Monthly Archives: November 2007
So…one of the things about visiting my family is that they have cable and get about a zillion more channels than I do and therefore are better in tune with, you know, popular culture and stuff. So…I saw that Man vs. Wild show for the first time. Don’t get me wrong — I’d *heard* of it before…I’d just never seen Bear in action. He’s certainly brave and knowledgeable and stuff (but the hyperbolic voice-overs could perhaps use a little tinkering — just my two cents).
In any event, Bear was in Panama creeping through caves and sliding down waterfalls in the episode I watched (fun fact: in her twilight years, my grandmother married a guy she met at church after he took her to the Panama Canal) and he picked up some sort of plant-thing that I think maybe had special parasite-removing properties (?) and as he chewed it, he described the taste as “zingy.” Good word.
My aunt introduced me to this, which is apparently big in the Midwest?
Perhaps I’ll move to Greendale after graduation…
So…hope everyone had a nice holiday.
I’ve been in Wisconsin…where we sort of had a back to basics holiday with the traditional spread when we were growing up — Jell-o salad, sweet potato casserole, etc., etc. I absolutely love Thanksgiving leftovers, so I’ll be a little sad to leave them behind. Sometimes I wish I lived closer! I think my uncle used a vacuum seal machine one year to pack up a bunch of turkey and stuff for me. But…I suppose I *can* always make the fixings myself when I get home. I could eat for days and days!
My mom sent me some decorative piecrust cutters…which we actually used after Thanksgiving for an apple pie because my aunt had already made pumpkin and pecan by the time I got here. I gotta give Williams-Sonoma props as the spring-loaded doohickey on top makes it super-easy to extract the dough (even if you have to push down REALLY hard to get the decorative flourishes to show up).
I was hoping to do something a *little* more elaborate for my first Thanksgiving blog…but, sadly, I have run out of time. I like to do Top 10 lists every now and again…but usually I aim to make *funny* lists…this time, however, I’m afraid you guys are stuck with my Top 10 Favorite Thanksgiving Memories (or Somesuch):
10. You know how when you open a can of cranberry, it sorta looks like a can? Well…it was a long-running joke in my family that we had a special mold that made it look like that.
9. Pumpkin cheesecake! I believe my mom deserves the honors for discovering this recipe one year when she was tired of making just another pumpkin pie…
8. Turducken. When we lived in Mississippi, my dad was FASCINATED by this. Not sure if he ever actually had one though.
7. My first turkey. That’s right — last year I roasted my first bird all by myself. I think I leaned a bit too heavily on that pop-out timer though…
6. I wanna say our first goose…but I think that was when my mother was tired of turkey one Christmas.
5. I flew to Seattle one year to visit my beat-boxing air guitar champ friend, Matthew. He made these crazy appetizer things with fancy cheese and pancetta. I tried to reproduce them later and they just weren’t the same.
4. Tofurkey. My boss at the UCLA bookstore ordered one of these bad boys the year I worked there. And I will associate them with him forever more. (Hi, Dorian! It’s been awhile!)
3. I volunteered at a soup kitchen in Fairbanks one year because I didn’t have anything to do or anyone to celebrate it with…and it turned out they already had plenty of volunteers and so they set about evangelizing me.
2. When I was in England, one of my aunts thought maybe I’d be homesick and so she sent me a postcard that said, “Have a turkey sandwich and a Guinness!”
1. Fried turkey. Cooks super-fast. And it sure was a sight to see all my cousins out in the cold, holding the bird over a vat of hot oil…
Have a happy holiday!
Crisco also has a pie hotline, which I think is too funny…
An American Pie Council rep says:
“2007 APC Crisco National Pie Championships Professional Division Best of Show winner Andrea Spring, Owner, Sign of the Mermaid Restaurant, Anna Maria, FL, is now providing baking tips for Key Lime Pie and meringue preparation on the Crisco Pie Hotline at 1-877-367-7438 prompt #4. You may also want to visit www.crisco.com.”
Maybe I can be the Pie Ingenue.