November 2005 Archives

Thanksgiving Menu

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So today was/is Thanksgiving, and a week's worth of preparation yielded some good food. The menu was:

• Turkey (of course), brined in vegetable stock, cooked A La Alton Brown's suggestion.
• Blue Corn cornbread/yam/ham stuffing
• Cauliflower with mustard-cheddar sauce
• Roasted maple-brown butter carrots
• Cranberry sauce (Kim made it, don't know the recepie)
• Twice baked chedder-buttermilk potatoes
• Ginger-snap gravy (I use the pan juices, some stock, and thicken it with Ginger Snaps instead of flour)
• Baby Spinach salad

The turkey was about as good as I've ever had. It was done perfectly. I followed Alton's suggestion and brined it (I'd done this before), then cooked it for about 30 minutes at 500 degrees, then covered the breast only with a piece of pre-sized (before i cooked the bird) oiled foil "breastplate" and cooked it until the white meat was 155 degrees. Alton says 161 but I think that would be too done because when I took it out, I cover it tightly and let it continue to cook for about 30 minutes in it's own heat. It was delicious, both white and dark done just right. It really didn't need any gravy, but of course, was good with it.

All the sides were nice too, but the turkey was the star, which, I think, is too rarely the case. Now, on to the home made dark chocolate pudding with home made whipped cream...yum!

Thanksgiving Wishes

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Ellen brought me a card she just finished making to send to her cousin, Sarah. The text, which she made up, is as follows:

You are like the Cornacopia. You carry wishes and love. Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah. Love, Ellen.

How sweet is that??

Long Commute

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This came from my parents today:

"We were discussing katie's relationship with victoria. As you know, katie
has been helping victoria with english as russian is her native language. I
pointed out that's because victoria probably came from russia to the united
states. Katie said it was a good thing victoria moved here otherwise she'd
be late for school every day."

Good ol' Bug.


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Ellen has always been a very empathic kid, frequently breaking down and crying if anyone else was unhappy. Katie, however, has rarely displayed that sort of behavior. She doesn't exactly rub salt in people's wounds, but she's also doesn't just burst into tears when anyone around her does.

However, today, Kim told me a story about Katie that makes me rethink her a bit.

She has an older friend, Andrea, who was sick today. So Katie got to only see Andrea as she sat in the back seat of her mom's car, while Kim talked with Andrea's mom. So Katie goes up to the window and waves to her in the back seat, and then gets back into our car with Kim, at which point she bursts into tears:

Kim: What's wrong??
Katie: I'm so sad that Andrea's sick. I was so worried about her! I wish it was me that got sick instead of her!

Our two little martyrs. Joan and Jane D'Arc.

First Love

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Today, Katie informed me that she had "a boyfriend":

K: Willam told me that he had a crush on me. do you know what a crush is?
Me: Yes, I do. Do you know what it is?
K: It means he loves me. and I love him! He's my boyfriend.
Me: Are you going to marry him?

She's 5. She's trouble.

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