Turkey talk

The indisputably “best” way to prepare a turkey may never be settled, but there are no shortage of ideas among the kindergarten students at Wakefield Country Day School and preschoolers at the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC). Their teachers, Jennifer Deal and Lisa Pendleton, respectively, recently collected the thoughts of their young charges on preparing the perfect Thanksgiving dinner and shared them with the Rappahannock News. For those of you aiming for the perfect Thanksgiving meal, here are some things you might not have considered:

Garrick: “I think I would go in the forest to hunt a turkey, but my dad has other ideas! He hunts in the military for turkeys. Native Americans used bow and arrows, but my dad uses guns, so I think I would prefer to use a bow and arrow . . . I would make a teepee to keep the turkey in until I was ready for it . . . but I think I would prefer to just go to Chick-Fil-A with my mom, dad and Nathan. We could come home and have ice cream for our Thanksgiving dessert.”

Lily: “You can get a Thanksgiving turkey from Wakefield . . . I have no idea where mom would get it from. When you get the turkey home, you play with it in your room. When you are ready for Thanksgiving dinner, you have to shoot it with a gun. First take out the feathers, shave off the fur and wash it with warm water. Then, it is ready for the spices. You put hot spices and ketchup on it. Put the turkey in a big bowl and stuff it in the oven. Cook it for 10 minutes on warm degrees.”

Arielle: “I think you get a Thanksgiving turkey from Santa. He will bring it to you when you need it. After you get the turkey, you cook it on the stove. You have to clean it with water because Santa doesn’t do that. Put it in a bowl and cook it on one temperature for a couple of minutes. When it is done, put it in another bowl with pepper . . . My favorite part of Thanksgiving is getting presents.”

Makai: “Put it in salty water. Then hot water. And then we should take it out and put it in the oven. Then we put milk in it and make a turkey cake. The oven has to be 50 degrees. You have to put chocolate icing on it. And sprinkles and then we have to eat it.”

Maddy: “First you have to shave his fur off, then cut him up. Then you have to put him in the oven. Then he has to be cooked. He’s going to bake up in a hot oven like sun like fire because that’s very hot. Then you take him out and put him on a plate.”

Shane: “First you push him, then cut his neck and crack his head off. Then play with him. Push the blue button and push it on the knife. Put it in the black stove at green degrees. You take him out and eat him up.”

Tristin: “Cook it warm in the kitchen on the table. Then what I would do is eat it all gone. I would eat corn, I would even eat ham, then I could get a piece of candy after I eat.”

Sophie: “At the store you get a ghost turkey and buy it and go home. Put it in your frigerator. Then take a nap. Pick up your brothers at school. Then you look at the turkey. Make some popcorn. Then watch a movie. Go to play. Then the turkey rips apart and goes to the grocery store. Then put on your clothes, then go to work. The vampire comes to the house and eats the food.”

Charlotte: “You have to get your Thanksgiving turkey from Bloom. When you get home you have to take away the feathers and wash it with water. I help my Mom put it in a big pot. We put no spices at all on it, just the turkey. We cook it at my house in the stove. I don’t know how long you cook it for. I guess maybe 50 hours on 60 degrees. We like to eat salad, macaroni and cheese and maybe pizza with our turkey. For dessert we make pumpkin pie. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is eating the food and staying with my family. My Grandma is coming, too.”

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