image description

Hoosac Valley Kindergartners on How to Cook a Turkey

Print Story | Email Story
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Robin Poirot's kindergarten class at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in Adams is ready with advice on how to cook the undisputed star of the feast: The turkey. 
However, we would ask our readers to use caution with these instructions. Not everyone has the expertise to replicate their sometimes, shall we say, "creative" cooking. 
Lily McElroy
We will have Thanksgiving at my house. My turkey will be as big as a pig because it will weigh 102 pounds. Hey, that is how many Pilgrims you told us were on the Mayflower, Mrs. Poirot! That's weird, Hey? Our stuffing will be soft and chewy after the gravy is poured on top. It will cook for 40 hours at 5 degrees. My whole family will eat it all up.
Gianna St.John
Our Nonni will just find the turkey in her kitchen. It will be a big fat turkey and it will weigh about 10 pounds! She takes
it and stuffs it with a couple bags of sugar and then just throws it in the oven like this (insert an overhand throw
across the room).
It will stay in the oven for about 2 days in a row at 496 degrees. Then when I see it come out of the oven it looks, "Yum, Yum, delicious!"
Ethan Mekdeci
We get the same size turkey every year. It usually weighs about 50 pounds. I weigh 49 pounds so it will be a little bigger than me. The turkey is so full of mashed potatoes. Mom puts a little BBQ sauce on it so it will cool the turkey down. I would say that it takes about 51 minutes for it to be done with the oven at 52 degrees.
Aubrey Boulger
We got our turkey already at Walmart. It is GYNORMOUS! Mom always puts turkey sauce on top of it after she stuffs it with a big fake chicken inside. She cooks it for 10 minutes in steaming hot weather temperatures. Me? I like the chicken inside the best!
Kensley Frederick
My gramma works hard at making the turkey while I play. It weighs about 100 pounds. She cooks it at 33 degrees for about 4 minutes. When it beeps she pours gravy all over the big turkey and we all eat it up. Do you know that one Thanksgiving I actually put my head inside the turkey? It's true, I'm not kidding!
Aubrey Brandon
I'm going to Mema's for Thanksgiving! We have a turkey that is, oh, about 23 pounds. Mema will put a little salt and pepper on it and then she will taste it and put a little more pepper on it. We see her stuff it with some chicken pieces then she lets it cook for about 30 minutes at 2 degrees. Then she takes the chicken out and we all eat it up. It tastes delicious!
Natalie Lord
Our turkey is going to be as big as a computer. It will weigh about 40 pounds. Mom and Dad will put salt and pepper on it after they stuff that thing with roastbeef. It will cook for 40 minutes at super hot degrees. I will eat the roast beef in the middle and then tell mom and dad thank you.
Ava Conley
We get the turkey from my Gramma's house. It weighs about 5 pounds I think. She puts a little sugar on it and then sticks it with a little weigher thing. She cooks it for only about 10 minutes at "not too hot," I would say about 9 degrees. Somehow that weigher thing that she sticks in it tells her when it is done for us to eat. I don't know how it knows but it just does!
Sabrina Hagen
We will get our turkey at Market 32. It will be about 30 pounds! My mom has to boil it up with salt and then she puts it in the oven for 4 degrees for about 2 hours. When we hear the beeping sound, our boiled turkey is ready for us to eat. I like the taste of it!
Hunter Snyder
My dad and I go get the turkey at the supermarket. It is usually big and weighs around 3 pounds. Mom will put it in for about 2 hours at 3 degrees. Mom and Grampa take it out together because it is so heavy. Grampa cuts it up into pieces for us. While we are waiting, my sister Tessa plays with her dolls and I play with my Nerf guns.
Addison Poirot
We are going to Maryland for Thanksgiving. I'm pretty sure that Papa Bill hunts for our turkey and then he gives it to Nana Mo to cook. I will ask her where she gets it when I see her. She sprinkles some kind of flavor stuff on top of it. I'm not positive but I think she stuffs it with lettuce and tomatoes inside. Then I think they will cook it for 52 minutes at 24 degrees. We will all eat some of it with gravy on top, even my little sisters!
Quinn Fitzpatrick
We will eat at Mema's. She gets her turkey at Target probably. She pets it for awhile and then presses down on it. After that she cuts it and puts some turkey inside it. Then she puts it in the microwave for 2 little minutes. We pour gravy all over it, eat it and then we go outside and pet a cute little bunny.
Rylee Canavan
I'm going to get a giant turkey bigger than my dog Maggie! We will put a short turkey inside of the bigger turkey and stuff mashed potatoes in it also. It will cook for about 2 minutes at 2 "lukewarm" degrees. When I eat it, I say "Yummy!" to my 2 grammas and 2 uncles that are coming to visit!
Donovan Viens
My mom and dad go hunting together for our turkey. First they pluck off the feathers and then they stuff it with healthy food like a bunch of apples. It gets as big as a horse when they finish stuffing it. It will weigh about 10 pounds and goes in to the oven for 10 whole minutes. The apples will get soft. When we eat the delicious turkey, I will make the "dab" motion with my family!
