Happy Turkey Day, from Leesepea at "But Wait...." (on the blogroll).
1. Which do you like better: Cooking at your house, or going elsewhere?
-I love cooking, and we've made it a tradition that people that want to have Thanksgiving with us better come to Ukiah, because we ain't going nowhere. Actually, I have basketball games the night before and day after Thanksgiving, which limits travel.
2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen bird?
-Frozen, and I do one hell of a job on cooking it. In fact, I've never made a bad bird and my wife said it actually gets better and better.
3. What kind of stuffing?
-Organic bread stuffing, or whatever it is. It's pretty good.
4. Sweet potato or pumpkin pie?
-My wife makes fresh organic pumpkin pies that kick all kinds of ass. They are also excellent for breakfast.
5. Do you believe that turkey leftovers are a curse, or the point of the whole thing?
-We bought two turkeys this year for four people. You figure it out.
6. Which side dish would provoke a riot if it was left off the menu?
-My wife's mashed potatoes. Red potatoes in chicken stock with a cube of butter, and then mashed with gravy. Yum.
7. Do you save the carcass to make soup or stock?
-Yep. Well seasoned soup will last weeks.
8. What do you wish you had that would make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier?
-The cleanup afterward.
9. Do you get up at the crack of dawn to have dinner ready in the early afternoon, or do you eat at your normal dinner hour?
-We eat in the early afternoon, but who needs to really get up that early. We start at around 9 a.m. and we are mellow the whole time.
10. If you go to somebody else’s house, what’s your favorite dish to bring?
11. What do you wish one of your guests wouldn’t bring to your house?
-Veggies. Thanksgiving is a meat and potatoes kinda thing.
12. Does your usual mix of guests result in drama, or is it a group you’re happy to see?
-Both. But it gets more and more mellow as the years go by.
13. What’s your absolute favorite thing on the menu?
-Turkey and gravy.
14. What are you thankful for this year?
-That my wife is doing ok. And that I'm starting to be confident enough to know what good teaching is, even if it goes against what is popular.
15. Share one family tradition.
-The Thanksgiving Gift. Everyone gets to give one person a Thanksgiving Gift that they open pre-Christmas. I gave my wife the original Russian ballot "The Nutcracker" and she bought me Wall-E.