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Happy T’day!

For reasons I can’t articulate, the traditional presidential pardon of the turkey pisses me off. I don’t know. I’d totally support the first guy who said, “screw it – let’s eat this bird!”

I did some digging around but, believe it or not, it isn’t clear when the tradition started. Maybe with Lincoln (but probably not). You’d think something to do with the office of the president would be better documented.

Uncle B pointed out to me some years ago that Americans have two turkey holidays a month apart, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. So we just have a “nice meal” on Thanksgiving. Tonight, it’s steak and a baked potato with – I hope – homemade dinner rolls. It’s so cold in the kitchen, I don’t know if I can get them to proof properly.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all – and turn up tomorrow for the Dead Pool. Maybe I’ll even get the number right this time.


Comment from thefritz
Time: November 23, 2023, 7:35 pm

To all my imaginary internetweb friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

Comment from Mitch
Time: November 24, 2023, 1:24 am

Happy Thanksgiving to the House of Badger & Stoat and all who visit here! In my family we did a big ham for Christmas. Mom & Dad called it a “Spotted Ham” where Dad would carve a diamond pattern in the fat and stick cloves in the intersections and then would stick spots of cinnamon, allspice and something else all over it. Roast it covered in a big pan in the oven for a few hours and get an amazingly delicious ham in a few hours.

Comment from M
Time: November 24, 2023, 2:08 am

That’s because you are supposed to have ham and cheesy potatoes for Christmas ,not turkey. I have never known anyone who had turkey for Christmas IRL. Though I’ve known people who had lasagna and people who had a nice kosher brisquit.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 24, 2023, 2:30 am

I’ve always enjoyed roast turkey Thanksgiving meal at other people’s houses but except for a few trial runs¹ several decades ago my family eschews the big birds. For Holiday meals, we do roast beef, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, and the rest of the goodies selected and prepared ad hoc.

This year, for irrelevant one-time-only reasons, we had lasagna.

Whatever the actual foodstuffs, it’s the company and spirit that are the Holiday raisons d’etre.

1. The trials were unsatisfactory.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 24, 2023, 4:43 am

Turkey, which we got very good at during a Durnedunemployment phase in the previous century.
Because turkey wasn’t/isn’t just good, it was/is cheap!
Dinner, leftovers for days, and soup!

No Christmas official tradition for it, it’s either turkey or ham that day. Depends on our mood a week or so prior.

Here’s to all! Hoping your day was a happy one!

Comment from Zhytamyr
Time: November 24, 2023, 1:17 pm

Re: proofing in a cold kitchen. Start a saucepan warming on the stove as well as starting the oven. Kill heat to both, check oven temp with a thermometer. Put the pan with now hot water in the oven for an ersatz proofer.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: November 24, 2023, 2:56 pm

Mmm, Steak’n’baked taters’n’rolls for Thanksgiving; that’s how the Chitlins do it! Happy belated Thanksgiving to all!

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