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Talking turkey: Charlottesville-area preschoolers offer tips on dressing the bird this year

This Thanksgiving is all about location, location, location — and not just because so many people travel to celebrate.

We count on the fun-size chefs from Bright Beginnings Preschool each year for advice on how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, and this year, they’re encouraging us to think outside the oven, microwave and fryer. They offer tips for not just how to cook that unforgettable bird, but where.

Charlie R. recommends taking your turkey to the desert, where it’ll get hot enough to cook itself. Teddy K. favors the dishwasher. Julian D. suggests the ocean — followed by a little follow-up time in the microwave.

Other locations to consider include the forest, a train, a zip line, a trampoline and a washing machine. And if you get tired of thinking outside the box, Jasper A. actually suggests putting the turkey in a box, which Sung is going to heat up for you.

If you do put your turkey in the oven, just set it to self-clean. Ryan F. recommends timing it for 40 minutes.

The students’ time-honored turkey seasonings, toppings and stuffing ingredients are well represented this year, including sprinkles, pepperoni, cake, strawberries, chicken, pizza and heaps of miniature marshmallows, but fresh ideas this season include purple feathers, stickers, tattoos, a police car and even sugar cookies shaped like turkeys.

Emma S. and her family let their turkey go naked.

As always, I am grateful that you take a few minutes with me this time of year to share a smile and an occasional belly laugh. There’s still time to make reservations if keeping the bird in your teeth for 1,000 hours doesn’t quite work.

Thank you for reading — and a very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

The students of Bright Beginnings Preschool:

Crozet

Monkeys class with Ms. Candace and Ms. Cassie

Rye C., 2: Um … at home.

Tucker B., almost 3: My daddy.

Vale B., 3: I don’t know.

Eli A., 2: In the toaster oven!

Henley M., 2: With sprinkles!

Waylon S., 2: Put it in the oven, put sprinkles on it.

Blair V., 2: Daddy helps me stick!

Ore A., 2: Salt and pepper!

Jones L., 2: I want to cook it!

Miles C., 2: I want to put a hat.

Tigers class with Ms. Kaitlyn R.

Genevieve F., 3: Mommy cooks it in the oven.

Lennon S., 3: In the microwave.

Max, 3: Mommy cooks it in the kitchen.

Isabella C., 3: Cook it in the oven and then put it on the table and eat it.

Jack: In the microwave, and then just eat it.

Leo H., 3: To cook a turkey, you cook it with mommy, put seasoning on it, then put it in a sandwich.

Lily F., 3: The big turkey goes in the oven and then we wait on it, open it and it’s warm.

Georgie H., 3: Cook it in the oven six times and then you cut it!

Rafaela B., 3: In the oven for a little bit and then it’s little.

Natalie L., 2: Cook the turkey with cake and then mommy eats it.

Zebras class with Ms. Margaret

Adeline S., almost 5: Bake it in the oven for 10 minutes!

Adrian B., 5: Fill it with sugar cookies shaped like turkeys, then cook it with a chicken and cut it in half.

Brody C., almost 4: Bake it for 10 minutes in the oven covered with roast beef at 1,000 degrees!

Charlotte S., 4: Stuff with white, tiny marshmallows, cover with rainbow sprinkles, strawberries and pink frosting. Cook it then eat it!

Collins F., 4: Shoot a turkey. Then bake it in the oven for two seconds.

Eden B., 4: Put it in the oven at 500 degrees for two minutes, then cover it with chocolate ice cream!

Emery D., 4: Salt it and spread peanut butter and grape jelly on it. Bake it for 23 minutes.

Eloise S., 5: Bake it in the oven for five minutes.

Emma W., 4: Stuff it with pumpkin pie, then put buttons made out of chocolate cookies, then ice it, then eat it!

Grant B., 4: Stick huge marshmallows on the outside with toothpicks and cook it in the oven five minutes.

Hannah L., 4: Stuff it with oreos then cook it in a big, big pot on the stove for 16 minutes then eat it!

Harper B., 4: Decorate it with confetti and cook it in the oven for five hours at 5 degrees!

Harper M., 4: Bake it on really hot for five minutes then eat it!

Ian C., 4: Stuff the turkey with tiny marshmallows and cook it in the oven then eat it!

Jack B., 4: I would grill it for five minutes, then cover it with vanilla frosting and sprinkles!

Lily R., 4: Spread pumpkin pie filling all over it and put it in the oven for 10 minutes!

