Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The house is clean, the groceries are bought. The linens are ironed and the in-laws are on their way. I have all of the batteries for the cameras (still and video) charging. Attendance is confirmed for all but the King-Wirtses, but I'm sure that is not a problem. I am going to start the cooking this afternoon after Mom-in-law arrives so she can participate if she'd like to. I think we are "good to go" on our Thanksgiving dinner party. I will post some photos later of the food prep as the day progresses. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, enjoy this old chestnut from a couple of years ago. It is still a scream.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Last week, I went "off Cape" with The Contessa and we went to visit Crate and Barrel at the Derby Street shopping center in Hingham, where there is a bakery/pastry shop called White's. We went in for a look around and I felt like I was a child again. Cakes, pies, brownies, hermits, "lobster tails", ricotta pies, rum cake slices and strombolis were in abundance. It really was a great "memory blast".
Well Mr. B and I went back to Hingham to visit the Apple Store in the Derby Street location as he wanted a new mouse for his computer and lo... the bakery swept me up in its Siren's song and I couldn't resist going in for a macaroon or two. I ended up getting a couple of cookies and a few cupcakes just to have around the house in case anyone was hungry, you understand. The cupcakes are still in the fridge but I am not guaranteeing that any or all of them will make it to November 17th but I can tell you they look damned tempting.
Give White's a look-see and let me know of your bakery memories.
From Linda:I expect you will get an avalanche of turkey recipes, but I am SOLD on this method. I have continued ever on and it produces consistently the best ever turkey with moist (yes!) and the foil removed at the end for browning and curb appeal.. Because it is cooked at high heat and less time, you also aren't a slave to the thing. The only tricky part is that it can be so moist that upon transfer to platter at the end it can literally fall apart(legs from body), but you were only going to have to cut it up anyway to serve it, so who cares!
Happy T-Day dahlink!!!
Foil-wrapped Turkey8-10# 450 degrees 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 hrs10-12 # " 2 1/2 - 3 hrs14-16 # " 3 - 3 1/4 hrs18-20 # " 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 hrs22-24 # " 3 1/2 - 3 3/4 hrsPlace trussed turkey, breast up, in center of greased, wide heavy duty foil. Bring ends of foil up over breast; overlap fold and press up against ends of the turkey. Place bird in shallow pan (no rack). Open foil last to brown turkey.
Anyone else tried this one?
Monday, November 16, 2009
In preparation, I have already taken down the drapes and sheers in the living and dining rooms, washed and ironed them, and rehung them. Dusted all art and tchotchkes. Also, the silverware is polished, although I noticed the coffee service needs just a little more care. The table linens have been washed, ironed and refolded so that I won't have to work on them next week. Mr. B and I have also given the living and dining rooms "the big clean" too.
So far the menu looks like this:
Shrimp, crostini varie, asparagus with proscuitto.
Roast Turkey (Cook's Country method, see below)
Sausage and cornbread dressing (my own recipe)
Mashed potato casserole (America's Test Kitchen recipe)
Green beans "Elegantes" (Dr. Joe's recipe)
Puree of Turnip & Carrot (Mom's recipe)
Cranberry sauce (Direct from the can. I made a "scratch" version last year and it was nasty. Plus I got a serious "bead reading" from my side of the family over it, so I am just going to take a can of Ocean Spray Whole Berry sauce and "doctor" it up with some orange zest.)
Squash Rolls (from B&T)
Apple Pie (Mom-in-Law's baking this)
Pumpkin Cake (from the Contessa)
Canoli (also from the Contessa)
Recipes have been pulled and printed from cookbooks and I have also been gathering diverse methods of turkey cooking as my efforts last year were a little lacking. Last year the turkey was as dry as a buckwheat fart but no one complained. (I do have good friends and relatives, don't I?) I am trying to narrow down the method from 3 that I have garnered. The first is just a standard "rub with butter and herbs and toss in the oven" method (Bobby Flay). The second involves brining the turkey, rubbing the skin with a mixture of salt and baking soda to produce a crispier skin and roasting (America's Test Kitchen). The third, which I saw on Cook's Country TV" on Public TV, has a layer of salt pork draped over the breast and leg meat, covered with water-soaked cheesecloth, and roasted (with the cheesecloth/pork on for a little while and then removed). I am leaning toward the third method but I need to decide soon. I haven't purchased the turkey yet so I do have a little time left.
That's it for T (for Thanksgiving) minus 11 days and counting. If you have any tips, ideas or suggestions for me or for any of my readers, please make sure you enter them in the comments section.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Key Lime Icebox PieServes 8 to 10.
Be sure to use instant pudding that requires no stovetop cooking for this recipe. We use regular supermarket (Persian) limes-tasters thought bottled lime juice lacked depth of flavor. We much prefer our easy homemade crust to store- bought versions.
Crust 8 whole graham crackers , broken into smaller pieces 2 tablespoons sugar 5 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted Filling 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon grated lime zest 8 ounces cream cheese , softened 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1/3 cup instant vanilla pudding mix 1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 1 cup fresh lime juice from 6 to 8 limes 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions1. For the crust: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse crackers and sugar in food processor until finely ground. Add melted butter in steady stream while pulsing until crumbs resemble damp sand. Using bottom of dry measuring cup, press crumbs firmly into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate. Bake until fragrant and browned around edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool completely.2. For the filling: Process sugar and zest in food processor until sugar turns bright green, about 30 seconds. Add cream cheese and process until combined, about 30 seconds. Add condensed milk and pudding mix and process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl. Stir gelatin and 2 tablespoons lime juice in small bowl. Heat in microwave for 15 seconds; stir until dissolved. With machine running, pour gelatin mixture, remaining lime juice, and vanilla through feed tube and mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.3. Pour filling into cooled crust, cover with plastic, and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 2 days. To serve, let pie sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before slicing.
