I've made the rookie mistake of ordering a turkey sandwich in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. I was hungry in the airport. I was looking to avoid something fried. That's how I found myself mouth deep in a slightly soggy turkey sub from Quizno's on Thanksgiving eve.
And when it came time to use an oversized, two-tined fork to grab slices of roast turkey the following afternoon, I couldn't help but flash back to the last time I'd eaten turkey. That year, I ate the least leftovers of my Thanksgiving career.
Starting next Monday, you should avoid turkey. Ideally, you'll quit today. But, like Christmas, turkey is all around us and you may find yourself with a bowl of turkey chili on your lap and football on the television this Sunday.
A turkey moratorium is critical to enjoying Thanksgiving because it will help trick you into thinking that turkey is a rare holiday bird. Stuffing, cranberry sauce and butter-laden mashed potatoes are special -- they're just not in your regular rotation. But turkey needs a little help to rise to the level of the sides on the table. There are sadly too many forgettable turkey dishes in this world and you shouldn't take a chance that the ghost of a turkey pot pie will haunt your Thanksgiving meal.
So show a little restraint over the next few days and take a pass on turkey. It's the only way to ensure that you can properly enjoy gorging yourself on turkey this Thanksgiving.
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