Thanksgiving is always around my birthday – sometimes even on the actual day. That’s probably why, as a young girl, I associated turkey, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes with presents. Even when it wasn’t Thanksgiving – or my birthday – I found that eating a whole, roasted bird (chicken, turkey or otherwise) made any celebration perfect.
Now that I’m an adult, I don’t hit the present jackpot like I used to. However, I still love a good turkey. When I taught my class last week, I showed the kids that a chicken is just a smaller version of a turkey. Before the big day, practice cooking a bunch of chickens! It will help you get the feel for cooking a whole bird, and you’ll have lots of great leftovers in the refrigerator.