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Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 9:52 AM


Elizabeth Smith, the preschool teacher at Draper Elementary School, asked her 4-year-old students Thursday how to cook a turkey.

"Big turkey, like this," said Parker Setliff, stretching his arms to indicate the size of the bird. "Mama crush it and then cut it. Mama cut it again."

Gabriel Huffman: "It's already melted. You put it in the oven and you bake it and you bake it and you bake it! You cut it with a knife. Then you put in on a plate. Then you blow it cause it was in the oven. Then you eat it!"

Blake Pulliam: "You cook it in the oven. You put it in a pan, then put it in the microwave. I don't know after that."

David Vasquez Soto: "Eat him and squeeze him. You put it in the sink under the water. When you finish under the water, eat him!"

Megan Powell: "You put it in the oven, then bake it. Bake it and then take it out of the oven, then you eat it."

Sarah Pendleton: "My mama ... we don't eat turkey. We do eat turkey but we don't eat the bones! You stir it. You cook it. You put it in the oven. You cut it and bake it."

The 5-year-olds in Sandra Greeson's kindergarten class got into the Thanksgiving dinner mood, too. They created Pilgrim hats and wore them all day.

Lucas Durham said his favorite holiday food is apple pie. His mom uses apples "that you cook in the oven. She puts them in the pie tin and puts them into the oven for a few minutes. When it's time, she opens it up and gets it out, and we have apple pie."

Baked potatoes are a favorite with Samuel Johnson. "All she does is put the butter in and then she cooks them, and she lets me eat it," he said.

Kenyon Allen prefers his potatoes "smashed." His mother peels the potatoes and puts them a pan. "She smashes them with a hammer," Kenyon said with a big grin. "She puts milk in and then we eat it!"

Pumpkin pie had to be on somebody's list, but Hannah Vernon said she doesn't know how her mother cooks it. "I don't stay long enough to watch her fix it. I don't know how she fixes it!"

Alli Willoughby said her mother's homemade biscuits are her favorite for Thanksgiving.

"She puts a little sugar in a bowl and puts a little flour and then she puts water and we roll it in a ball and puts them in the oven and lets them set in the oven for a few minutes," Alli said, her hands busy and her face expressive as she described her mother's cooking. "(Then she) takes it out of the oven, and it's time to eat. They're very, very, very good!"

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 10:34 AM

Interesting to see what kids see and what they remember. At my old age I still remember my mom making gravy; seems like it took her hours. And I remember the huge production my dad always made at the table with the electric knife (which he only used twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas), while the rest of the family watched in amazement while he carved the turkey.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 1:30 PM

And my grandfather told me that giblets were turkey testicles. No gravy on my 'taters after that.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 3:29 PM

Cujgie  (Level: 182.1 - Posts: 754)
Tue, 25th Nov '08 3:46 PM

We always had to wait for my father-in-law to take the required T'giving Day photo with all of us around the fully-loaded table. He fiddled and he twittered and he rumbled and he rearranged us ten times, while his wife yelled periodically, "Hurry up, Ralph! The food is getting cold."

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 9:31 PM

When I was a senior in high school, I was a teacher's aide at the kindergarten across the street. For Mother's Day we asked the kids their favorite foods, how to make them, wrote it verbatim and gave the moms a cookbook. One kid said: Chicken noodle soup. You open a can, put it in a white pan with a red handle, cook it for 2 hours, and pour it in a bowl. Another was biscuits which needed 5 pounds of pepper. So fun!

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 26th Nov '08 10:33 PM

ROFL! Love the biscuit recipe!


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 27th Nov '08 1:55 AM

I always thought those kind of "books" were so unfair.
The children tell all kinds of family "secrets" like - my
Mum can't cook" and then everyone gets to see them!!!!

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