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Bird Herder: 1939

Bird Herder: 1939

October 1939. Chaffee County, Colorado. "Paul Arnold, son of FSA client. Herding turkeys." Gobbler and gobblee. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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I love me some turkey, too

My previous comment was plagiarizing a famous ad campaign by saying what the turkey would be saying to save his life. Thanks, Matilda, for reminding me about roasting a turkey upside down.

I do, indeed, love turkey and all the fixings. I also tell people that, for six and a half years I was the sole caregiver for a family member. We had no family nearby so, each year for Thanksgiving we ordered Chinese takeout. Our logic was: if the Pilgrims could have ordered Chinese takeout -- they would have.

Turn That Bird Upside Down!

Pay no attention to that earlier comment! Put some chunked carrots and celery into the bottom of the roasting pan, add some water, put the roasting rack in and place that bird breast-side down on the rack. Stuff some halved oranges and lemons into the bird's cavities, massage it with melted butter mixed with a little maple syrup, and roast at 325 until it's done. You'll have a tender, moist, and delicious turkey that'll make a ham hide itself in shame . . . not to mention the great gravy fixings you'll get.

Doug, those are mostly long lost arts

... in many places perhaps, but in my house we try to cook the turkey moist and with the traditional sides.

Hope everyone had a wonderful day.

Love the turkeys!

Jeez, Doug, what an attitude! My wife and I cook succulent, flavorful turkeys and all the sides are delicious!

Besides, we have been eating our way through a succulent, flavorFul ham for the past week and it's time to talk turkey! :-)

I think we'l be doing a nice roast beef next...

All three of the above make a great sandwich after the big day

What's not to love? Oh, maybe you cook your own turkey and need some help?

The Scarecrow Cometh

A young Ray Bolger, circa Wizard of Oz look-alike, is bringing the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

Fowl bawl

at the realization the window of opportunity for collective bargaining rights had closed in October.

The world wants to know --

Is herding turkeys as hard as herding cats? Above and beyond that, this is a great Rothstein photo.

Hmmm, he's not herdin' them

It looks to me like Paul, son of FSA client, is holding them! There may be a little cuddling going on there too.

Typical Tom

He's undressing that bird with his eyes. Ironically the vision includes dressing.

Eat more ham!

He's staring straight at you so you can read his mind -- Turkey is way more work and half the time you have to drown it in gravy cause it's so dry. No one really knows how to carve a turkey and everyone ends up fighting over this piece or that. The frustration is what causes someone to mention that old topic no one wants to hear about and now not even grandma's dressing and pumpkin pie is gonna make everyone happy. Get a ham.

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