Nov 26, 2014 02:30PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
It probably wasn't funny at the time, but it makes for a great story:)
Posted on: Nov 26, 2014 02:10PM - edited Nov 26, 2014 02:13PM by exbrnxgrl
Well, the big day is almost here. Many of you, like me, are shopping cooking , cleaning and generally getting ready. Over the years, in my household, we have had some huge turkey day mishaps. It's almost become a running joke, "What do you think will happen this year?"
Here are some of our greatest hits or should I say misses:
- For several years in a row, my ex insisted on putting large quantities of potato peelings down the garbage disposal. Each time, this resulted in an expensive Thanksgiving day call to the plumber. He continued to repeat the same mistake and blame the disposal.
- Turkeys that refused to cook all the way through. Darn, those things take forever to defrost!
- Epic oven fail the year I was recovering from bmx. Ugh! Everyone was getting terribly upset and kept looking to me for guidance. Yes, it was my oven, but i had no idea how to fix it!
- So far today...I have a beloved rolling pin that was purchased in India. I was getting ready to roll out my pie crust and could not find it. The only thing I could find was a tiny little wooden one that came with a junior baking kit given to my dd long ago. I was just about to use it when I remembered my good rolling pin had been used to roll out fondant a few weeks ago, and had been stored with the cake decorating items. Thank goodness I won't have to fly to India to replace the rolling pin! Then, I was grating cinnamon for the pie filling, I grated my finger nail on the rasp. It didn't hurt, but I carefully had to pick out finger nail and deep red nail polish shavings from the filling. Sounds gross but my hands and nails were quite clean, though I suspect some of you won't want to eat pie at my house:)
Despite all of this we don't let anything ruin the holiday, and we laugh when we look back on it. What funny stories do you have?
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Nov 26, 2014 02:30PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
It probably wasn't funny at the time, but it makes for a great story:)
Nov 26, 2014 02:34PM kebab wrote:
I most remember the year my dad put the turkey in the oven at 8 am. Guests started arriving around noon and commented about how strange that they couldn't smell the turkey.... Dad had forgotten to turn the oven on! We ate really late that year.
Then there were the times that dad (again) forgot to add any sugar to his homemade cranberry sauce, and the year that my mom accidentally sprinkled cayenne pepper instead of paprika onto the deviled eggs. :-/
Those crazy times make the best memories!
Nov 26, 2014 02:37PM MelissaDallas wrote:
My mom made a HUGE pan of candied yams that had pineapple in them. She put them in a disposable foil pain to transport & bake in. Yeah, the pinapple reacted with the aluminum & turned the potatoes all blackish & highly unappetizing. Nobody ate them.
Nov 26, 2014 02:46PM Hopeful82014 wrote:
This is a great topic, Caryn, but I'd be embarrassed to show my face on here again if I confessed my worst flub :) I'm glad you found your rolling pin; there's nothing like having not only the right tool, but your favorite
Kay - can't imaging an oven door shattering that way, nor the mess that must have made. It's painful just to read.
Hope everyone has a fairly mishap free Thanksgiving. And if you do have any, hopefully they'll be humorous.
Nov 26, 2014 02:47PM AmyQ wrote:
This isn't a huge mishap but it was a pain in the butt when it happened. For whatever reason I miscounted the number of guests we had coming. I apparently did it a number of times as I always settled on the same wrong number, which I didn't discover until everyone was being seated. At that point I had to dig out 2 more place settings of everything which wasn't easy to get to because it was all the "good stuff" - meanwhile my guests felt a little embarrassed as if they were party crashers. From now on, I write down everyone's name and just like Santa, make a list and check it twice or three times!
Happy Thanksgiving all -
Nov 26, 2014 02:55PM proudtospin wrote:
I know my family has had dumb things but I will blame my stupid AL brain for not remembering
sure did like your stories!
Nov 26, 2014 03:03PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
these stories are truly the stuff that memories are made of.
Cranberries without sugar? My mouth puckered just thinking about it. Cayenne instead of paprika? Kebab, your family likes it tart and spicy! Keep these stories coming .
Nov 26, 2014 03:19PM tangandchris wrote:
Don't forget that you can always call the Butterball turkey hotline for help! I laughed so hard when I first heard about that, but then a few years ago I was thankful for it. I didn't take the turkey out early enough to defrost and was in a panic when I realized that no way would it be done in time. I called the hotline and they talked me thru it..and talked me down lol.
Then there was the year that MIL's turkey wasn't finished and she decided to try and microwave it to "cook it the rest of the way thru". *eyeroll*
Nov 26, 2014 03:29PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
I have a very small microwave. I just had the funniest vision of trying to stuff my big turkey in to it. Sounds like material for a comedy sketch!