Landen Tanguay
I am having a jelly sandwich for Thanksgiving. No turkey for me. My whole family goes hunting and Mom and dad shoot the turkey. They take the feathers off and stuff it with all kinds of food. I am not even sure what they put in there. The turkey will weigh about 20 lbs.and cook for about 1 minute at 1 degree. That should do it. Like I said I will be eating my jelly sandwich, no turkey for me!!
Chase Lamb
My mom just got our our turkey at Walmart. It is bigger than a Brontosaurus! Dad will salt that thing, put green peppers on it and fill it with peanut butter and fluff. I get to stab the timer thing in it.Mom lets me! It will cook for two minutes at 2 degrees and then all done!!
Ryden DeMarsico
I will have Thanksgiving at my house. Daddy will hunt for it in the forest. He will catch it and put it in the car and drive it home. Mom and Dad will cook it. They will put some cheese and chicken on the top of the turkey and then open it up and put a lot more cheese inside of the turkey. They will cook it for 30 minutes at a million degrees. They will crack it open and the cheese will pour out all over the place. I will eat it all!
Carter Chadbourne
Mommy will get the turkey probably. My dad will hunt on Grampa's land. My baby brother will cry if he doesn't get some but he will. Our turkey will weigh 100 million pounds so it will have to cook for 30 hours at 56 degrees.I hope it is stuffed with the Chinese chicken fingers. Then turkey juice will be poured on it when we are ready to eat it! I love turkey juice!
David Preito-Herrara
We will have turkey from Stop and Shop. It will be about 100 lbs. We put hot peppers on it and stuff it with apples, bananas, strawberries and peaches. We will have rice, too. It will cook for 20 minutes at "very hot" degrees. I will eat it with my whole family and it will be nice.
Samuel Winsett
Dad will cook the turkey on Thanskgiving. I will put stuffing inside and it will grow as big as a dinosaur like the one on my shirt! I will also have pumpkin pie with it. After 1 minute, it will get really hot and be all done! I like turkey!
Tanner Strek
Thanksgiving will be at my house. I don't eat turkey so this guy will just have mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets and blueberries with raspberries. Oh wait, I saw the berries in the refrigerator. Mom might make pies with those berries. If mom does get a turkey, it will be bigger than my house. I'm not sure how we will get it inside. I guess we'll have to cut it all up to fit it in the oven. It will cook for many days until Christmas at "hotty" degrees.
A few of the children in Christine Zdon's kindergarten class also had something to say about turkey cooking. 
My dad cooks the turkey.  He gets it from the Big Y.  The oven has to be really hot, like 35 degrees. It has to cook for 12 hours. He likes to take it out early before the timer goes off because he wants to feel it and if it's not good he puts it back in the oven for 5 more minutes. Then, when the timer goes off he takes it out of the oven and calls us to the table. He likes to make soup with it.  That's all I remembered when I was 4.
Mom cooks the turkey.  It came from the barn.  She washed it, then dried it.  Then she cooked it.  She put a little bit of spice in it and a little bit of salt and a little bit of water.  She spices it up because I love spices.  She put it in the oven.  The oven was just a little bit hot.  It cooked for two hours.  It tasted good.  I love chicken!
The turkey comes from Walmart. They put it in the fridge for 2 days. They cook it at like 7 or 8 at night. It cooks for probably 16 minutes at 100 degrees. That's probably it. It tastes good. I like turkey.
My uncle cooked the turkey. It wasn't real. It was a Thanksgiving turkey. It came from the Thanksgiving show from Bakerstown.  Then he brought it to the town hall because he was lending it. We went to a big party at my uncle's house. He cooked it well at 6:30 at night. He put beans on the turkey. He cooked it in a big, large pan in the oven. The oven was just sort of hot. It cooked for 3 minutes. It was very good!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone one!

Tags: holiday story,   little hoosac,   thanksgiving,   

2 Comments welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to

State Aid Numbers in Hand, Adams Eyes September Town Meeting

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff

Chairwoman Christine Hoyt says retiring Community Development Director Donna Cesan will be recognized for her work at an upcoming meeting.
ADAMS, Mass. — Recent clarification on state aid numbers will likely lead to holding the annual town meeting in September, according to Town Administrator Jay Green. 
Some municipalities have postponed town meetings and budget votes because of the state's uncertain financial picture caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Without a clear indication of what the state might be providing in unrestricted local aid and Chapter 70 education aid funds, detailed on what's commonly known as the cherry sheets, Green and the Selectmen have been hesitant to schedule a town meeting and approve a budget the town might be unable to afford should state aid numbers be slashed because of the global pandemic's effect on the economy.
View Full Story

More Adams Stories