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Turkeys, Hams, and Pies, Oh My!

Recipe to Prep Turkey

December 4, 2018

Just days before Thanksgiving, did your children text you and ask how to cook a frozen 25-pound turkey in the microwave? My daughter did, and I thought she had lost her mind. I couldn’t figure out why she would want to do that or where I had gone wrong in my cooking lessons with her. If nothing else, all my children had heard how I blew up a microwave trying to hard-boil an egg. That should have been enough to discourage anyone from cooking anything too long in the microwave! I tried to give an answer that didn’t insult her but would persuade her it was a bad idea. Much to my relief, I found out that it was only a prank going around the internet to see how mothers would react.

If you want to stick to some tried and true recipes for the holidays, try checking out the MGC Cookin’ page on Pinterest. You can find some of our staff’s favorite recipes. No microwave is required for most of the recipes! If that Thanksgiving internet turkey challenge has you truly worried about future generations, you may want to think about putting together a cookbook of family recipes as a gift. Do you need some inspiration? Flip through some of the family cookbooks at the Midwest Genealogy Center for ideas.  

Recipes are a part of any family’s heritage. Including personalized stories along with the recipes makes a family cookbook even better. When you are ready to print your cookbook, see how The Story Center can help. I know that if my family made a cookbook, we would include a recipe for apricot jam and the story of the pectin mix-up…

One day, after hours of canning apricot jam, my husband and I decided to make some macaroni and cheese for the kids. We stood side by side at the stove. He couldn’t find the cheese sauce powder anywhere. At that moment, I realized I had accidentally poured it into my jam. That explained the bright orange color and the fact that my jam would not thicken. I lost my temper, dumped the jam in the sink, and sarcastically muttered that the kids really didn’t need to eat. I’m not sure if I have made apricot jam since that dreadful day!

If you have family recipes and stories like this, try creating your own family cookbook! With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start―especially if your children are asking about microwaving a 25-pound turkey!

Happy Holidays!

Jolene C.
Midwest Genealogy Center

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