We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Cape Cod Turkey" means a codfish dish. Cape Cod friends of mine always make cod for Thanksgiving, figuring that that is most of what the Pilgrims had for dinner.
They make baked stuffed cod, which is a delicious thing as long as you do not overcook the fish. Let's face it - Thanksgiving is about stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and punkin pie anyway and not so much about the turkey. Well, Mrs. BD makes Butternut Squash pies but it's the same difference.
I actually like turkey, and normally don't get it except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I particularly value the leftovers for sandwiches, soup, and tetrazzini. Still, I don't object to switching up the main dish now and then. I never say no to fish.
I purchase 2-3 frozen turkeys around Thanksgiving time to take advantage of the low prices before Thanksgiving. This year some stores are selling them for 40-50 cents a pound. Turkey has much more flavor than the inexpensive but tasteless chicken available nowadays. On an annual basis I eat around 40 pounds of turkey compared to 5-10 pounds of chicken.
If you carve up a turkey before cooking, you can cook only 3-5 pounds at a time, with cooking time comparable to chicken.
The stuffed Cod recipe sounds good, and I'm tempted to try it.
I always get a chuckle out of the portions apparently suggested, though? That "serves four"? Ha, ha.
Four Munchkins, perhaps. If I make that amount for the wife and I, there might be enough left over for me to have for lunch the next day. Or not, if it's really good.
Neither of us is obese, or even "fat" by most standards. We're carrying ten or fifteen extra pounds each, but in our mid to late 60's, that is more the rule than the exception. I can only wonder what kind of metabolism you would have to be running to subsist on what they recommend as portion sizes in most places.
Me? I'd waste away. I spent 11 days in the Hospital a couple of years ago, ate everything they gave me and had food smuggled in when I could, and still lost 21 pounds. I've since gotten it back, and started exercising some carb control when I tacked the extra 10 onto that, but still...
Most recommended serving sizes aren't a good afternoon snack, let alone a meal.