Monday, August 2, 2010

Food that Flopped - and how we laughed about it later

I have not always been a good cook. I flinch writing that just now, but it is unfortunately true. I've always liked to cook, I just wasn't as skilled as I should have been starting out.
There were many kitchen mishaps in the beginning. Strawberry jam that somehow missed the jell stage and went straight for a crystallized mass melded with the bottom of the pan. Endless meals involving hot dogs (cringe) and packaged macaroni and cheese (blech). But I would have to say that Thanksgiving 1996 was my not so finest moment.
My ambition has never overshot my ability as much as it did that day.
It was my first turkey. The instructions seemed easy enough. Never mind the fact that I had never even cooked a whole chicken let alone it's much larger counterpart - details were unimportant. I followed all of the instructions, save those that admonished that the turkey should be well thawed. The bird had been in the refrigerator for 2 whole days, and being a Thanksgiving novice, I though that would be enough.
At the appointed time, I pulled the pasty poultry from the oven, a bit perplexed that it did not have the same healthy glow as the turkeys did in the advertisements. All the same, I shrugged and put the platter on the table. To this day, I'm surprised the bird didn't hop right off the table and make a run for it when my husband valiantly tried to carve it.
There have been many other Thanksgiving turkeys since that fateful day in November. But that is the one that everyone remembers.


tonya said...

I have had my own flops in the kitchen, too. I put too many cloves in a roast crock pot recipe once. I never knew meat could taste like that. :)
I think everyone has some funny story of Thanksgiving.

Thanks for sharing!

godsown said...

How come "our flops" will always be remembered?

Have an great week

e-Mom said...

You tell a very funny story April. I'm feally laughing! Glad you finally did learn to cook, after all.

My husband is the turkey preparer in our house. And he does it very well. The thing is, that's ALL he knows how to cook. Still, his skill comes in handy at the holidays when I'm busy with so many other things. I'm blessed.

Thanks for joining us for Marriage Monday today. ((Hugs)) e-Mom ღ

Denise said...

So funny, lol

Tami Boesiger said...

Turkeys are intimidating! I've been married twenty-four years and still haven't cooked one! You don't make me want to try either! Thanks for a fun story.

Constance said...

I agree with Tami about turkeys being intimidating! I still remember how something as "innocent" as 20 pounds of poultry left me quivering in my apron!

If we go home to St Louis for Thanksgiving, Dave's youngest brother fries up a turkey in the deep fryer, after injecting this amazing Cajun marinade into it! I never thought you could deep fry something as dense as a turkey and still get the inside done without drying out the outside! Boy was I wrong!

My daughter Jessica once substituted baking soda for baking powder in a banana cake recipe and I have to say, that was one of the nastiest things I have ever tasted! Fortunately she is now a much better cook and her family is most appreciative!

Have an amazing week!

Joyfull said...

I loved reading this! It is good to look back and be able to laugh and learn from our mistakes!