Thursday, November 22, 2012

Naughty Things You Can Only Say on Thanksgiving Day


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Talk about a huge breast!

Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.

It's Cool Whip time!

If I don't undo my pants, I'll burst!

That's one terrific spread!

I'm in the mood for a little dark meat.

Are you ready for seconds yet?

It's a little dry; do you still want to eat it?

Just wait your turn; you'll get some!

Don't play with your meat.

Just spread the legs open and stuff it in.

Do you think you'll be able to handle all these people at once?

I didn't expect everyone to come at once!

You still have a little bit on your chin.

How long will it take after you stick it in?

You'll know it's ready when it pops up!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Southern Thanksgiving

I'm not technically a Southerner but I've lived in the Carolinas longer than anywhere else.  So, I think it is about time for me to start incorporating some southern traditions into my family.

Appetizers

Long before I moved to the sunny southern states, I fell head-over-heals with pickled watermelon rind.  That's where we will begin this Southern Thanksgiving Menu.
Pickled Watermelon Rind by TPS
Pickled Watermelon Rind

Main Dish

Fried Turkey seems to be everywhere now.  Years ago, when I first heard about it, I thought how odd to not cook a turkey in the oven.  Here we are today and deep fryers can be found in the grocery stores.
Fried Turkey by Bob Merritt
Best Ever Fried Turkey

Side Dish

My dad makes the absolute BEST stuffing ever!  (I have to say that since that was all I ever knew growing up and have tried to emulate it since).  I remember my first cornbread stuffing and although it was different from what I knew, it certainly was delicious.
Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing by EZ Gluten Free
Cornbread Sausage Stuffing

Regardless of the type of gravy; giblet gravy, white wine gravy, bourbon gravy, it's all about the lack of lumps.   One secret to making lump-free gravy is to use a jar with a tight lid so you can shake a small amount of the liquid with the thickener, then slowly add more liquid.  Once the liquid and thickening agent (flour, corn starch, potato starch, etc.) is lump free then add to your pan of liquid stirring constantly.
Bourbon Gravy by The Pure Pantry
Bourbon Gravy

We used to have candied yams with marshmallows on top as a side dish.  My first sweet potato casserole was actually at a Ryan's Cafeteria and not on Thanksgiving day.
Sweet Potato Casserole by Collegiate Cook
Sweet Potato Casserole

Dessert



There are some southern dishes that I have not been able to acquire the taste; sweet tea, salt pork (I actually haven't tried this due to allergies but DH tried it and I thought I'd have to resuscitate him!), chitlins, and a pound of butter (major exaggeration) in about everything.  Don't get me wrong about the butter, I like butter but can my body really handle that much?  I may not order sweet tea but the flavored iced teas served down here in the south are amazing.

The tea, butter and now grits have found their way into my pantry.  Who knows, in a couple more years people might not know I ever lived anywhere else.


P.S.,  I hope you enjoy this Southern Thanksgiving menu.  What Thanksgiving traditions do you incorporate each year?

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hosting a Tea Party - Part 2

The Inaugural High Tea Party committee (me and my good friend) met and brought to order our second meeting and hopefully to finalize our plans.

Well, finalization was not in the order for the day.

The first thing on the agenda was to look at the invitee list.  Wholly Moley!  We had over 20 potential guests that we thought from the overall list would respond favorably.  Oh my goodness, that was way more than either one of us could properly host in our homes.

However, knowing the ladies in the neighborhood, we thought we would be able to successfully get together for a tea on a quarterly basis.

Step back and punt.

First, we went online to see if there were any "official" tea houses within an hour's drive from the neighborhood.  Then we started making phone calls.  We are in the south and for some reason, there aren't many tea drinkers.  There are a TON of coffee places.  We did talk to one gentleman whose restaurant is not a tea house nor has hosted a tea party but he was from New York and is quite familiar with proper tea parties and would put a proposal together for us.

Another restaurant, which is actually in an old house, thought it was a great idea but doesn't have any tea cups or know how to begin to host.  We were quite willing to work with them if they could at least put a menu together for us.  We liked the idea of an old house type setting.  Their food is actually delicious.

We would really like to have a holiday tea party but that will depend on the restaurants getting back to us in a timely manner.  However, (and this is a shocker - sheepish grin) we aren't the only ones wanting to host during this upcoming time of year, so we aren't expecting to hear back from them within the next couple days.  That's probably for the best since there is so much going on during the upcoming months.  Plus it will give the committee more time to gather gifts and other items.

After all, a nice and quiet afternoon with friends sipping hot tea on a cold day in January has a nice ring to it, don't you think?



P.S.,  When is your favorite time of year to host a tea party?

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