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Ribbit
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 6:34pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I made a fabulous baked squash stuffed with rice/sage/onion/celery. I was so proud of it and spent a good deal of time making it.  Not a word was said about it at dinner and the left-overs were wrapped up and sent home with us.  I just unpacked it today at lunch and saw that nobody had touched it except for the place where I'd spooned some out.  So much for new things.   DON'T BREAK WITH TRADITION, RIBBIT.  WE CAN'T TRY ANYTHING NEW, DIFFERENT OR HEALTHY.


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Saturday, November 26, 2011, 6:50pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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KK!!!!! That's a Thanksgiving story to remember!!!   I love your sense of irony....its as close to zen as it gets!!!
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JJR
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 8:35pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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ribbit, that exact same thing happened to me a couple of years ago.  I went down to my in laws for Thanksgiving and they just aren't cooks.  Everything is from a bag, the turkey is dry as toast, the veggies are usually terrible.  Rice has the taste and consistency of cardboard.  On and on.  So I brought some of my own brown rice.  And I made this wonderful butternut squash cooked up with some rosemary.  My family ate it and loved it.  No one else touched it except for my Brother in laws wife.   She liked it quite much.  But my in laws just seemed irritated that I wanted to contribute.  But at least I had something that was good for me, and tasted good.  Their mashed potatoes aren't usually too bad.  And my Mother in law makes a really good apple pie.  But I don't really eat it.  I might have had a bite from the kids.  

Holiday's are just difficult sometimes.


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KimonoKat
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 11:07pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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We followed the recommendations by top chef, Bobby Flay on how to cook the turkey.  You elevate the bird on a rack so it doesn't sit directly in the pan.

You fill the bottom of the pan with chicken broth.  

Cook the bird at 450 until a thermometer stuck between the leg and the breast reaches 160 degrees.  (For a 14-16 pound bird, that's about 2 hours.)

After you take it out of the oven, you let the bird rest for 45 minutes to 60 minutes before you cut into it.  What this "resting" does is keep the juices inside the bird and it doesn't dry it out.  Our bird was still juicy and moist and tender even for breakfast this morning.


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JJR
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 4:20am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

33% Nomad, calories calories!!!!!!
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I always cook mine breast down in some water and it comes out juicy too.  But I do the whole high heat for the first 20 minutes to sear the skin a little and trap the juices in.  


The poster formerly known as "ABNOWAY"

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Phillipians 4:8
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Sunday, November 27, 2011, 7:31am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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oh, that sounds fabulous, beachgirl!
I brought an apple crisp that I  made with a glutenfree topping! yum!


It was quite yummy!  Your apple crisp sounds delish, too!  


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Sunday, November 27, 2011, 4:22pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Saturday was friends Thanksgiving at my son’s house.  One young lady brought a spinach salad with cranberries & walnuts.  Another girl made little spinach quiches.  My son made a roast.  One guy made sweet potatoes. A girl made mashed potatoes with cheese.  A guy made a spaghetti dish with turkey.  Another guy made brown rice with turkey.  My border (the mother of one of my son’s friends) & I made kolaches from her grandmother’s recipe with fresh raspberries & blueberries.  A young man made cookies with jelly in the middle.  My new boyfriend got to meet my extended family since all these kids, now in their 20’s, hung out at my house when they were teenagers.  So far the kids have given me the thumbs up on him.  I managed to sneak a blood type diet conversation in.  Don is “A-“.  I thought he looked like an “A” because he is tall & skinny. Next weekend MY HS friends are having a themed pot luck dinner.  It will be Italian.  Being a “B”, I’m going to make spelt noodles with cheese sauce.  Don said he’d bring Italian wine.


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Seraffa
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As things sometimes go with us, we got a late start on Thanksgiving Day.  This time, we had a good reason.  The day before, Mr. KK and I had worked quite late at the big job project, finally getting connected a complicated section of adjacent ducts joining a huge return blower fan.  After working about 12 hours that day, we got the equipment in place around 9:30 pm.

Yesterday, we woke up late, took our morning walk at a leisurely pace and then had breakfast: Leftover wild salmon, stir-fry onions and bell peppers and steamed broccoli.   When we finally took an inventory of our fridge, we realized we were quite low on many of our daily staples, and we still needed a few things for our Blood Type compliant pumpkin pies and turkey gravy.

We needed to gas up the car and hit several grocery stores and it's already close to noon.  Mr. KK wants to go to Whole Foods first, just to see what they have.  There are two very small stores at either end of Sherman Oaks, but I suggest we try the brand new, very large store in Tarzana, about six miles away so Mr. KK can see how big it is with all the special features.  BIG. MISTAKE.

The only thing we really needed at Whole Foods was amaranth to make my pumpkin pie crust. (For those of you who don't know about amaranth, it's an ancient grain that's good for almost all blood types.  The only type that cannot eat amaranth are Blood Type B, secretors.)  We can easily grind up the very tiny seed in our spice grinder to make flour for the pie crust or use for gravy.  We already had buckwheat flour that we would use to make Mr. KK's special pie.

