Comments on: Mr. Turkey http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:28:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Julie Burud http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-411885 Julie Burud Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:34:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-411885 I loved this post! I studied my junior year abroad in Paris – and the restaurant our program took us to for Thanksgiving ran out of turkey – and replaced it with duck. I was even happier for the exotic replacement – but some of my fellow students were so disapointed!
I also love the post b/c I live in Sweden – and have been finding some of the best – farm fresh turkeys I have ever tasted – over the past 18 years. My newest discovery is a family run farm that provides me with excellent whole and quartered turkey. They will butcher our bird on Sunday, and deliver it on Tuesday. I share your wonder with connection to our food source!

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By: Christine http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-407092 Christine Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:48:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-407092 hahaha… we are currently living in hong kong & keep getting the same answer on when will you have turkeys available. all the butchers keep telling us – christmas. has no american ever lived here before? I want a turkey in november not december. i will keep asking…

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By: JW 's mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-334385 JW 's mom Sun, 22 Jan 2012 11:17:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-334385 I loved Picard when I lived in Manosque, Fr. My 2 favorite things- lentil salad & their cookbook. I later gave the cookbook away to my American French teacher :(.

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By: fresh turkey http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-327125 fresh turkey Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:33:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-327125 Lived in France for years, but i didn’t know about the turkey!

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By: andrea Milne http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-316857 andrea Milne Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:48:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-316857 wow i might have cried if I got a turkey like that. I would have no idea how to dehead and declaw it or really how to cook it. My husband is a vegetarian so I don’t cook meat too often. It sound like a very fun french thanksgiving adventure though.

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By: caroline http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-316788 caroline Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:28:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-316788 Hi Gabrielle,
It seems that you’re ready for Christmas… turkey or Chapon ?
:)

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By: Elise http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-316590 Elise Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:25:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-316590 What a great story, read it yesterday and found myself thinking about it this morning. It’s a wonderful and somewhat rare experience for your children to ‘know’ their food.

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By: Jenessa http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-316500 Jenessa Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:00:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-316500 I’m a vegetarian but my husband and I recently moved to a very small community in Nunavut (the arctic tundra in northern Canada) where animals are hunted for sustenance. It’s a very beautiful thing to see traditional hunters going out and bringing back whales, walruses, seals, caribou, etc. and sharing the meat with the community. Most of this “country food” is eaten raw!

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By: the emily http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-315745 the emily Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:41:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-315745 I’m interested to know who cleaned it out. I don’t know if I could handle that part of it. I have a hard enough time taking the bag of guts out and cleaning out the turkey and then stuffing it when it’s frozen. It totally freaks me out!

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By: Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-315337 Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:58:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-315337 When we were still living in Zaire (modern day Congo) my parents decided to give a bbq and to serve goat-brochette. They dispatches someone to the market with the order ‘to buy meat for the bbq’, he returned with 5 live goats. This was the day before the bbq so there was still time to look for a butcher who could carve them up. Our German Shepperd had a fun day herding the goat in the garden.

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By: Rachel http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-315329 Rachel Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:51:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-315329 Hi Gabrielle! I’m an Australian and I married my Californian 6 years ago. I had obviously never celebrated Thanksgiving prior to getting married AND I’m a vegetarian so you can imagine my imposition on my in-laws my first Thanksgiving being that they are huge meat eaters! During one Thanksgiving, someone asked me what’s the strangest food I’d ever eaten and I looked at my plate with the candied yams and marshmallows and the ambrosia salad and said…’um…this?’ My hubby just laughs at me.
We haven’t been living in the US for the last three years. Two years in China and this year in Australia. We have had a very difficult time finding turkey as Australians are not big on turkey except for at Christmas either so my hubby could only purchase a turkey breast this year. This is a step up for him as the last two years in China, there has been only chicken! So he was extra thankful this year!
I think it’s really important to continue to celebrate our own country’s holidays and special occasions but I think it’s fun to have to adapt them to the cultures we live in at the time. A wider appreciation for the rest of the world is something your children can always be thankful for! We only have the one babe right now but raising him Australian/American (usually in China!) is proving a lot of fun!

