Just reading Alys Thanksgiving memories. I guess I had about 3 Thanksgiving years in the USA before we moved to Saudi Arabia. In my years growing up in the UK my Mom always made sure my sisters & I could cook. My older sister who is 2 years older than I am, we would cook the Sunday Roast dinner. I guess we started to learn how from around 14 years old.
So once I got to Saudi & made friends with this family from Mississippi Mom Dad & 2 kids around 11-12 years old, I was shocked to find out she couldn't cook at all! When in the States her Mom lived right next door so the kids would go there after school, her & hubby would go after work, eat then all go home every night, so she had no reason to learn. So now they are eating at the camp restaurant or at friends houses & Thanksgiving was coming up. They were all wanting Turkey on the big day, so I told her I would show her how to cook the bird & all the trimmings for Thanksgiving and have them over on that day, & she could cook the Christmas bird & hubby & I would come to them. But as it turned out I did all the cooking both times! she had no idea, and I don't think I would of wanted to eat what she would do to a Turkey. I did show her how to make Shepard's Pie she managed that ok, and one or two other very simple dishes, but mostly they would eat out.
As it turned out one year we were back in the States from Saudi for Thanksgiving & one of Vern's sisters decided she wanted to have Thanksgiving at her house that year. I wished I had stayed in Saudi! she was no better at it than my friend! Who cooks a 14lb bird for two & half hours & says it ready to eat! Not a good meal! Raw bird, burnt bread rolls, not sure what she had done to the veg. Had to stop for a burger on the way home.