My friend Renee is living in Poland and wanted to share the bounty of an American Thanksgiving with her Polish friends. Problem was, there aren't many turkeys in Poland. Luckily, Renee had a German friend who's husband could procure turkeys. (This all starts sounding very Bourne Identity to me at this point.) And since Polish poultry are typically quite paltry, Renee told her friend to get the biggest turkey she could get her German hands on, on so....
Renee got a 19 kilo bird! For those of us who are metric illiterate, that's 42 pounds of turkey smuggled across the border. The thing would not fit in her European refrigerator, much less her oven. I'm sure she learned some valuable lessons about the anatomy of foul while she carved it into workable pieces. Even after it was trimmed to an oven-ready size, it weighed 30 pounds.
Although a few days early, Renee served her Thanksgiving feast to rave reviews from her 14 very thankful Polish friends. All of her guests vowed to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday in their own homes. For her great service to the Thanksgiving feast, spreading the joy of harvest foods throughout the world, I proclaim Renee "Mrs. Thanksgiving International 2005."
I am so inspired by her Turkey Story, I'd like to encourage everyone to e-mail me a picture of "you and your turkey." You can snap the photo pre or post roast, just send it to me in as a jpg by Sunday, November 26th and I'll post it on my site for everyone to admire.