Enjoy Your thanksgiving!

When I was a child, we had turkey for Thanksgiving as well as for Christmas and what I remember most is the mouth watering smell of roasting turkey. As Thanksgiving cooking duties turned my way, I noticed that the cooking turkey has never smelled as savory as it did when I was a child. Has anyone else noticed this? Does anyone know why? Are the turkeys different? Are ovens different? Am I crazy? BTW, I did Google this (or Gobbled it in honor of the day….) but didn’t get satisfactory answers so I am turning to the community at large.

While I’ve been contemplating turkey smells, I came across this photo from the Gloucester Daily Times in 1958 of the seniors for the GHS football Thanksgiving Day game scheduled against Wakefield that year. I have posted this previously but it seemed a good time to bring it back. Maybe you know some of the guys listed: Mike Linquata, Pete Favazza, Bill Loicano, Bill Hoffer, Cliffe Wolfe, Warren Whitehead, Mark Silva, Bobby Lopes, Fred McGuire, Bobby Cucuru, Nate Ross, Larry Mello, Harold Reed and Timothy Ryan.

In the meantime, good luck to our current GHS team vs rival Danvers today at 10 AM Newell Stadium. Special wishes to the current seniors!

3 thoughts on “Enjoy Your thanksgiving!

  1. I think I know what you mean, but I’m not sure what makes the difference. My Grandmother (and lots of other people) always used Bell’s seasoning which is a mixture of rosemary, oregano, sage, ginger, marjoram, thyme, and pepper. Nowadays we always use fresh herbs and not that particular mix. Perhaps that’s what we are missing.


  2. We still use Bell’s Seasoning on ours.

    My guess is the difference might be a combination of the anticipation of the turkey dinner when you were a child vs. now, you have the cooking duties and are more focussed on the tasks.

    While your are prepping and cooking the turkey, you are also immersed in the aromas and no longer get the huge mouth watering hit when first walking into the house/kitchen nor the surprise as you did when younger.

    Next time you prep/cook a turkey, try to step outside for 20-30 minutes and then re-enter to see if those memories and aromas return.


  3. It is because you are the one cooking it now, and being around the turkey cooking you are steeped in the smell and don’t notice it as much! I couldn’t smell the turkey much and left for a long walk – when I came back in I could smell it, but still not as much as others who were just arriving. ūü¶É


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