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By: Melissa http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-315054 Melissa Tue, 29 Nov 2011 03:33:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-315054 I’m glad you were able to buy and eat a turkey that was humanely raised and slaughtered. I wish we Americans, like the ones who have commented above, wouldn’t think this story was so funny. It’s just not funny to take the life of another living being. And to take that life for your pleasure. Not for your needs.

I was a member of a CSA on Long Island a few years ago. During a summer visit to their farm, we took a tour and saw where they were raising their turkeys. They had many turkeys crammed into a trailer, with the turkeys being at the stage in which they were too young to be released into an outdoor area. That was already heartbreaking to see turkey heads looking out the window of the trailer, but without being able to get outside in the fresh air and nature. And then a tragedy happened… they think it was arson. Somehow the trailer caught fire and all of the turkeys in there perished. Gone just like that. And they were just babies, without the chance to ever run free in their short lives.

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By: Heather C. http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-315045 Heather C. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 03:29:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-315045 The two times that I went on Pioneer Trek we killed, prepped and cooked our own turkey. It really teaches an appreciation for food.

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By: Laura http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-314772 Laura Tue, 29 Nov 2011 01:31:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-314772 what a fabulous story.

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By: Maren http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-314760 Maren Tue, 29 Nov 2011 01:27:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-314760 Wow! What a neat story. I wish we could have those connections to our meat and eggs more easily here in the US. My bf hunts and he shot a deer this year, so we have lots of jerky, and steak (?) for him. The jerky is awesome ;)

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By: Carey http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-314740 Carey Tue, 29 Nov 2011 01:14:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-314740 I think that sounds like a great way to celebrate the holiday. Nothing encourages the true spirit of thankfulness like knowing that because YOU needed it, the bird was provided.

When I was little (6-9), we kept chickens and while my parents tried to shield me a bit from the reality of butchering them, I was very aware of the process. We had our pet chickens and our ‘eatin’ chickens. haha. And then when I was 14 or so, I had some strictly pet chickens and tried to add some pet guinea fowl. Man. I had no idea guineas were so mean! They would corner my biddies and try to peck them to pieces so… my dad butchered the guineas and I’m not sure I’ve ever enjoyed a meal so much.

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By: Robin http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-314734 Robin Tue, 29 Nov 2011 01:10:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-314734 Great story! Happy Thanksgiving from CA!

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By: Suzanne http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-314488 Suzanne Mon, 28 Nov 2011 22:08:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-314488 Wow, 6 lbs. That’s small, but hopefully you had enough side dishes? We had 12 people at our house and a 25 lb turkey! There were leftovers for everyone though. Sounds like there was pie leftover, so no one went away hungry! Hope you had a wonderful day, I’m hearing that there are lots of lights going up in Alencon and can’t wait to see pictures!

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By: Alea http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-314437 Alea Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:45:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-314437 The closest live-to table thing I’ve eaten recently was this mornings breakfast. We had tenderloin from the deer my husband shot on Friday morning.

I am thankful that my meat (except chicken which is purchased at the store) has a short process from live to table. I know where it has been and my kids know where their meat really comes from.

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By: This girl loves to talk http://www.designmom.com/2011/11/mr-turkey/comment-page-1/#comment-314411 This girl loves to talk Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:35:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=14784#comment-314411 it was probably good that you had such a connection with the turkey. I’ve just finished reading Animal vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and she was telling people to buy heirloom turkeys because 98% of turkeys bought in the US are of the one variety, that if not killed would not be able to stand up on its own, have lost the ability to mate/procreate and all these other gross things!

we have many americans in our ward here in australia so I got to participate in thanksgiving dinner! was delish! all the sweet potato dishes freaked people out with their marshmallow and brown sugar crumble toppings lol (i suppose we arent used to sweet with our dinners – but I LOVED IT!)

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