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2012-11-29 05:59:29 PM
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2012-11-29 06:02:25 PM
Caprese salad on a toothpick!

Cherry tomato, basil leaf, miniature fresh mozzarella ball, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
 
2012-11-29 06:04:30 PM
Butterflied backstraps coated in my special seasoned flour and pan fried
 
2012-11-29 06:11:08 PM
 
2012-11-29 06:18:45 PM
stuffing muffins
 
2012-11-29 06:18:55 PM
2 pieces of white bread, a ton of turkey scraps, big glob of mayo.
Heaven.
 
2012-11-29 06:20:03 PM

Purelilac: [imageshack.us image 327x386]


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2012-11-29 06:20:44 PM
Earl Grey tea cookies. But I guess those belong in the cookie thread.

Sauerbraten is always yummy and delicious. Nothing like a hunk of meat marinating in vinegar for a few days. And forget that juniper berry shiat.
 
2012-11-29 06:24:25 PM
 
2012-11-29 06:24:43 PM
Make shot glass ice cubes. Serve with vodka, toast rounds, hard boiled egg, smoked salmon, fish eggs, etc.
 
2012-11-29 06:26:23 PM
Use and clean out small jars of mayonnaise over the year, and save them. Then serve vanilla pudding in them.
 
2012-11-29 06:28:46 PM
Gimme a week and it'll smell like latkes and pulled pork in my apartment.

(one of those is a traditional hannukah treat. the other....less traditional)

8 potatoes
2 eggs
big handful of flour
tablespoon of baking powder
big onion

shred the onion and potato. add everything else and stir until homogeneous. Drop a big soup spoon of the batter into about a 1/4 inch of hot oil. Turn and remove to papertowel.

keep stirring the bowl of batter as you make them so that all the liquid doesn't settle to the bottom of the bowl.

serve with sour cream or applesauce.

serves 1
 
2012-11-29 06:28:51 PM
I"m making these in a couple of a weeks for a xmas party. I've made them a couple of times and they're really good.
d2k9njawademcf.cloudfront.net 

Kefta style meatballs with grilled grapes and yogurt sauce.
Link

super easy to make and transport..just Tupperware the grapes, meatballs and sauce..and bring a big platter. Then assemble on site---throw down the sauce on the platter, stab a grape and then a meatball and plate.
 
2012-11-29 06:30:51 PM

optikeye: I"m making these in a couple of a weeks for a xmas party. I've made them a couple of times and they're really good.
[d2k9njawademcf.cloudfront.net image 500x332] 

Kefta style meatballs with grilled grapes and yogurt sauce.
Link

super easy to make and transport..just Tupperware the grapes, meatballs and sauce..and bring a big platter. Then assemble on site---throw down the sauce on the platter, stab a grape and then a meatball and plate.


*drool*

Those look freakin' delicious.
 
2012-11-29 06:34:16 PM
Brine your turkey. Works out really damn well. Turkey is moist throughout and the flavor goes throughout.

Good basic brine available at http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/TURKEY-OR-CHICKEN-BRINE -50003581

I recommend putting some onion and herbs and celery in the cavity to season when baking, then cook at 350, basting throughout. Had the gf's family over and they all said it was the best turkey they had ever eaten. (Girlfriend's mom is a hell of a cook too, so I was happy.)

Basic appetizer that always works out - Get cherry or grape tomatoes. Put them on a toothpick with a small section of basil and mozzarella. (Cube a large chunk or find a container of the little cherry tomato sized balls) then place on a plate and drizzle olive oil and coarse kosher salt on them. Very simple, looks great and is always a hit.

Mashed potatoes from scratch are always easy and a bit more impressive than the powder (Although the powdered ones, particularly the idaho brands have come a long damn way.)- Cube potatoes, boil until soft. Add butter and milk and mash together. Salt to taste, although if you're using the right butter it may not be necessary.

Growing up in a religious household that didn't do alcohol, we always had 1/2 cranberry juice and 1/2 7up or sprite mixed to drink. I still crave it during the holidays, although I mix in some really good wine and whiskey/cokes, and scotch... and a lot of others. (Gf's family is irish catholic and live up to that stereotype in the drinking dept.)
 
2012-11-29 06:34:53 PM
Cornbread stuffing with sausage. I didn't make it, I just ate it. But WOW!
 
2012-11-29 06:34:58 PM
Cranberry Spiced Rum Punch

32 ozs cranberry juice
1/4 cup white sugar
2 cups ginger ale
3 cups spiced rum
Float lemon slices in punch
 
2012-11-29 06:35:18 PM
Make shot glass ice cubes. Serve with vodka, toast rounds, hard boiled egg, smoked salmon, fish eggs, etc.

If you want a dramatic way to present chilled vodak (or gin), you can freeze the bottle in a block of ice -- with roses embedded:

1. save a waxed paper milk carton
2. fill the milk carton with chilled water
3. insert the vodak or gin 90-degrees off center (leaving the largest spaces in the corner of the milk carton)
4. insert flowers (or cranberries or other) in the corners
5. chill

It will look something like the picture at the bottom of this link
 
2012-11-29 06:36:29 PM
Forgot to add - bake turkey at 350 until temp reaches 161. Get a good thermometer. (I have a nice digital that cost like $15 and I use it all the time for homebrew and cooking. You can get meat just right without guessing.)
 
2012-11-29 06:36:52 PM
50/50 bacon/beef sliders

1lb ground beef (I use 80/20, but anything will work)
1lb bacon
1-2 shallots, sliced
large leaf green (lettuce, kale, chard, whatever)
extra sharp cheddar cheese
your favorite bbq sauce

Grind bacon in any manner you see fit. I use a food processor. Combine bacon with beef and make slider patties (1.5-2" across, max). Grill until well done. Use the greens as a bun, and top with raw shallot, cheese, and bbq sauce.

You're welcome.

/You could use actual bread buns, but those get in the way of the bacon.
//Can also be done as meatball appetizers
 
2012-11-29 06:37:18 PM
After years of practice, I have finally perfected my grandmother's Italian Knot Cookies. But I'm not allowed to divulge the recipe. Seriously, I didn't even get it until I got married. :)

There are recipes online but they don't compare. These things are like crack, so addicting...
 
2012-11-29 06:37:29 PM

optikeye: I"m making these in a couple of a weeks for a xmas party. I've made them a couple of times and they're really good.
[d2k9njawademcf.cloudfront.net image 500x332] 

Kefta style meatballs with grilled grapes and yogurt sauce.
Link

super easy to make and transport..just Tupperware the grapes, meatballs and sauce..and bring a big platter. Then assemble on site---throw down the sauce on the platter, stab a grape and then a meatball and plate.


Looks amazing. Definitely trying these at my upcoming christmas party.

Tom_Slick: Cranberry Spiced Rum Punch

32 ozs cranberry juice
1/4 cup white sugar
2 cups ginger ale
3 cups spiced rum
Float lemon slices in punch


Ditto.
 
2012-11-29 06:37:54 PM
I don't care what you do but find a way to include roasted garlic. Mashed potatoes, spread on bread, mixed into butter...whatever. Roasted garlic is awesome.

Also, mini-pies.

Need: muffin tin, pie crust, pie filling

You do the rest. I think you can figure it out.
 
2012-11-29 06:38:04 PM
I had an idea. I was going to take my sauce pan and I was going to fill it up with apple cider and a few cinnamon sticks. Then I'm going to let it simmer for the smell to permeate the apartment.
 
2012-11-29 06:40:44 PM
Green bean casserole with Bacon, Garlic and Mushrooms is always a hit. The key is the pound of chopped bacon. Hell yeahs.
 
2012-11-29 06:41:15 PM
I made a hot spinach artichoke dip for Thanksgiving that my mom and uncle demolished. I've
been asked to trot it out again for New Years:

1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
4 - 6 oz sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1 pkg of thawed chopped spinach, drained
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder to taste

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish and bake @ 325 for 20 mins or until
heated through and bubbly.

Best served hot, but good cold too. Excellent with Triscuits, party toasts, or what have you.
 
