Last week, I did something really different. I made Thanksgiving dinner, four months early. Lucky for me the house is air-conditioned, otherwise I would have melted in the heat with the oven on for hours.
I decided to have our holiday early because my son was home from Afghanistan for two weeks. Thanksgiving is his favorite meal, and he’s going to spend the real deal at Kandahar Air Base. Just by coincidence MORE THAN A MAN, my Harlequin Intrigue with the 700-year-old hero, is coming out in a few days. And my son looks a lot like the guy on the cover. Of course, he doesn’t think so.
Turns out, the turkey was the big problem with the Thanksgiving dinner. They may be all over the grocery stores in November, but they’re almost nonexistent right now. Other than going out in the woods and shooting them, you’ve got to buy them frozen at this time of year. And guess what? I’ve never cooked a frozen turkey, so I didn’t know how long it would take to defrost. Unfortunately, we’re talking DAYS in the refrigerator. And if you don’t have that much time, your best option is to immerse in cold water, according to all the Web sites I checked out. But there’s one important fact they fail to mention. You know how the wise guys need to put “cement shoes” on a body they’re trying to deep six? Well, guess what? A frozen turkey also floats. So there I was in the early hours of the morning weighting down that sucker (with a heavy pot lid) so I could submerge it. As you can see, it finally worked out.
So what’s your favorite holiday? And how do you make it special?