So how was your Thanksgiving? Mine, in keeping with my usual, uh, flair was exciting. Wonderful, but exciting.
I had a wee event at my house. Just a few friends coming over, and everyone was bringing something, so my load was lightened. The pies were done early. I got the turkey in right on time, and everything was lined up perfectly for it's turn in the oven or for mixing. I slid the ham in the oven to warm and about 15 minutes later, the oven began smoking! The turkey juices were running all over the oven, rolling out smoke, and very close to actually flaming!
When I opened the oven door to check it out, huge clouds of smoke roiled out! The smoke alarm began screeching. Then the carbon monoxide alarm began it's own screaming! The whole house was immediately filled with acrid, burning smoke, and I couldn't turn off either one while the smoke was that heavy.
I turned off the oven and took the ham and turkey out. The next 45 minutes were taken up with me alternately opening windows, locating a fan to help clear the air and turning off, over and over and over, the smoke detector and the carbon monoxide detector! The dogs simply gave up and went outside, peering in with trepidation. My eyes were burning like crazy, and I could hardly breathe. When I could breathe again, I could finally begin to sort out what was the problem with the turkey. Well, for the first time ever, I bought one of those aluminum pans to cook the turkey, thinking it would be 1 less thing to wash. But the blasted thing was leaking from a crack or hole that I could not find. Rats.
I cleaned up the bottom of the oven, grumbling, eyes still stinging from the smoke. It was a mess, and of course, I couldn't get it all up, just enough to keep it from making another mess. I'm really glad it is a self-cleaner, and tomorrow, it is getting self-cleaned!
I put the turkey back in the oven, now in a proper roasting pan. OK, I'm behind schedule by this time. AND .... the turkey would simply not get done!! I'm guessing that the slight cool-down threw off the timing. I don't know, but in addition to making up the time it was out of the oven, it took an additional hour to reach the right temperature!
We finally gave up, started dinner with the ham, potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, a crisp salad, creamed corn, roasted brussel sprouts, and delicious rolls from a local eatery. Then we added turkey to our plates when it was done. It was an odd meal in timing, but everything was delicious!
Dessert was awesome! I've never cared much for pumpkin pie, so I made sweet potato pies, one friend brought pumpkin bread pudding, and another brought eggnog flan. Groooooooooan.
Don't you wish you be at my house and be included in all my fun???