2012-11-29 06:43:56 PM

digitalrain: I made a hot spinach artichoke dip for Thanksgiving that my mom and uncle demolished. I've
been asked to trot it out again for New Years:

1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
4 - 6 oz sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1 pkg of thawed chopped spinach, drained
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder to taste

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish and bake @ 325 for 20 mins or until
heated through and bubbly.

Best served hot, but good cold too. Excellent with Triscuits, party toasts, or what have you.


Ima copy this, thank you!
 
2012-11-29 06:44:32 PM

soosh: try fect taa daa: stuffing muffins

Florence Dusty: Well... a lot of people like my pumpkin pie, and, of course, my carrot cake is obviously legendary! But, if there's one thing I'm known for... it's my muffin.

[ she slides a tray of muffings over ]

Margaret Jo McCullen: Ooh! Wow! Get a whiff of that!

Florence Dusty: Pretty intense, right?

Teri Rialto: Mmm... I can't wait to taste your muffin. [ eating ] Mmm... wow! Warm! Yummy!

Margaret Jo McCullen: It's surprisingly salty. I mean that in a very good way.

Teri Rialto: Your muffin is remarkably velvety.

Margaret Jo McCullen: It's true. I think we both assumed -- and I think, wrongfully -- that a baker of your generation might tend towards a more... drier, crusty muffin.

Florence Dusty: Well, that's true, that many bakers from my era have dry or, even, yeasty muffins.

Margaret Jo McCullen: A yeasty muffin can really ruin your whole day.

Teri Rialto: Sometimes, your week.


oh man--great photos on yer profile. there's no way i can show the lady who made the muffins this video--but my wife is gonna laugh her ass off tonight. thanks!
 
2012-11-29 06:45:13 PM
Brownie rum balls!
Step 1.) Make brownies. (I use the betty crocker boxed mix)
Step 2.) After brownies have cooled crumble in a bowl
Step 3.) Add spiced rum. Put in enough that brownie crumble is moist and can be molded into balls but not soggy.
Step 4.) Roll into balls and stick in freezer so they harden
Step 5.) Dip in melted chocolate or white chocolate. Add shaved dark chocolate to the tops to make them look fancy.
Step 6.) Eat

****warning, alcohol is not cooked out. These are not for kids and can get you drunk***
 
2012-11-29 06:46:42 PM
Clam dip. 2 cans of minced clam, 3 bars of cream cheese, garlic salt to taste, and add lemon juice to dull the fishy taste. Mix in bowl to a creamy consistancy. Serve with Ruffles potato chips. Never had a dissapoineted customer and I've been making it for 25 years for get togethers. It sounds nasty but its really good.
 
2012-11-29 06:47:10 PM
we had yams on the menu but didn't have any idea for a 'sauce' for them... paula 'more butter' dean has a recipe called 'old No.7 yams' that, yes, in addition to a half stick of butter also has 1/3 cup of bourbon... and it was actually very tasty...

4 large sweet potatoes
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 (3 to 4-inch) cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup bourbon (recommended: No. 7 Jack Daniels)
1 long strip orange peel

Tips

Also great when topped with marshmallows and baked until they're browned.


Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Wash and dry sweet potatoes and bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are soft to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly then remove skin from potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. While the potatoes are baking, combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened. Slice the potatoes 1/2-inch thick into a medium casserole dish. Pour syrup over them and return to the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
 
2012-11-29 06:48:50 PM

Mistymtnhop: digitalrain: I made a hot spinach artichoke dip for Thanksgiving that my mom and uncle demolished. I've
been asked to trot it out again for New Years:

1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
4 - 6 oz sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1 pkg of thawed chopped spinach, drained
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder to taste

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish and bake @ 325 for 20 mins or until
heated through and bubbly.

Best served hot, but good cold too. Excellent with Triscuits, party toasts, or what have you.

Ima copy this, thank you!


Enjoy! Be forewarned though, this stuff is like crack. Creamy, creamy crack.
 
2012-11-29 06:51:02 PM

Coci: Brownie rum balls!
Step 1.) Make brownies. (I use the betty crocker boxed mix)
Step 2.) After brownies have cooled crumble in a bowl
Step 3.) Add spiced rum. Put in enough that brownie crumble is moist and can be molded into balls but not soggy.
Step 4.) Roll into balls and stick in freezer so they harden
Step 5.) Dip in melted chocolate or white chocolate. Add shaved dark chocolate to the tops to make them look fancy.
Step 6.) Eat

****warning, alcohol is not cooked out. These are not for kids and can get you drunk***


Well if you're the "fun aunt" it's okay to give them to toddlers right? Nothing funnier than a drunk toddler.
 
2012-11-29 06:52:49 PM
used to make a minced spinach dip... about the consistency of spinach and artichoke... but lots of butter, garlic, heavy cream, salt n pepper... forgot the rest...

some pureed beets with a enough horseradish to have a kick... warm or cold...

gotta have chestnuts in the stuffing...
 
2012-11-29 06:53:50 PM

SarahDiddle: I don't care what you do but find a way to include roasted garlic. Mashed potatoes, spread on bread, mixed into butter...whatever. Roasted garlic is awesome.

Also, mini-pies.

Need: muffin tin, pie crust, pie filling

You do the rest. I think you can figure it out.


I'm generally not a huge fan of mashed sweet potatoes, but our Thanksgiving dinner hostess made the most incredibly delicious garlic mashed sweet potatoes.
 
2012-11-29 06:55:03 PM
Pumpkin Pie Pretzel Dip

The Dip as published originally:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate

I use less powder sugar by 1 cup and add 1/2 cup brown sugar, fresh pumpkin, more clove, all spice, and a table spoon of sour cream.

Once it's all done, chill it in a big bowl. When you are ready to serve, load it up with skinny pretzel sticks so guests can just pull them out ready to eat. OMMM NOMMM NOMMMM!
 
2012-11-29 06:57:01 PM

MappingChick: Caprese salad on a toothpick!

Cherry tomato, basil leaf, miniature fresh mozzarella ball, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.


I've recently delved into the realm of good balsamics, so this is relative to my interests.
I shall try this with the 18 year old bottle.
 
2012-11-29 07:03:22 PM
I've concluded that we're in an arms race regarding turkey (and chicken) weights.

Sixteen ounces of meat is sixteen ounces of meat. You don't gnosh and drink all day long on Thanksgiving, then sit down and eat the full meal AND a sixteen ounce steak, no matter what kind of meat it is.

So the point is - you could have a bird half the size you're thinking of and still have plenty to feed everyone and even have some leftovers.

// This might not be true for 6'5" sumo wrestlers or lumberjacks
 
2012-11-29 07:03:52 PM
Yule Log. I make several over the season for parties, Christmas dinner, and gifts.
.
i283.photobucket.com

I use a different frosting but this is the recipe I use for the cake and filling. Link
 
2012-11-29 07:04:09 PM
Black Berry Wine Gravy for Turkey:
Two bottles of Mogen David Blackberry Wine. This is very important, as no other blackberry wine will do. I've tried, and thrown an entire bird out because it turned so horrid.

So, two bottles of MD Blackberry Wind.
1 cup of fresh pineapple juice.
Prep your bird as normal. Salt, pepper, oil/butter etc..
The only difference, is you baste this bird every half hour with the wine.
When your bird is done, turn it into gravy.
Use the Pineapple Juice to sweeten any tart of the wine. You may use none, you might use all.
You can cheat this with a bit of sugar, but not more than a teaspoon at a time to taste.
It's a sweet gravy, but you don't want it to be too sweet.
OMG.. my holidays are not the same without this.

I'm making it next week just because the boyfriends family isn't privy to it, and I have to have it.
 
2012-11-29 07:04:32 PM
The traditional tourtière from the traditional recipe handed down through the generations, er, from Ricardo.
 
2012-11-29 07:05:23 PM

catmandu: Yule Log. I make several over the season for parties, Christmas dinner, and gifts.
.
[i283.photobucket.com image 600x450]

I use a different frosting but this is the recipe I use for the cake and filling. Link


The 10 year old in me wants to make a poop joke but the adult me is jealous. I can't ever make them look pretty.
 
