I made a simple roast chicken dinner tonight for the four of us. While making breakfast this morning, I took the chicken out of the freezer and put it in the sink to thaw. I was immediately interrogated by the little one:
"Mamma! What is that?"
"When did you buy a whole chicken?" (admittedly, her exposure to chicken has only been in nugget or boneless/skinless breast form)
"Do you know how to cook a chicken?" (yes, little one, I've made Thanksgiving dinner for many years and have to beat your fingers away from the turkey once it's out of the oven)
"Will you make it like your turkey?"(pretty much, probably not as elaborate though)
"Will it taste like a little turkey?" (It's not turkey, sweetie. It's chicken, but it will have a lot more flavor than what I normally cook on the grill.)
Then the oldest chimed in:
" What else are you making with it?" (real mashed potatoes and green beans)
"Will it have to cook all day?" (not quite - not a 30 minute meal, but not Thanksgiving dinner either)
The kids looked forward to it all day.
I roasted it and served it with mashed potatoes and sauteed fresh green beans. The house smells like Thanksgiving and I want to take a nap.
I also have new anticipation for this year's Thanksgiving.