Yes, Martha Stewart Has Experienced a Thanksgiving Dinner Disaster Too

The first Thanksgiving Martha hosted did not go as planned. At all.

Host Martha Stewart during the round two challenge, Create a cake inspired by the Macy's Parade, as seen on Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular.

Host Martha Stewart during the round two challenge, Create a cake inspired by the Macy's Parade, as seen on Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular.

Photo by: Anders Krusberg

Anders Krusberg

If you’re anything like us, you have a hard time imagining things not being completely and utterly perfect at Martha Stewart’s house. But believe it or not, Martha recently revealed to us on the set of Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular (premiering Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8|7c) that even she has endured a Thanksgiving dinner disaster — and we bet you’ve experienced something similar before.

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, do you have a bad dream where you see yourself forgetting to turn on the oven while the bird is inside? If so, that nightmare is kinda-sorta what happened to Martha in real life many years ago — and when she was hosting her first Thanksgiving ever, no less.. “My first Thanksgiving,” she told us, “my husband and I lived in a little cottage on a lake in Guilford, Connecticut. We decided we would host his family and my family.” Sounds like a special holiday in the making, right? Memories were indeed made, but probably not the kind Martha had hoped for.

“I asked at 3 o’clock in the morning for my husband to get up and go down and preheat the oven. I told him to put the oven on 375,” she explained. “I got the turkey ready, put it in the oven. Never checked the temperature.”

Are you anticipating what happened next?

“We woke up to a house full of smoke,” she proclaimed. According to Martha: “He had put the oven on broil,” she proclaimed. “So the turkey was completely black.” But in true Martha fashion, all was not lost. Not only did she manage to score another bird at the last minute, but she salvaged the original turkey and enjoyed it.

“We took the turkey out of the oven and cried a little bit, got in the car to the Gottson Turkey Farm. They had sold all the turkeys except for one. I got that turkey and took the stuffing out of the other turkey [and] put it into the new turkey,” said Martha. “We ate about three and a half hours late, but we had turkey. It was beautiful and delicious. And, by the way, I didn’t throw away the black turkey. I continued to roast it.”

If this saga sounds even remotely similar to what you’ve endured at your house on Thanksgiving, know that you’re not alone. This Turkey Day, stick with tried-and-true recipes you can master, like these chef-approved classic turkeys we absolutely love.

Don’t miss Martha host Macy’s Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8|7c.

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