November

HONEYCOMB:

On Thanksgiving Day I cook a turkey. It has become a tradition for several years now to pierce the skin of the turkey with a fork, rub with butter when I first put it in the oven, and baste with the buttery juices from the roasting pan while it cooks. Then one-half hour to an hour before roasting is done I rub the entire turkey with honeycomb. Don't forget to baste the melted honeycomb juices all over the turkey before you take it out of the oven and put it on the platter. It has a spectacular glossiness and color with beauty that you cannot get any other way. It has an extremely thin crispy skin totally edible without any waxiness at all. The honey flavor is delicate and everyone is very thankful. Yum, yum, YUM!!! I've tried it with chicken and it's good, but the flavor and texture seems especially suited to turkey. So at this Thanksgiving time of year I hope some of you try this with honeycomb and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

*notes:
1. I have also had good results by rubbing the honeycomb on the turkey as soon as the turkey has cooked for only an hour and basted more often for the remaining roasting time. The honey flavor penetrates deeper into the meat then. I personally prefer the first method for it's delicate flavor.
2. If you want carefree roasting cook the turkey in a foil tent to reduce the need for basting. Then remove the foil for the last hour of roasting to brown it and follow the first instructions rubbing honeycomb on it. This technique turns out beautifully.

More about HONEYCOMB:
(see Previous Expedition post for Honeycomb Turkey)

When I was 3 years old (1954) living on my maternal grandparent's farm in Idaho, my father taught my two brothers and me what we thought was a fun funny song called "Honeycomb." Whenever my mother caught him singing it to or with us she would get angry at Dad and stop us. I think it was because she thought it was too risque for us and that was part of the fun. My father was an awfully good singer who played banjo and tenor guitar until he married my mother (sigh). You can hear the 1957 Jimmie Rodgers version at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptsdU8iggN4 Here are the lyrics This version wasn't released until a few years after my father sang it to us on the farm:

Honeycomb
by Bob Merrill©1954

(Honeycomb)
(Honeycomb)

Well it's a darn good life
And it's kinda funny
How the Lord made the bee
And the bee made the honey
And the honeybee lookin' for a home
And they called it honeycomb
And they roamed the world and they gathered all
Of the honeycomb into one sweet ball
And the honeycomb from a million trips
Made my baby's lips

Oh, Honeycomb, won't you be my baby
Well, Honeycomb, be my own
Got a hank o' hair and a piece o' bone
And made a walkin' talkin' Honeycomb
Well, Honeycomb, won't you be my baby
Well, Honeycomb, be my own
What a darn good life
When you got a wife like Honeycomb

(Honeycomb)

And the Lord said now that I made a bee
I'm gonna look all around for a green, green tree
And He made a little tree and I guess you heard
What then, well, he made a little bird
And they waited all around till the end of Spring
Gettin' every note that the birdie'd sing
And they put 'em all into one sweet tome
For my Honeycomb

Oh, Honeycomb, won't you be my baby
Well, Honeycomb, be my own
Got a hank o' hair and a piece o' bone
And made a walkin' talkin' Honeycomb
Well, Honeycomb, won't you be my baby
Well, Honeycomb, be my own
What a darn good life
When you got a wife like Honeycomb

(Honeycomb)

And the Lord says now that I made a bird
I'm gonna look all round for a little ol' word
That sounds about sweet like "turtledove"
And I guess I'm gonna call it "love"
And He roamed the world lookin' everywhere
Gettin' love from here, love from there
And He put it all in a little ol' part
Of my baby's heart

Oh, Honeycomb, won't you be my baby
Well, Honeycomb, be my own
Got a hank o' hair and a piece o' bone
And made a walkin' talkin' Honeycomb
Well, Honeycomb, won't you be my baby
Well, Honeycomb, be my own
What a darn good life
When you got a wife like Honeycomb
(Honeycomb)

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