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eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 6:16 PM

TURDUCKEN BLAWG - BECAUSE YOU ASKED.

Its about 3:15 pm on Wednesday. The turkey had been thawing overnight. We purchased the duck this morning. Its almost thawed. Scott, seemingly avoiding helping with housework, has decided to go ahead and debone the turkey. One side of my kitchen sink is filled with turkey parts (ribs, spine, etc.) I mentioned that I didn't think the duck was ready yet. He decided he need to sharpen his knife. Again. I plod on with the housework.

Note to self: Fire the maid. She hasn't done a damn thing in months.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 6:48 PM

3:45 p.m.

The duck is deboned and deskinned. I guess that's my cue to make the sausage and mushroom stuffing but instead I took the opportunity to try a couple of WR's. Boy, one sure does get out of practice on those things. I am afraid to go into the kitchen to see what carnage awaits me. Splayed carcasses must lay everywhere and I'm sure the parts that were removed did not find their way to the garbage. Scott has changed into his comfy clothes, has a beer, and is kicked back on the couch with the remote. I think that indicates that his contribution towards cooking and housework is done.

Note to self: Crack open the rum and add it to your diet coke. Revise plan of "clean" house to "tidied" house.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 7:26 PM

I'm waiting...did the house burn down?

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 7:59 PM

Oh my. And you haven't even mentioned the chicken yet.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 8:20 PM

5:20 pm.

I made the stuffing. Scott has put all the layers together and is currently sewing the back of the turkey back together. I am on the phone with Kelly yet was trying to help but was told to shoo!

We are going to leave shortly and head to the movie and have dinner out. For some reason, I don't feel like cooking.

P.S. We don't bone out a chicken. That's too hard. We just use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 8:28 PM

I am totally in awe of your industriousness. I fear this means, however, that you have completely gone over the edge. Not even Paula Deen made it look easy.
Ya saving us all some, I presume????

Alice

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 8:28 PM

Forgive my ignorance, but, does the home made turduchen tast better than the frozen ones in the grocery store?

When I was a grocery store cashier for the Cub Foods chain in GA, before they went out of business, we had some sit in our freezer for over a year.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 8:40 PM

If it didn't, I wouldn't be making it. I'm not one of those people who makes things just for S & G's.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 8:43 PM

Wow. You're able to pull this together and still have time for dinner and a movie??
"We're not worthy...we're not worthy..."

stone
Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 10:24 PM

Ya'll know you can order one of these from our fine cajun cooks here in Lous'eanna. Now, Chef Paul once told me I needed 3 different stuffings for each bird. I told him I used my regular oyster dressing but he said no. Got to have andouille sausage and cornbread stuffing. As he says, "Good cooking, good loving, good eating!" I do not adhere to that order, though. Now, if I could just open this wine, I'd be ready to start cooking! (for the cook, not the turkey!)

lettermanfan1
Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 10:56 PM

Since moving to FL in 1999, we have made alot of friends here. Thus, it is now our family tradition to join these friends at their homes for Thanksgiving. I bring artichoke puffs for appetizers, banana pudding for dessert, and I always mash the potatoes and help set & clear the table. Totally stress free! I'm soooo thankful!
Leah

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 11:29 PM

What movie, and who's Kelly?

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 12:53 AM

9:45 pm

Just got home from the movie - Fred Claus. Not as funny as I had hoped. We also had to make another grocery store run. The turducken is too big for my turkey pan so the lid won't fit. I have to cover it with aluminum foil. Since its almost 10:00, I think we are going to put it in the oven. It will need to cook 12-14 hours at 200 degrees. Because of the juice generated, we will have to get up every couple of hours and suck out the juice with one of those turkey baster things, or else it overflows into the oven. Its kinda like having a newborn. Except you eat it later.

Note to self: "Tidying up" has now become "straightening up." Just shut the bedroom doors - the inlaws have no business going into the bedrooms anyway. Add the laundry room in that list too. And since the other bathroom is in my bedroom, scratch that one off the list.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 1:09 AM

10:00 pm

Scott has determined that the turkey pan is just too small. He has ventured back into town in search of one of those fake aluminum pans that is a lot bigger. That's a good thing. The bigger then pan, the more juice it can hold. The more juice it can hold, means I won't have to get up as many times during the night to drain. Can you imagine how the people that work at the grocery store are rolling their eyes right now at some guy coming in at 10:00 at night to buy a turkey pan? As soon as he gets home, its going in and I'm going to bed. At least for a little while.

