The holidays are quickly approaching and the signs of the season are all around us. Weather is getting colder, leaves are falling and at Goodrich our famous turkey is in the hallway. Students have been “Stuffing the Turkey” with non-perishable foods for families in need. This food drive is held annually thanks to our dedicated Student Council members.
Those of us in the speech room want to do our part as well to help families celebrate this Thanksgiving. We have compiled some turkey recipes that we know will help you when preparing your Thanksgiving dinners. We practiced our best speech and language skills when dictating the recipes in a procedural style. Please notice that we always introduced the topic and provided the listener with sufficient information so that our intended messages could be comprehended. We provided procedures in correct sequential order with an appropriate beginning-middle and end. For those of us needing help with sound production or fluency; this gave us another opportunity to practice those skills as well. Here is a sampling of some of our favorite turkey recipes:
Josef: “Go to the red store that is humungous like a dinosaur. Buy a ham not a turkey. You will need $11.00. Get some grapes, blueberries, bananas, and jam and fruit snacks. Put it in the oven when it is hot for 11 minutes. You can eat it when it is done.”
Ethan: “Get a turkey and put it in the square thing with numbers. Press the numbers on the microwave and the ‘on’ button on the square thing. Usually mommy puts the timer on but I really can’t see what she is doing. I have to get taller to see what she is doing. It will taste delicious when it is done. I really need to be taller to tell you what to do. (Maybe we should call my mom. She knows everything! She can even tell you how I was born!)”
Marcus: “Go to Walmart and buy peppers, turkey and a ham. It might cost $15.00 or $400.00. Go home and put the turkey and ham in one big pot. Cut peppers so it will taste good. Everything tastes good with peppers. Cook it for 5 minutes. Wait for a ringing sound. Cut it and eat it.”
Elena: “Look at a picture of a farm. Find the turkey in the picture. First draw the turkey. Second, cut out the turkey then glue it on a piece of plain white paper.” (Teacher mistake..Always check that the student understands the directions! When it was explained that we wanted to ‘cook a turkey’, Elena had a different response.) “Caution! Never bring a turkey in your house! It will chase you all over the house!”
Tyler: “Get a turkey for around $20.00 at a grocery store. Put it in a pan. Put seasoning on top to make it spicy hot. Spicy seasoning is the best. Cook it in the oven at 275 degrees for 1/2 hour. Take it out and let it cool. Eat it.”
Scott: “Grandma and Grandpa make the turkey, I have nothing to do with it. This is how to make a chicken. Buy a chicken for around $2.99 at Family Market. Take it home. Unwrap it. Pull all the guts and heart out of the inside. Put seasonings on it but mostly basil leaves, butter and other stuff. Cook it for 1 ½ hours. Take it out and eat it. “
Dylan: “Buy a turkey at a grocery store for between $20.-$30.00. That should be a good price for this time of year. Warm it up in the oven for 30 minutes. If it is still cold put it in for another 10 minutes. Then pull the ‘wishing bone’ out. Stuff it with vegetables or gravy if you want to. Then cook it in the oven. The temperature should be around 500 or 600 degrees and cook it for 2 hours. Then check it every once in awhile. Take it out after two hours. Put vegetables on it if you want. It should be hot and crispy if it is done. Then eat it and enjoy!”
Asina: “Go to Jewel and get a turkey and salty pepper. Buy it. Go home and put it in a huge pot. Let it sit for 15 minutes so it bubbles. Get a fork and stab it. Cut with a knife until you feel the bone. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Eat it.”
Connor: “Get any kind of a turkey at the store. Set the oven for 50 degrees. Put honey on the turkey. Make a hole in the turkey with your bare hands. Put vegetables in the turkey. Put the turkey in the oven. Set it for thirty minutes. Take it out in 10 and put more honey on it. Put it back in the oven for. Wait 20 minutes. Take it out of the oven. Take the vegetables out of the turkey. Cut the turkey. Invite friends and family. Eat it and enjoy it.
Matthew: “Go to Target. They have turkeys for .25 cents. Go home. Put the turkey in the oven for 80 hours. Make macaroni and cheese with noodles, butter and cheese. Then mash your potatoes with a potato masher. Take the turkey out of the oven. Give thanks and have a big feast.
Harrison: “Buy a turkey at a store not a farm, that would be robbing. Get a big pan. Put butter and cooking spray in the pan so it will not stick. Put stuffing and mashed potatoes in the turkey. Put it in the oven for 4-5 hours. The oven should be between 315 and 350 degrees. Get a little fork and taste it to see if it is done. If it is done, have company and eat it.”
Desean: “Buy a turkey at Walmart. You will need $36.00. When you get home, it will be hard to wait but do not make it until Thanksgiving. When that day comes, put the turkey in the oven for 15 seconds. When the turkey is in the oven cook macaroni and sweet potatoes. Then grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins will come to eat your juicy turkey.”
Nevaeh: “First get a frozen turkey at a grocery store. Bring it home and put it in the sink to defrost. Unwrap the turkey. Put it in the pot. Set the oven for 450 degrees. Take bread crumb and diced onions and mix it together and that becomes your stuffing. Stuff it in the turkey. Put 1 and ½ cups of water in the pan, to cover the bottom of the pan. Put little cubes of seasoning in the water. Put the turkey in the oven for about an hour. Take it out and let it sit for 10 minutes. Cut it up. Place it on a long plate. Bring it to the table. Say a prayer to thank God for the lovely dinner. Then say, “Hallelujah and enjoy!”
Kaymion: “Get a turkey from Jewel. Put it in the sink and wait until it gets unfrozen. Start buttering it inside and outside. Put it in a pan. Cook it between 350-500 degrees. It seems to take forever. Put some turkey juice over it while it is in the oven. It might be red on the inside if it is not done. Stick a fork in it. If the fork is steamy it is done! Eat well!”
Hana: “Buy a turkey at Jewel for $5.00. Then unfreeze it. Put the turkey on a tray and put the turkey in the oven. Put the oven at 500 or 400 degrees. Stuff the turkey with vegetables and bread before it goes in the oven. Check it every ten minutes to see if it is done. It will be brown and crisp when it is done. Open the oven and decorate the turkey with vegetables and pineapple. Put lemon juice on it and then put it on the table and eat it.”
We hope these helpful hints will save you from making those dreaded calls to the Butterball Hotline. We are proud of the work we have accomplished this past quarter in the areas articulation, phonological and semantic and syntactic language skill development.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Goodrich families!
(Editor’s Note: Recipes are not kitchen tested!)