As you may or may not know, I am the curator and founder of the Burnt Food Museum at – and this is one of my favorite stories anyone has sent me about burnt food – and it’s Thanksgiving themed:

“I put a turkey into the oven on ultra-low (low temp overnight is my usual way of doing this, makes it very tender and moist) and promptly went into early labor.

I spent six days in the hospital flat on my back until they got it stopped, was sent home with orders to stay in bed until I was supposed to have the baby, and walked in to find what appeared to be a perfect (though blackened) paper-maiche’ model of a roast turkey, still cooking away.

When we tried to throw it out it was perfectly mummified and crumbled to the touch. Even the bones, which appeared to be modeled out of a crumbly powder-like substance, possibly cornstarch. We decided that this piece would have more artistic meaning if it was of an ephemeral nature, and threw it out. (S. 7/29/03) (from the Testimonials Page at

And finally …

Two of my favorite Thanksgiving stories from the Burnt Food Museum:

1. Well, It’s Done (oh, drat, I just realized this is about a chicken. Well, I’m sharing it anyway) by culinary artiste Susan Schlesinger (image above)
2. Deep Fried Disaster – a mono-image photo story by Dorothy Owen (and, really, one image says it all) (actually, it says too much)

Me, I plan to play Soothing Digestive Music via Facebook Live Thanksgiving Day eve.  So tune into my Facebook Channel and make sure you’ve signed up to get reminders … just in case you find yourself in a post-prandial food stupor that makes it easy to forget … um … er … everything.  This blog post tells you how you can get Facebook to send you notifications of my Facebook Live sessions.

Happy Thanksgiving …

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