How do you host Thanksgiving without an oven?
I don’t know, but we almost found out!
Last Thursday, a mere week before we were to host Thanksgiving, our oven stopped working (just as we put a creamy ham casserole in the oven too). The range worked fine, but pan frying an 18 pound turkey wasn’t going to happen.
My sister enthusiastically recommended we deep fry, but I didn’t see that going so well either – I have trouble enough not making a mess frying bacon.
So again, how do you host Thanksgiving without an oven?
After a bit of Google research and a trip to an appliance parts store, I somehow managed to (mostly) fix the oven.
I say mostly because I did in fact fix the oven. I just didn’t know it because when I pushed the “on” button, nothing seemed to happen. So I turned it off again. It took a $70 service fee from a local repair man to come in, push the same button on the oven, and tell me that I just need to give it a full minute to turn on after the initial, successfully completed fix.
Brilliant! Now couldn’t he have told me that over the phone?
But happily the oven is fixed and working, and we don’t need to worry about any contingency plans involving deep fried turkey or Chinese take out. Phew.
I’ve been making Turkey Soup for a few years now, having first tried it from a local grocery store. It’s pretty much a tradition now that after Thanksgiving I have to make this soup.
After the turkey has been carved, dinner served, and guests stuffed to the gills, I boil the leftover turkey in a big pot of water to make broth. Then the next day I use that broth and some saved turkey meat to create this creamy soup. Sometimes I like to put a scoop of leftover stuffing on top, really making it taste like a little bit of Thanksgiving in each spoonful.
This year, whether you are cooking or just enjoying the day having others cook for you, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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