Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Holy Cow! Thanksgiving is less than 24 hours away!

We will gather together to feast on, turkey, taters, dressing and more. Football games and family chatter will soon follow, along with frequent belching and gaseous expulsions.
The engorgement will continue unabated, frequent ramblings by Uncle Joe, along with that annoying cousin Bob who cannot stop coughing without covering his mouth. Aunt Martha reminds us for the fourteenth time of her recent bowel resection in graphic detail. Cousin Marty brought his girlfriend and they have not stopped pawing each other since the entered the house.
Little Tommy likes to sock his little sister resulting in her running screaming to her mommy about once an hour. The dog jumped up on the table before everone else and robbed the turkey of one leg before anyone could stop him. And there is the cat, evil feline intent on continuing torturing the dog by sitting nearby and staring with that evil look. The doorbell rings and it's the police, they have recieved reports of gunfire in the neighborhood, turns out Uncle Bob was in the back yard trying to shoot squirrels with his 357 Magnum, in between coughing jags I think.

AHHH yes Thanksgiving with the family, a fine tradition.

Maybe this year I'll go to Denny's!


Gerald said...

From the previous thread! Jeanne, I have not listened to Democracy Now. Seymour Hersh does a good job of reporting and writing. He said in 2004 that we would have to see how events play out. He was right on the mark.

This Thanksgiving say a prayer for all our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Gerald said...

Leave Iraq Now

Gerald said...

The White House dismissed a classified CIA draft assessment that found no conclusive evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.

The nuking of Iran is now etched in stone.

Nazi America will keep its streak alive of being the only nation to ever nuke another country.

Carey said...


I'll have to check that out. Thank you.

Den--that is a sparkling rendition of family. So much so that my inability to type stops me from the keyboard.

I've lost my glasses. HELL.


Carey said...


Jeanne said...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Here's an interesting radio station.

The Current

It's affiliated with MN Public Radio. Has a listening audience across the board.

Gerald said...

Having Your Cake and Eating It, Too

According to various polls, the average American gains seven pounds from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and nearly 40 percent of us make losing weight our New Year’s resolution. Yet, as we know, many diet programs simply don’t work.

In our land of plenty it is difficult to turn down oversized portions. But perhaps that’s where the problem lies. Studies show that in nations like France, while people tend to enjoy rich, highly caloric foods daily, they eat smaller portions. The result is less weight gain. Here are tips for healthier eating:

Chew food slowly, savoring every bite.

Choose moderately sized portions.

Eat three meals a day, no more.

Avoid “all you can eat” establishments.

Eat only when you are hungry.

Snack on fruits, veggies and other healthy choices.

On this mountain the Lord…will make for all peoples a feast…of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. (Isaiah 25:6)

Lord God, give me the strength to exercise moderation in all areas of my life.

For me I will savor the moist stuffing. I can make a meal out of the stuffing.

DEN said...

Martha "Jailbird" Srewart has some gravy tips for those confined to their kitchens this holiday.

When it comes time to prepare this traditional sauce on Thanksgiving Day, even the most practiced home cook can be reduced to, well, gravy. Perhaps that's because making gravy feels like a testas if the results somehow measure our proficiency in the kitchen. Or that we think whisking up gravy should be child's play, though our own experiences have proven otherwise. Too proud to admit defeat, we improvise each year, following what we remember of Grandma's technique, and either end up with so-so gravy or with good results without quite knowing why.

So what happens when your'e finishing up at the stoveas the family waits at the table in anticipation of a delicious mealand you find that your gravy falls short of expectations? Here are some simple solutions to six common problems.

Troubleshooting Tips
If it seems greasy, a fat separator should eliminate this problem. If you discover that your gravy is oily toward the end of its preparation, skim off as much fat as possible with a wide-bowled spoon.

