DETROIT — A group of parents and their children were on Thanksgiving dinner Saturday when they discovered that their turkey had been cooked to a high standard of perfection.
They say they’ve had the turkey and had the chance to eat it, but the taste just wasn’t right.
It was “just something out of a movie, you know?” said Brenda Jones, who owns the family restaurant in the Detroit suburb of Wayne.
“I don’t even know if I should even call it Thanksgiving dinner.”
A turkey dinner typically consists of a side of mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries and mashed potatoes with stuffing and cranberries.
But for the family of eight, the main dish was a mixture of turkey and potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes, as well as cornbread and gravy.
And as it turns out, the best part was not even in the mashed potatoes.
It’s the potatoes, not the mashed potato, said Jones.
The kids were stunned by the high standards of the meal.
“It was just a bit different than normal Thanksgiving dinner,” Jones said.
“It was a bit more of a ‘what if’ sort of thing.”
The parents of five say the turkey dinner, while “very tasty,” was just not the Thanksgiving dinner they wanted.
“We’re just trying to figure out what we’re going to do next,” said mother Jennifer Kuehn.
Kuehn, whose husband has autism, said she is not going back for Thanksgiving dinner, saying, “It’s not Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s not my Thanksgiving dinner anymore.”
The family has also asked the city of Detroit to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“There’s no way to make this turkey dinner right,” said Kuehrn.
“We’ve had to ask for a different turkey and it’s going to be a lot different than the turkey we’re used to.”
“I just can’t eat it,” said mom Amy Hodge. “No way.”