A Tiki Alternative to Thanksgiving
You love Thanksgiving dinner. But admit it — you're getting tired of the same, old, traditional dishes year after year, decade after decade. So this year, let's try something different — a Tiki Turkey Dinner.
It's the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu with an exotic Polynesian twist! And what a taste treat sensation it turned out to be! We've replaced the roast Tom Turkey with a turkey meatloaf carved into the shape of a Tiki god. This gives "carving the turkey" a whole new meaning.
Doctor up the yams by adding bananas, Kahlua, and macadamia nuts to the toasted marshmallows. Yum!
Dessert had to be special (and flaming) so I invented the Flaming Coconut Pineapple Apple Pumpkin Upside-Down Pie Cake — a two-layer yellow cake with a pumpkin pie baked into one layer and an apple pie in the other. The top of the cake looks just like a pineapple upside-down cake and the sides like a coconut cake. As if the flame effect before serving wasn't enough, the guests gasped when I cut into it, revealing the pies hiding inside.
I greeted each guest with a lei, served up tropical cocktails and spun the exotic sounds of Martin Denny on the stereo console. After dinner, it's time to do the limbo. How low can you go?
Charles Phoenix is a regular contributor to Day to Day, and the author of God Bless Americana: A Retro Vacation Slide Show Tour of the USA.
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