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Rethinking bird day

I don't know why, because I don't do bird day, and haven't for 26 years this coming November, but for some odd reason I clicked on the "THANKSGIVING" link at the top of the page these days.

There's a slide show going on and something flashed past that looked like a mutant lobster or maybe a giant pill bug in a roasting pan. Just caught it out of the corner of my eye and then it was gone. So of course I had to go through the slideshow to track it down.

http://www.chow.com/galleries/51/holi...

OMG! I may have to totally rethink my take on bird day! They should have titled it "How to overcome Turkey's Low Fat, Healthful Reputation"

I won't be doing a bird this year despite the temptation that picture presents. But if someone else were to make it, I wouldn't turn my nose up at trying a few bites . . .

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  1. For years, I fixed seafood on Thanksgiving, just to be contrary. Plus it was a good excuse to spend the money on lobster or big scallops, since it was a holiday.
    If I wanted turkey, I just roasted a breast anytime during the year.
    But then one year when the kids were little, I made a turkey and stuffing... and found out that I love turkey broth made from the roasted carcass, the pan drippings, and all the overdone bits of wings and legs that stuck out. I make chicken broth regularly, and finally noticed that turkey broth has such a rich flavor in comparison. So I make a turkey every year mostly for the soup afterward.

    And you're right - that picture of the pill bug looks like it would be amazing. Bacon on turkey? Somebody's a genius.

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    1. re: jmcarthur8

      My favorite soup in the world, bar absolutely none, is Turkey and Wild Rice Soup. There is just nothing like it in terms of flavor and richness, is there?

      1. re: mamachef

        mamachef, the wild rice sounds great in the turkey soup. I am definitely going to try that. I usually ladle the soup over cooked rotelle or fusilli - they stay nice and firm and don't get mushy like noodles.
        My mother's turkey soup has tomato puree, broccolli, cauliflower, mushrooms and white rice, it's a whole different taste and very good.

    2. Uff Da, ok. Yup, take off the legs n wings, and it looks like the bug you mentioned that I can't bring myself to say. Now I suppose someone will get on me for not being willing to even TRY eating them. Turkey barded w/ bacon seems like a fabulous idea and I'm prolly going to steal it this year, since Oh Happy Day I haven't handed the torch to Lauren yet, and Mike and Danny show zero interest.
      Thanksgiving dinner used to be a source of so much conflict (who's hosting? what are they making? who's coming? is it the same menu as last year? Will Uncle Pete get loaded and cry at the dinner table again?) that one year my parents got completely sick of it, so they made fantastic turkey sandwiches, loaded us into the car, and took us to a drive-in movie. The only problem was, no leftovers, but then Mom went ahead and made a classic dinner about a week later, so it was all good....she could actually knock out a pretty good Txgiving meal despite her other culinary shortcomings. Except for the gravy. She never got the knack of gravy or truly understood that it's NOT better if it's lumpy - but the rest was pretty good.

      1. Zen, I cooked a batch of Quail for Thanksgiving a few years ago and put everyone into a state of shock. However, they were converts by the end of the dinner. A fun, tasty alternative to a giant bird filled with chemicals.

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        1. re: Leper

          Oooh, I like it! Individual mini-turkeys! LOL!

          That's one way to make sure everybody gets a drumstick, AND a wishbone!

        2. I love Turkey, My ex-wife and her family hated Turkey. So on Thanksgiving, I used to RFoast a turkey with all the trimmings for my side of the family and serve a lasagne for her side opf the family. Same salad, dinner rolls, red wine and fresh fruit for dessert.................

          1. It was something like a year ago that the bacon-turkey had a permanent niche as a thumbnail on Chow. At the thumbnail resolution it looked even more like bug.

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              1. re: paulj

                To me that photo looked like an armadillo...

                  1. re: vafarmwife

                    But it's BACON flavored! EVERYTHING's better with bacon!

                    First they invented turkey bacon - now there's BACON TURKEY!

                  2. re: Tripeler

                    There are at least two threads on Site Talk decrying that horrible thumbnail and pleading for its removal.

                  3. re: paulj

                    That stupid turkey-bug picture on the right side of the screen last year still haunts me.

                    T-Day at Casa Jfood is one I love since Mrs Jfood is in 5th gear making all kinds of stuff. I love dark meat turkey, dressing and gravy.