Rummaging through some of the boxes I still have in my hometown storage site, I came across a turkey cookbook that my son contributed to with a group of young up-start chefs that called themselves “The Superstars.”
They were all in their fives at the time (five, five and a quarter, five and a half, five and three quarters), when their kindergarten teacher asked them how to cook a turkey. She wanted specifics, from start to finish.
All of the “alternative” recipes were compiled and stapled into a cookbook. I stopped to page through it and found that their directions for cooking a turkey were as funny now as they were at Thanksgiving in 1995. Here’s the quick-and-easy creation my son contributed.
“Go to Sentry and pick a turkey that has a bone sticking out. My dad likes those kind. Stuff it with stuffing which is like a kind of food, like potatoes and mushrooms. I don’t like stuffing really, but people think it tastes good. I don’t put any seasonings on the turkey.
“Put it on a tray and put it in the oven. The oven is at 12 degrees. Cook it for 20 minutes and then the alarm beeps. Take it out and eat it with mashed potatoes. Usually you have green or red Jell-O, too.”
So, do know any five year olds? Ask them how they’d cook a turkey and let me know. I’ll post it here. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!