Hammer Family Thanksgiving 2007

Once a year families get together to give thanks and to enjoy each other's company with an excellent dinner.
Hanhan with all the food, including a 11 Kg Butterball turkey.
Linda preparing the coconut cream pie filling.
The pie filling is cooking while the egg whites are warming to be whipped.
Filling a pie shell.
The final pie has been poured.
Two lovely pies waiting to be topped with meringue.
Starting to make the meringue.
Whip the egg whites to a froth.
Add sugar to stiffen the egg foam.
When it gets this shiny and stiff it is ready for the pies.
Covering the filled shells with the meringue.
Two pies ready for baking.
The finished product. As delicious as they look, we didn't like waiting.
Mixing the stuffing for the bird.
The headless turkey takes a bow before being stuffed.
A little stuffing has been put in.
I'm glad this doesn't happen to me!
The turkey is stuffed to capacity, time to get him in the oven.
The turkey is bagged and in the pan on the way to the oven.
This huge bird fills the oven and makes the rack bow down.
Meantime, the tables are set in Thankgiving style.
The overflow table, so many people will come for the feast.
Linda peeling apples for her famous Waldorf salad. My favorite!
Slicing the apples is the critical step in the Waldorf preparation.
After nearly 5 hours, the turkey is golden brown and ready to serve.
Opening the roasting bag to drain the juices is dangerous. I was burned!
A beautiful turkey with all the stuffing exploding out.
Carving this size turkey takes several hands.
An electric knife helps speed things along.
A juicy, white breast.
The pie table is set, pumpkin, coconut cream, and pecan.
Scott, the mashed potato bearer.
The food line, looks small in the picture, but there is a LOT of food in those huge bowls.
With no room on the food line, the stuffing and rolls are on each table.
Everyone is choosing their seat before getting their plates piled high.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce in the foreground.
Completing the food line are corn, waldorf salad, green beans, and gravy.
People starting to load their plates.
Hanhan looks on with expectation.
Hanhan looking happier as she digs in.
The 'First Thanksgiving' girl is off to a good start.
Hanhan's first Thanksgiving plate is a good effort.
Master Gary has the ultimate Thanksgiving plate. Experience counts!

A short movie of the seperation of egg whites.