Ryan F., 4: Cook it in the oven on self-clean for 40 minutes then stuff it with marshmallows!

Sagan B., 5: Stuff it with turkey dressing and cook it, then sprinkle it with chocolate sprinkles and eat it!

Summer S., 4: Stuff it with a ham and bake it at 1,000 degrees for five minutes. Roll it up.

Cheetahs class with Ms. Caitlin H.

Owen B., 3: Put it in the oven. Cook it for five minutes, eat it. Eat it all gone!

Alexis G., 3: Cooked it with apple juice, she roasted it, put it in the oven. The temperature was 4,000 degrees.

Eva J., 3: Cook it with pancakes, make tea to drink, put bacon on top and cook for 48 to 49 minutes.

Riley M., 3: I think it has a head, cut it. We bake it for 100 minutes, then we eat it. After that we go to bed.

Declan P., 3: In the oven, he cooks it with sausage and a hot dog too!

Ian P., 3: Scramble the turkey. It cooks for 59 minutes!

Nikola R., 3: I break it up and eat it all!

Maximilian R., 3: We put it in the oven and cook it.

Freya S., 3: My mommy cooks it with apple juice.

Bentley S., 3: She uses sprinkles and puts cookies on it and some old things, then mixes it all together.

Betty V., 3: My mommy cooks it with eggs.

Tyler F., 4: You use sugar and salt and eggs. There is all different kinds of ways.

Genevieve N., 4: I put eggs on it. We cook it all up, take it out and put powder sugar on it and chocolate on it too!

Jack O., 3: A little bit of time in the oven!

Forest Lakes

Zebras class with Ms. Michell

Madeline B., almost 3: I would cook a turkey with mommy and daddy in a big castle with lots of turkeys running around!

Jack V., 2: Outside with mom and dad.

Campbell N., 2: I would cook a turkey with my mom and dad!

Mackenzie M., 2: I cooked a turkey, because I did.

Maisie S., 2: I would cook it with my friend Annie at home.

Annie X., almost 3: I would watch mommy and daddy cook the turkey!

Christian W., 3: I would cook a turkey on the table by myself!

Jasper M., 2: The turkey would be cooked outside.

George S., 2: In a pizza, outside, by myself. For five weeks!

Tigers class with Ms. Mia and Ms. Bola

Delilah C., 3: It goes in the microwave.

Lukas H., 4: You take it out of the oven, then eat it, then eat dessert.

Chandy M., 3: In the sink and the water gets hot.

Linda B., 3: In an egg with mommy.

Elsie S., 3: Put glue and stickers on, then bake it in the oven for five hours then take it out and dress it in purple feathers, then take pictures, cut it, then eat.

Buck B., almost 4: He puts pepper and hot sauce on it.

Austin Z., 4: Put ice on it.

Eoin C., 3: Put it in the freezer, then microwave. Then put sprinkles and bananas on it.

Khang P., 3: With a police car.

Theo W., 3: With a car and plate.

Eva D., 3: Put chocolate on it.

J.J. R., 3: I fry the turkey in the frying pan.

Ben F., 4: I wash my hands and put the turkey in a toaster for five hours. I put it on a plate and eat it.

Cheetahs class with Ms. Jess and Ms. Amelia

Charlie R., 4: I think you can cook a turkey in the desert. It will get hot by itself because it’s so hot!

Teddy K., 5: I think you can cook a turkey in the dishwasher. It is going to burn up and we can scrape it into golden and put worms inside it.

Julian D., 5: I think you can cook it in the ocean. It is going to get cold and then somebody will take it out and cook it in the microwave.

Amelia D., 4: I would cook it in the oven. It will cook fine in the oven. Cook it for super long, like 169 seconds!

James M., 5: I would cook it on a trampoline. When it gets hot, I am going to eat it up and its head.

Melek S., 4: I would cook a turkey in my teeth, with a lollipop and hair. Keep it in your teeth for 1,000 hours.

Paul N., 4: I would cook a turkey on a zip line. The sun beats it with electric.

Jasper A., 4: I would put it in a box. Sung is going to heat up the box. Put it in a shelf and cool down so we can eat it.

Tierney C., 4: I would cook a turkey in a cold pool. As the day gets hotter it will burn.

Joseph P., 4: I would cook a turkey in a car. It will burn. It needs to stay in the car until it is really hot.