2012-11-29 07:07:33 PM
I feel bad about how hard I laughed at that bird in the chocolate fountain.

I'm unfamiliar with the story. Did it live?
 
2012-11-29 07:07:55 PM
Santorum:

1 part vodka
1 part milk
1 part lemon juice
1 crushed oreo

Result: abject failure, like the candidate
 
2012-11-29 07:08:18 PM

bobbette: The traditional tourtière from the traditional recipe handed down through the generations, er, from Ricardo.


I have been looking for a good recipe. Thank you!
 
2012-11-29 07:08:34 PM
Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.
 
2012-11-29 07:10:24 PM
My signature holiday dish is chocolate pecan pie. I use this recipe, but with a few alterations: I use Hershey's Special Dark chips instead of the semisweet chocolate chips, brown sugar instead of the white sugar, and light corn syrup instead of the dark. Those changes greatly improve the texture and flavor, IMHO. And don't skimp on the bourbon; that adds important flavor to the pie.

CAUTION: If you make this once, you will find yourself on pie duty every single year for the rest of your natural life.
 
2012-11-29 07:10:53 PM

Purelilac: [imageshack.us image 327x386]


Ok, that's gotta be the funniest thing I seen today!!! Thanks for that laugh!!!
 
2012-11-29 07:11:42 PM

ChadM89: I feel bad about how hard I laughed at that bird in the chocolate fountain.

I'm unfamiliar with the story. Did it live?


I think it's from some Adam Sandler movie.
 
2012-11-29 07:11:49 PM

jboy: Mashed potatoes from scratch are always easy and a bit more impressive than the powder (Although the powdered ones, particularly the idaho brands have come a long damn way.)- Cube potatoes, boil until soft. Add butter and milk and mash together. Salt to taste, although if you're using the right butter it may not be necessary.


Try heavy cream instead of milk.

Although you may die earlier.
 
2012-11-29 07:12:09 PM
best thanksgiving Surprise of Deliciousness: Baked Brie. it had some kind of fruit compote in the middle of it, which wasn't bad but kind of distracted from the pure yummy of the baked brie.
 
2012-11-29 07:13:15 PM

trippdogg: Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.


IMHO, e-mail should never be employed if an urgent answer is needed or expected. If your ex wanted an answer to the question immediately, she should have employed another communication method (worst case, she could have gotten up, walked over to the bedroom, and knocked on the door).
 
2012-11-29 07:13:31 PM

MappingChick: Caprese salad on a toothpick!

Cherry tomato, basil leaf, miniature fresh mozzarella ball, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.


We had this as an appetizer for Thanksgiving (I was a guest, so I can't take credit for making them), and I gotta say, it was terrific! It's a nice light yet tasty contrast to all the heavy holiday fare you end up eating throughout the day. And it seemed super easy to make! The way they were made, the basil leaf serves as kind of a hammock for the tomato and mozzarella ball, and does a great job catching the balsamic vinegar (and olive oil if you so desire). Anyone could make these. Yum!
 
2012-11-29 07:16:26 PM

Purelilac: ChadM89: I feel bad about how hard I laughed at that bird in the chocolate fountain.

I'm unfamiliar with the story. Did it live?

I think it's from some Adam Sandler movie.


Link

Ok, just googled it, it's from an Adam Sandler movie called Jack and Jill. Never seen it. But now I kinda want to. D'oh! hehe
 
2012-11-29 07:19:28 PM

trippdogg: Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.


Get a divorce, oh wait....

/pull stick out of EX's ass?
 
2012-11-29 07:19:37 PM
I usually drink white russians...
 
2012-11-29 07:20:10 PM

Wise_Guy: jboy: Mashed potatoes from scratch are always easy and a bit more impressive than the powder (Although the powdered ones, particularly the idaho brands have come a long damn way.)- Cube potatoes, boil until soft. Add butter and milk and mash together. Salt to taste, although if you're using the right butter it may not be necessary.

Try heavy cream instead of milk.

Although you may die earlier.


I use a little neufchatel cheese (it's sold next to the cream cheese, with the big label that says "1/3 less fat than cream cheese") in addition to the butter and milk. Really makes things nice and creamy, without making it a heart-stopper.
 
2012-11-29 07:20:20 PM
Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?
 
2012-11-29 07:21:13 PM

catmandu: Yule Log. I make several over the season for parties, Christmas dinner, and gifts.
.
[i283.photobucket.com image 600x450]

I use a different frosting but this is the recipe I use for the cake and filling. Link


sorry but I lol'ed at your yule log because it looks like a turd. I'm sure it tastes good.

/I'm really not 12 years old
 
kth
2012-11-29 07:23:51 PM
We've done Elk before (including thanksgiving this year).

Best way to make it is sous vide for a good long while, then sear and make a wine and mushroom reduction. Serve with mashed sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts sauted in bacon fat and then roasted. Many noms were had in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!


/sad that dinner was frosted mini-wheats now
 
2012-11-29 07:24:40 PM
I went to a football game, passed out, and found that I have blood sugar problems. Pretty lame Thanksgiving for me
 
2012-11-29 07:24:52 PM

CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?


French toast.
 
2012-11-29 07:25:18 PM

CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?


Yogurt!
 
2012-11-29 07:27:20 PM

HeartBurnKid: trippdogg: Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.

IMHO, e-mail should never be employed if an urgent answer is needed or expected. If your ex wanted an answer to the question immediately, she should have employed another communication method (worst case, she could have gotten up, walked over to the bedroom, and knocked on the door).


Seconded.
 
2012-11-29 07:27:36 PM

RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?

French toast.


It's a half gallon, as much as I love my french toast I use namely eggs for that (and cream, richer taste). There's no way I could make enough french toast to deplete that carton.

Might just have to buy more whiskey and eggs....
 
2012-11-29 07:27:52 PM

CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?


Sausage gravy & biscuits
 
2012-11-29 07:28:00 PM

santadog:

So, two bottles of MD Blackberry Wind.

Blackberries give me wind too.

How do you catch and measure it?

 
2012-11-29 07:31:25 PM

CapeFearCadaver: RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?

French toast.

It's a half gallon, as much as I love my french toast I use namely eggs for that (and cream, richer taste). There's no way I could make enough french toast to deplete that carton.

Might just have to buy more whiskey and eggs....


Make French toast and then send it to me.
 
2012-11-29 07:36:36 PM
buy a smoked turkey instead, no cooking mess and the whole thing tastes like bacon.
 
2012-11-29 07:37:39 PM
One epic party failure. Made some stuffed mushroom caps for an hor douervre (sp). . NIce enough recipe. Sausage, spinach, feta...very tasty. They were bad mushrooms. Everyone got the 3 day shiats. I had to do a lot of begging before anyone came to another holiday party of mine.
 
2012-11-29 07:39:31 PM

emiliogtz: I usually drink white russians...


4.bp.blogspot.com

/oblig.
 
2012-11-29 07:39:45 PM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: HeartBurnKid: trippdogg: Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.

IMHO, e-mail should never be employed if an urgent answer is needed or expected. If your ex wanted an answer to the question immediately, she should have employed another communication method (worst case, she could have gotten up, walked over to the bedroom, and knocked on the door).

Seconded.


Thirded. Email is for non-urgent communication. If you need an answer right away, get up and ask face-to-face. If you can't be bothered, expect to get your answer whenever the recipient gets around to it.
 
2012-11-29 07:40:02 PM

HeartBurnKid: trippdogg: Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.

IMHO, e-mail should never be employed if an urgent answer is needed or expected. If your ex wanted an answer to the question immediately, she should have employed another communication method (worst case, she could have gotten up, walked over to the bedroom, and knocked on the door).


hit atm, go get cash, and hit the strip club. stat! lest ye end up an ogremagi
 
2012-11-29 07:41:15 PM

try fect taa daa: HeartBurnKid: trippdogg: Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.

