Thanksgiving is a funny time. It’s when families far and wide come together to celebrate and give thanks, but … it isn’t ever a completely smooth time. There’s always someone who drinks too much or someone who picks a fight or says the wrong thing. There’s always someone who doesn’t acknowledge someone else or another … special moment.
The same is true for my family, and I’m still chortling inside this morning. My mom hosted Thanksgiving, as no one from my generation has yet been allowed to host a major holiday. We all (and I mean all 22 of us) bring a dish to share, but my mom does the majority of the work. This year, she had two turkeys and a huge ham, in addition to all the other dishes.
I was helping her in the kitchen before the meal when I heard an odd hissing sound and turned around. I saw my mom doing something … unspeakable to a poor turkey. Once she’d finished her mission, I checked the can myself and simply shook my head.
My uncle wandered into the kitchen a moment later. As he enjoys food – and cooking – as do I, I figured he’d appreciate the humor of it. I picked up the can and showed it to him.
So… guess what my mom is using to baste the turkey this year, I smiled.
No. She isn’t – couldn’t – be using…. that, he backed away with a concerned look on his face.
Oh, but she is. I just saw her spraying the turkey with it.
He didn’t believe me. Honestly, had I not witnessed it myself, I would not have believed it myself. Fortunately, my mom chose that moment to walk back into the kitchen.
My uncle approached her casually. So I hear you’re using … this to baste the turkey this year?
With barely a glance at the can, she replied, Yep, it’s working really well. It’s so much easier!
My uncle spluttered a moment, but really what can you say in response to that? Oh, I didn’t mention what she was using to baste the turkey? That she was spraying on the hot turkey as it continued to cook? Why that would be the imitation butter flavored nonstick cooking spray, of course. Isn’t that what you use?
So what fun did you experience at your Thanksgiving celebration?
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