Tuesday, November 20, 2007

BBTuesday - Turkey

Gather around, children. It's time for your history lesson. Today Uncle Sullicom is going to tell you how the turkey was lucky enough to wind up as the symbol and main event for our Thanksgiving feast.

As I recall, it was around this time of year back in 1621, when we lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Gov. William Bradford decided we should have a day of thanks, with a feast to go with it. However, it having been declared a holiday, all of the stores were closed. So, we sent several men into the woods, to "go fowling" as we called it. I wasn't much good at fowling, so I stayed home and watched football until the others returned.

The "fowlers" came back, loaded not just with turkeys, but with ducks and geese, too. We cooked them all up, along with loads of sweet potatoes, stuffing and that green bean casserole with the little crunchy onions on top. The next day, when it was time to dig into the leftovers, we discovered that of all the cooked birds, it was the turkey that tasted best when made into sandwiches, with a little mayo slathered on top.

Ever since then, the turkey has been inextricably linked to Thanksgiving. This year, Americans will eat 690 million pounds of the bird at this feast alone.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

For those of you adventurous enough to want to try to smoke your turkey this holiday, here's a link to Steven Raichlin's recipe for brined and smoked Thanksgiving turkey.

And if you want a seasonal sauce for your turkey, here's a recipe for a cranberry barbecue sauce from the Shoalwater Restaurant in Seaview, Washington.


And now, a word from the bird.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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