The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is my favorite night of the year. No, it wasn’t when I was a kid but since I have been in college, living in Boston, working, etc… This is my favorite night of the year. It is the eve of the holiday season. I can happily start listening to Christmas music on Friday.
My sister, Katie, arrives this morning from Denver. She is spending the night at my house tonight and we will dance and drink and chop things. Katie is a really good cook but by the time the cooking is over, it looks like the kitchen exploded, just threw up all over itself. Cue Derwood, the kitchen cleaning fairy. I mean he’s not a fairy but he magically cleans the kitchen nightly, maybe like a kitchen elf. Lucky for Derwood, he has been sober for more than two years so he can be fully aware of how entertaining Katie and I are when drinking and cooking, throw in Billy Squier’s Christmas Is a Time to Say I Love You and you have got yerself a party. (I just watched that video, that is happy making to any 80s kid who remembers when MTV was actually Music Television.)
A couple of years ago, Katie got herself all super duper excited about hosting Thanksgiving which means she starts menu planning in August. I get emails that say, ” What do you think of this for Thanksgiving?” And I either delete the email or write back that I haven’t thought about what is for dinner that day let alone in three months.
Anyway, Kate got a 22 lb free range turkey named Stan for dinner. And she was all fired up about hosting and cooking and everyone eating her food and she decided the turkey would take something like 6 hours to cook. I wanted to tell her that that seemed a tad long to me but not wanting to step on her cooking toes, I kept my mouth shut. The turkey was ready 2-3 hours before dinner was scheduled to be served.
Here comes the greatest Thanksgiving turkey tip ever so get out your pen and paper. Kate called the Butterball hotline (seriously nothing surprises these women and they are lifesavers) and you know what you do if the turkey is ready to early? Tightly wrap the bird in several layers of foil, wrap it in a couple of bath towels and put it in a cooler and leave it there.
This keeps the bird warm but stops the cooking. It was one of the best turkeys ever and Katie and I are planning on doing it this year just to keep the turkey moist. (MOIST, bad word).
Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a drunk night!