Nov 26, 2014 03:30PM - edited Nov 26, 2014 03:32PM by DivineMrsM
One year I was baking the turkey in a new oven. The turkey should have been done according to how long it had been in the oven, but it was not. Allthe guests were arriving. I kept allowing it to cook longer and longer until all the food everyone else brought was going cold. So I whispered to my husband, just cut off the parts of the turkey that are fully cooked! So he did. Later, after all guests had gone, he wrapped that sucker up in foil and baked it at least another hour until it was finally cooked. Omg. We got out the oven instructions and adjusted the factory settings as apparently it was too low.
Nov 26, 2014 03:36PM NineTwelve wrote:
Wish I had a funny one.
One year, we all got food poisoning. (I won't name the chef, but it was not me!)
Nov 26, 2014 03:43PM - edited Nov 26, 2014 05:52PM by Erica
My worst mishap happened only a few hours ago. I haven't quite gotten over it. I was baking a couple of pies to bring to my son's house. As I took the apple pie out of the oven and turned to put it on the counter, I managed to lose my hold on the pie and it flipped over and landed splat on the floor. I screamed (involuntarily) and my husband came running into the kitchen, thinking I had burned myself. The pie was a total loss, though I admit to tasting some of the filling after I scooped it off my once-clean floor (it was yummy and would have been a delicious pie). Cleaning up that sticky mess took longer than assembling all the pie ingredients! Thankfully, the pumpkin pie made it out of the oven intact.
Nov 26, 2014 04:29PM - edited Nov 26, 2014 04:30PM by heartnsoul76
Oh my gosh! I'm the kind of cook that just skims by with dinner, etc., so not very experienced. But I remember having everybody over for Thanksgiving and I was cooking my first turkey. We've always made the stuffing in a separate dish rather than actually stuffing the turkey. So! When it was time to take the turkey out and everyone was sitting around the table ready to eat I took the turkey out of the oven and it wasn't until that moment that I realized I forgot to remove the plastic bag full of giblets and stuff! Eww! It had cooked for hours with plastic stuffing! I just looked at my husband in horror and he said, "Well, just take it out and throw it away and we'll have to hope the turkey doesn't taste like plastic." Haha, it didn't! PHEW!
P.S. I hope I didn't poison everyone!
Nov 26, 2014 04:43PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
This is too funny!
My parents never, ever swore. One day my mom was taking some sort of casserole out of the oven. She dropped it, the baking dish broke, there was a gooey mess all over and dinner was ruined. She let out a loud, "Oh,sh-t". All three of us, under 10 at the time, just stood there with our mouths hanging open. My dad then had to patiently explain why swearing was wrong, but the circumstances were extraordinary.
Now, on to the topic of difficult produce. I was peeling and taking the jewel like seeds out of three enormous pomegranates. While hunched over the sink performing this messy and time consuming task, I wondered who first discovered that you could actually eat this fruit, or artichokes or any number of pain in the you know what fruits and veggies. I juiced the whole mess and it is absolutely delicious but part of my kitchen looks like a ruby red crime scene. Time to clean up and start prepping the turkey. I will most certainly clean out the cavity :)
Here's to more good stories!
Nov 26, 2014 04:46PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
Forgot to add that my older dd just texted to ask if I had any grated "finger". No, I texted back, but I did have grated finger nail. She meant ginger:)
Nov 26, 2014 04:54PM jenjenl wrote:
My DH is a chef so almost everything is awesome. in 2012 Thanksgiving was 2 weeks after my mastectomy. My mom was in town helping out and we have a crazy, fun, out of control relationship and my DH made the gravy. It was SO thick we were spooning it out. My mom and I were rolling on the floor and my DH and father in law thought we were crazy. Then my father in law whipped out his pocket knife to cut his turkey and we really lost it after that. Had to excuse ourselves. It was one of those out of control borderline inappropriate laughing! I have always loved thanksgiving over every holiday, anniversary or birthday. xo
Nov 26, 2014 05:39PM Tam_ wrote:
I haven't celebrated a traditional TG since I was a teen.... Your stories are reminding me why! lol
The last one I remember, my Grandfather decided to make fresh cranberry sauce. Evidently, pages of his cookbook were stuck together so he spliced recipes together and added horseradish and worshteshire sauce to the cranberries! The only person that ate them AND asked for seconds was the drunk lady my Mom had invited from her work! The rest of us quietly deposited them in our napkins.
Nov 26, 2014 05:43PM Tina2 wrote:
Your tale of today's incident made me wonder if you perhaps apprenticed to the pie-maker, Mrs. Lovett, in "Sweeney Todd."
Nov 26, 2014 05:52PM labelle wrote:
One Thanksgiving many years ago my mother was preparing dinner and discovered she had no tin foil (this was before stores were open on Thanksgiving) but she'd read somewhere you could cook a turkey in a paper grocery bag. That may work, but unfortunately we were having duck that year. That did not work so well. Duck is much greasier than turkey and so the entree burst into flames, was rescued by my father who threw it in the sink and doused out the flames, thus we had our first and only meat free/just the side dishes Thanksgiving.
I started doing every Thanksgiving at my house shortly thereafter. One year I had 28 friends/family in for Thanksgiving about 1/2 of which were under the age of 12. This was not a kitchen mishap, but just a very bad idea! Never again. LOL.
