This Thanksgiving dinner got finished twice

FATHER’S DAZE
Emmitt B. Feldner  for The Review

Just call me the Thanksgiving closer.

That was my role this year when it came to Thanksgiving dinner, at least.

It all came about because Terry had to work Thanksgiving afternoon – actually, the second year in a row she’s had to work on the holiday.

I got around it last year by driving out east to visit my family with Alex, Julia and Aiden, but there was no invitation from the family out there this year – I can’t imagine why they didn’t want my company again.

Actually, I’ll blame it on Aiden – he was the one who threw up all over the street in front of the old homestead getting out of the car after driving through the night to get there – but that’s probably not true.

So this year Alex, Julia and Aiden were coming down to Mee- Mee and Poppie’s for Thanksgiving dinner.

But with Mee-Mee due to start work around noon, it meant the prospect of either having Thanksgiving breakfast together or Poppie making Thanksgiving dinner.

With my cooking expertise and abilities, that meant a choice of pizza, macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter sandwiches – none of which are considered traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Mee-Mee’s solution was to get everything for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce – started before she left for work and leave it all for me to finish.

Since she did all the work getting everything put together and started, it seemed like a fairly foolproof plan – even with a cooking fool like me around.

It did mean she had to go through everything that was left for me to do several times, with me taking copious notes and hoping I could keep track of it all.

Actually, the biggest task I had was boiling and mashing the potatoes – that, and putting the frenchfried onions and cheese on top of the green bean casserole.

Aside from that, all I had to do was remember to pull everything out of the oven in time to put it on the table – which I had to set, but that I’ve done before, so I could handle that.

The only problem was that the master chef didn’t time this production properly.

Everything was timed to be ready about half past noon – which also was about an hour after the football game kicked off.

And it meant that I had to spend at least part of the first half doing things like mashing potatoes, putting the toppings on the green bean casserole and sticking the stuffing in the toaster oven to finish baking.

Unfortunately, there is no television in the kitchen – can you tell who put this kitchen together – so I had to keep running between the kitchen and my duties there and the living room and the television.

I think I gained more yardage getting dinner finished than the Packers did against the Lions.

I did take the bowl with the potatoes and the mixer out to the living room so I could continue watching the game while I was making the mashed potatoes, which worked out well.

The one good thing about Terry’s schedule was that everything was ready to put on the table and eat just as halftime started, which made for a better halftime show than the one on the television.

Despite my best efforts, it was a great dinner – which only goes to show that how something starts out is probably more crucial than how it ends, at least in this case.


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