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Thanksgiving is sneaking up. Who’s gonna fry a turkey?

I don't know how it's snuck up on us so quickly, but turkey day is almost here already. Naturally, I'll be making a point to watch the greatest Thanksgiving movie of all time: Trains, Planes and Automobiles. If you haven't seen it before, get your ass to the video store and rent... no, scratch that... BUY it. It's pretty much one of the greatest "buddies on a road trip" comedies you'll ever see.

While I've never been that much into Thanksgiving, I admit it feels wrong to not spend it with some family and/or friends. This year, Re and I aren't gonna fly back to the East coast because (just like the aforementioned movie teaches us) traveling during this time of year makes your average trip to the DMV seem like a warm, fuzzy memory. Fortunately, some of our friends are throwing a "eat your weight in turkey" party. Granted, there are rumors that said "turkey" will be substituted with "pizza", but I'm fine with either one. Wait, I'm thankful for either one. After all, pizza was one of the things served at the very first Thanksgiving you know. What, you don't believe me? Then explain to me how images like this exist on the web?

Gobble gobble! Pizza Pizza!

You can't argue with logic like that.

I'd also like to know who here, if anybody, is gonna be deep frying a turkey. It's something I've never done before but my interest in it increases every year... mainly because the only time I hear about deep frying turkeys is when somebody ended up burning down their house while attempting to do so. Still, if it makes turkey taste better, I'd be up for trying it sometime. For those of you who are uninitiated with turkey frying, here's a safety video from the fire department and Underwriters Laboratory warning you of the dangers of turkey fryers!

Clearly, the best way to deal with potential turkey fires is to load the fryer onto a catapult before cooking the turkey. That way, should a fire break out, you can jettison that flaming bird into the air, and once it's off your property and crashing through your neighbor's roof, it's no longer your problem. Trust me.

Well anyway, wherever you are and whatever you're doing this week, I hope you guys have a spiffy time. Gobble, gobble. Pizza, pizza.

Survey: So what are you doing for Thanksgiving? Staying home? Visiting family? Robbing a liquor store? Inquiring minds want to know!



Steve (Guest) on 11/20/2007 4:58 pm

So wait, cooking a turkey in a oily inferno is NOT the best way to cook it?


DUDEMASTER (Guest) on 11/20/2007 5:35 pm

Im deep frying my turkey!
Sweet and juicy!

Im not kiddin either I am frying my turkey.


Rob (Guest) on 11/20/2007 5:42 pm

Ive been deep frying a turkey for the past 4 years or so. Once on thanksgiving and agian at christmas, it is realy good and everyone i know at least likes it. However the people you hear about that there houses burn down is becuase they either lower the turkey in to fast and the oil spills over or they dont messaure how much oil they have to use and when it gets hot it boils over so to speak.


Eric (Guest) on 11/20/2007 8:45 pm

gonna be goin to my grandparents as usual for thanksgiving except this time around we'll have a wii with us to keep all the kids from raising too much hell.


strawberryffuck (Guest) on 11/20/2007 8:50 pm

I'll be going to a school conference!
YaY! happy thanks giving to me!


Amanda (Guest) on 11/20/2007 9:19 pm

I'm throwing a poor college students' potluck feast for my friends who also can't afford to go home for Thanksgiving...


Michelle Tourigny (Guest) on 11/20/2007 10:37 pm

I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving over here in Australia, where we moved 1.5yrs ago. It is odd to celebrate when it is 90F outside tho.
Michelle in Oz


Captain PirateFace (Guest) on 11/21/2007 2:19 am

I will be surrounded by my insane Italian in-laws who will find several things over the course of the day and night wrong with me, that I should change right away... like: My job, my weight, my parenting techniques, etc... but they will say nothing to or about my wife, whom they all think is bat shit crazy. Good times...


Aks (Guest) on 11/21/2007 3:32 am

Fried turkey at an uncle's house. Sounds good but I'm sketchy.


Ronin S (Guest) on 11/21/2007 10:06 am

Turkeys need to be deep fried outside, you use a thawed bird and you have to measure how much oil you need so the bird doesn't displace enough to send it over in a fireball.

Knowing the locals around here, I'm thankful no one has attempted it yet, as these principles are too complicated for most. Besides, I like having stuffing.

There's a great how-to guide here.


djzircon (Guest) on 11/21/2007 3:09 pm

I had fried turkey for the first at my boss's thanksgiving party last weekend. I'm sold on it. I don't think I can go back to regular, dry turkey.


Aduross (Guest) on 11/21/2007 4:05 pm

A friend told me he knew a guy who saved left over bacon grease all year and then deep fried a turkey in it. o.O Heard it came out pretty good.


Su (Guest) on 11/22/2007 11:01 am

Deep-frying whole turkeys might have been impressive if ATHF hadn't already set the standard with deep-fried whole cow. Could you imagine? You could see the raging inferno from space!

And me? I worked this Thanksgiving. Bugger. D:


-RoG- (Guest) on 11/23/2007 2:09 am

I ate Turducken today :o


Michael (Guest) on 11/23/2007 9:04 am

There's no such word as "snuck."


-RoG- (Guest) on 11/23/2007 3:23 pm


Aks (Guest) on 11/23/2007 4:04 pm

Fried turkey is an orgasm of the mouth. Holy crap.


Tetsu Deinonychus (Guest) on 11/24/2007 7:51 pm

Personally, I just can't get in on the "Deep-Fried Turkey" trend.

I had it once. It was good, but not fantastic. It didn't give me anything I didn't get from the traditional roasted Turkey (which is much healthier, I might add).

Especially, if it's slow roasted over a period of several hours, basted at just the right times.

It's gotta be cooked for however long it takes until the body starts to fall apart and for the skin to become crispy and turn a nice golden brown.

And, yes seasoning is crucial, no matter how you cook it!

It's not that I find deep-fried terrible. In fact, I didn't find it to be that different from roasted at all. But, not quite the same.

To my taste-buds anyway, the slow roasted version just comes out on top.

But, hey it's all diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, right? It's all a matter of personal taste. Also, the abilities of whoever cooked it might be a factor (some people are better at roasting than frying or vice-versa).

Just wanted to go on record as an old-fashioned "Roasted Turkey" fan.

However it was cooked, I hope everyone's turkey (or ham, or duck, or tofu, or whatever) was delicious, and yielded plenty of left-overs!


Ryan (Guest) on 11/25/2007 11:55 am

Clearly that video was propaganda made by the big evil conventional oven corporations and health freaks, who don't want us frying up turkeys in "un"conventional ways.


lumpisan (Guest) on 11/28/2007 7:09 pm

I spent it the proper way.... away from family and by myself with the warm glow of the cpu monitor and a swanson turkey dinner to fill my belly^^


Shadow40000 (Guest) on 12/02/2007 7:11 pm

8 D !!!

It's snowing!


average (Guest) on 12/06/2007 9:14 pm

There is one essential component to avoid dying in a turkey-frying accident:


pretty much the same with any potentially hazardous activity i.e. firearm use, swimming, playing with matches.

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