Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts! Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.
Each Friday I will post a question (something fun, maybe a bit quirky, it’s Friday after all) and include my answer. You can join the fun and post your own answer by clicking the comment button below!
Since it’s now the month of November…Turkey Month, I have geared my questions toward subjects related to Thanksgiving! YUM!
In last weeks FFF blog, I shared with you that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love having friends and family over, sharing lots of laughs and good eats!
Now I’ve been married since the end of the big hair and shoulder pad craze…hehehehe…and I actually took over the function of hosting dinners at my home as soon as I had a ring on it (thanks for the inspiration Beyonce). I’m sure my mom was more than happy to hand over the platter and carving knives. 🙂
From the start I tackled the task like a Martha Stewart wannbe. Planning what I’d make, organizing my grocery list, buying all the ingredients and prepping the food. I actually would start the day before baking pies, making deviled eggs, drying bread for the dressing (yes I lay out the bread to let it air dry and add my own herbs and spices…neener neener neener…lol)…basically doing whatever I could before the big day.
Come Thanksgiving morning, I was up, bleary-eyed and dragging butt (I never said I was a morning girl, at least when it came to kitchen duty) making all those last minute details work before I slid that turkey into the oven. As the day passed, the smells of yummyness filled the air, warmed the kitchen and I always would get a bit nervous, hoping I’d timed everything to finish together.
My family brought a few dishes to pass and we always managed to have way more food than we’d ever be able to eat. But I’m thinking that’s the norm in most houses on Turkey Day🙂 A few times we even decided to make things more of a challenge and bring a new dish, something none of us had ever had before, or a dish that wasn’t a normal Thanksgiving table topper. But I digress…let me continue 🙂
I remember one year my sister was going to bring the rolls. (yes, she’s practically a gourmet chef…she’s also been in charge of cheese and crackers a few times too) and was all excited because she’d heard from a friend about a really simple way to make them. If I remember right it was basically the frozen bread dough and you just divided it into small pieces and plopped them in a cupcake tray to bake. Sounds simple enough right? Well, of course the rolls were the last phase of dinner, and she did her preparations and inserted her tray into the oven…and I’m not kidding you, they swelled to the top of my oven..they were HUGE. Everyone laughed so hard and it was the biggest joke around the table about splitting one dinner roll between each family. To this day I laugh when I remember how gi-normous those rolls were. They were definitely meant to be shared, or to feed a small village.
That is one of the fun parts of holidays…making those silly memories that seem to be replayed year after year…decade after decade…lol
Now I don’t want to lay it all on my sister because I think we all have had those moments where we brought a dish to pass that didn’t quite go as planned. I know that when I cooked my first turkey, I forgot to take out that little bag of turkey pieces stuffed in secret turkey crevices…I think it contains the heart and neck and some other assorted body parts best suited for an episode of CSI. Yep, that made for another happy family memory…and was pretty funny too. Pulling out the beautiful brown turkey, carving it up, spooning out the stuffing and then having a bag with ‘extras’ plop out. LOL…and the sad thing was that you’d think doing it once would be a reminder to never do it again, but NO…I did it the next year too 🙂
This brings me to….Drum roll please! Today’s Friday Fun Facts question is…
What is the most embarrassing food moment you’ve had? Either a dish you’ve brought to a function to pass, or one you served when you played hostess. Did you over season…adding a dish when it was supposed to be a dash? Did you substitute an ingredient that changed the flavor…and not to your advantage? Or did you drop the deviled eggs on the way up to the door and end up with scrambled mish mash?
Can’t wait to hear your stories!