Till then....



tazmaniac72
Tazmaniac72  (Level: 188.0 - Posts: 213)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 2:02 AM

Reading all this makes me thankful of one thing for sure....that I didn't have to mess with cooking a turkey!! Now, as for giving the bird...that might come on Friday, when I head to work for my weekend hell in retail. I love how the holidays brings out the 'real' character in so many. If only they could watch themselves in action, what they would think....

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 5:53 AM

2:50 a.m. Thursday

Up for dejuicing of the turkey. Wasn't bad so I left it alone. It sure smells good though. I scavenged the cupboards for something chocolate but I neglected to buy anything. That was dumb.

OK, back to bed.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 11:00 AM

7:45 a.m. Thursday

Crap, I overslept. Thankfully the bigger pan that Scott bought last night was able to accommodate all of the turkey juice. I took out 2 cups and squirted about another cup back over the turkey to keep the skin moist. It looks great and is going to make some yummy gravy later today.

I forgot to mention that yesterday when Scott was deboning the turkey, my ten year old daughter breezed through the kitchen and threw out a "save the neck for me, Clark." Yeah, we raise our kids on the classics. No, I'm taking Miracle on some street, or Its a Swell Life, or whatever those old movies are. I'm talking National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, and Scrooged.

I need to go wake up my eldest daughter, who lives in the guest house, so she can help me cook & clean. Although she did warn me last night that if I came over banging on her door in the wee hours of the morning, she wasn't answering. For her, wee hours means anything before noon. Sure wish I had one of those one man marching band outfits that I saw in the good old Bugs Bunny cartoons.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 11:14 AM

My favorite holiday movie is Bad Santa.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 12:01 PM

9:00 a.m.

Its officially raccoon season. I had a big box sitting up on a shelf in the garage with my Thanksgiving pies in it. They managed to get into the garage, open, and eat my pumpkin pie. Scott was trying to blame it on a combined effort between the cats and Clyde. I told him it would be pretty hard for the cats & Clyde to get just the pumpkin pie out of the box, open it, eat it, and put the tin back up on the shelf. Geez.

I hope pumpkin turns out to be a laxative for raccoons.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 1:13 PM

10:00 a.m.

I just took another 2 cups of juice off the turducken. The merlot cranberries are done. Scott decided to kick into cleaning mode which is awesome. I've done some online shopping. I refuse to participate in the after Thanksgiving madness at the stores.

My older daughter was supposed to be here over an hour ago to help. I see some activity over there so maybe she's on her way. I know she had company last night which probably means she's hungover and crabby this morning. College kids are fun.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 10:21 PM

7:15 pm

Oh boy, the day really snowballed after my last entry and I didn't get a chance to get back here until just now. The turducken finally got done about 2:00 but since everything was already done and we were waiting on it, I didn't get a chance to let it sit for an hour. If you do that, it tends to settle more into a loaf-like creation rather than falling into a million pieces, like it did when we cut into it too soon. It still tasted good though.

Lots of good food, lots of fun stories, followed by some intense rounds with the Nintendo Wii, followed by some yummy desserts (the inlaws replaced the pumpkin pie that was absconded by the raccoons), and way too many snack foods. The inlaws left about 20 minutes ago and we are now lounging around in our comfy clothes, holding our stomachs, groaning, complaining of how much food we ate, and then meandering back to the kitchen to pick through what is left.

I hope everyone's day was wonderful and I appreciate the opportunity to share it with you.

Lodi out.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 10:37 PM


re: thread -- yuk.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 11:06 PM



cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Thu, 22nd Nov '07 11:23 PM

Yuk !Nothing. Sounds like it was a great meal to me.A lot of work ,but I am sure well worth it. The Yuk part is still to come . The dreadful clean up.

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 1521)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 1:54 AM

Loved your Thanksgiving diary, Lodi! Lots of fun...and work!

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 2:12 AM

Thanks for the whole story...it must have taken as long to write as it took you to accomplish it all! I never knew what turducken was till I read of your efforts.

( @ Smaug for being a party-pooper)


~Bev

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 3:44 AM

Now Smaug, I know you are just being Smaug, but would you please apologize to Lodi for saying Yuk. She went to a lot of work to share her day with us and I found it fun to read. Besides, I think you hurt her feelings.

