Time for turkey talk

The Enterprise - - Sports - Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors@out­look.com

This col­umn isn’t about turkey hunt­ing. That sea­son has al­ready come and gone, and we South­ern Mary­lan­ders must drive quite a dis­tance to the north­west­ern end of the state to take part any­way. Turkey sea­son is more of a spring thing around here.

The kind of turkey I want to talk about is the one that will grace your table in just a few short weeks this Thanks­giv­ing.

These days, peo­ple are get­ting more in­ter­ested in where their food comes from and we’ve got lots of op­tions for tur­keys.

Of course, first you must de­cide fresh or frozen, and nowa­days you can choose a bird that’s free range, or­ganic, her­itage, or even the true wild turkey if you opted to head north last week and bagged one of those gob­blers.

I’ve never ac­tu­ally bought one of those fancy her­itage tur­keys my­self, but I’ve had the plea­sure of en­joy­ing a very de­li­cious Bour­bon Red a few years ago at my par­ents’ house.

My mom’s cook­ing is very good. She’s had decades of ex­pe­ri­ence brin­ing and roast­ing tur­keys ev­ery Thanks­giv­ing since 1969, so any kind of turkey she pre­pares is go­ing to taste great. Be­sides, I’m a dark meat fan, which should clue you in that my pal­ette isn’t the most dis­cern­ing. In a blind taste test, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be able to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween a fancy $150 turkey and the un­der $20 spe­cial at Safe­way.

My hus­band sug­gested this year that we do some­thing dif­fer­ent for Thanks­giv­ing. He’s got one of those Big Green Eggs and has made some in­cred­i­ble grilled con­coc­tions on it, from mouth­wa­ter­ing beef brisket to im­pres­sive pizza from scratch and of course the best burg­ers I’ve ever had the plea­sure of eat­ing. Be­tween the two of us, he might be the bet­ter cook.

He thought it might be a fun change of pace to serve prime rib for Thanks­giv­ing this year. At first I was taken in by his sug­ges­tion be­cause it would free up about eight hours of my time on Nov. 22 and 23. But then, two days later, I stopped by the farm in Loveville where we get our fresh eggs.

It just hap­pened to be the first cold, dreary weather day in South­ern Mary­land, and as rain poured down, I quickly ran to the porch where the eggs are kept on a table.

I didn’t get but half­way to the porch when I nat­u­rally slowed down to sa­vor the most de­li­cious aroma em­a­nat­ing from in­side the farm­house. The wife was cook­ing one of her tur­keys. She and her hus­band raise them in a pen right in their back­yard and have them avail­able for pick-up at Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas ev­ery year.

Only one whiff. That’s all it took. I’ve or­dered our last three Thanks­giv­ing tur­keys from her, and this year is no dif­fer­ent. I’ll be pick­ing up a 20-pounder soon.

As I pulled out of the drive­way with a cou­ple dozen eggs, my mind im­me­di­ately started en­vi­sion­ing a ban­quet of mashed pota­toes with gravy,

cran­berry sauce, and the in­evitable turkey sand­wiches on white bread made with the left­overs.

It doesn’t mat­ter whether you visit a lo­cal farm to buy your turkey or just head to the near­est gro­cery store, but it just wouldn’t feel like Thanks­giv­ing with­out the turkey. Pass the pump­kin pie.

Fire ex­tin­guisher re­call

Here’s an im­por­tant safety re­call that could very well ef­fect some of us.

The Kidde Com­pany has re­called more than 38.7 mil­lion fire ex­tin­guish­ers sold in the United States. Some of these mod­els have been on the mar­ket more than 40 years and many were mar­keted for use on per­sonal wa­ter­craft and boats. They were sold at var­i­ous re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Sears, Wal­mart, The Home De­pot and Ama­zon.

The re­call af­fects both plas­tic-han­dle and push-but­ton Pindi­ca­tor Kidde fire ex­tin­guish­ers. The mod­els are 134, ABC- or BC-rated mod­els man­u­fac­tured be­tween 1973 and 2017.

Check your fire ex­tin-

guish­ers to see if you have one af­fected by this re­call. There have been 391 re­ports of mal­func­tions, in­clud­ing 16 in­juries and one death as a re­sult.

If you have one of the mod­els in­cluded in the re­call, you can get a free re­place­ment. Con­tact Kidde toll-free at 855-2710773 or go on­line to www. kidde.com and click on “Prod­uct Safety Re­call.”

Bun­dle up this Vet­er­ans Day

I prob­a­bly should have known that it would be dan­ger­ous to men­tion in Wed­nes­day’s col­umn that I hadn’t needed to turn the heat on in my house yet.

That all changed ear­lier this week with the rain and blus­tery weather that blew through South­ern Mary­land on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. And me­te­o­rol­o­gists are call­ing for the cold­est day so far this month to fall on Satur­day.

I’ll be tak­ing my kids to the Vet­eran’s Day Pa­rade in Leonard­town. We’ve been go­ing to that event for sev­eral years now, and while I’m look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the pa­rade, I’m not look­ing for­ward to stand­ing out­side for sev­eral hours in 40-de­gree weather.

I’ll be pick­ing up some of those Hot Hands warm­ers in bulk. They sure come in handy when

it’s cold out and make it much eas­ier for the kids to en­dure.

But it’s re­ally no in­con­ve­nience at all when you think of the sac­ri­fice the brave men and women in uni­form have made for our coun­try.

If you get a chance to­mor­row, say thank you to a vet. And to all the vet­er­ans read­ing this col­umn, you are true heroes. Thank you for your ser­vice.

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