Heretical or personal choice: No turkey on Thanksgiving?

I have been threatening for the last few years not to make turkey for Thanksgiving. Michael hates turkey. He thinks it’s always dry no matter how many techniques you employ to improve the bird. He complains about it, and it’s the only food he refuses to eat as leftovers. The kids could take it or leave it, and I love the stuffing and gravy more than the bird.

Last Thanksgiving, I didn’t cook turkey because we traveled to Disneyland with my parents. We did have turkey at the princess luncheon on Thanksgiving Day.  Michael stayed home, and I think at salmon he made for himself.

This year it will just be the five of us. No family or friends coming to visit, and I think I really may NOT make a turkey

So far I have not bought a turkey. I am thinking of either roasting a chicken with extra legs  (they all love chicken legs) or maybe grilling salmon. (The Pilgrims did have fish at the first Thanksgiving.)

The advantage to the chicken is you could still do a nice stuffing and gravy. But I think the salmon seems a little more special.

Michael loves duck but it’s more complicated than turkey to make. (Sometimes I do it for Christmas dinner but it takes a long time.)

I have been told that my uncle and aunt often had lobster for Thanksgiving. So it makes me feel a little bit better about eschewing the tradition.

So what do you think: Do you always have turkey at Thanksgiving? Would it be heretical not to make it? If you didn’t make it, what would you replace it with?

72 comments Add your comment

motherjanegoose

November 25th, 2013
9:03 pm

@mom…Google School Lunch Fraud and read about it yourself…easy to pull up stories from Illinois, Indiana and New Jersey Remember, I work outside of Georgia too. Teachers are often quite frustrated when they know families who are lying on the applications. I have no reason to challenge them, since I hear it quite often. I am doubtful they are making the stories up. Perhaps you know things I do not know.

@ David C…welcome…got anything else to share?

@miss priss…I do get outside of Lawrenceville . I have driven in Las Vegas, ABQ ( can’t ever spell it correctly) Portland Oregon and Maine, Boston, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Denver, Chicago, Anchorage, Kansas City, Tampa, Orlando, Maui, and lots of other places that are not hick towns. Generally hicks do not dare drive in the city. I have been to hick towns and they stay away from the city.

missnadine

November 26th, 2013
12:18 am

mom2alex&max – I agree 100% with you as to why people are so concerned with how others spend their benefits.

Why is so important that people use their benefits to buy things YOU feel are okay? What difference does it makes what they buy? It doesn’t make the cost any less. I get so mad when I see people complaining that poor people were given Iphones (I paid a penny for mine), yet free phone (landline)service was been in place since the 1980s. I also LOVE when people bring up that person buying lobster with food stamps, and I am convinced that this is some urban legend.

You know what? I don’t like it when people abuse the system, but I just don’t understand why there is so much hatred for those at the bottom of the socio-economic scale, yet barely a peep with we have to bail out multi-billion dollar corporations.. and reward white-collar crooks with tens of millions of dollars in severance. what’s up with that?

Lastly, those very same people who want to deny a woman her choice in what to do with her body are always the every same people who complain the most about their taxes being paid to support their offspring. I know that is a different topic but it really burns me…

missnadine

November 26th, 2013
12:22 am

MJG – that is only negative part of a buffet – no leftovers the next day, but I like the idea as it is so convenient and you get to try so many varieties. I am on the fence as to whether I will cook or get served somewhere good!

Holden Caulfield

November 26th, 2013
7:41 am

Mother Jane Goose… why is it so many people for so many years are annoyed with you on this blog? Could it be, perhaps they might be right? All of them can’t be so wrong for so long.

Please, just give it a rest.

HB

November 26th, 2013
11:12 am

Standing and applauding, Miss Nadine. And speaking of free cell phones, why do so many people against them call them Obama phones? The free landline service was enacted under Reagan and extended to cell phones under G.W. Bush (a good move by both in my opinion).

missnadine

November 26th, 2013
11:18 am

HB – thank you. I am so sick of the iphone madness… Obama deserves a lot of criticism for his handling of the country.. but not phones!

Anton Chigurh

November 26th, 2013
11:50 am

Eat what you like. As for me I love turkey more than the dad in “A Christmas Story.”

Kat

November 26th, 2013
12:12 pm

Is turkey like other kinds of meat where you take it out but then you have to “let it rest” so that the juices can redistribute to all parts of the meat? I’ve heard that on the cooking shows, but never in regards to turkey. Seems to make sense because once the turkey is finally “done,” no one wants to let it rest. They just want to stick a fork (and knife) in it!

Kat

November 26th, 2013
12:12 pm

I do like the idea of BBQ though! Yum!

jmb

November 26th, 2013
12:52 pm

MJG – Not going to slam you like some but it’s a known fact the government programs have always been abused. Actually, have you not ever cheated on your taxes by upping your charity donations or stretching your business miles? You see, it’s all the same in reality. They take from the government and so do you if you did stretch some numbers. I don’t like to see people abuse the programs any more than you do but we can’t punish the ones that need them due to the ones that abuse them. I am however all for drug testing recipitants.

