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    Not, of course, something that we celebrate here in NZ, but for my American friends, it's time to grab that firewood axe and chase the turkey down the road.
    All the very best for Thanksgiving day to all, have a great time, relax and enjoy yourselves.

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    Thanks, John. We have a family of traditionalists... so we are having turkey and ham as the main dishes. Normal, and delightful. But I swear one year I'm gonna throw tradition out the window and insist on jambalaya or bouillabaisse. Though... to be fair to the mob... they have agreed to grilled salmon as the main course a few times. Think of us on Thursday, and raise a mug of grog in our general direction.
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    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
    Wild ones can. Sorta, kinda. I've gone out turkey hunting, and they can get from the ground to hidden up in a branch in an eyeblink. But they're more likely to use their feet.

    After seeing a wild one cooked up, the thing that struck me was what a tiny amount of breast meat they have. Nothing at all like the Frankenturkeys they breed for roasting at T'giving.
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    The wild ones around here don't sport a whole lot of drumstick either.
    A society predicated on the assumption that everyone in it should want to get rich is not well situated to become either ethical or imaginative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
    Absolutely one of the funniest moments on TV.
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    Thanks John. It is a favorite holiday for me. We slaughtered 16 turkeys a couple days ago. I’m on the periphery of processing. My main job is watching babies and misc. minor cleaning and lifting. We get wild ones walking near the field where our fenced ones were.” Happy day eat pie “ as the 8 yr old said when she was 3.

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    Thank you Mr. Welsford It's an "official" holiday here, but I figure I can be thankful for my friends everywhere​.

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    I am thankful the family can gather again. Missed the last two years because of COVID
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    Plenty of turkeys in my suburban neighborhood, but chasing one with an axe would be futile (and would seriously alarm the neighbors). One industrially-raised frozen bionic turkey from the supermarket, thank you.
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    Thanks John! I would love to shore our feast with you and so many other posters here on WBF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
    They can. At night, they roost. In the trees. I have seen it… not very graceful or powerful, but somehow they make it.

    Here in eastern MA, we are overloaded with wild turkeys; dozens of them wander through my yard from time to time.
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    Thank you for the kind greeting! Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday of the year, but our family has dwindled in size to where there will only be six of us eating together on Thursday, the rest of them spread throughout Texas, Colorado and Massachusetts. We were all together for a week recently, to celebrate my granddaughter's third birthday, so we at least got to see one another then, but it will be March before we all come together again, out in the mountains.

    I wish everyone here a pleasant and peaceful Thanksgiving week! Enjoy it as much as you are able.

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    The wild turkeys around here can fly pretty well.
    They scratch around under our bird feeder but when disturbed they take a running start, take off and fly/glide across our meadow for about 300' before landing.

    Domestic turkeys not so much.
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    Thanks John. I didn’t mean to sidetrack your kind wishes with flying turkey nonsense.

    In spite of usually being kind of a non-traditionalist, I agree with Mick and others above; it’s one of my favorite days and I enjoy the very traditional turkey dinner, this year with Her sisters. (The one rabid Republican Trumpster BIL will be away at his family’s house ) .

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    I think that some of the folks here might not know the reference:



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    Thanks, John.

    I always figured the first thanksgiving included fish, which are plentiful off Plymouth this time of year and which would have been easier to catch than killing a turkey with a musket. So, we always serve striped bass, and some clams, along with the turkey. Sometimes some venison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Thanks, John. We have a family of traditionalists... so we are having turkey and ham as the main dishes. Normal, and delightful. But I swear one year I'm gonna throw tradition out the window and insist on jambalaya or bouillabaisse. Though... to be fair to the mob... they have agreed to grilled salmon as the main course a few times. Think of us on Thursday, and raise a mug of grog in our general direction.
    gotche Jambalaya for ya right here

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    Is the dink crawfish pie or filet gumbo?

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    ^ Its probably named, Petit Pois.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Plenty of turkeys in my suburban neighborhood, but chasing one with an axe would be futile (and would seriously alarm the neighbors). One industrially-raised frozen bionic turkey from the supermarket, thank you.
    We typically get a monster bird from the health food store. Bred for lots of meat - but free-range, and 'organically' raised. The taste is better, too.
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    I was at the local grocery this morning at 6:45 AM to purchase an 8 lb. turkey breast. It is now defrosting in the refrigerator. On Thursday it will be smoked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    gotche Jambalaya for ya right here

    Brilliant! Thank you. Should I expect a delivery, or do I need to pick it up? <G>
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Is the dink crawfish pie or filet gumbo?
    I don't know how you could call it anything but "To' Boy" <G>
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Thanks, John. We have a family of traditionalists... so we are having turkey and ham as the main dishes. Normal, and delightful. But I swear one year I'm gonna throw tradition out the window and insist on jambalaya or bouillabaisse. Though... to be fair to the mob... they have agreed to grilled salmon as the main course a few times. Think of us on Thursday, and raise a mug of grog in our general direction.

    Ham? On Thanksgiving? Is that a West coast thing?

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    Ham? On Thanksgiving? Is that a West coast thing?
    I don't know. I do remember running into it several times when we lived in New Hampshire. Never instead of turkey... always with.

    First saw it on the T'giving table, though, at my grandparents house. Since they were originally from Ashe County N. Carolina... I had always figured it was a Southern thing.
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    Ham with Turkey is often found in Southern households on Thanksgiving.

    I have a nice medium sized bird in the fridge but we are moving our feast to Friday when the step-daughter and grandkids can join us. For Thanksgiving day we will have a small ham with Ken's mom at our house and decorate the house for Christmas.

    I will have all the normal trappings for the bird on Friday. The key for me is to make sure all the cooking and prep is done before the arrival of the grandkids. PapaSkip is expected to play with the boys....no time to be in the kitchen. I will have the HotWheels track all set up for them.

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    Celebrating it here too. But, finding a turkey this far before Christmas is not easy. legs an breast in the s/mkt bins, yes. Whole bird no. Local ethnic butcher (English) has a source and I am picking it up tomorrow. Bit pricey, but heh how...
    In the spirit, apart from the 'usual suspects' I invited a recent arrival from the states. Be interesting to chat to her about things in the US.
    My wife remembers the family 'discussions' about the 'best' way to do things in the US, usually a fight between mother in laws and wives.
    Last couple of days have been digging out the nice china and silver to do it 'properly'.
    Today, ancient lace table cloth and napkins being washed and ironed. Care needed, as delicate.

    I don't eat Mc D's but it does have a simple attraction..
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    Thanks, John. I am grateful for all the Woodenboat Forum friends I've met and have yet to meet. I'm also grateful for the nurse at the restaurant who helped me to the floor when I passed out. I'm grateful for the crew at the ER who saved my life.

    So here's to life, friends, and family.
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