Now this is not usually a topic for my writing. A commercial for a grocery store. But today we were shopping at Trader Joe's and I discovered something amazing.
First let me say that TJ's has given me the opportunity to feed us well, with good old fashioned home cooking, with few "bad ingredients added" but with most of the work being done in their kitchens. And at a reasonable price.
Next, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are going to Battle Creek to celebrate the holiday with Gregory's family and with Tony the Tiger. So we will be well fed without any cooking on our part, although we are making two Pumpkin Pies and the Corn Pudding.
Finally, the amazing discovery. In the prepared meal refrigerated cabinet aisle, TJ's was offering: 1) a fully cooked ½ of a turkey. It was in a white plastic bag so I couldn't see the ½ of a turkey but I could feel the "sawed down the middle" turkey with its breast, thigh, and leg. It felt delicious. 2) ready to heat green bean casserole, 3) ready to heat candied yams, 4) ready to heat mashed potatoes, 5) ready to heat dressing, 6) ready to open cranberry relish, and 7) pumpkin pie.
Can you imagine. A healthy, minimally adulterated, already prepared and cooked, ready to open and put in a bowl, ready to heat and serve, Thanksgiving Meal. Now that is something to be grateful for.