Tyler, Abigail, Ian and Mike helped me prepare the turkey. Tyler helped me get it in brine, put in a cold place, monitor and turn as it marinated, and finally helped me carry it back to my apartment, which was no small feat. Abigail took the lead in making sure the cooking times were adhered to. Ian was willing to carve this thing and did an amazing job. Mike got me the container we needed to soak it in brine (again, not as easy as it sounds, given how long that search was), reminded me of basics like roasting pans & making sure this thing was defrosted.
The turkey was so tender meat was falling off the bone. It was plenty aromatic, with the apple/onion/cinnamon/rosemary/sage “stuffing” taking precedence. Canola oil really helped this thing get a great color.
Emily brought awesome queso and mashed potatoes and some much needed liquor and conversation. Andrew made a terrific potato salad and lugged quite a lot of weight from his room. Mike (again) brought enough Shiner to help a small army drink. Tyler (again) made rice. Abigail (again) did a ton of cleaning and packaging leftovers and made some awesome pumpkin pie. A very chocolatey pie was made by Aaron and Maria and we all loved it. I’m sipping Ian’s ale as I write this, and I have some white wine I bought in the fridge. I think I need to have a dinner date soon so I can use that up.
And then there was Margaret, who drove down from Oklahoma City and picked up a friend and brought him and some incredible cornbread stuffing and more mashed potatoes to Thanksgiving. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see her. I can’t tell you how grateful I am she made that much effort.
The only thing I could say about this Thanksgiving has been said by Megan McArdle already:
This year, I’m giving thanks for you all. I’ve had much more than anyone can claim to deserve. I hope that you all have as much to be thankful for today.
Only one item of business unresolved: a friend, like many, many others, had to work Thanksgiving. She’s been very busy at work recently – I don’t want to go into details. Suffice to say what she does is important. Yeah, it’s a business, one in which she makes sure animals are treated right and are properly cared for and somehow money is made out of this. I plan on treating her out to dinner soon. If you have stories about your best moments with animals, let me know, I’ll put you in touch with her so you can share the story.