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Happy Thanksgiving 2021 everyone.


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As I'm about to dispatch and butcher my first home raised turkey, I'm thinking about the thanks for all I have , family and friends, and the sacrifices of the life that nourishes our bodies.  

May you all have a happy thanksgiving where ever you are and however you spend the day.

I might have to forge a stainless hook to help me fry this turkey tomorrow. 

He had a good life and will be dispatched humanely. 

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  • Glenn changed the title to Happy Thanksgiving 2021 everyone.

Deb and I are having a quiet Thanksgiving at home, nothing exotic or home grown. I bought a small turkey breast or we'd never finish it, probably won't anyway. I haven't raised and butchered a turkey or goose in a decade, it's just too much for us. 

I'm not going to list all the things I'm thankful for, it's not a competition. I mark the big one with my signoff. 

Be well Brothers and Sisters, feast well and enjoy a comfortable after dinner coma.:D

Frosty The Lucky.

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He's all done. Too big for my fryer bin so I had to improvise. Used the trash bin I bought new to use for wood burner ash. I would not recommend it. But i had safety equipment ready and it worked out. Initially I grabbed the can to scold for defeathering but realized he was too big for my fryer pot. 

Anyway all turned out great and he had a good flavor, crispy skin, and I'm stuffed. 

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We had a delightful Thanksgiving dinner at Debi's mothers assisted living facility. Ma is 92 and we finally convinced her to move up here, to be close to both daughters. She still gets around (with her walker) and is as feisty as ever. The facility put on a traditional dinner for all residents and guests. Ma has made some friends since being there and there were three of her friends who had no family or guests. We invited them to sit with us and it was a real blast. Everyone Gobbled till they Wobbled. They even asked me to say my grandmothers blessing, I felt honored.

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I had steak for Thanksgiving; well a small piece that I cut small and gummed.  Luckily there were mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, candied yams with caramelized  marsh mellows, homemade cranberry orange relish that I could eat with few teeth.  There was also one pie per adult, 7, and only 4 kids and several were also "not crunchy".  In fact I think I will go get a slice of chocolate amaretto  pie right now, setting my insulin pump to turbo and drawing out my microtome!

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Nice looking Turkey and bacon weave Frazer. 

Anvil, I did kinda quench mine in oil. Or would it be temper since the the turkey was cold and oil hot?

I could always load up on stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potatoes Thomas. 

I call em all sweet potatoes. Could be eating either. I just dont know. 

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Unless you search them out in a specialty market you are almost undoubtedly not eating yams. 

Yams are part of the Lily family, native to Africa and and Asia, come in hundreds of varieties and grow above ground.

Sweet potatoes are not related botanically,  not even closely related. They're part of the Morning Glory family and grow on the roots like the even less related "unsweet" potatoes. Our much loved starchy tuberous root potato is in the Nightshade family. 

Here's where the confusion arose. Firm varieties of sweet potato were grown commercially long before soft varieties were. To differentiate for the market they started calling the soft varieties yams. Because African slaves were calling soft sweet potatoes yams because they resemble the yams they were familiar with. They are similar in flavor and consistency. 

Yeah, I had to look up the specifics but I DID know yams and sweet potatoes aren't related regardless how they taste. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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You have me interested enough that now I need to look it all up haha. 

So I've most likely been calling it right.  Very interesting that yams grow above ground. 

I never knew enough interesting parts of this that I had to check it out. I'm betting the difference that I've heard of between more yellow and more orange have just been different variety of sweet potato. 

Thanks for boosting my interest. 

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