IMHO, e-mail should never be employed if an urgent answer is needed or expected. If your ex wanted an answer to the question immediately, she should have employed another communication method (worst case, she could have gotten up, walked over to the bedroom, and knocked on the door).

hit atm, go get cash, and hit the strip club. stat! lest ye end up an ogremagi


Much as I'd love to, I'm stuck at work for 20 more minutes.
 
2012-11-29 07:43:26 PM

CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?


Baked custard

/can't post link from phone, but googling it should work
 
2012-11-29 07:43:45 PM
Hot Chocolate

Melt one package of semi-sweet chocolate morsels. I do mine in the microwave in a glass bowl a minute at a time stirring after each minute.

While chocolate is melting, seed and dice one red or orange habanero pepper.

Stir pepper bits into melted chocolate.

Put mixture onto a sheet of wax paper. Wrap into a log roll and put into the freezer fro 30 minutes.

Unwrap and slice the log into 1/4 inch slices.

Place on candy dish unlabeled for your unsuspecting guests.

These are actually VERY good. The fruitiness of the habanero goes very well with chocolate and the heat isn't ridiculous. There is about a five second fuse before the heat kicks in. This is also useful for opening clogged sinuses.
 
2012-11-29 07:44:24 PM

UpTheIrons66: Purelilac: ChadM89: I feel bad about how hard I laughed at that bird in the chocolate fountain.

I'm unfamiliar with the story. Did it live?

I think it's from some Adam Sandler movie.

Link

Ok, just googled it, it's from an Adam Sandler movie called Jack and Jill. Never seen it. But now I kinda want to. D'oh! hehe


I haven't seen "Jack and Jill", but it had some of the most negative reviews I have ever seen for a movie. I think there was even one that said, "Suddenly, watching 'The Human Centipede' again doesn't seem so bad."
 
2012-11-29 07:45:00 PM

RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?

French toast.

It's a half gallon, as much as I love my french toast I use namely eggs for that (and cream, richer taste). There's no way I could make enough french toast to deplete that carton.

Might just have to buy more whiskey and eggs....

Make French toast and then send it to me.


Heh heh heh. I wish I could get some some home-made french toast to you without them becoming soggy then stale in the process :(

/'cause I totally would....
 
2012-11-29 07:45:51 PM
Penguin Appetizers?
crow202.org

1 carrot
1 can large or extra-large black olives
1 can medium black olives
1 pkg cream cheese
toothpicks with flags on them

Peel and slice carrot into ~2mm thick rounds. Cut wedges out of carrot, save pac-man pieces and wedges for use later. Slice front of large black olive. Stuff large olive with cream cheese--use a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner chopped off, that makes it easier. This makes the penguin body. Put carrot wedge into hole in medium olive--this forms the penguin head. Put pac-man carrot piece on bottom, penguin body in middle, penguin head on top, then use a toothpick to hold it all together. Repeat until you run out of olives or patience.

Penguins can be stored at least 24 hours in a plastic container with a bit of water. They're a bit bland, but people seem to like the way they look.
 
2012-11-29 07:46:47 PM

dopekitty74: CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?

Baked custard

/can't post link from phone, but googling it should work


Ooooo, that's a great idea; thanks!!!
 
2012-11-29 07:48:39 PM

trippdogg: Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.



That's hilarious, my ex has to tweet our 15 year old to get her to open her door when her headphones are on, which is always.
 
2012-11-29 07:50:23 PM
designyoutrust.com

made some obama bread for my wife's republican family. No one tried it.
 
2012-11-29 07:53:14 PM

CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?


Pour it over your head and post it on FARK.
 
2012-11-29 07:53:56 PM

CapeFearCadaver: RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?

French toast.

It's a half gallon, as much as I love my french toast I use namely eggs for that (and cream, richer taste). There's no way I could make enough french toast to deplete that carton.

Might just have to buy more whiskey and eggs....

Make French toast and then send it to me.

Heh heh heh. I wish I could get some some home-made french toast to you without them becoming soggy then stale in the process :(

/'cause I totally would....


You can flash freeze it in liquid nitrogen and then send it packed in dry ice. Flash freezing prevents it from getting soggy and stale.
 
2012-11-29 07:55:31 PM
Food - variety of salads from a local public market vendor, chicken from Boston Market, baklava from a good local bakery.

Beverage - Captain Morgan Spiced is very versitile.

We don't spend much time in the kitchen
 
2012-11-29 07:56:33 PM
I love Fark.

UsikFark: Pour it over your head and post it on FARK.


You're a pervert.

RexTalionis: You can flash freeze it in liquid nitrogen and then send it packed in dry ice. Flash freezing prevents it from getting soggy and stale.


You're hungry for some french toast.


And we're all nerds :D
 
2012-11-29 07:59:04 PM

CapeFearCadaver: You're hungry for some french toast.


Well, at least I'm not a pervert.
 
2012-11-29 08:00:15 PM

Anderson's Pooper: Hot Chocolate


Other weird snack ideas:

Mix M&Ms with Skittles - S&Ms

Cheese cubes with Kraft Caramels
 
2012-11-29 08:01:11 PM

RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: You're hungry for some french toast.

Well, at least I'm not a pervert.


That's yet to be concluded.
 
2012-11-29 08:01:36 PM

jasonvatch: Mix M&Ms with Skittles - S&Ms


oh man.
 
2012-11-29 08:02:34 PM

CapeFearCadaver: You're a pervert.


No, access to my perversions cost extra. That's a free-trial comment.
 
2012-11-29 08:02:41 PM
Party nibbles: 8 shallots finely sliced. 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, 1 small pineapple or 4 rings from a can, cut into chunks. 1 lime, 1 red chilli sliced finely.

Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the shallots until they brown. Reduce the heat and add the peanut butter, sugar and soy sauce and stir until the sugar has melted. The mixture should be sweet and salty so add a little salt if you need to. Cool. Arrange the pineapple cubes on a plate and put a heaped tsp of mixture on each. Top each with a squeeze of lime, a piece of chilli and a coriander leaf.

Yummy.
 
2012-11-29 08:03:15 PM
Brine turkey overnight. Fill cavities with chopped onion, garlic cloves, parsley, and celery (including leaves). Cook in an electric oven so it doesn't dry out.

Turkey Gravy: While turkey is cooking, boil giblets in small amount of water with sliced mushrooms, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper to taste. Dice giblets and set aside. Remove cooked vegetables from turkey and place in blender, blend until liquified. Take pan drippings, remove most of the grease, and add liquified turkey vegetables. Add 1/2 to 1 cup red wine (fruity pinot noir or merlot) depending on amount of liquid and taste. Before serving, add giblets (including liquid and mushrooms) to about 1/2 the gravy (in case anyone doesn't like giblets - or just throw them all in anyway). Depending on the seasonings in the brine mixture, this gravy usually doesn't require much in the way of additional seasonings, and a red wine will not overwhelm it while a white wine might get lost.
 
2012-11-29 08:03:54 PM
I want to make a yule log, but I basically want it to be a huge sandwich.

OR, maybe a giant, yule tamale drizzled in mole sauce.
 
2012-11-29 08:04:36 PM

RexTalionis: CapeFearCadaver: You're hungry for some french toast.

Well, at least I'm not a pervert.


How disappointing.
 
2012-11-29 08:04:49 PM

Wise_Guy: jboy: Mashed potatoes from scratch are always easy and a bit more impressive than the powder (Although the powdered ones, particularly the idaho brands have come a long damn way.)- Cube potatoes, boil until soft. Add butter and milk and mash together. Salt to taste, although if you're using the right butter it may not be necessary.

Try heavy cream instead of milk.

Although you may die earlier.


Or light sour cream.
 
2012-11-29 08:05:45 PM
Also, during the winter the Black Russian is the only way to fly, IMO.

www.cocktailsdrinkrecipes.com
 
2012-11-29 08:06:50 PM

CapeFearCadaver: dopekitty74: CapeFearCadaver: Ok guys, I bought some milk for one TD dish and now have a good amount left-over. I don't drink milk, what can I do besides egg nog with it?

