Thanks For Sharing

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  


  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

  9. Anonymous said,

    I didnt find thing that i need… 🙁

    | November 24, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

  10. Anonymous said,

    $200 Bucks It Is…
    A guy goes over to his friend’s house, rings the bell, and the wife answers.

    ” Hi, is Tony home?”

    ” No, he went to the store.”

    “Well, you mind if I wait?”

    ” No, come in.”
    They sit down and the friend says “You know Nora, you have the greatest breasts I have ever seen. I’d give you a hundred bucks if I could just see one.”

    Nora thinks about this for a second and figures what the hell – a hundred bucks. She opens her robe and shows one. He promptly thanks her and throws a hundred bucks on the table.

    They sit there a while longer and Chris says “They are so beautiful I’ve got to see the both of them. I’ll give you another hundred bucks if I could just see the both of them together.”

    Nora thinks about this and thinks what the hell, opens her robe, and gives Chris a nice long look. Chris thanks her, throws another hundred bucks on the table, and then says he can’t wait any longer and leaves.

    A while later Tony arrives home and his wife says “You know, your weird friend Chris came over. ”

    Tony thinks about this for a second and says “Well did he drop off the 200 bucks he owes me?”

    | November 25, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

  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.


    | December 3, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

  18. Anonymous said,

    bad car credit loan refinancing
    bad credit auto refinancing
    bad credit car refinancing
    bad credit home refinancing
    bad credit mortgage refinancing
    bad credit refinancing
    bad credit refinancing home loan
    credit mortgage poor refinancing
    poor credit refinancing
    refinancing home with poor credit
    bad credit mortgage refinancing

    | April 27, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

  19. Anonymous said,

    mortgage refinancing
    home mortgage refinance
    refinance loan
    auto refinance
    refinance mortgage loan
    bad credit refinance
    refinance rate
    home mortgage refinance loan
    refinance mortgage rate
    california refinance
    bad credit mortgage refinance
    texas mortgage refinance
    refinance second mortgage
    florida refinance mortgage
    mortgage refinance california
    home refinance rate
    refinance mortgage interest rate
    in refinance
    florida refinance
    refinance home mortgage rate
    business refinance
    home loan mortgage refinance loan
    auto loan refinance
    interest only refinance
    refinance interest rate
    no closing cost refinance
    michigan mortgage refinance
    lowest refinance rate
    california mortgage refinance loan
    refinance house
    florida home refinance
    refinance home mortgage interest rate
    refinance student loan
    california refinance home mortgage
    bad credit refinance loan
    refinance home mortgage home equity loan
    refinance san diego
    va refinance
    refinance 2nd mortgage
    mortgage refinance online
    refinance comparison
    va loan refinance
    best refinance mortgage rate
    california refinance loan
    low refinance rate
    poor credit refinance
    florida refinance mortgage rate
    debt consolidation refinance
    cash out refinance
    refinance loan rate
    home equity mortgage refinance loan
    ohio mortgage refinance
    refinance after bankruptcy
    best refinance mortgage
    california mortgage rate refinance
    home refinance bad credit
    life refinance suv
    refinance bankruptcy
    houston refinance
    mortgage loan refinance florida
    california home loan refinance
    refinance home equity
    bad credit home loan refinance
    refinance mortgage new jersey
    mortgage refinance lowest rate
    refinance mobile home
    no credit refinance small business loan
    refinance mortgage application
    refinance jacksonville
    current mortgage refinance rate
    miami refinance
    mortgage refinance calculator
    loan mortgage rate refinance
    va home loan refinance
    michigan refinance
    no cost refinance
    mortgage refinance company
    mortgage loan refinance and debt consolidation
    auto lease refinance
    home refinance california
    refinance mortgage quote
    refinance quote
    refinance orlando
    small business refinance
    refinance company
    michigan refinance mortgage loan
    norfolk refinance
    foreclosure refinance
    refinance lender
    new york refinance
    home loan refinance rate
    refinance honolulu
    best refinance
    business debt refinance
    countrywide home loan refinance
    refinance dallas
    best refinance rate
    free quote on refinance
    mortgage refinance information

    | April 28, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

  20. New York Mortgage Refinance said,

    Wow so sweet baby

    | July 3, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

peel n stick customized labels

use the code babyonbored and save 10%

Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic: And Other Opinions I Can't Back Up With Facts
Buy the Book:


Barnes and Noble


I'm Kind of a Big Deal
Read an Excerpt!
Buy the Book:
Amazon | B & N

It's Not Me It's You
Read an Excerpt!
Buy the Book:
Amazon | B & N

Naptime is the New Happy Hour
Read an Excerpt!

Buy the Book:
Amazon | B & N

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay
Read an Excerpt!

Buy the Book:
Amazon | B & N