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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year was Papa's turn to spent Thanksgiving at the awesome house of Tubbs (or Terribly Tiring Tubbs dwelling). Papa had his heart set on Tur-duc-hen. It is a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck stuffed into a partially deboned turkey. The legs and wing bones were really the only bones from the turkey. Apparently these masterpieces of poultry butchery are not as common around here as they are in Oregon. I called multiple places (even the place where turkeys meet the chopping block) and got the undeniable hint of 'she must be crazy' tone of voice. Perhaps Tur-duc-hen will be very popular next year because of my phone calling and curious businessmen.

Here is the pre-cooked muli-bird concoction: And here is Thanksgiving dinner with all our favorite dishes: candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, rolls, mashed potatoes, stuffing, candied carrots, Tur-duc-hen, jello salad, sparkling cider and our newest addition pumpkin mousse pie. We tend to add a new dish each year. Our first Thanksgiving we only had gravy....just kidding!! We even brought out the china and Old Spaghetti Factory glasses (you know, the free ones you get with an Italian Soda, which I must love because we have 8 glasses)...Fancy!
Paula Dean's Pumpkin Mousse Pie was delish! Papa worked very hard on it.

And finally the cooked Tur-duc-hen:

Papa telling Travis how to cut it:
It was FANTASTIC!! The duck wasn't greasy, the meat was moist, and it was simple to carve. Hardly any was wasted because there weren't any bones to pick meat off! The only complaint was the sausage Creole stuffing. The stuffing soaked up the grease and turned mushy, so we tossed most of that. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this if it wasn't for the cost. Our 14lbs was a whooping $80!!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


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