Friday, December 23, 2011
Hosting the family Christmas dinner sounded very grown up to me, that is until I realized I have no clue what I am doing.
I can find my way around a kitchen pretty well, but making a perfect turkey...that's unknown and frightening territory for me.
With every birthday I feel more like an adult, and with 26 of them under my belt, I feel the time has come to move away from the kids' table at Christmas dinner.
My family's holidays play out similarly each year; we choose a place to host the dinner and more than 20 Schlenker relatives join in.
I've been living in my own little duplex for nearly a year. It's the first time I've lived virtually alone, that is until two months ago when I took in a roommate. Nonetheless, it's the first time I feel like I live in my own home.
What's the best way to make your house or duplex a home? Invite 20 of your friends and family, of course. So this year I decided to take it upon myself and host the Christmas dinner for my entire family. If you haven't caught on, the host also makes the main course.
After extensive internet, cookbook and grocery store research I decided on the best possible way to come up with a turkey recipe all will enjoy. Instead of searching for a recipe with a long list of ingredients that I may not be able to afford, I decided to go to the local grocery store, find a woman looking most like my own grandmother, and ask her to help me.
Looking panicked, I canvassed the baking aisles until I spotted my target. She was a cute, older woman with a cart full of all the traditional holiday fixings. I knew she was the one.
"Can you help me?" I asked her. She said, "Of course, what do you need darling?" She was just as nice and friendly as she looked.
"How do you make a turkey?" I said with confusion on my face.
She took me around the store gathering all the essentials, minus the turkey that is already defrosting in my fridge. She asked me a few questions and with less than $10 and a few helpful tips from my Christmas hero, I have everything I need, including confidence.
Here's to hoping Christmas is all I've hoped it to be as I venture into adulthood.