Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Turkey

As many of you know I love to cook. I especially love to cook because it means that I get to eat, and I really love to eat. My love of cooking came about mostly in college. My second year I lived in Heritage and we had a kitchen and had to prepare all of our own meals, and I learned that you can't live off of ramen forever. However, I'm sure my roommates got tired of the smell of kielbasa with potatoes and eggs, because I did live off of that.

In 2000 I had some wonderful roommates and we decided to have a Thanksgiving dinner together. I had helped my mom in the past but had never done the whole thing, and neither had any of my roommates. As I was the one with the most experience I was designated as the cook. I tried to involve each of my roommates but several had a severe aversion to touching raw meat. Another funny thing is that none of them liked the idea of eating gravy made from giblets, but once they tasted it they loved it.

That turkey was the first one that I ever did, and it has since become a tradition. I have made a complete turkey dinner every year for the past eight years and I look forward to many more.


I don't have a picture with my first roommates and the turkey but this is the one I made my second year.

7 comments:

Leserlee said...

Nice to know you had an oven big enough for a turkey. My second apartment had what I like to call a "mini-range". It seriously was about half size. Still had four burners on top, but they were tiny and close together. A regular size cookie sheet would not fit in the oven. But anyways, good job on all the turkeys!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Do you use an oven bag? Your turkey looks like a magazine cover with it's golden brown deliciousness. How do you make gravy from giblets? My mom does it, but I never have.

Mary Jones said...

You probably mentioned this somewhere, but did you guys go to BYU, and if so were you in Heritage halls?

Wammack Family said...

Perfect - This turkey was done in a bag, however I now have an even better way of doing it that makes it look wonderful. The giblets gravy involves boiling the heck out of it and using the stock along with the turkey drippings to make the gravy.

Mary - yeah we did go to BYU and we were in Heritage Halls. I lived in 37 Felt Hall for two years.

Bill and Tammie said...

I too have an aversion to touching raw turkey! Its a great thing that is one of Bills specialties. I have a hard time holding the bird while he shoves the stuffing inside. BTW has anyone ever eaten a turduken?

Desi said...

Cooking a turkey in Heritage sounds impressive! I have yet to cook a turkey by myself. Somehow I've made everything else and someone else always does the turkey. I did help get one ready, though that was the last I touched it - until I made the gravy; which I always make with the giblets and neck!

We'll see what happens this year, we still don't have all of our Thanksgiving plans ironed out.... :)

Elise said...

LOL- That was the funniest Thanksgiving ever! I wonder if I have a picture laying around somewhere...if I do I'll send it to you. I just remember Lisa and I going to the store to buy all the food and asking one another who knew how to cook the turkey (since all of us assumed someone else knew...Oh boy- I'm going to write about this on my blog...it's too funnny to pass up! Thanks for reminding me!