My husband, D., is a cook. In his early life he initially wanted to own his own restaurant. He was actively working toward that goal when I was hired to work at the restaurant he was managing. Our relationship works very well as I don't mind cleaning up. I share this to say D. cooks frequently therefore I am well versed in kitchen clean up.
Being a contender in the clean up division I find the Thanksgiving meal to be the triathlon of clean ups. Ours was a quiet celebration with only four in attendance so we had a small menu and made plans to enjoy it at the mid-meal. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, rolls and a cherry pie for dessert. Of the seven items listed only two were not pre-prepared. Why, I wondered, were we in the kitchen all day?
The Thanksgiving meal, large or small, appears to require more hours and more kitchen tools to prepare, serve and clean up than any other meal. We put the turkey in the oven at 9:00am and I was not out of the kitchen for more than a 30 minute stretch until the final wipe down was performed (with a Norwex rag) at 3:30pm.
|My Thanksgiving table.|
The good thing about Thanksgiving clean up is there are, generally, more hands to make the job go quickly. I had the best time storing left overs, drying and putting away dishes in the midst of setting the kitchen to rights while my son, home from college, stood at the sink, elbow deep in dishwater and continued to wash all I put in the water until we were done. We chatted and laughed and enjoyed each other's company, and the chore was no more.
|Example of D.'s artful carving.|
Were you part of the cooking team or the cleaning team at your Thanksgiving feast?
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