If it's doughy tasting or chalky, make sure the flour has been cooked long enough: When flour is added to the pan drippings or butter, whisk constantly while the mixture cooks until it turns a deep golden brown and smells nutty. If the gravy tastes floury when you're almost finished, turn up the heat to maintain a rapid simmer for several minutes; then thin it again with more stock or water if necessary.

If it has lumps, strain gravy just before serving, using a fine sieve; discard solids.

If it's too thin, simmer over medium-high heat, allowing liquid to reduce. If your gravy is still too thin, add a beurre mani: Make a paste of equal parts flour and softened unsalted butter, and add it a little at a time, whisking constantly, until the gravy thickens.

If it's too thick, gradually whisk a little stock or water into the gravy until it reaches desired consistency.

If it lacks flavor, you should adjust seasoning as necessary with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. If you use canned stock instead of homemade, the gravy might lack depth of flavor. Homemade stock, even made with chicken rather than turkey, will produce a superior gravy so it's worth the effort.

I'm hungry already! Turkey, taters, dressing and GRAVY!

Gerald said...

A Breath of Fresh Air

Did you know that each breath you take is composed more of nitrogen than of oxygen?

Every cubic yard of the air around you is, in fact, about 80 percent N2 gas, or nitrogen. While this overabundance of nitrogen, a key component of human proteins, might seem like a wonderful thing, it is virtually useless. Thanks to a handful of bacterial species that can metabolize N2, nitrogen is brought into the overall food chain. Otherwise, it would simply “hang” out in the universe, unused, since no animal, plant or fungus is able to convert the abundant gas into a biologically useful one.

Facts like these reveal how intricate, complex and awe-inspiring God’s creation really is. And that includes each and every one of us!

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)

Father Creator, thank You for the blessings You have bestowed upon us. Your creation’s wonders are limitless!

DEN said...

OOPS! thats Martha "Jailbird" STewart, T not R, sheesh!

Gerald said...

Giving Thanks at All Times

At Thanksgiving, it’s natural to contemplate both the many things for which we are grateful, and the importance of gratitude.

In his book, Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer, Benedictine monk David Steindle-Rast, writes, “To be awake, aware and alert are the beginning, middle and end of gratitude. … Gratefulness is not the result of happiness, it is the cause of happiness.”

Here are more thoughts:

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”– Marcel Proust

“Reflect upon your present blessings–of which everyone has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some.”– Charles Dickens

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”– Laura Ingalls Wilder

Cultivate a grateful heart.

With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. (Colossians 3:16)

Beloved Lord, thank You for all You give us. Thank You for all You are – all love, all loveliness, all holiness and all goodness.

Gerald said...

An Enriching Revelation

A successful entrepreneur, Robert Young had little contact with or interest in poor people.
That changed when he met septuagenarian Lakota elder Katherine Red Feather. She was his correspondent through the New Mexico-based Adopt a Grandmother Program.

“Here was this woman, this grandmother, living without insulation, plumbing, heating or electricity,” on the Pine Ridge Reservation says Young. “There’s very little that can prepare you for the poverty one encounters on Pine Ridge.”

The Seattle businessman was so moved that he left his corporate life to help build housing for Native Americans. “Before meeting Red Feather, my idea of charity was throwing loose change in a plastic box at a checkout counter,” he admits.

Poverty, which may seem distant and insurmountable, exists in our own neighborhoods, cities and states. Seek to help the poor beyond giving loose change. Your own life may change.

Whoever is kind to the poor…will be repaid in full. (Proverbs 19:17)

Merciful Redeemer, make me compassionate toward all who are poor.

We are promised that whoever works to help the poor will never fear death. God will be with you as you pass from the vale of mortal life to the vale of everlasting life.

Gerald said...

Fighting for Women in Iraq

As the Iraq war continues, Yanar Mohamed struggles against domestic violence. She has opened shelters for battered women in Baghdad and Kirkuk – a radical act under a legal system that largely ignores violence against women.

Coming to the shelters without papers or passports, these women even leave their names behind them. They are blamed for the abuse they suffer, accused of bringing dishonor on their families. Because of rigid tradition, some would even be killed if their relatives found them.

