A Brit, a Yank and a Kitchen

Thursday, November 23

Deep Southern Fried Thanksgiving

For the second year in a row now, we've been invited to my step-dad's sister Patty's Thanksgiving party in Osteen Florida, on the banks of the St Johns River.... AKA... "BFE"... "the boonies".... if there was a place that would be labeled the definition of the "Deep South"... this is it.

The thing I like most about going out to Patty's is that there is so many entertaining things out there. Never a dull moment. Patty's husband Alan decided to give my uncle Dave a ride on his dog laden jeep (these people have about a dozen dogs.. each with their own individual bed in their massive bedroom)

Above is a shot of my uncle in the passenger seat..

we followed them down to the docks where we boarded a pontoon boat to ride around the St Johns...

Dave looking dashing...

We arrived at a little spot where Patty said they spend their evenings together watching the sun set.. and drinking wine... sounds good to me!

Wasnt much long after we got there that Alan and Dave showed up out of the swamps.. dogs and all... theyre not spoiled at all...

After all the excitement Dave and I decided to have a moment swinging on the swinging chair that hangs from a giant old oak..

My step-dad and Uncle Dave hanging out by the same tree...

One of Patty and Alan's many wonderful toys...

My sister, taking a picture of me taking a picture of her.

Dave, my sis, my uncle and my step dad hanging out by Willy's cage..


More of Patty and Alans critters..

Let us not forget the reason we were here!!!!

The deep fried TURKEY!

As you can see... this job has been claimed "man work".

My uncle, being very excited at the prospect of fried turkey... it is indeed very exciting!

The spread!

It aint the most beautiful bird.. but OMG you will never put a more wonderful piece of turkey in your mouth. If I'd been left alone with it... I guarantee there would have been no stopping me devouring the whole thing. Turkey crack I tell you!

If you ever get a chance to have deep fried turkey... take it. Nothing beats it... nothing.

And... I leave you with this moment of zen.


Anonymous greg gibson said...


9:12 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

That was some good eats!

Being from England I had never entertained the idea of 'deep-frying' a turkey in peanut oil; however, to my great amazement and delight it provides one of the most juicy and flavorful experiences you could imagine.

While we are talking turkey, Lea is cooking one this Saturday (25th) for her and I, her Dad (Larry) and Sister (Carrie). In preparation for this she is 'brining' the turkey today ahead of the roasting tomorrow.


9:25 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

That looks so good. I've always wanted to try deep fried turkey. Hope you had a good thanksgiving!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Holy Cow! The turkey may not be pretty but you can see it's decadent. And does your family run an everglades wildlife refuge?

1:01 AM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Ya'll are BRAVE! I'd so light myself on fire ;)

9:16 AM  
Blogger Marina said...

I had the opportunity to eat some deep-fried turkey at my aunt's wedding a few years ago, and was VERY skeptical! But I have to agree, after eating that bad boy, Lea is right: it's pure turkey CRACK!

Lea: How did your turkey turn out? I brined mine overnight too, and cooked with some lovely aromatics (red apple, onion, cinnamon stick) in the cavity - yum :) Is that how you made yours?

Dave: You shaved! And cut your hair! Looking good but I miss the pirate look :)

5:29 PM  
Blogger Lea said...


hehehe looks like someone else used Alton Browns turkey recipe ;-)

I went with Alton too =D

8:25 AM  
Blogger Garrett said...

I need to try this deep fried turkey crack somtime.

6:43 PM  

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