Bring on the Turkey


My coworker from Germany (Anja) and I were having lunch the other day and she mentioned that she was thinking about signing up for a cooking class for Thanksgiving.  I immediately thought, “Wouldn’t it be way more fun to not pay for a class, drink wine, and cook together.”  I told her that she could come over and cook with me to learn about making Thanksgiving dinner (never mind that I haven’t made a turkey before).  Then our other partner in crime (Sonja) who is always game for anything joined in.  Our unstoppable cooking team was formed!

Saturday 12:00 P.M.

Anja and Sonja arrived for our day of cooking and eating.  We went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients we needed.  After reading the recipe, I realized that the gravy called for 20 turkey necks!  No turkey necks – okay we’ll just improvise with the gravy.  The turkey called for lots of fresh herbs.  The store is out of everything but Tarragon – okay we’ll improvise.  We need a turkey baster.  You guessed it.  The store is out of turkey basters – we’ll improvise.  Last thing on the list – vanilla ice cream.  Here we received a very nice lecture from an older gentleman about the best ice cream to buy, but the store was out of it.  I know – you’re shocked.  We assured the nice man that we would definitely try that ice cream next time.

Saturday 1:00 P.M.

Cooking begins… We are a powerhouse of efficiency and accuracy.  Cranberry bread – check.  Pumpkin Pie – check.  Apple Pie – check.  Sonja is a measuring queen and Anja is a powerhouse of whisking!

Check out Anja’s first pie.  That’s some fancy crust-work!

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie

Let’s tackle the turkey!  Step 1: rinse the turkey and pat dry.  Step 2: Using your hand, loosen the skin from the breast starting at the neck.  This is where things start looking more like a horror movie.

Turkey Horror

Step 3: rub the turkey in herb butter.  Place turkey in oven.  Step 4: Baste, add butter, and add broth every 30 minutes.

Saturday 3:30 P.M.

OK, the kitchen has been cleaned up, the turkey is in the oven, the bread and pies are done, it must be time for sangria (best sangria ever – recipe coming soon) and a movie.

Saturday 4:00 P.M.

Baste, Butter, Broth.  Return to movie and sangria.

Saturday 4:30 P.M.

Baste, Butter, Broth.  Maybe drinking this much sangria without eating anything all day wasn’t such a good idea.  Oh well, let’s go look at pictures of Anja dressed as Princess Leia on the German version of Facebook.

Saturday 9:00 P.M.

After many more hours of basting, buttering, and brothing the turkey is done.


That is one fine lookin’ bird!

Saturday 9:15 P.M.

Dinner is served and Anja carves the turkey (with scissors). Go Anja Go!

Anja Carves the Turkey

Saturday 10:00 P.M.

The food was delicious and we are stuffed.  But what about pie?

Saturday 11:30 P.M.

One movie later we are ready for pies and they are so good!

Sunday 1:00 A.M.

Food is away, kitchen is clean, Anja and Sonja depart (with goodie bags full of turkey, stuffing, and pie) and I fall into bed!  Whew!

Our pre-thanksgiving was a success.

What I am thankful for:

I am thankful for coworkers who are also such good friends and are willing to cook, eat, and drink with me for 13 hours in one day!

The Dream Team

The Dream Team

Category : Entertaining / Holidays

3 Responses to “Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving”

Sonja November 16, 2009

Dream team indeed! I’m thankful for the same things :)

Anja November 16, 2009

me too, me too! What are we going to cook next time ladies? :)