The decision to open these shelters grew out of Mohamed’s family history: her then teen-aged grandmother had been forced to marry a man 40 years her senior. “I don’t want to take us back to the time of my grandmother,” said the Iraqi-Canadian architect, and now advocate. “It depends on us – whether we resist or not.”

What attitudes or actions toward women, children, the aged, the poor, the handicapped and immigrants need to be resisted?

You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. (Exodus 22:21-22)

Just Judge, give me strength to do good.

Gerald said...

A Legacy of a Different Sort

When an elderly man living in a small apartment in western Spain responded to a newspaper ad promising valuations of art, he wasn’t expecting much. The family heirloom that he had evaluated, however, turned out to be “The Baptism of Christ,” a lost work by the master El Greco.

Not only that, but the small altarpiece, which had been in the man’s family since the mid-19th Century, was dated to a brief span in El Greco’s career, when the artist lived in Venice and was developing what would become his unique style. Few pieces of El Greco’s work from this period still remain.

Not every mostly-ignored family heirloom will turn out to be worth $1,000,000. But money isn’t the only source of value. What in your life is of true value?

Godliness is valuable in every way. (1 Timothy 4:8)

Help me to see the true worth of all around me, Spirit of Understanding.

Gerald said...

What in your life might be worth a closer look?

DEN said...

Nothing, I'm so poor I cannot afford to pay attention!

º¿carol said...


I've been spared the cooking this year because we've been invited out. It will be a pleasure to eat a great meal that I didn't have to prepare, nor clean up after.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Alan said...

Jeanne, for some reason my WMP won't play your station. It's the latest version 10 (well, just recently the 11 came out, but I haven't gotten it yet) that they call for, but it gives me an error message when I click on it... something about codecs that WMP doesn't recognize. Oh well...

Hey, Happy Thanksgiving Day, you TURKEYS! haha

º¿carol said...

Yo! You're all off, doing whatever, and I'm all alone here. (just saw your post, Alan!) Guess I'll prattle on.

Bob & I, who NEVER go anywhere, just got back from the pub in our village where we had to meet someone. (village is quaint, eh? But we live in a rural area) Anyway, we were only going to have one beer. *snort*

I'M BACK NOW!!! Heh, heh, heh.

So, I caught up on this blog, and the other one, and it hit me in my enhanced condition why I'm so enjoying Den's blog. On Capt's blog the posting of article after article bores me just as it did on David Corn. I learned to use the scroll wheel then. I read thru this thread and felt happy. People talking to people is far more interesting than having strangers post innumerable articles for me to read. I find enough stuff to read on my own, lord knows.

So, folks, I want you to know I appreciate you typing your thoughts as much as you do. It helps us to get to know each other and that's what I think is important.

Happy Thanksgiving once again, and I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FOOD!!!

O'Reilly said...

Happy Thanksgiving Cornbloggers

Thanks for a great year of political and social commentary.

Carey said...

I'm all alone too Carol. My baby is with his aunt.

Den, your advice is wonderful, but I decided, along with my Mom several years ago, NO WAY! I'd rather starve. When it comes to roux, I don't want to ever to see it again, Ruined one magnificent Thansgiving.

Jeanne said...

Had my tofuturkey. It was pretty good.

Happy Thanksgiving O'Reilly. And Carol, and Carey and Gerald and Den...I almost forgot you Alan. Jeez.

Alan said...

Oh man, 5 car bombs and at least two mortar shells... 160 killed and over 230 wounded. Damn! In all of Iraq, over 200 killed in one day. October broke all the monthly records and November will break that one. It just keeps getting worse and worse. Republican robots yap about "we hear all the 'bad' from the liberal media, but noone talks about the 'good". duh! Ignorant biotch!

Alan said...

updated figures :

262 killed
291 wounded

in one day

Alan said...

Bloody Thursday

DEN said...