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Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Dinner Horror Stories

From food failures to disgruntled guests, this holiday lends itself to mishaps as well as fonder memories. Share your Turkey Day flops and faux pas here.

Dixie Jordan, a contributor to El Cerrito Patch, shares this fun story:

There was the year I forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer. There was the  time a slightly odd uncle yanked my mother-in-law's hair. And then there was the day of the flying turkey ...

My mother, a bit of a perfectionist, was the Thanksgiving hostess that year. She was momentarily alone in the kitchen when I heard her gasp. None of the other chattering relatives seemed to notice.

I slipped into the kitchen and beheld the beautifully browned turkey upside down on the kitchen floor, leaking bits of savory stuffing everywhere. Somewhere between roasting pan and platter, the turkey — perhaps disgruntled by its Thanksgiving fate — took a dive.

Mom, with a proper regard for hygiene, was prepared to discard the turkey, stuffing and all, and substitute a non-traditional emergency entree. I had no such qualms.

I gently pushed my mother out the kitchen door and restored the dusted-off turkey to a place of glory on its platter, complete with handfuls of salvaged stuffing. Moments later it was lying in state on the dining table, ready for carving.

No one complained of tummy troubles later. And neither Mom nor I ever told.

Do you have a tale of Thanksgiving trauma? Share it in the comments section below. I promise not to tell ...

Karen November 24, 2011 at 04:52 PM
My husband was in the Coast Guard and our first Thanksgiving together I wanted to have some of the guys from the base over for dinner. The table looked great, everthing was ready at the same time (a major feat) and everyone was very hungry. Well, the turkey was raw and the dressing was inedible (I don't know what went wrong there). Back in the oven went the turkey and into the trash went the dressing. We had mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce for dinner and then some great turkey sandwiches a few hours later. And no one complained...too much. Happy Turkey Day everyone!!
Sam Roth November 24, 2011 at 08:29 PM
We are at this very moment having a Thansgiving disaster. We are having Thanksgiving at my mom-in-law's house.She has dementia. My wife made the mistake of leaving the turkey at her house to cook there today. Mom put the turkey in the oven yesterday and forgot it. I am at work. My wife just called me frantic. I don't know if the turkey is partially cooked, raw or what. In any case, it's been sitting out for 24hrs. Guess we're having a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Susan Wreden November 26, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Oh no, hope it worked out. My grandma's oven died one year. We had turkey fixings and KFC.

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