Jack W., 4: I would cook a turkey in a crater. Its going to get hot form the sun.

Aubrey C., 4: I am going to cook it in the washing machine. It is going to be cold. It has to run for 20 minutes. And then you eat it.

Evan D., 4: I will put the turkey in the car. Turn the car on all by itself. Take it out of the car and put it in the oven for 7 hours.

Xavier E., 5: I would cook a turkey in the hot sun. It’s going to be hot then it will cool off. When the sun goes down it will get cooled off.

Ryker L., 4: I would make the turkey into a meat circle because I like meat turkey I can make in a van, playground or my dad’s blue car. A cow can eat it, but not people.

Christian K., 4: We need to wash the trees and then put it on the turkey. When you put a tattoo on it, it’s really good. Put a pie next to it and it smells gooder.

Jaxon B., 5: I would cook a turkey on a train. The sun would burn it. It will cook 2,400 minutes.

Victor B., 4: I would cook a turkey in the forest. It will cook and someone will come and eat it and you need a sauce.

Miriam P., 4: I would cook a turkey with fire. I would also cook it with mulch

Lincoln S., 4: I would cook a turkey on the stove. It will burn up cause the oven is so hot!

Mill Creek

Elephants class with Ms. Kayla

Silas L., 4: Put it in the oven and it burned up.

Magnus K., 2: Put it in the oven

Leland B., 2: Cook it and crack it, then eat it!

Sullivan L., 2: Put it on the table then cook it. Put in oven, put cheese and pepperoni in it then put it on the table, then eat it all!

Oaklynn T., 3: Turkey, put it in the oven to cook.

Julia B., 2: Put it in the oven, put butter in it, season it.

Tigers with Ms. Suzanne and Ms. Lanesha

Theo L. 3: You flip it over. Then you cook it in the house on the grill and put peanut butter on it!

Ursula H., 3: You mix it up with chocolate pie and put a little salt in it and cook it with a plate.

Landon B., 3: We cook it. We flip it. We put it on the plate. We put it in the microwave and set the timer for 10 minutes.

Clara H., 3: I loved the skin of the turkey. You need to just cook it in the oven for 30 minutes. Some people put salt and pepper on it, and some don’t. I don’t want it too spicy and sneeze because of the pepper.

Amaya G., 3: You cook a turkey in a pan and put it in the oven for three hours. Then you put pepperoni on it, then eat it!

Caroline L., 3: You blow it up then you get a fork and a cup of juice and eat it.

Bjorn R., 3: You put it in the microwave for a couple minutes. We put a napkin on top.

Cheetahs class with Ms. Casey and Ms. Melanie

Axel A., 3: Um … with cookies and marshmallows.

Bear W., 4: You put it in the oven and then you eat it.

Lyron S., 4: Put it in rice, cook it for 61 minutes, add carrots, tomatoes and meat. Then you can eat it.

Benjamin B., 4: Well, sometimes I have spicy turkey. You put it in the oven for five minutes, and it’s done.

Leo M., 4: You make the dough and then you roll it out, put it in the oven for 10 minutes or nine minutes.

Evan L., 4: You put it in the pan and put something in it with some salt, oil and pepper. You have to cook it for one minute.

Gabrielle M., 4: Put it in the oven for 11 hours with nothing on it.

Dominus H., 4: Put pepper, salt and salt seasoning on it. You put the decorations on it, then put it in the oven for eight minutes.

Mason H., 4: I put it in the frying pan first, then the stove, set the timer for 10 minutes. You have to put the ingredients on it like sugar, put it in the stove again and then it’s done.

Emma S., 3: We don’t put anything on it, they just leave it naked.

Callum W., 4: Sometimes my dad forgets to take out the bones, but sometimes it’s boneless. I cook it and put it in the stove for about 20 minutes.

Alton H., 4: Put it in the oven first for 25 minutes, take it out, put pepperonis, cheese and eggs. We get out the forks and knives, then we eat it.

Rhodes P., 4: You have to put chicken on it first, then cook it in the oven for two minutes.

Suzanna S., 4: Put cheese on it and cook it in the oven for one minute. When it comes out you have to put pepperonis on it.

Aria L., 4: Cook it in the oven for 20 minutes. I put tomatoes and salt on it.

Dylan E., 4: To make it good you have to put oregano and garlic on it.

Bennett W., 4: I put it on the stove for 21 minutes. You have to put rice, peas, broccoli, salt, pepper and mustard on it.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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