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Kids' imaginations run wild when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes


I wondered what would happen if all fathers of first-graders had to go to airports on Thanksgiving morning and all mothers of first-graders suddenly got migraine headaches and had to lie down, leaving dinner preparation in the hands of the children. I went to Donna McDonald's Eastside Elementary School first-grade class to find out firsthand how things would go. Here's how some of the children said they would fix a turkey. A few children were willing to guess at how to make a pumpkin pie. They even took a shot at mashed potatoes and salad for a well rounded meal. Or just generally what to expect on the table.

Aishah Burgess, 6: "I would put it in a pan (for) three seconds. Take it out. Put it on the table." Oh, and she mentioned she would set the table, too.

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Dana Coker, 7: "Cook it. I'd put it on a pan and put it in the oven. I'd put some hot sauce my mom loves (on it). Just put it on 30 minutes on hot. Put mittens on and put it out." Dana, by the way, does not care for the hot sauce that her mother apparently loves.

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Hannah Davis, 7: "Put it on a pan and put it in the oven at 3 degrees (for) 20 minutes. Cut it. Put it on a plate."

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Starla Genberg, 7: "Put it in a pan. Put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 5 degrees. Get some gravy from the cabinet and put it in a bowl. Put some sweets in it, like those things you put in stuffing."

Blaine Lasek, 6, said if a turkey was plopped down in front of him for cooking, he would simply "eat it." Raw? Apparently, yes.

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Madison Morgan, 6: "I would set the timer for four minutes. Then I would put it in. Then I would make the stuffing." Madison admitted she does not know what is in stuffing, but said, "I heard of it and when it's done (the turkey), I would take the (bones) out and fill it with stuffing."

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Amber Maine, 6: "Put the pumpkin in the pie. Get the seeds out. Put the seeds in the pie. Put it in the oven at 2 degrees (for) five minutes." Amber would serve her pie plain.

As far as I know Amber did not chat with the next child during the few seconds that lapsed as they changed places, yet they had remarkably similar ideas about how to make a pumpkin pie.

Catelyn Marshall, 6: "You take the seeds out and you put the seeds in the pan. (Put it) in the oven for five minutes at 7 degrees." Catelyn differs with Amber in that she would add pepper and serve with ice cream.

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Michelina McFarland, 6, began by saying, "Put the stuff together and make a pumpkin pie." But, she admitted, "I don't know how because my grandma usually cooks it."

She did know enough, though, to consult the can for information on the correct baking temperature. Just guessing, she figured it would take about 10 hours and 30 seconds to bake the holiday treat.

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Hunter McBee, 6: Faced with potatoes, he said, "Cut it with a knife and then you cut them faster with a knife. Then you cook in the oven (at) 2 degrees (for) two minutes. Hunter would add "whatever that white stuff is."

Ronald Medina, 6: "Cook them. You mash them with a masher. It has a stick and it goes like this and this and this. It has a little spike on one side and one straight. Eat them." It seems that Ronald, who drew a masher in the air while he described it, has had some experience with, or at least watching, potato-mashing take place.

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Alexander Meisgerber, 6, describes how he would make is ideal salad: "chicken, tacos, potatoes and that's all (with) ranch salad dressing."

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Keshawn Woods, 7, says he thinks the dinner might be "beans, chicken, beets and meat for dessert." As for the chicken, he would "cook it in the stove (for) 10 minutes."

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Omarrion Reynolds, 6, doesn't expect to have anything even resembling a bird. He intends to have pizza with pepperoni, lots of pepperoni. "I tasted it and it's hot and yummy," he said.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. May your pie be seed-free and your turkey cooked.

Kids' imaginations run wild when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes 11/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 27, 2008 1:01pm]
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