A Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey


If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know I roasted a turkey this Thanksgiving.

The only reason this bears mentioning is that I haven’t eaten bird in, like, over two years.

Last Thanksgiving was all about the Tofurky.


This is what a Tofurky breast looks like.

But ever since my dad started hooking us up with Nebraska-raised venison and  Zach discovered the joys of preserving meat, dietary restrictions have been relaxing around the Wayward House.

As far as the dogs are concerned, this is awesome news.

Although our whole pack is fond of homegrown carrots, sweet potatoes and other vegetables – cooked, raw or served as pulp snuck into frozen balls of canned food – all the dogs naturally love meat a lot more.

Their extreme glee surprised us the first time we ever prepared elk burgers in the house.

Lucky for the three handsome beggars, although meat gets prepared a lot around here now, Zach is very particular about his food, and I’m still not super meat-motivated.

This means the dogs get more choice handouts than they might in a more traditional omnivore house.


In fact, they’re probably going to get a lot of my roasted turkey leftovers.

From what I hear, my turkey turned out fine, although it was significantly less popular at the party than the smoked bird Zach prepared.

I still haven’t tasted my turkey. It was fun to baste, but I just can’t get jazzed about eating a bird yet.

I might try to trick myself into eating it in a soup. But I’ll probably serve up more to some canines over the next few days.

Share your turkey leftover prep suggestions – for human or pet consumption – in the comments.

The original recipe I used was an adaptation (fresh thyme added to the butter and a peeled orange stuffed in the cavity) of the basic how-to from Simple Bites.


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on November 25, 2012, in Dogs, Food and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Love the photos you posted, especially of little bird Scooby. And by the way, THANKS for putting Fido Fetch Photography as a partner on your page. That is so cool!

  2. There are going to be some very happy hounds! Do let us know which manifestation of turkey they prefer 😉

  3. All turkeys are looking awsome :o)

  4. Well, I will just make a sandwich out of the leftover. Here in Sicily though we don’t really eat much turkey. I buy it often because it’s better than eating red meat. Sicilians buy cartful of red meat, it’s shocking when you go to a supermarket. With all the fish we have here! I am following you. I like food and I like dogs too. I have a little chihuahua in fact…he only gets dog food and sometimes a boiled egg:)

  5. Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Crystal…

    Love the T-Day collage… especially the K9 frame!!! hmmm… turkey leftovers? Soup, sandwiches, in salads, if you ask for something specific, Mom will look it up in her data base and email you! 🙂

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