Since I am addicted to this website and go into withdrawl when the pool isn't open, I thought about posting some of the holiday traditions or special/favorite foods that go along with them. Recipes are optional.
Here's one of my earliest recollections of the holiday "nuttiness" that envelopes people during this time of year;
It was in the early 60's. I had a great-aunt who always had T-giving dinner b/c her house was a huge duplex, very similar to the house in "A Christmas Story". Same type of neighborhood in the West Suburbs of Cleveland.... ... But I digress... In her kitchen is where the food magic began (and she was a GOOOOOOOOOOD cook).
I was helping her get the turkey ready on Thanksgiving (we ate late) and actually watched her wash the insides and outsides of the fresh turkey with Ivory soap and a scrub brush!
Her turkeys were always the best, so either I was really hungry by the time we ate as it was usually late, or the Ivory soap thing had something going for it.
Last year I decided to re-create the "washing of the turkey" and used Ivory soap (it has to be Ivory as it is 99% pure) and was pleasantly surprised to say that the turkey tasted as good as it did when Aunt Flo (no joke, really her name) made it.
Aunt Flo has been gone since 1976 and I still remember that day and her washing the bird like it was yesterday. Now my kids look at me all weirded out when I use the soap, but someday they too will join the ranks of the believers.
In the words of the famous TV commercial "Try it, You'll LIKE it!"