Lodi, as much as you have happy thoughts of those raccoons with terminal diarrhea, I'm worried it might turn out to be an aphrodisiac for them! Then will your problems ever multiply!

That was sweet of you to take time out of your day to blog your activities. For all the work it sounds like it is, I don't think I shall ever attempt turducken. Shucks, I don't even do turkey any more .. my son and grandchildren and I ate at Perkins. No cooking, no clean-up.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.3 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 8:01 AM

re: thread

Thanks, Lodi.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 9:33 AM

Wall Street Journal gets into the act:

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Turducken Covered

We all know that November brings that special time of year, when, as a nation we take a moment to think about turkeys. But after Election Day, it's also when we celebrate Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday that commemorates the last time the Detroit Lions won a championship. Recently another "uniquely American" and somewhat terrifying element of the holiday has come to the fore, and it merits a brief discussion: The turducken. Thought to have originated in the Cajun sections of south Louisiana, turduckens are an unholy assemblage of stuffed fowl: A de-boned chicken, stuffed into a de-boned duck, crammed into a de-boned turkey. According to the Fort Myers News-Press, the first turducken was built in 1985 by Herbert's Specialty Meats in Maurice, La. The News-Press also says New Orleans chef Paul Prudhomme claims to have invented the bird and has trademarked the name. At any rate, if you're considering making a turducken, you're probably not reading this, since it's a pretty labor-intensive feat that can require 12 hours to prepare. But if you're still up for more work, you might be interested in a few of these riffs on the turkducken, courtesy of Wikipedia's highly informative turducken entry. As my hero Dave Barry says, I'm not making this up. Although, I'll admit, somebody on Wikipedia might have.
• The Chuckey: A subtle variation which includes a turkey, stuffed with a chicken and then a duckling.

• Turduckencorpheail: A standard turducken, jammed with a cornish game hen, which is, in turn, stuffed with a pheasant. A quail is shoehorned in at the end.

• Turgooponducheasanishuail: This is the same as above except with a goose and a capon tossed in there for good measure.

• The Gurducken: A goose, then a turkey, then a duck, then a chicken.

Wikipedia also notes that one of the largest "nested bird roasts" on record is attributed to a French feast from the 19th century, which included a bustard stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant, a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an Ortolan Bunting and a Garden Warbler. "This dish probably could not be recreated in the modern era as many of the listed birds are now protected species," the entry says.
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Personally, I always thought Turgooponducheasanishuail was an Olmec deity...

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 10:09 AM

re: thread
Luved it! Exhausted by Lodi's day, but it was fun and happy and that's what counts. Thankful I didn't get involved in a marathon 12-hour card game with my sister's inlaws - that's exhausting (but fun) - did that 3 years ago.

Ken, I don't know what to say to the nested bird story. Oy

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 11:16 AM

Smaug is a bully in highwater pants.

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 11:20 AM

My wife just pointed out that the first 4 letters of Turducken spells TURD.!!!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 11:23 AM

Oh good. Now they both are going to gang up on me. Guess what the "uck" stands for.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 12:14 PM

Stop rigfht there, Lodi. I don't think there's any need to bring this etymological study to its logical conclusion.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 1:15 PM

re: yuk

Let's see:

"ribs and spine in the kitchen sink"

"splayed carcasses"

"deboned and deskinned"

"sucking out the juice with a turkey baster...like a newborn only you eat it later"

"save the neck for me, Clark."

"raccoon laxatives"

and, most horribly...

"loaf-like creation"

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.4 - Posts: 2671)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 1:16 PM

Lodi...thanks so much for the account of your preparatiion for yesterday! For the first time in quite a while I didn't have a huge group over for T'giving. My daughter, who is the main cook, went to visit friends in NYC and watch the Macy's Day Parade in person, so I called off all of the others who usually attend the festivities here and I went to a friend's house for dinner. There is something to be said for that, and your blog reminded me to be thankful that I could relax this T'giving holiday. Kind of like childbirth, we tend to forget each time what we had to go through before.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 1:17 PM

Lodi, Thanks, this thread was absolutely wonderful.

So, does any other old person remember the record The Churkendoose which was narrated and sung by Ray Bolger? I adored it as a kid. It was one of those brotherhood stories which were very popular in the 40s and 50s, and involved an egg which was incubated by a chicken, a turkey, a duck and a goose. Terribly unbiological, but I did love that record as a kid.

Alice


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