Today we will hold our annual Turley Turkey Bowl with about 40 neighborhood kids early Thanksgiving morning. As always, it will be the Chicago Bears versus the Washington Redskins (though I have promised to fork over the donuts and hot chocolate even if the Bears lose).
We do a two Turkey dinner (despite watching the PETA Thanksgiving commercial). I cook a fresh Turkey in the oven and a second bird on the grill with smoking wine chips. Last year, the grill Turkey burst into flames, so I am hoping to redeem myself this year. Ironically, after putting the flaming bird out, we served the two birds separately. The grill bird was by far the most popular. It was the ultimate smoked bird. This year, I am going to try to regain that smoked taste without the actual smoking Turkey.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I view our little group of regulars like a virtual family and I will be toasting to our merry band of miscreants with a nice Pinot Noir this holiday!