Thanks to tackyweddings.com for this show stopper.
Didn't I see John Leguizamo as drag queen Miss Chi-Chi "I've got more legs than a bucket of chicken" Rodriguez in "Too Wong Foo" wear that same hat?
Yes I did!
Yeah, Mom, get a nice handful of bosom for the family photo op. Don’t be shy, go for it.
Oh man, oh man, oh man….
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
A $500 summer membership provides a family of four with a weekly box of vegetables picked as they ripen throughout the season. Box pick-up is every Thursday from 10-5 at the farm stand and each box is topped with a pretty bouquet of freshly cut flowers. As of September, each box will include a dozen farm fresh eggs! The summer CSA season runs from June 18th -November 19th.Now I have been posting photos of the produce that has been received from the program (see links below) and I can honestly say that the amount of produce never lived up to the "family of four" test. In the beginning I ascribed that to the fact that we had an unusually wet spring and that there were bound to be delays in getting a large box of produce. There was always a huge bag of mesclun greens (at least 1 pound) but until the potatoes started arriving none of the vegetables offered to us amounted to enough for a family of four, even for one meal. This was very disappointing for us as we had hopes of doing some canning and preserving of whatever was left over at our little nest (there is only Mr. B and me here). I really felt as though we were getting the "fuzzy end of the lollipop" in this program.
Well, 4 weeks ago (I wanted to wait until I was not angry anymore) I went to pick up my veggies and I was told that the CSA had ended and that the current week was the last week. The person at the stand told me that emails had been sent to all parties and I was asked if I had email to receive the notices. I told them that I did indeed have email and that I received no notices of the early end of the program. The program ended 7 weeks early!
Now I am a pretty patient person but I do not like being told "stories" about lost emails and I don't like being sold a bill of goods either. When I went to the farm the next week to inquire about why the program ended I could not get a definitive answer, however I did notice that there were vegetables for sale in their farm stand. I would hope that next year, should they offer this program again, that they plan things better, communicate better, and stick to their promises. They will be doing so without me.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
try this web site for pork I am going to make Pork and Parmesan tonight
Pork recipes... the In-Law relationship barometer. Hope you don't mind I posted this Mom ;-).
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
The worst part is laryngitis. I have not been able to speak above a
whisper since Saturday. Mr B seems to be enjoying it though.
I will be returning to my blog as soon as I feel better. Thanks for
all of your kind "get well" wishes.
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Saturday, September 05, 2009
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Today, we at Frenchy's House Party are mourning the death of our good friend and kitty-boy Preston Stephen Ambrose. Preston died comfortably in his sleep at Pleasant Bay Animal Hospital at the age of 15 years. Preston was predeceased by his brother Leo Felix Ambrose and is survived by his Mummy Frenchy and his Daddy Buzzy.
Preston was born on April 12th, 1994 at Scargo Stoneware Pottery in Dennis, MA and lived there until he was old enough to come home to us at 8 weeks. He was a very good cat and a wonderful friend to us. We will miss him sorely.
We at Frenchy's House Party would like to thank everyone who knew Preston that sent their best wishes.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Preston's name to the Animal Rescue League of Massachusetts in Brewster, MA. Funeral arrangements are private.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here's a photo and the menus for the restaurant.
Let's all wish them "Buona Fortuna" and we'll see you at Chew!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I'm going to make this short and sweet as this subject really doesn't need more than a few words to get to the point. The electorate decided in 2007 to elect a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate and to put a Democrat who, among other things, promised to make healthcare reform a priority, into the White House to preside over us. The President and the Democrats in Congress have healthcare plans that would help to make quality healthcare affordable to ALL Americans and the Republicans in the Congress have come right out and said that they will not support any change in healthcare as it is apportioned today. The President and the Dems in Congress have offered to drop the single-payer option, and have now, it seems, have come around to offering to drop the public option from the plan in order to attract Republican support. Why are they doing this?
The Republicans have made it clear that they are too far up the asses of the drug, insurance and healthcare companies to want to upset the gravy train and we have the so-called "Blue Dog" Dems who are in the same place who wish to obstruct the President's plan for healthcare reform.
Now listen people... No matter what you offer the Republicans for their support, you are not going to get it, so why offer it? The President and the Democratic leadership should make it clear to the "Blue Dogs" that they will lose all support from the DNC if they do not toe the line with the President on this issue. Pass the healthcare reform bills without bipartisan support as you weren't going to get it anyway and make the people of the US see that the Democrats mean business when the people speak at the ballot box. The caveat here is that we will need to make sure that during the mid-terms in 2010 we will need to get out the Democrat vote like never before in order to keep the Republicans from dragging us back into the Dark Ages of GWB and the Republican obstructionism that will make our nascent hopes of a more free and equal society wither and die.
It's that simple people.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Please file under "About F-ing Time": Obama Administration/Justice Department moves against "Defense" of Marriage Act
The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continued to defend it.
Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration's response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking on campaign promises made by Barack Obama last year.
In court papers, the administration said it supports repeal of the law.
Photo from our wedding