Happily, nearly every turkey was delivered to its new home prior to Thanksgiving. And, as was expected, the largest bird stayed with us. I say expected, because it is uncommon for people to be willing to take the largest birds off of our hands. Thus, most years, we are left with the largest for our own purposes.
This year, our bird weighed in at 26.75 pounds. We thank you very much "Tom."
To say that we will have leftovers for a while might be a bit of an understatement. But, to be perfectly honest, it is going to take a lot for us to get tired of this one. It would be inaccurate, in my mind, to say that this bird was tasty. It actually was much better than that. Kudos to those who spent time defrosting, preparing and cooking the bird. Yum!
Add to that some German Butterball mashed potatoes, Waltham Butternut squash, frozen sweet corn from a local grower, stuffing made with bread from a local baker, spices from our spice bed, fresh lettuce from the garden and an excellent pumpkin chiffon pie made from a wonderful Long Island Cheese pumpkin. Oh - and homemade kolaches, kringle and rolls. I'm getting full just typing about it.
Even better, we know how the bird was treated, what it ate and how it lived. We know where all of this came from and we know and appreciate the effort of those who grew, raised or created the things we ate. Alot to be thankful for.