Magazine article Sunset

The Main Event

Magazine article Sunset

The Main Event

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True confession: I have never made a Thanksgiving turkey. Though I've made my share of pumpkin pies and side dishes, I've always been lucky enough to be invited to celebrations where someone else was master of the main event.

My grandmother, Ua, used to start at dawn, wrestling with an enormous bird to feed 20. Her turkey was usually on the dry side, but her turkey soup the next day was legendary. Actually, her signature dish was roast beef, with a good sprinkling of cinnamon before putting it in the oven-I secretly wished she could make that for Thanksgiving instead.

When I got married, I joined a new ritual feast, this one presided over by my mother-in-law, Carolyn. As the family grew, she started making at least two turkeys and throwing in a ham as well. While we all participated potluck-style, it was Carolyn's menu we followed, receiving our assignments for green beans or sweet potatoes or pic a few weeks in advance. …

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