Once we get to Whole Foods, Mr. KK has to look at EVERYTHING in the store.  He's looking to see what organic vegetables they have.  He takes 'forever' to pick out the 'best' broccoli crowns.  He's ecstatic when he finds they have brussels sprouts on the stalk and he can get a whole stalk for only $3.99.  When he was a child, Thanksgiving dinner always included brussels sprouts so he wants to make them this year.  Then he hits the freshly prepared food section.  There's an area for freshly baked whole grain breads (whole grain commercial wheat is the worst bread for Blood Type O's so we steer clear), an Asian foods section, a coffee and juice bar and finally the place my husband stops....the pizza ovens.  He's over the moon that he can buy a slice of mozzarella pizza made with rice flour crust.  He absolutely "had to" try a slice.  According to Mr. KK, this pizza was "way better" than the "Amy's" brand of rice crust pizza sold in the frozen food section.

When I finally get him out of the store, we still need to go to a couple local markets to get the rest of our staples:  99 Ranch for the 'japanese yam' variety of sweet potatoes that I like as well as our green tea, and then Jon's for our pitted dates, onions, more sweet potatoes, bell peppers and dried chilies.  99 Ranch had Greenland Turbot on sale so we took the time to get several pieces.

On the drive home, Mr. KK is calling a local amusement park to see if they were open.  I didn't think they would be on Thanksgiving, but he decides to call anyway.  One of our disappointments with going to Disneyland on our 10th anniversary a few days ago was no "Skeeball," one of my favorite arcade games.

Amazingly, the amusement park is open and we stop in to spend $5.00 on Skeeball.  It's been a long time since we've played it at this park and we were disappointed to see that the Skeeball lanes were very new and the heavy wooden balls had been replaced with some type of hard plastic.  Skeeball isn't the same with plastic balls.

So now it's almost 3:00 pm, and we haven't even started making our pumpkin pies yet.  I'm making a guess that we won't even have dinner finished until 9pm.  Mr. KK had totally forgotten to get fresh sage, rosemary and thyme while we were out so I offer to go back out and hit a local grocery to see if they have it.  Luckily, I find the spices.  I'm about to drive home when Mr. KK calls me and says, "The oven thermometer broke."

I thought he meant the "add on" magnetic thermometer I had attached to the oven door.  I told him I would just buy another one.  No. That wasn't it.  He meant the wire thermometer that's attached to the oven temperature dial.  It was hanging loose inside the oven. He went to add a metal clip so it wasn't hanging down into the middle of the oven and it broke off.  This is an old oven.  It's not like there would be a store open on Thanksgiving where we could just go buy the part.  He didn't think that even the industrial supply houses would have the part.

It's then that the amazing Mr. KK has an idea.  He can insert into the oven one of his gauges with a probe to measure the temperature in the oven.  The gauge would give us a digital read-out of what the exact temperature in the oven is.  However, we won't have a way to really 'control' the temperature and keep it constant except by manually turning the temperature dial on and off.

And that's what we did for the next three and a half hours to bake our pies and cook our bird.  Lewis sat on a chair in front of the oven and watched the temperature gauge.  To keep him sane, I read out loud the fascinating book Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales.  When the temp dropped below a certain point, he turned the dial on.  When it got too high, he turned the dial off.  He did this about every 30 seconds for the hour it took to make our three pies, and then the two-and-a-half hours it took to cook our turkey. We finally got to eat turkey about 9:45 pm, along with the roasted onions, Japanese yams, brussels sprouts and parsley roots.  We also had a selection of three pumpkin pies with different spice combinations, made with agave syrup and almond milk.  Quite late in the evening, but all Blood Type compliant.

I have to say, this was the best bird Mr. KK has cooked EVER, thanks to the recommendations of top chef, Bobby Flay.   The turkey was moist and tender, even a day later for breakfast.

Not to be out done, today was another set of problems.  When we woke up this morning, our 'tankless' hot water heater was not working (for the second time within the past two months) and we find that we can't get a replacement part for the oven, it's history.  And to totally dampen my Jo Ann Fabric's Black Friday shopping, I have a scratchy, sore throat again.  Sometimes when it rains, it pours.


Epic........I wish I had a Mr. KK but I don't know if I could put up with all the shopping....I like to grab everything 1-2 weeks in advance of the crowd, and take back the rest if I've over-bought something. Thanks for the tip about Amaranth!


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Quoted from Ribbit
I made a fabulous baked squash stuffed with rice/sage/onion/celery. I was so proud of it and spent a good deal of time making it.  Not a word was said about it at dinner and the left-overs were wrapped up and sent home with us.  I just unpacked it today at lunch and saw that nobody had touched it except for the place where I'd spooned some out.  So much for new things.   DON'T BREAK WITH TRADITION, RIBBIT.  WE CAN'T TRY ANYTHING NEW, DIFFERENT OR HEALTHY.


My mom would have eaten that thing up in a flash!


INFJ/ENFJ wings 3+4, Numerology: 1
Sun Pisc. Moon Capr. ASC Virg. N.Node Gem. S. Node Sagg.

Mortal life is a stay in a vast hospital ward.
(Eastern Orthodoxy +)

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. (Churchill)

SWAMI-saved from bulimia!
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