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Returning from Deployment Calls for a Turkey Dinner

After 7 long months I can now officially say…MY HUSBAND IS FREAKING HOME! This was my first Navy homecoming, and let me just say, it’s one cool experience. Watching the ship come pull in, and seeing all the sailors reunite with their families – it’s one of the coolest things to be a fly on the wall for. And then watching my husband and son reunite…I mean, if I was a crier, I would have been balling like a baby.

We went out to dinner the night he got home, because why the hell was I gonna cook the first day he got back. But the second day, I wanted to recreate a mini Thanksgiving dinner. After all the dude was in the middle of the ocean on a nasty ship for Thanksgiving.

Let’s just do a quick back story here for a second. The first night home, Mark woke up at 3:30am and tried to talk to me/was on his bright phone until 4:45. That’s when he decided to fully wake up and unpack all his belongings. Needless to say, we all woke up at that point. Oh, and then Mark started working on his truck, before sunrise, on a Saturday. So the whole neighbored probably just loves us.

After we got home from running errands (at noon) I had to start cooking the turkey because it takes like freaking 3 hours just to cook the damn thing. But guess what? Mark was tired and needed a nap. Right? Because he was up so early, poor guy. But wait, weren’t we al up that early? Yes. So there I was in the kitchen making a turkey, stuffing, etc, with a screaming baby attached to my leg, and a precious sleeping husband. Ok husband you can go back to the ship now.

This was the first time I ever made an entire turkey. My mom used to cook one once a month and it was SO DELICIOUS. First of all, it’s like a dollar a pound, plus it tastes way better than that crappy pre-sliced stuff. I called my mom (like I do multiple times a day) to ask how  I should prepare this thing. Cause mom’s know everything.

precooked-turkey

I put carrots and celery on the bottom with 2 cups of water and 1/2 a stick of butter. I placed the turkey on top (after I took out the neck and all those other nasty things inside), and I stuffed some garlic cloves in between the skin and the meat of the turkey. Then I sliced some oranges and lemons and poured the juice on top of the turkey and then stuffed the remains into the cavity. Lastly, I used a mixture of salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme and sage and rubbed it all over the turkey and under the skin. I baked it at 325 degrees for 2.5 hours and it turned out perfect! Although I shoulda added onion.

cooked-turkey

The stuffing I made…whole crap. My moms best friend made this for Thanksgiving and it blew me away. So naturally I had to get my hands on the recipe.  sausage-and-herb-stuffing-2. The best part is…my kid loves it, and when he loves the food I love, the world is blissful and also just a hell of a lot more simple.

sausage-and-herb-stuffing

I made a side of kale, because, well, we needed something green. I used my go to kale recipe, which I actually found on the back of a kale bag a couple years ago. I saute oil and fresh garlic and then add a bag of kale. Once the whole bag is in the pot, I add a cup of chicken stock (or water if I don’t have chicken stock), cover, and cook that for about 5 minutes till the liquid reduces. I uncover the pot, add about 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper. It’s super yummy and super easy.

turkey-dinner

I think/Mark better have loved and appreciated this meal. Although he was on baby feeding duty during dinner so it might have been more stressful then enjoyable. Well, welcome to my life husband. Glad you’re home. No go change a diaper.

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