Anton Chigurh

November 26th, 2013
12:54 pm

Yes, Kat, you should let it rest 10 minutes or so. But you can go to work on a wing while you wait. That’s what I do.

xxx

November 26th, 2013
1:55 pm

jan,

Exactly how much sawdust have you eaten? That might be your problem, too much sawdust may have permantenely tainted your sense of taste.

motherjanegoose

November 26th, 2013
2:05 pm

@Holden…I know there a lots of people here who do not like me. It is easy to be aggravated when you can simply post something on a blog page. I get it. I also get that it takes more time to meet others on this blog, spend time with them and actually get to know them. I have 8 friends from this blog, who have met me and we still stay in touch. Others have asked to meet me but I do not have their contact info…even though they asked TWG to send it. How many folks do you actually know on this blog? Or perhaps you just post, like most others here . Either way, I do have friends. They are people who actually know me.

FYI my husband grew up in a FREE lunch family. He ate free lunch at school for years while his Dad found money for booze and cigarettes. That we just the way it was. He is disgusted with the families who can find money for things like that and yet there is no money to feed the kids. He lived it.

Boarding my plane….

FCM

November 26th, 2013
2:14 pm

@ Kat — The Chew says tent the turkey with foil and wait 20-30 min.

Miss Priss!

November 26th, 2013
2:58 pm

Who else would love to know a diagnosis of the people who want to meet and spend time with motherjanegoose after reading her posts? Who else believes she’s really boarding a plane?

missnadine

November 26th, 2013
3:22 pm

@jmb – very good comment. Us middle and upper-income people do an awful lot of cheating on our taxes, we hire illegals to do our yard work and clean our house, yet we still feel superior enough to give that single parent a dirty look in the supermarket. While I don’t agree with the recent movement of minimum wage activists wanting $15/hour, it does bother me, a lot, that multi-billion $$ companies, like Walmart almost make it a sport to ensure that employees can’t possibly get enough hours to qualify for their health care program. They have the nerve to set up donation bins in their stores so that shoppers could donate food for their employees, and actively coach employees on how to get government benefits. They have become the single largest group of people who rely on “free” support. This company makes BILLIONS yet we show no outrage for this? Sam Walton would be rolling in his grave, yet I am sure some of the biggest complainers here continue to support this company. So sure, let’s make that mom in the Publix line feel even worse about her life.

missnadine

November 26th, 2013
3:26 pm

@MJG – just because your husband’s family spent their money on “booze and cigarettes” doesn’t mean others do. Way to classify a whole group of people.

HB

November 26th, 2013
3:51 pm

jmb, I understand why drug testing sounds like a good idea, but in reality, predictions are it would cost more than it would save (not enough people are using who would be caught and kicked off the roles to pay for testing). Florida enacted testing, and I think they’ve found that is turning out to be true. So not a bad idea on principle, but I’d rather save the cost and risk users getting a small % of the total aid.

mom2alex&max

November 26th, 2013
5:22 pm

I actually WAS in favor of the drug testing thing. However, it doesn’t work. It ends up costing the govt way more money than it saved. It was tried in FLA. Read for yourself:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/20/2758871/floridas-welfare-drug-tests-cost.html

It turns out that people that apply for welfare (gasp!) actually need it to feed their children! And not to buy drugs! Who would have thunk it! Certainly not people (MJG) that assume people LIE so their children can eat free govt lunches at school and that way get their nails done instead. Because we all “hear” about those stories, right? No way teachers would LIE would they? No way they would make judgment calls with ZERO information about their charges right? Of course they KNOW FOR A FACT that those children surely don’t NEED free lunches right?

mom2alex&max

November 26th, 2013
5:23 pm

OMG 8 whole friends!!!

Good gawd almighty what is this, high school? Grow up lady.

jan

November 26th, 2013
8:10 pm

@xxx…. Being the daughter of a woodworker and a woman who is not afraid of power tools or construction… I have eaten my fair share of sawdust. But I don’t think it has warped by sense of taste. It was my mother’s terrible cooking that did that!

motherjanegoose

November 27th, 2013
3:00 pm

@mom…

I ran some of the ideas here by my daughter, who is home from college. She is a business major and takes classes that are very interesting to me. She can teach my lots of things about ethics, human resources and business practices. Terms I do not know about.

She told me to mention that she has been in the homes of people in government housing who have LOTS of things that we do not have ( as we are frugal and did not have money to spend on those things). They have all sorts of electronics, exercise equipment, huge TVs. She has seen Escalades parked there, that belong to them. She also tells me that they sit on their porches all day long and do nothing.

We just had a big conversation about this. Her room mate is finishing up her degree in education. She graduates in a few weeks. She told me things that her room mate has seen and was amazed.
She worked in a very poor school. Her last comment was, “Mom, you are not going to change their minds. They have not seen the things you have seen nor do they know the people you know. It is better to teach people how to better themselves than to simply provide things to make their lives better. This is something not everyone agrees on.”