Baked custard

/can't post link from phone, but googling it should work

Ooooo, that's a great idea; thanks!!!


My mom made some for me a few weeks ago, first time i'd had it in years. Yummy!
 
2012-11-29 08:06:57 PM

UsikFark: CapeFearCadaver: You're a pervert.

No, access to my perversions cost extra. That's a free-trial comment.


What's the the time limit on those free trials and how many and of those do you give out, then?
 
2012-11-29 08:07:20 PM
Me??? Ima gonna make bacon and drip the grease ova the egggs(thats 3 eggs)
Put the eggs on toast,and some left over hash browns.That'll be dinner.

/not fat,I'ma hungry
 
2012-11-29 08:07:41 PM

jasonvatch: Other weird snack ideas:


I had a bumper crop of habaneros a couple years ago. Over 300 peppers from 4 plants. I needed to do something with them and figured this was a twist on a Mexican Mole sauce. It turned out better than I ever imagined. Truly a fluke. If you have any chili heads on your gift list $2 and 5 minutes will give them a real treat. However, this does not work nearly as well with ghost chilis, nagas or vipers.
 
2012-11-29 08:09:49 PM
shredded turkey in bottom of casserole dish + giblet gravy on top + stuffing layered on top, sealing the turkey
Bake at 375 until stuffing get just crispy w/out drying out.

/I think he likes that more than sex
 
2012-11-29 08:11:09 PM

CapeFearCadaver: UsikFark: CapeFearCadaver: You're a pervert.

No, access to my perversions cost extra. That's a free-trial comment.

What's the the time limit on those free trials and how many and of those do you give out, then?


I haven't posted anything racy in a few months.
 
2012-11-29 08:13:32 PM

UsikFark: CapeFearCadaver: UsikFark: CapeFearCadaver: You're a pervert.

No, access to my perversions cost extra. That's a free-trial comment.

What's the the time limit on those free trials and how many and of those do you give out, then?

I haven't posted anything racy in a few months.


:/ Hrmmm, drinking in excess last Saturday night then, I see.....
S'ok, so was I.
 
2012-11-29 08:14:34 PM
Two or three days ahead, I make the cornbread with one third cup flour, one and two thirds cups of yellow cornmeal, an egg, a tablespoon of baking powder, a stick of butter, and enough milk or buttermilk to make a cake like batter.

When done, I turn the cornmeal out on a platter and tear into crumbs. I leave it sitting out to go dry and stale.

On the day of the holiday meal, I boil chicken necks to make a broth. I chop fine an entire tub of mushrooms, a whole onion, and a copious quantity of celery. I cook the vegetables in butter in my cast iron frying pan until soft.

I put the dry cornbread crumbs into a very large bowl adding the vegetables, two eggs, and the chicken broth. Then I begin to add turkey broth from the turkey I am almost done cooking. I add broth well beyond the "looks like cake batter" stage. I add broth until the mixture is so wet I am tempted to think "That can't be right."

Then I bake it until it just barely golden. The result is a soft, rich spoon bread that is perfect with turkey or by itself. I haven't been eating meat for the last year and a half, but I cheat and the spoon bread.
 
2012-11-29 08:18:16 PM
Okay kids, here's the PA coal region holiday drink- Boilo

bring to boil and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes -
honey, ginger ale, cinnamon, peppercorns, allspice.
let cool and add bottle of cheap whiskey. drink warm.

quantities vary depending on what you like. also add or take away any ingredients you like, except the cinnamon, honey and whiskey. some people like bay leaves or some apple juice. this stuff is great for cold or flu.

you're welcome.

/my phone doesn't autocap and I'm lazy.
 
2012-11-29 08:19:27 PM
I used Alton Brown's turkey brine recipe and it was a real hit. The bird turned out very moist and I was roundly praised. Pretty darn easy too. I would recommend the electronic thermometer that sounds off when the white meat hits the appropriate temperature. Very helpful and stress reducing.
 
2012-11-29 08:19:51 PM

CapeFearCadaver: UsikFark: CapeFearCadaver: UsikFark: CapeFearCadaver: You're a pervert.

No, access to my perversions cost extra. That's a free-trial comment.

What's the the time limit on those free trials and how many and of those do you give out, then?

I haven't posted anything racy in a few months.

:/ Hrmmm, drinking in excess last Saturday night then, I see.....
S'ok, so was I.


I don't recall posting anything interesting, nor was I drinking, but if you got a rise on whatever I said, congrats. Also, this is milking:

s1.ibtimes.com

It's completely stupid, not perverse. You may have assumed something entirely different.
 
2012-11-29 08:20:21 PM
i took my semi-infamous cauliflower au gratin

it was okay.

no one died
 
2012-11-29 08:23:52 PM

UsikFark: I don't recall posting anything interesting, nor was I drinking, but if you got a rise on whatever I said, congrats. Also, this is milking:

[s1.ibtimes.com image 660x535]

It's completely stupid, not perverse. You may have assumed something entirely different.


You're cute, but you're no fun.
 
2012-11-29 08:24:00 PM
imgboot.com

It was delicious.
 
2012-11-29 08:25:45 PM
I also did vegan collards: a quarter cup of sesame oil, about a tablespoon of grated fresh ginger, 3 or 4 cloves of pressed garlic, a chopped onion, a tablespoon of sugar, the collards, enough water to cover and plenty of salt and pepper. I like to put a jar of jalapenos and a bottle of hot sauce on the table with the collards.
 
2012-11-29 08:27:20 PM

CapeFearCadaver: UsikFark: I don't recall posting anything interesting, nor was I drinking, but if you got a rise on whatever I said, congrats. Also, this is milking:

[s1.ibtimes.com image 660x535]

It's completely stupid, not perverse. You may have assumed something entirely different.

You're cute, but you're no fun.


I'm a lot of fun, but i have to ask how you would know if I'm cute ;)
 
2012-11-29 08:35:15 PM
As far as holiday food goes, pumpkin pie is cruise control for awesome.
 
2012-11-29 08:47:10 PM
Mushrooms in stuffing is vomit inducing.
 
2012-11-29 08:48:48 PM

assjuice: Mushrooms in stuffing is vomit inducing.


The hell you say.
 
2012-11-29 08:49:36 PM
Around this time of year I'm usually in charge of bringing deviled eggs. Yes, it seems old-fashioned, and people are notorious for making bland, dry, deviled eggs, but if you make them properly they surprise people and you'll be asked to make them again and again.

I love to kick them up with using sambal oelek and mustard with horseradish. It puts the devil back into deviled eggs.

farm8.staticflickr.com

Here's the full recipe.
 
2012-11-29 08:54:25 PM
Cranberry Orange Apple Pie
Adapted from a Cranberry Apple Crisp recipe. I added the pecans and the orange juice for some extra zip!!! Came out fantastic!
INGREDIENTS
Filling
3 cups chopped peeled apples
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoons of nutmeg
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/2 cup of orange juice (with pulp is better, to add orange zest too is best)
Pie Crust
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
or you can use pre-made Pillsbury pie crust!
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix Sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg vanilla and 1/4 cup orange juice in mixing bowl. Allow to sit so that the sugar dissolves in the orange juice. Let sit.
3. Peel and chop apples. Set aside.
4. In food processor, chop your cranberries. Set aside.
5. In food processor, chop your pecans. Set aside.
6. Stir apples, cranberries and pecans into your sugar mix until all are evenly coated. Add final 1/4 cup of orange juice. Stir until spread throughout.
7. Pour mixture into your pie crust, and place your top crust. Don't forget to make ventilation holes in the top of the pie.
8. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
9. May be served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Pie Crust
1. Pie Crust: In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and process until combined. Add the butter and process, using the pulse button, until the mixture is crumbly (resembles coarse meal) (about 15 seconds). Pour 1/4 cup (60 ml) of ice water in a slow, steady stream, through the feed tube until the dough starts to clump together when pinched (it should not be a solid ball of dough). Add remaining water, if necessary. Do not process more than about 30 seconds.
2. Turn the dough out onto your work surface and gather it into a ball. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, flatten each portion into a 5 inch (12 cm) disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 - 60 minutes, or until firm enough to roll out. (This will chill the butter and allow the gluten in the flour to relax.) At this point you can also freeze the dough for about a month. Defrost the dough in the refrigerator for several hours or even overnight before using.
3. For each disk of pastry, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to fit into a 8 or 9 inch (20 to 23 cm) pie pan. To prevent the pastry from sticking to the counter and to ensure uniform thickness, keep lifting up and turning the pastry a quarter turn as you roll (always roll from the center of the pastry outwards to get uniform thickness). To make sure it is the right size, take your pie pan, flip it over, and place it on the rolled out pastry. The pastry should be about 2 inches (5 cm) larger than your pan.
4. When the pastry is rolled to the desired size, lightly roll pastry around your rolling pin, dusting off any excess flour as you roll. Unroll onto the top of your pie pan. Never pull the pastry or you will get shrinkage (shrinkage is caused by too much pulling of the pastry when placing it in the pan). Gently lay in pan and with a small floured piece of pastry or with your fingertips, lightly press the pastry onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Flute the edges of the pastry or use the tines of a fork to seal the pastry. If possible, chill the pie crust before filling and baking. The pastry is now ready to use.
5. Makes two - 9 inch (23 cm) pie crusts. Preparation time 30 minutes.
 
