Dear Lottie Helen and all,
I made a big old pan of dressin and about a gallon and a hafe of gravy out of a big old roastin hen, two dozen devilled eggs, a great big pot of low-cooked snap beans, four pies, and a double-up of Miss Paula’s Pineapple Casserole, and they ate up every last scrape of that---Aint Lissie Tidwell said, “Marthy, you could fry Ritz crumbs in butter and put it on floor sweepins, and it would taste good!” We all got a laugh out of that. She brought that big ole blue roaster full of duck and dressin that everybody loves so much.
That was a real good thing, because your Daddy got it into his head to deep-fry a turkey this year. He got out the shrimp-boil pot and the burner and set it up out on some concrete blocks out in the side yard about ten this morning, and all the menfolks gathered out there with their coffee. What is it about menfolks anyhow, that you can’t get em in the kitchen unless their’s pie, and if they’re cookin outside, they have to all gether around in lawn chairs and watch it like TV?
Well, you know how good a nice big sugar-rubbed ham is, comin out of the oven, and how good a turkey is when it’s smoked in honey-butter? Well, he decided that that would be the way to go to make the turkey real good and moist. He just figured one is good and a combination would be even better. So he melted up that butter and honey, and he vaccinated that turkey all over like it was travelin’ to
He musta been thinking that if you hit every spot once, and still have stuff left in the jar, better use it up. Timbuktu
I watten out there, but I heard the commotion from clear in here when that hot oil roiled up out of the pot like Pompei. The men were yellin and a-whoopin and a-laughin, and your cousin Bertie Luke run and grabbed the big ole syrup dipper like we skim sorgum with, and started dippin up and dashin out big old ladlefuls onto the yard to cut down on the damage, but it just kept comin, they said.
By that time, we were all out in the yard, and I wouten take nothin for seein that. It hatten been in more than ten minutes, and the whole yard smelt like burnt cookies. They lifted that thing out in about ten more minutes, and it looked like you’d dropped it down in live coals all over. It had big old black spots ALL OVER itself, and looked worse than one of those blackened chickens that everybody was cookin a few years ago. The holes went deep in that pore ole bird, and the wingtips was completely gone.
As it started to cool just a tee-ninecy bit, the pure-black drumsticks made little tick-tick sounds and crumbled plumb off onto the platter and shattered. We were all laughin fit to bust, and on the video that Bertie Luke's grandson made, you could hear Aint Phemy sayin,”This GRYCE won’t never be the same, willit?”
We had a plenty a dinner, and thank goodness for those four mallards your Aint Lessie put in that dressin, cause that turkey was just a plumb purentee washout. I just wish you’d a been here to see it. Lookin to see y’all for Christmas,
Remember we love all a y’all,
Your loving Mama Marthy Tidwell
borrowed from the internet because it was the pitifullest one I could find. I hope they had a ham.