Today I bring an unintentionally hilarious article about turkeys. Apparently gangs of turkeys are marauding through Suburbia across the nation.
When the Cambridge, Mass., city council took up the matter recently, one member told of a turkey that chased a child and her dog outside church, and another recounted coming face-to-beak with a bird outside a community gathering where the large fowl had been discussed.
“It was like the turkey was waiting for me,” Councilor Dennis Carlone said from the dais. “They’re clearly strategizing.”
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, which receives many calls about problem turkeys, also suggests removing shiny objects in which birds might spot their reflections, and scaring turkeys with yelling, brooms, hoses and even leashed dogs.
“Don’t let turkeys intimidate you,” a Massachusetts Wildlife handout says. “You can harass turkeys searching for food in your gardens.”
The entire article is worth a chuckle, I mean a read. It’s worth a read. Hehe.
I have a simple Thanksgiving menu planned. We do buffet style Thanksgiving, where friends and kids’ friends drop by, grab a paper plate, and eat on their own schedule while complaining about football. Check this out:
Turkey, smoked by Smoky Mo’s because it saves oven time and tastes great.
Smoked Ham, which we bought and is technically already cooked, but Gordon will through it in the smoker first thing tomorrow morning to kick it up a notch.
Fried oysters, which isn’t a Thanksgiving item, but one of the children is pescetarian and this will be their “holiday meat” option.
Stuffing, which is the most labor intensive and fussy item, because it requires soup. This is because the day before, namely today, I’m going to boil celery, carrots, onion, a smoked turkey wing I bought at HEB, our local grocery store, and a few
haphazardly thrown in because it smells good carefully chosen spices. I will boil this until things fall apart. Then I will puree the vegetables and save the whole kaboodle till tomorrow, when I will reheat it and cook the stuffing. I will still be adding things like celery and dried cranberries, but I found that when done in this manner, vegetables add moisture and flavor. Nobody really like mushy onion etc in the stuffing – I gag on it – but pureeing it does the trick. There is a careful balance of how much of it needs to be added compared to the broth, and that will be the hard part.
Mashed potatoes, easy peasy.
Apple and pumpkin pies.
And that’s it! Ha. I’m stoked. As long as I don’t screw up the stuffing, I’m set. The dinner won’t be overly expensive, considering how many people we usually end up feeding, and the kids can take leftovers home. But I do still need to stop by Randalls and redonate, because a while ago, in my head, I made a rule that whatever the dinner costs, I want to spent at least 1/3-1/2 of that on the donations. I’d estimated $200 for the dinner, but the oysters and the sparkling cider we are serving as a drink bumped it up, so I need to go and buy 5 more dinners at Randalls. I had a friend once who worked for the food banks and she basically said that donating cans etc is good an all, but the best way to donate is to either hand food bank money or buy the prepared dinners through the grocery stores, because grocery stores give food banks discounts and your dollar does more good.
What are you cooking for dinner?