Happy New Year to All..
What a great Christmas we had in our household. The tree and decorations are down and packed away for another year. Somehow we got to the 12th of the month. A few more days of winter gone..yes!!!!
As with most of our holidays I do have a story to tell. Now for those that do not know me well...I hate cooking. I would much rather work a 12hr shift..clean the barn...sew..anything other than cook. With age I have managed to adjust to the fact that our family and friends do like to eat...so!! Without a doubt cooking a turkey is not rocket science and I have managed to put on some pretty amazing meals..but as the years have rattled on I have also had some dandy misadventures. One year the door fell off the oven..we used a chair to keep it in place for the rest of the day..lol. Another year I decided to use the convection oven part of the stove to cook the bird..well it was broken..we ate Thai food that nite. So now we get to this year.
Over the years I have gotten a nice farm turkey from neighbors and have had success with every one of them. This year I had to get a bird from a new source as our friends were not raising turkeys anymore. I found a farmer really close and ordered a turkey..or so I thought. We dressed the bird first thing in the morning and in the oven it went. It was only 18lbs so it was not going to take that long to cook so checked it a few times and thought it looked really dark...and gee it does look kinda thin...??? As the hours past...gee no smell of bird in the house..odd!! Well finally it was cooked according to the thermometer..so I got my SIL to help lift it out of the pan and put it on the cookie sheet to carve it. It was dripping GREASE...BLACK GREASE!! OMG...and the legs were pitch black and impossible to carve off the bird. At this point any turkey I have cooked falls off the bone..WHAT THE HECK HAVE I COOKED???? There was white meat..so it was not a goose..yet it was very greasy. Next to NO..dark meat..and very little white for that matter...AND the skin was at least 1/4 inch thick with ta fatty skin???? So...was it a wild very old..lol...turkey...or a goose?? I have not been back to see the farmer...!! Did he think I wanted a wild bird...I don't know..what I got sold..but I sure paid for it. $3.33 lb. and we did not eat it.
So much for Christmas dinner. I think for Valentines Day I will buy a turkey from a STORE...and have a nice Christmas in February dinner for our family!!
Moving on to a Great 2011