Can you spot the turkey in this picture?
I’m pretty sure she’s wearing a red polka dot apron.
But come on, folks. Give me a break. I had just finished brining, preparing and cooking my very first turkey. (Plus 22 lbs is HEAVY! “Take the picture, Babe!”)
And you know what?
Honestly, and I’m not really bragging here because the only reason it was so good was I followed the step-by-step instructions provided by my new bloggy friend, chef and now ridiculously admired turkey hero, Chris Perrin.
Brining is the way to go. So thank you to all those who helped convince me that spending 3 hours making 5 gallons of brine was worth it.
Really, it was.
I might have even impressed my future in-laws.
Until the fiance told them that we couldn’t find the giblets anywhere. And my future mother-in-law reached in and pulled them out as she was carving the turkey. It turns out they were at the top of the bird, not in the butt.
I think this whole turkey thing kind of consumed me for a few days. Last night, as I washed it off for the brine, I found myself gobbling at the turkey. And this morning I was pretending to be a massage therapist with the butter.
I have issues and they are fowl.
Like I’m actually kind of sad it’s over. I’m going to miss that big fat bird. (Until tomorrow at 10 a.m. when I start thinking about the leftover deliciousness that is in my fridge.)
RIP my little big friend.