is good – no one will care where it came from! A couple of years ago, I outsourced the turkey to my husband — on the grill! Besides – instead of putting such a high focus on the food, let’s all spend this Thanksgiving Day being thankful and spending time with our kids!

  2. Anonymous November 27, 2007 at 10:47 am

    I agree. My sister in law hosts Thanksgiving now, and she makes the turkey, but orders most everything else from a great prepared foods service in her town. A few items are outsourced to guests (desserts, for instance), and her husband always makes his famous mashed potatoes, but with so many guests and so much else to get ready, I say take advantage of the resources available to you.

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