UPDATED BELOW, with “turkey pr0n!”
Thanksgiving day 2010 was clear and very cold–and the sun at this time of the year never reaches into our North-facing backyard. But Fratguy and Geoff were undeterred–they(respectively) smoked and grilled two 12 or 13-pound turkeys yesterday, and both were delicious. On my morning run, I saw another family deep-frying a turkey in their driveway. Parts of our town smelled smoky, although I don’t know if that was due to other grilling or smoking turkeys, or just fireplaces. It was difficult to sort out the smoke scents.
The grilled turkey was done a lot faster than the smoked turkey, which turned out to be a big plus at 2:45 in the afternoon, when the gang was hungry and all of the sides were ready. (Smoking stuff when it’s only 27 degrees outside makes it difficult to keep the temperature up. One can understand why it was the southeastern United States that invented barbecue culture, and not the northern woodlands.) I was glad to learn of the American turkey’s origins–and, finally, what a “guinea fowl” was, via this informative article by John Bemelmens Marciano! And if you’re wondering as I did, yes–he’s the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmens, the creator of the Madeline books. Continue Reading »