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Crazy as this sounds, I already bought my Thanksgiving turkey (as I write this, about 10 days early).  I usually tend to wait to the last minute to purchase the bird because I would prefer a fresh one that I won’t have to defrost, but I can never find one small enough for my family (who quite frankly, doesn’t really like turkey to begin with). This year I found a frozen Butterball that weighed in at just under 10 pounds. Perfect. I noticed it was the only small one in the freezer at that time at the grocery store, so I snapped it up. My daughter lives close by so I snuck in her house and put it in her freezer!

This reminds me of the first Thanksgiving as a newlywed. I had no clue what to get, so I purchased a bird the size my mom used to buy. I proudly brought it home to my new husband who was instantly speechless. He asked if we were inviting people. I said no, why? “Because,” he said, “you bought a 20 pound turkey for two people.” We quickly invited family to join us.

I’m already getting excited about it. I will roast it with lemons, rosemary and garlic. Stuff it with my Italian mother-in-law’s rice and beef stuffing, and serve it up with mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffed mushrooms, roasted sweet potatoes (yes, we make sweet potatoes 2-ways), Brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce. Oh, and the gravy, gallons of it!

It’s going to be quite a calorie fest. No worries, moderation is the key, until Christmas rolls around and we feast all over again!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Eva Piccolo
Eva Piccolo is a long-time Santa Clarita resident and has been with The Signal since January 2015. After raising her family and working in Customer Service, Eva brings her administrative and organizational skills to our newspaper.
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