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~ Happy Thanksgiving! Fun Stuff from My Archives! ~

IMG_7470I hope you all enjoyed a lovely day sharing your best Thanksgiving recipes and memories with your family and friends.  I applaud all of you who cook on this day for your families.  We will be celebrating tomorrow.  We've been gobling on Black Friday for about 20 years now.  Why?  It gives the ones we love (who don't have the luxury of taking Wednesday off) today to travel here to Happy Valley for the entire weekend.  It works very nicely.  Today, during the course of baking pies and pre-prep, Joe remembered the year he and I made two turduckens for our annual feast:

The year was 2006.  I was editing cookbooks for our local PBS (WPSU) television station.  It enabled me to learn the workings of a television studio in a hurry, and, I loved every minute of it. Unknowingly, the experience prepared me for what I do now each week on WHVL-TV.  Charlie, one of their producers at the time, asked me if I would appear on their holiday pledge drive show:  "Gone to the Birds".  In the staff meeting, Jeff, a director, mentioned a "crazy idea": Turducken (a chicken wrapped in a duck wrapped a turkey -- all boneless).  

MqdefaultI agreed to do just about the hardest thing one could think of for my TV debut.  I was, and still am fearless when it comes to getting in front of and cooking on camera.  Our segment (which was shot and aired live) was a combination of funny and fact packed, and, EVERYONE in the studio had a great time that day --  especially when it came time to eat afterward.  Click below to watch!

Turducken at WPSU-TV

14316_797417420314317_1419598009762231500_n"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary, Photo & Video courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2013)


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