Thanksgiving Alternatives by Thurgood, the Thanksgiving Duck
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Interview with Thurgood, the Thanksgiving Duck
Thanksgiving, a tradition expanded over the world, is a time for people to come to the table to enjoy the blessing of the season, but Thurgood, the Thanksgiving Duck, pictured above, believes this celebration does not have to include a serving of turkey. The World of Words by Elias Tobias has an exclusive interview with this spokesperson of alternatives of the main course.
WOW: What’s wrong with having Turkey for Thanksgiving?
Thurgood: Nothing, unless you are the turkey being served. Quack. Quack.
WOW: I guess so, but Thanksgiving is a big deal to families. Every year, it seems at most Thanksgiving dinners, there are just a few cooks, like a Mom and Grandmother, who cook everything for the whole gang. It’s a lot of work, even when the sisters help out. The rest of the relatives just watch TV and have a few drinks.
Thurgood: That’s one of the problems. Why should one or two people try to cook everything? You know some people start to prepare for days before the big event, just so everything can be served all at once.
WOW: You know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen.
Thurgood: Yeah, I know. Not much gets done. But other people can bring part of the meal. I mean a Thanksgiving Potluck is a great idea. Each family is assigned something, and each person has his or her specialty item. My grandma made the best pies around. Most people will be happy to contribute. They fill that void of being needed other than just eating it all the food.
WOW: And if someone can’t cook very well, they can bring drinks, silverware, plates and even extra tables or chairs.
Thurgood: You get the idea. Make it a real family and friend event.
WOW: Let’s get back to the main dish.
Thurgood: How about Pork Roast? I checked on the Internet and startcooking.com has ten alternatives to turkey. They start out with Pork Roast. Ham is great too. When buying a ham, make sure it says fully-cooked somewhere on the packaging. This means that all you’re doing is heating the thing up!
WOW: What are some other ideas?
Thurgood: Chicken, as in Roasted Chicken , or maybe Turkey Cutlets. I know it’s still turkey, but they are a lot easier to prepare. Who says you can’t serve fish on Thanksgiving. How about Baked Cod or microwaved Salmon. All these ideas are in this article I mentioned.
WOW: That’s impressive. What other wild ideas are there?
Thurgood: Eggplant Parmesan, anyone? Beef Stew is a hearty alternative, too. Leg of Lamb can be served instead of Turkey. I mentioned pies, before, but how about Spaghetti Pie along with Pumpkin Pie or Pecan? Go out on a limb for Thanksgiving.
WOW: You have some good ideas. We checked out the Internet, too, and Oprah has a page about duck.
Thurgood: Duck. Really. Are you serious?
WOW: Yes with side dishes like Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Bread Crumbs, Roasted Carrots, Pearl Onions and Wild Mushrooms with Tarragon, Candied Yams with Homemade Marshmallows, Fresh Cranberry Relish and for desert, Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie with Cinnamon Cream.
Thurgood: The side dishes sound good, but the main dish, I don’t know.
WOW: You want people to consider otheralternatives besides Turkey, don’t you?
Thurgood: Yeah, but Duck? I feel like a Turkey all of a sudden. I looked on the Internet and found a better alternative. Cornish hens. Each person has their own bird. I found it at foodandwine.com.
Wow: Well, no matter how you look at it, the big Turkey baste is not always the answer to the main meal for Thanksgiving, and we thank Thurgood, the Thanksgiving Duck, for helping us out today with alternatives for the main course.
Thurgood: I appreciate your interest in this topic, but personally would not advise Duck as the best way to go, if you know what I mean.
Did you know that Elias Tobias has published two books, and one is an anthology of 145 poems, and the other a short story murder mystery. For complete information about these books and how to purchase them, click here..