Thursday, November 11, 2010

Let's Talk Turkey

A series of very loud barks from Bella on her usual dog watch at the window brought me to my feet. Just in time to witness a parade of turkeys strutting their stuff going by in the backyard. It was rather an amazing early morning sight worthy of pictures. I thought you might enjoy the photo and some Turkey quips to brighten you day. Several sunny days in a row is also cause for celebration since November traditionally is know as the cloudiest month.

Why did they let the turkey join the band?
Because he had drumsticks.

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected fowl play.

What do you get after eating too much turkey?
Dessert of course.

Thanksgiving dinner takes 18 hours to prepare. It is consumed in 20 minutes. Half-time takes 20 minutes. This is not a coincidence.
Erma Brombeck

Don't assume you're always going to be understood. I once wrote in a column that one should put a cup of liquid in the cavity of turkey when roasting it. Some one wrote me: "The turkey tasted great, but the plastic cup melted!
Crispy Rosemary Potato Cakes


  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 TB. Rosemary
  • 1 TB. parsley flakes
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup panko ( Japanese bread crumbs- found in baking aisle)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • crumbled cooked bacon or use real bacon bits that come in a jar


  • Preheat oven 425
  • Heat nonstick fry pan with oil and cook onion for about 2 minutes
  • Place cooked mashed potatoes (use ricer to get lumps out) in a bowl
  • Stir in onion, cheese and crumbled bacon
  • Divide potato mixture into about 8 equal portions and chill for 20 minutes
  • Place panko in a shallow dish, add rosemary, parsley flakes, salt and pepper
  • Dredge potato patties in panko mixture
  • Place patties on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with PAM
  • Bake 425 for 12-15 minutes
  • Turn patties over and bake another 12 minutes or until golden

Idea: Serve with your favorite meatloaf

1 comment:

  1. Turkeys in suburbia is certainly something unusual, but becoming more common I think. Last summer I saw a gang (or rafter - I looked it up) of 13 wild turkeys at the intersection of County Road B and Fairview. They were gathered on the northeast corner, evidently waiting for the traffic light to turn from red to green. They crossed in a line to the northwest corner, keeping in the crosswalk. Then they waited for the next light to turn green, and crossed in an orderly fashion to the southwest corner and proceeded down the road. Amazing!