2012-11-29 08:55:05 PM
Pumpkin Crumb Cake
INGREDIENTS
1 can of pureed pumpkin
1 box spice cake mix (yellow cake mix can be substituted but will need to add cinnamon and nutmeg)
Topping
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Directions
2. ・ Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. ・ Grease a 9x9 cake pan.
4. ・ To make the topping, combine 2/3 cup oats, flour, sugar, and cinnamon in processor. Add butter and cut in until crumbly. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oats. Set to one side.
5. ・ In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree and the spice cake mix.
6. ・ Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread with the topping.
7. ・ Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes
 
2012-11-29 08:56:03 PM
Pumpkin cream-cheese roll up

www.fiftytwocakes.com

German Stollen

0.tqn.com 

Tuborg Yulebeer

farm7.staticflickr.com

Marin Brewing "Hoppy Holidaze"

4.bp.blogspot.com

Applekorn

www.montalegre-do-cercal.info
 
2012-11-29 08:59:26 PM

UsikFark: As far as holiday food goes, pumpkin pie is cruise control for awesome.


We don't do pumpkin pie, but I made my usual sweet potato and pecan pies. I also made an additional apple pie since there were more folks eating than usual. I accidentally put in too much powdered ginger and not enough butter in the apple pie. It came out too spicy. It would have been suitable with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream, but I had neither of those things.
 
2012-11-29 09:02:40 PM

UsikFark: As far as holiday food goes, pumpkin pie is cruise control for awesome.


I do sweet potato pie. Tastes exactly the same, less work.
 
2012-11-29 09:03:44 PM
I Enjoy hot cocoa, Preferable from a sampler box.
 
2012-11-29 09:09:07 PM
Chocolate Truffles

3 cups (18 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Coatings: Finely chopped toasted nuts, flaked coconut, chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, unsweetened cocoa, confectioners' sugar or colored sugars (I just use the cocoa).

IN large saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

POUR into medium bowl. Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours or until firm.

SHAPE into 1-inch balls; roll in desired coating and/or decorate with frosting and candies. Chill 1 hour or until firm. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

I'm thinking of making 2 batches this year - I want to try adding a bit of peppermint extract. Not sure how it will work out, but I do love chocolate and mint together. This recipe is from the first cookbook I owned (and still have). I love it.
 
2012-11-29 09:09:56 PM

danceswithcrows: Penguin Appetizers?
[crow202.org image 500x597]

1 carrot
1 can large or extra-large black olives
1 can medium black olives
1 pkg cream cheese
toothpicks with flags on them

Peel and slice carrot into ~2mm thick rounds. Cut wedges out of carrot, save pac-man pieces and wedges for use later. Slice front of large black olive. Stuff large olive with cream cheese--use a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner chopped off, that makes it easier. This makes the penguin body. Put carrot wedge into hole in medium olive--this forms the penguin head. Put pac-man carrot piece on bottom, penguin body in middle, penguin head on top, then use a toothpick to hold it all together. Repeat until you run out of olives or patience.

Penguins can be stored at least 24 hours in a plastic container with a bit of water. They're a bit bland, but people seem to like the way they look.


Those are adorable.
 
2012-11-29 09:14:23 PM
Ok, been making this for years. It's incredibly simple and one of the yummiest things ever:

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

1 large bag Orida (the best) shredded hashbrowns, original, no seasoning
8 oz. tub sour cream
1 can cream of celery
4-5 tbsp butter
8 oz block extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
garlic to taste, onion powder/salt/or chopped to taste, decent amount of paprika, tad bit of season salt, tad bit black pepper, 1 1/2 tbsp parsley.

Use 8x12 cass dish, throw all in and bring all ingredients to room temp. Place in 350 oven for about 15 minutes, pull out and stir til everything is mixed, back in oven for 30-45 more minutes, or til top is slightly browned. It's been described as crack potatoes. NUM.
 
2012-11-29 09:17:50 PM

suziequzie: Chocolate Truffles


Copied
 
2012-11-29 09:33:04 PM

Marubozo: Around this time of year I'm usually in charge of bringing deviled eggs.


Try making some Sriracha salt. To put a few grains on that on top.

1/2 cup of Kosher salt...mixed with 5 tsp of Sriracha sauce.
Turn oven to 200...put on foil in a layer and let it dry it out..about 10 mins..turn off the oven and wait overnight.
It'll clump up; but put in a zip lock bag when dry and crush it back with rolling pin.

Great for a rim of a bloody marry glass too.
 
2012-11-29 09:37:53 PM

assjuice: Mushrooms in stuffing is vomit inducing.


I never thought I'd second something from a poster named "assjuice".

My worst holiday party moment: about two hours into my first holiday party, a guest hands me a drink and says "try it, you'll LOVE IT!" This is how I found out that I have an anaphylactic reaction to Chambord.

Easiest and cheapest holiday treat: chocolate eclair trifle. Mix two boxes of prepared French vanilla pudding with a small container of Cool Whip. Layer it in a large pan or bowl, and cover with vanilla wafers; repeat until all the pudding is finished. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next day, before serving, cover the entire dish with a dark chocolate syrup (any kind will do in a pinch, but the better the quality ones taste so much more divine). You can doctor this up by dipping the vanilla wafers in rum, which gives is a tiramisu-like taste.

Nothing fancy, but by god it's delicious if done right.
 
2012-11-29 09:55:08 PM
1 package of bacon.
A package of dates
A fistful of almonds
Toothpicks
A very sharp knife or small firearm

Take pits out of dates.
Shove almonds into dates where the pits were
Wrap each date with a strip of bacon and use the toothpick to hold the bacon in place.
Broil it until the bacon is done to your satisfaction.
Use knife or firearm to keep everyone else away from The Precious
 
2012-11-29 10:02:59 PM

CapeFearCadaver: 1 can cream of celery


Are you from the Midwest?
 
2012-11-29 10:13:16 PM
OK, daytime appetizers, outside...watching a game:
Little Smokey sausages, pigs in a blanket style
Tuna salad stuffed tomatoes
Trisquits and about three different tasty cans of spray cheese
Beer.
Night time is whole different story.
 
2012-11-29 10:14:11 PM

UsikFark: CapeFearCadaver: 1 can cream of celery

Are you from the Midwest?


Nope.
 
2012-11-29 10:14:38 PM

AbbeySomeone: Those [edible penguins] are adorable.


Thank you! This year, I'm going to make them with flavored cream cheese; that'll alleviate the perceived lack of flavor in the darn things. Not sure why they seem bland--olives, cream cheese, and carrots ~= fat with some salt and crunchy bits.
 
