A Question, Turkey Fry Tips & Thanksgiving Tables of Yore

Click here for a timely Slate article with pumpkin tips!

But I actually wanted to share a few different things. The first is to ask a question.
I planned on making a Pear Plum Crisp, only to find that plums are not in season and there’s no way I’ll get them. Should I…

a) Substitute plums for cranberries (I’m worried they’ll be too tart)?
b) Substitute plums for dark pitted cherries (I was thinking they’ll have a similar not-to-sweet flavor to plums)?
c) Substitute plums for apple slices (but maybe we’re getting back to too tart here?

Please let me know what you think! The polls are open (well.. the comment field anway..).

Next I wanted to share a turkey tip. Ever heard of fried turkey? It’s most definitely a southern thing. I remember when we first moved south we heard of a guy that you could pay to fry your turkey on his lawn Thanksgiving morning, in time for dinner. I don’t know how much he made doing that, but it looked like a neat gig.

In any event, we were all about adopting some “southern ways” when we got here. Fried turkey was one of these, and we bought a turkey fryer. Here are photos from our first turkey fry, back in 2003


If you’re frying your turkey this year, please do it safely. This should never be done inside the house – do it in the yard in case the ridiculously hot oil starts to sputter. Wear large, heavy duty gloves and eye protection, and lower your turkey down slowly into the fryer. Never get closer to it then you need to. Do not allow children or dogs to be running around in close proximity. This is a giant pot of raging hot oil… don’t anger it!

Lastly, don’t scoff until you try it (I’m looking at you, Chef Edwin!). A fried turkey is a beautiful and delicious thing.


And now I’ll leave you with some scenes of Thanksgivings past. Don’t forget those little touches that make your table look lovely.


Try a new tablecloth or some gourds, flowers or cranberries as a centerpiece.


And give thanks!


3 Responses to “A Question, Turkey Fry Tips & Thanksgiving Tables of Yore”

  1. Bakey says:

    Cherries are probably most similar to plums.

  2. Kirsten says:

    Cherries are probably closest, but I’ve made a Pear and Cranberry crisp before and it was delicious! Not too tart especially if you use some brown sugar in there to balance it out.

  3. Lindsey says:

    Assuming you are making this on Saturday (at least hoping), as someone who will be eating it (again, hopefully you’re making it for second Thanksgiving), cranberries would be festive and delicious. 🙂