This is the first year in 30+ years I've not done a big family Thanksgiving and I feel kind of sad about that (the end of a long tradition) but also a bit relieved. We are going to my son-in-law's parents' (my daughter's husband's parents) as they graciously offered to do Thanksgiving this year since I wasn't sure how I'd feel. I'm bringing wine and Paleo pumpkin custard. That's it. Actually, I'm liking this plan pretty well.
Nov 26, 2014 06:08PM mel147 wrote:
Some great stories here! And Iabelle...paleo pumpkin custard sounds really yummy!!! I'm going to have to google that one!
For quite a few years my mother and father in law and my sister in law and her family met at our house for Thanksgiving. It was lots of fun with everyone contributing and making different side dishes. There was one year when I remember hearing all these crackling noises coming from the turkey in the oven. I went and looked at it and noticed quite a bit of turkey juice was in the bottom of the pan. I suggested maybe we should take some of it out, but everyone said no, it was fine. Within minutes it caught on fire! I was all ready with the fire extinquisher, but my brother in law remained calm and was able to put it out and salvage the bird. There was also the year my poor mother in law made what she called dressing rather than stuffing. I think she had a malfunction with the salt shaker and it was super super salty and also hard as a rock! No leftovers with that one!
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Nov 26, 2014 06:13PM rozem wrote:
first time i hosted I left the bag of giblets (in the plastic bag) in the turkey the entire time it was in the oven - can you say plastic poisoning!
Nov 26, 2014 06:43PM mpeaches wrote:
Knock on wood - the BEST screwup I ever did was with gravy. I was nervous about making it - I think it was one of my first times, and my moms gravy was always stellar, so I had a lot to live up to. Well, the gravy was lumpy, but I thought - I'll just strain it, and no one will know.
Well, I forgot to put a bowl UNDER the strainer, so all the gravy went down the drain, but I saved the lumps!
Nov 26, 2014 07:13PM Shutterbug73 wrote:
These are great! My family usually orders everything prepared from a restaurant, so no mishaps that I can remember.
This isn't really a mishap, but the first year we lived together my husband and I planned a quiet Thanksgiving for just the two of us. The parents of a friend raised and sold turkeys and offered a few days before Thanksgiving to give us one of their birds that hadn't sold. When they brought it over It turned out to be a 20 pounder! Neither of us had ever cooked a turkey before and it barely fit into our small apartment oven. Somehow though it turned out great. We froze most of it and ate turkey sandwiches forever!
Nov 26, 2014 07:24PM Maureen813 wrote:
My sister holds thanksgiving dinner because of a childhood screw up. When I was a girl (14ish), my mom asked me to; "drain the giblets" so I did. I poured out the juice down the drain and saved the giblets. After my mom was finished greeting guests she went to make the gravy and there was no juice for the gravy. To this day everyone still keeps the gravy away from my hands LO
Nov 26, 2014 07:37PM GG27 wrote:
Great stories!! I have no funny stories to add & it's not Thanksgiving here, so no stress & no frantic house cleaning. But I wanted to say thanks for the laughs & Happy Thanksgiving to all my neighbours (Canadian spelling!) to the south. Dee
Nov 26, 2014 08:23PM lindacam wrote:
No Thanksgiving here for us in Canada. My funny story is the day after. I decided to make turkey soup for the first time. Made the stock no problem but added a whole bag of barley. So needless to say it swelled up so had to add water, then transfer some to another pot and then another pot until every element was on. I basically had water and barley soup. I have now learned LESS IS MORE!
Nov 26, 2014 08:42PM ruthbru wrote:
Well, mine involves one of the first Thanksgivings I hosted after I got married. Unbeknownst to me, my built in oven had developed a short in the wiring. The oven was hot when I put the turkey in, but then I got busy and didn't realize (until shortly before the guests arrived), that at some point the oven had quit cooking....I had a half raw bird & company coming in about half an hour!!! I hacked off chunks of turkey and started running them through the microwave. Not a very great taste. Did the same with the stuffing. Luckily I had purchased canned gravy in advance (in case mine didn't turn out). Nothing tasted very good....but at least nobody got food poisoning!
Nov 26, 2014 09:55PM exbrnxgrl wrote:
This has been the best comic relief I could have asked for. I salute those of you courageous enough to tackle gravy. I have never even tried. My excuse? My mom never made gravy when I was growing up.
The flaming duck in the paper bag incident definitely should be a comedy sketch. I laughed so hard I had a coughing fit.
Tina, I love Sweeney Todd! I am a huge Broadway musical fan. After my pomegranate crime scene clean up, I was able to enjoy the best glass of pomegranate juice I ever had.
There is one potential disaster in the offing. I lightly scored the turkey skin and costed it with a mixture of plain yogurt and lemon juice. This is supposed to make it very tender and juicy. I'll rub it down with more traditional seasoning tomorrow, but the yogurt and lemon juice works well when I make tandoori chicken, so I'm hopeful. On the other hand...