2012-11-29 10:31:06 PM

Coiled Hot 1: Clam dip. 2 cans of minced clam, 3 bars of cream cheese, garlic salt to taste, and add lemon juice to dull the fishy taste. Mix in bowl to a creamy consistancy. Serve with Ruffles potato chips. Never had a dissapoineted customer and I've been making it for 25 years for get togethers. It sounds nasty but its really good.


My mom's best friend used to make this. Ordinarily, I do not like clams. I agree that the Ruffles are a key ingredient here, but my is this a good dish. It doesn't even taste like clams! (Well, it does - but you have to try it, even if you're not a clam liker).
 
2012-11-29 10:35:28 PM

SarahDiddle: Earl Grey tea cookies. But I guess those belong in the cookie thread.

Sauerbraten is always yummy and delicious. Nothing like a hunk of meat marinating in vinegar for a few days. And forget that juniper berry shiat.


What are Earl grey tea cookies? Those sound fab!
 
2012-11-29 10:45:00 PM
Got my traditional Thanksgiving meal on Saturday because I was working. Even though it was my wife's third Thanksgiving meal she whipped this up for just me and her.

Turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, asparagus, and my favorite canned jellied cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie for dessert.


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2012-11-29 10:54:12 PM

NickBob78: I used Alton Brown's turkey brine recipe and it was a real hit. The bird turned out very moist and I was roundly praised. Pretty darn easy too. I would recommend the electronic thermometer that sounds off when the white meat hits the appropriate temperature. Very helpful and stress reducing.


This is the best recipie I have found. Alton sure knows how to make a darn good turkey!
 
2012-11-29 11:03:51 PM

CapeFearCadaver: UsikFark: I don't recall posting anything interesting, nor was I drinking, but if you got a rise on whatever I said, congrats. Also, this is milking:

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It's completely stupid, not perverse. You may have assumed something entirely different.

You're cute, but you're no fun.


only with consenting adults
 
2012-11-29 11:34:25 PM

suziequzie: Chocolate Truffles

3 cups (18 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Coatings: Finely chopped toasted nuts, flaked coconut, chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, unsweetened cocoa, confectioners' sugar or colored sugars (I just use the cocoa).

IN large saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

POUR into medium bowl. Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours or until firm.

SHAPE into 1-inch balls; roll in desired coating and/or decorate with frosting and candies. Chill 1 hour or until firm. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

I'm thinking of making 2 batches this year - I want to try adding a bit of peppermint extract. Not sure how it will work out, but I do love chocolate and mint together. This recipe is from the first cookbook I owned (and still have). I love it.


I might be bringing these to the family Christmas party this year.
 
2012-11-30 12:03:48 AM

danceswithcrows: Penguin Appetizers?
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1 carrot
1 can large or extra-large black olives
1 can medium black olives
1 pkg cream cheese
toothpicks with flags on them

Peel and slice carrot into ~2mm thick rounds. Cut wedges out of carrot, save pac-man pieces and wedges for use later. Slice front of large black olive. Stuff large olive with cream cheese--use a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner chopped off, that makes it easier. This makes the penguin body. Put carrot wedge into hole in medium olive--this forms the penguin head. Put pac-man carrot piece on bottom, penguin body in middle, penguin head on top, then use a toothpick to hold it all together. Repeat until you run out of olives or patience.

Penguins can be stored at least 24 hours in a plastic container with a bit of water. They're a bit bland, but people seem to like the way they look.


I Love this! Might I suggest pickling the carrots Mexican style first.

Try it! Or get some from the local Mexican taco place, less work.
 
2012-11-30 12:16:28 AM

optikeye: I"m making these in a couple of a weeks for a xmas party. I've made them a couple of times and they're really good.
 

Kefta style meatballs with grilled grapes and yogurt sauce.
Link

super easy to make and transport..just Tupperware the grapes, meatballs and sauce..and bring a big platter. Then assemble on site---throw down the sauce on the platter, stab a grape and then a meatball and plate.


Those are beautiful! Recipe?
 
2012-11-30 12:32:07 AM
Pumpkin bread pudding that is almost too easy, given how tasty it is:

(Recipe from Smitten Kitchen/Gourmet!)

1 1/2 cups whole milk (Or 1 cup heavy cream plus 1/2 cup whole milk)
3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
2 tablespoons bourbon (optional) (fffs bourbon is never optional)
5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread (this is about 1 baguette)
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted* (can skip this step if using the second set of instructions)

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

Whisk together pumpkin, cream, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, spices and bourbon, if using, in a bowl.

Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.

(Serve warm with ice cream. It's heaven!)
 
2012-11-30 12:56:18 AM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Gimme a week and it'll smell like latkes and pulled pork in my apartment.

(one of those is a traditional hannukah treat. the other....less traditional)

8 potatoes
2 eggs
big handful of flour
tablespoon of baking powder
big onion

shred the onion and potato. add everything else and stir until homogeneous. Drop a big soup spoon of the batter into about a 1/4 inch of hot oil. Turn and remove to papertowel.

keep stirring the bowl of batter as you make them so that all the liquid doesn't settle to the bottom of the bowl.

serve with sour cream or applesauce.

serves 1


Had some latkes for the first time when out for brunch last weekend. Those things are awesome, and the restaurant did them right. Who knew potatoes go with applesauce?
 
2012-11-30 03:01:38 AM
We don't do the whole Thanksgiving thing here in Oz - and it is sodding hot (summer is starting) but here is a fave drink you lot might enjoy:) Think I may need to con (ok ask nicely) ms almost 18 to get in kitchen and start making our fave drink even if it IS stinking hot.

Chilli hot chocolate.
The nicest whole fat milk you can find (or skim if you must). Enough for at least one mug each, but you may want enough for two. (This keeps in the fridge, so more for a chilled morning drink or even better the next day reheated version is also good).
Really good drinking chocolate or cocoa (more sugar if cocoa). The very BEST you can find.
Vanilla beans or vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste. None of the fake stuff, thats nasty. You want about the equivalent of using a teaspoon of vanilla extract per cup.
Finely ground sugar (we call it caster sugar in Australia) - to taste, depends on chocolate/cocoa
Some of each of the following (this is really to taste but about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per cup):
Black pepper (freshly grated else you miss out on the best bit)
Chilli powder (hot or sweet, it is to your taste) or really ground into the chocolate powder and spices some sweet chillies, chopped and seeded (love me some serious heat, so habaneros)
Cardamom

Heat the milk almost to boiling but not quite. Add the spices one by one, tasting as you add each. If too many spices, add more milk till at right level. Add chocolate/cocoa powder (making a paste of it with a little milk, like custard powder, before adding helps stop lumps, but whisk if you get them). When velvety and spicy with enough kick, add your sugar, a bit at a time (teaspoon/cup is a good start). You want this dissolved thoroughly, not added at end. Simmer for few more minutes.

Even better made a few hours, or even a day in advance and left in fridge to blend more - but may need more sugar.
 
2012-11-30 08:28:03 AM

Road Rash: Brine turkey overnight. Fill cavities with chopped onion, garlic cloves, parsley, and celery (including leaves). Cook in an electric oven so it doesn't dry out.

Turkey Gravy: While turkey is cooking, boil giblets in small amount of water with sliced mushrooms, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper to taste. Dice giblets and set aside. Remove cooked vegetables from turkey and place in blender, blend until liquified. Take pan drippings, remove most of the grease, and add liquified turkey vegetables. Add 1/2 to 1 cup red wine (fruity pinot noir or merlot) depending on amount of liquid and taste. Before serving, add giblets (including liquid and mushrooms) to about 1/2 the gravy (in case anyone doesn't like giblets - or just throw them all in anyway). Depending on the seasonings in the brine mixture, this gravy usually doesn't require much in the way of additional seasonings, and a red wine will not overwhelm it while a white wine might get lost.


We did this for thanksgiving and my wife added a roux, but we used white wine. Fan-freakin'-tastic.
 
