This is just a quick update. We’ve moved out of Long Beach, CA and are successfully hold up in a hotel in Alexandria, VA. We’ve been here almost two weeks. Strangely, a “full kitchen” here only consists of two burners and no oven. I’m beyond tired of using crappy pots (there is nothing here you can describe as a pan) on uneven burners (all the oil runs to one side) with no oven.
Our hotel sojurn is to be over soon. We’ve applied for, and been approved to, rent a townhouse just off the mainstreet in Old Town Alexandria. The advantages of the townhome include its location, it has a large finished basement, and has actual outdoor space (unlike our patioless apartment at Patio Gardens in California). The disadvantage is that the kitchen is small and has no dish washer. I plan to turn the sun room which is accessed off of the kitchen into a combination pantry and preparation area.
On a more temporally relevant note, we do get to spend Thanksgiving with family this year. I planned somewhat in advance this year and order a Narraganset turkey from Springfield Farm. The farm is only a few miles from my parents’ domicile. When we went to visit them a week and a half ago, we stopped by the farm on Sunday. While Angela was discouraged by the cold weather, my father and I hiked the short distance up a hill to visit the turkey paddock. By no means am I a poultry expert, but the turkeys seemed well taken care of and happy. In particular, any time we made a loud noise, a wave gobbling would spread over the turkeys. Unfortunately for them (but fortunately for us), the turkeys were scheduled to leave for the slaughterhouse the next day.
My parents went by this past weekend to pick up our recently deceased turkey. I have yet to see it so I can’t comment on it yet. I did leave instructions for my mom to use the same brine as for herb-brined roast chicken on it. We used the same brine last year and it turned out spectacularly. I’d encourage anyone to use it (in fact, my cousin Amy who we shared Thanksgiving last year with).
In any case, happy Thanksgiving to everyone.