Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thanksgiving lessons learned

It was delicious, but even after a few years of doing this for 15-20 people, I have a few lessons learned:

Don't try to make dressing sufficient to the amount of bread you've prepared.  Just make a 9x13 pan of each type of dressing and don't use all the bread cubes.

Don't forget that if a recipe says "serves 8" that means as part of a normal dinner.  At Thanksgiving there are more sides, so a normal "serves 8" may well suffice for 16 since people tend to take smaller portions of a larger number of dishes.

When your turkey needs to be large (maybe 20+ pounds),  get two smaller ones instead.  Cooking and handling (rotating) get so much easier.

Start the turkey breast down and rotate to sides, then finish breast up.  This is critical, and not mentioned consistently in all recipe directions, making one think that it's optional.

Once again I used a spreadsheet to plan Thanksgiving.  I then abandoned it, proving that planning is essential but plans are not.  I would definitely use a spreadsheet again.

Cornbread dressing was new this year and was a real winner.  I used "Cornbread, Chorizo, Cherry, and Pecan Stuffing Bon App├ętit | November 2014 as a basis for improvisation"  and "Skillet Corn Bread Gourmet | November 2008 by Lillian Chou" as the cornbread recipe.

First the menu and associated people:

 Then the days leading to Thanksgiving (this I followed, mostly):

Then Thanksgiving day (which I didn't even look at on Thanksgiving day, but agonized over before):

Monday, November 3, 2014

Endow a library?

You can, with Little Free Library.

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!


 See more here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where's the uproar?

Does this First Nations doll look a bit like Mr. T?  I'm pretty sure it doesn't look like any First Nations person that I saw in Canada.  Instead, this seems like the sort of souvenir one might have found in the Jim Crow south.   Canadian border inspectors must not be doing their job.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No photos or spelling PLEASE

Canadians mostly lived up to their stereotype of polite and law abiding, so perhaps it's the American tourists who are causing a spelling uproar. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Michelle and me

I met Michelle Adams on the 6th wen she was in town for a short meeting.  It was wonderful to visit and catch up.