2012-11-30 09:16:30 AM
I don't care what you make, just make it from scratch!! No canned soup, you lazy fark. And for god's sake BRINE YOUR TURKEY. This year I made a butterflied high-roasted turkey with stuffing (home made egg bread for the stuffing), roasted vegetable and giblet gravy, mushroom and green bean casserole (NO CANNED SOUP!!), cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes. Most of it was done the day before, so I got to actually enjoy Thanksgiving. And the food... oh my lord the food.
 
2012-11-30 09:23:34 AM
I use this recipe (with some tweaks), so that I can keep a slice-and-bake log of spinach and artichoke puff pastry pinwheels in the freeze for drop-ins. Bacon-wrapped dates can also be done ahead, but I haven't tried freezing them. I keep several cheeses in the cheese drawer, and I generally make a mushroom cheese ball and a blue cheese with toasted walnuts and olives. For sweets, I have cookies, tarts, and magic bark:

Melt 6 oz dark chocolate. When it cools a bit, stir in two packets of orange pop rocks. Spread on wax paper. You want to spread it so that it's sort of thin because you're putting another layer on top. When the first layer is hardened, you can spread another layer of chocolate on top (I use milk because I don't like white chocolate), this time mixed with either toffee bits or crushed-up homemade butterrum candy. Finish with a light sprinkle of Maldon.
 
2012-11-30 09:24:54 AM

DeaH: I use this recipe (with some tweaks), so that I can keep a slice-and-bake log of spinach and artichoke puff pastry pinwheels in the freeze for drop-ins. Bacon-wrapped dates can also be done ahead, but I haven't tried freezing them. I keep several cheeses in the cheese drawer, and I generally make a mushroom cheese ball and a blue cheese with toasted walnuts and olives. For sweets, I have cookies, tarts, and magic bark:

Melt 6 oz dark chocolate. When it cools a bit, stir in two packets of orange pop rocks. Spread on wax paper. You want to spread it so that it's sort of thin because you're putting another layer on top. When the first layer is hardened, you can spread another layer of chocolate on top (I use milk because I don't like white chocolate), this time mixed with either toffee bits or crushed-up homemade butterrum candy. Finish with a light sprinkle of Maldon.


Forgot the link for the spinach and artichoke puff pastry pinwheels.
 
2012-11-30 09:27:54 AM

Llois: I don't care what you make, just make it from scratch!! No canned soup, you lazy fark. And for god's sake BRINE YOUR TURKEY. This year I made a butterflied high-roasted turkey with stuffing (home made egg bread for the stuffing), roasted vegetable and giblet gravy, mushroom and green bean casserole (NO CANNED SOUP!!), cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes. Most of it was done the day before, so I got to actually enjoy Thanksgiving. And the food... oh my lord the food.


I tend to make things from scratch because I like to. Still, there are people I enjoy visiting who can't or won't cook from scratch - and for a variety of reasons. They are lovely people, and are, no doubt, better of for not knowing someone who feels that the purpose of social gatherings and opening one's home is the quality of the cuisine over the quality of people.
 
2012-11-30 09:43:52 AM

bobbette: I want to make a yule log, but I basically want it to be a huge sandwich.

OR, maybe a giant, yule tamale drizzled in mole sauce.



Go for it!!

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/variations on a theme
 
2012-11-30 09:51:11 AM

DeaH: Llois: I don't care what you make, just make it from scratch!! No canned soup, you lazy fark. And for god's sake BRINE YOUR TURKEY. This year I made a butterflied high-roasted turkey with stuffing (home made egg bread for the stuffing), roasted vegetable and giblet gravy, mushroom and green bean casserole (NO CANNED SOUP!!), cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes. Most of it was done the day before, so I got to actually enjoy Thanksgiving. And the food... oh my lord the food.

I tend to make things from scratch because I like to. Still, there are people I enjoy visiting who can't or won't cook from scratch - and for a variety of reasons. They are lovely people, and are, no doubt, better of for not knowing someone who feels that the purpose of social gatherings and opening one's home is the quality of the cuisine over the quality of people.


I too enjoy making things from scratch, and sharing good food with exceptional people. That's why I cook the way I do, and why I enjoy the holidays so much. I would never make negative comments on other people's cooking after they had invited me into their home and shared food with me. Just goes to show, you shouldn't make judgements on people you don't know.
 
2012-11-30 10:27:48 AM

Llois: DeaH: Llois: I don't care what you make, just make it from scratch!! No canned soup, you lazy fark. And for god's sake BRINE YOUR TURKEY. This year I made a butterflied high-roasted turkey with stuffing (home made egg bread for the stuffing), roasted vegetable and giblet gravy, mushroom and green bean casserole (NO CANNED SOUP!!), cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes. Most of it was done the day before, so I got to actually enjoy Thanksgiving. And the food... oh my lord the food.

I tend to make things from scratch because I like to. Still, there are people I enjoy visiting who can't or won't cook from scratch - and for a variety of reasons. They are lovely people, and are, no doubt, better of for not knowing someone who feels that the purpose of social gatherings and opening one's home is the quality of the cuisine over the quality of people.

I too enjoy making things from scratch, and sharing good food with exceptional people. That's why I cook the way I do, and why I enjoy the holidays so much. I would never make negative comments on other people's cooking after they had invited me into their home and shared food with me. Just goes to show, you shouldn't make judgements on people you don't know.


Didn't you just call them lazy in your initial post?
 
2012-11-30 10:28:38 AM

Herb Utsmelz: [imgboot.com image 720x540]

It was delicious.


I hate you........not so much that you took a picture, quite a bit because you posted it thinking anyone else would give a fark, but mostly because your stuffing looks like it has carrots in it. Farking heathen.
 
2012-11-30 11:34:18 AM

spin359: I Enjoy hot cocoa, Preferable from a sampler box.


You're an old timer here.

Been a while since anyone mentioned the hot cocoa sampler box!

=]
 
2012-11-30 12:22:39 PM

Soulcatcher: spin359: I Enjoy hot cocoa, Preferable from a sampler box.

You're an old timer here.

Been a while since anyone mentioned the hot cocoa sampler box!

=]


Been mainly a lurker for over 10 years.
 
2012-11-30 01:26:42 PM
turkey sandwiches

sourdough bread
cranberry sauce
stuffing
turkey
bit of salt on the turkey

toast open faced on the bread...

good stuffs
 
2012-11-30 04:14:32 PM

coeyagi: Santorum:

1 part vodka
1 part milk
1 part lemon juice
1 crushed oreo

Result: abject failure, like the candidate


EWWWWW. Milk and lemon juice!? Curdle city, man.
 
2012-11-30 05:13:56 PM

Kittypie070: coeyagi: Santorum:

1 part vodka
1 part milk
1 part lemon juice
1 crushed oreo

Result: abject failure, like the candidate

EWWWWW. Milk and lemon juice!? Curdle city, man.


That's the point. To give it that Santorum look.
 
2012-11-30 07:10:09 PM

Citrate1007: Herb Utsmelz: [imgboot.com image 720x540]

It was delicious.

I hate you........not so much that you took a picture, quite a bit because you posted it thinking anyone else would give a fark, but mostly because your stuffing looks like it has carrots in it. Farking heathen.


Cool! Glad you liked it.
 
2012-11-30 07:38:44 PM
its all about the eggnog....

12 egg yolks
3/4 pound confectioner's sugar
4-6 cups dark rum or brandy
8 cups heavy cream
8 to 12 egg whites
fresh grated nutmeg
cinnamon

separate the eggs, and soak the egg yolks in the booze overnight.

next afternoon, whisk eggs and booze together 'til pale and creamy. then whisk in 4 cups of the cream, and 1/2 of the sugar. its optional to whisk in the nutmeg and cinnamon at this point, or not.

whip the egg whites until fairly stiff, set aside for a moment.

whip the remaining cream, adding the remaining sugar once it gets solid peaks.

fold whipped cream and egg whites into the booze/egg mixture. this is the other point to add nutmeg a/o cinnamon.

i like to finish it with a dusting of fresh ground or microplaned nutmeg.

it feels like you're drinking this light airy foam, and by the time you realise how much dairy you just drank, the booze hits.
 
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