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Early married life for my parents, Jesse L. and Carolina R. Green (pictured left at their wedding) meant moving from one Army base to another.They were married November 9, 1941 a few short weeks prior to the start of World War II.My mother, being the youngest child of seven children, never learned to cook prior to her marriage.
One Thanksgiving my father surprised my mother by inviting friends over for Thanksgiving dinner.Mom was very nervous about fixing a Thanksgiving dinner for company.Dad said there was nothing to it - you just kept basting the turkey with wine.The results, he said, would be a moist and flavorful well-done turkey.My mother followed his instructions and basted the turkey while it was cooking.
When it was time to serve the bird, it was indeed moist, flavorful and purple!You guessed it.She basted the turkey with red wine!She said she was never able to duplicate that feat again.
Thank you to Root Cellar member Carolee Jones for sharing your hilarious family story.