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I call this picture “Happy Holidays – It’s 80 Fricken Degrees Out Here.”

I’m not cooking a turkey this year. At least not from scratch. I may put it in the oven and warm it up but I’m not making it. I tried it last year for the first time and, let’s just say it wasn’t good. Have you ever tasted the bottom of a New Balance running shoe after the wearer finished the Boston Marathon? Well, to say it was like that would be paying it a compliment. Everything but the turkey turned out fine. Butternut Squash Soup – delish, Garlic Mashed Potatoes – even Oprah would say fuck it and have seconds, the rolls? Reheated to perfection and the gravy and stuffing were from a can and box respecively so it’s hard to go wrong. But the turkey – not so much. And before you go all Rachel Ray on me, yes, I brined it. Please don’t start writing in with your special “can’t go wrong” recipe because it’s the main part of the meal! It can and will go wrong and then we’ll be stuck eating green bean casserole as a main course again.

I’m buying my bird from Gelsons and I will not feel the least bit guilty. I’ll be too busy feeling guilty about lots of other things. Hey, I’m a Jew, it’s in the contract.

Posted by Stefanie Wilder Taylor on November 20, 2006 7:13 pmUncategorized20 comments  

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  1. Suzy said,

    Elby looks like a Little You. She is adorable. And it’s 90 degrees.

    My computer guy didn’t show up yesterday, can’t access sitemeter or MY AOL and although I’d like to blame all of this on someONE, I can only blame it on the heat.

    | November 20, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

  2. Misfit Hausfrau said,

    I like your plan! I can’t imagine cooking a huge-ass Thanksgiving dinner when it is 90 degrees.

    The photo is adorable! Shorts and boots are a common look in our house.

    | November 21, 2006 @ 3:59 am

  3. Lena said,

    Love Gelsons. Totally hear you – I’m all about the side dishes… and inviting myself over to other people’s houses.

    Elby = perfection.

    Also. What the fuck is UP with this heat girl?

    | November 21, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  4. chris said,

    Hahaha. We catholics have a similar contract.

    Enjoy your turkey. Now I’ll be thinking about those rolls, though.

    | November 21, 2006 @ 9:17 am

  5. Binkytown said,

    Sweet! Im so jealous. Its cold and dreary here.. Happy turkey day!

    | November 22, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  6. gmcountrymama said,

    Wow, Elby is so beautiful, she does look like a mini-you.
    Have a fun Thanksgiving and don’t feel guilty, just drink a lot of alcohol. My mom will be here for 3 nights, luckily I will be gone one of those. And, thankfully, I have some leftover Ativan from a dentist appt. and a big bottle of wine to help me get through!

    | November 22, 2006 @ 6:51 pm

  7. surcie said,

    She’s a doll! Totally stylin’.

    Brining? Say what?

    I spent all day defrosting a frozen 17-pounder in the kitchen sink. I’m going to smear butter and salt on it and pray for mercy. If I had access to a Gelsons, I’d get everything there!

    | November 23, 2006 @ 3:59 am

  8. mad muthas said,

    why would you even need a turkey with all that other yummy stuff? garlic mash sounds fab! might be amusing, nay audacious, one year to serve all the trimming … just no turkey and see if anyone notices.

    | November 24, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

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  11. Izzy said,

    Awww…Elby looks so cute in those boots. When the hell did she get so big???

    If and when I decide to host Thanksgiving, I will only be ordering the important stuff, like the turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and the green bean stuff. But the rolls…those are mine, baby! I warm up a mean Sam’s Club croissant. Oh, yes I do!

    | November 27, 2006 @ 1:49 am

  12. Jenny said,

    Garlic mashed potatoes. *drool*

    Who needs turkey when you have garlic mashed potatoes?

    | November 27, 2006 @ 2:17 am

  13. Mom101 said,

    Next year, I’m heading to your place for Tday. I’m the type who takes like a half a slice of turkey to be polite…and fills the plate with all the trimmings. I’d be happy just to make a meal out of mac n cheese, potatoes, stuffing and maybe some creamed onions. Mmmmm.

    The daughter is gorgeous. I love the idea of LA kiddies wearing the boots our kids wear in the winter.

    | November 28, 2006 @ 1:07 am

  14. Wendy said,

    Thank you! All my friends think I’m nuts for ordering the turkey (fully cooked, thank you much) from elsewhere – they’re not jewish and they don’t get it – my mom used to order the turkey too – hell, that’s a lot of pressure on an entree – you’re right – what if it turns out like leather? everyone gorging on the yams?! come on!

    Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

    | November 28, 2006 @ 2:43 am

  15. Jess Riley said,

    I second the comment about Catholic guilt. One year my father even bought my mom a t-shirt that read “When it comes to guilt, I’m a frequent flier!” and she wore it weekly.

    I told my MIL this year that should I ever be responsible for cooking a family thanksgiving meal, I’m ordering the bird from a local cookery. Budget-be-damned.

    (Love the Oprah line. And I can’t believe how grown-up Elby looks! What a cutie.)

    | November 28, 2006 @ 7:32 pm

  16. Anonymous said,

    Great post and so so so cute picture of Elby!
    Nothing is wrong about store bought turkey…hope you had a great holiday!

    | November 28, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  17. Paula said,

    Hey Stefanie –

    Our girls have the same robeez! Aren’t they adorable? You have very good taste in footwear.

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    | December 3, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

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