Sorry – I’m jetlagged after being overseas for weeks, and I am now fully awake on the Left Coast. When in China, my team was surprised when I announced that I was leaving to be with family back in the United States. They asked why, so I explained to them about Thanksgiving, or “Turkeygobble” as we humorously say in my family. “What is turkey?
” they asked, and I said “Well, it tastes like chicken!
which even the Chinese get as a joke.
Continuing, I explained that it’s a large bird relative to the size of chicken, and having both light-colored breast meat and richly flavored dark meat around the legs. The animal has a large cavity which when cleaned out proper, can be filled with “stuffing”. It is this stuffing that is the genesis of many creations – the best of which I ever had was filled with apples, craisins, walnuts, sautéed mushrooms, and long-grained + wild rice… The whole bird is placed in an oven bag that helps keep the body moist through the long slow cook. The next best dish to Turkey is mashed potatoes and gravy; I prefer white gravy with giblets. Then there is pumpkin pie; a cinnamon-spicy custard made from large orangey-colored squash. I’ve had pumpkin pie made from scratch and that was the best ever. Same with cranberry sauce if you have the time and access to the fresh berries. We also do a Southern-style baked Green Beans with Bacon dish that’s just basic food for the soul. In addition my Sister-in-Law who is half Italian, will create Manicotti so that we have it too along with everything else.
When I finished the history and explanation, there in the silence were my group, eyes wide, smiling, and perhaps savoring in the imagination of a make-believe feast of unknown proportions. It would be fun I think to have a long table where my team could sit down together and break bread in thanks for the fraternity and for the fellowship that binds us as one in common – solving an engineering challenge.
So as I eat my Turkey today, I shall raise a glass of goodly hand-crafted beer and toast those to which I am thankful for their help, education, and to their welfare.
Thank you ES Peoples for helping me in my endeavors. I wish you the best!