Just took the pumpkin pie out of the oven and boy does it smell yummy. Got the cornish game hen (x4) all roasted, last night and I’ll heat up the rest around lunchtime.
It’ll be a laid back Thanksgiving at Chez Dizzy and in that spirit I decided to make my Ten Post Round-Up a little more laid back, as well.
I searched my RSS reader for posts with the word “turkey” in them and came up with ten turkey posts for you. But, before you proceed, please heed the following warning (and please put your morning cuppa down before you do so…I’m serious, dammit!):
Now, it is safe to proceed…
From The Huffington Post:
- Our Thanksgiving Parade Leads into the Pool:
Gratitude? In our tiny nuclear family, we pinch ourselves for our good fortune. But on a ritualized celebration like Thanksgiving? That’s another story.Our clans are small and scattered. Our five-year-old has zero interest in walking across the park to watch the Thanksgiving parade. More to the point, we’re far too cynical to be fooled by the antique “message” of Thanksgiving — outside of TV movies, does anyone still believe this long weekend has any connection to expressing thanks for the harvest?
Not to be a curmudgeon, but how do you build “tradition” on such a frail foundation?
Answer: You can’t. In any event, we can’t. But we don’t scoff at the national turkey, football and shopping orgy, we just retreat into sanity and do whatever amuses us, without any attempt at continuity.
- My Private Recipe For a Great Thanksgiving:
With family, friends, and some dogs, who needs that secret recipe for cranberry sauce?
From The Gazette-Telegraph:
- Put turkey grease in trash instead of drain:
Just as eating too much greasy food can plug a person’s arteries, pouring fat, oil and grease down the drain can clog the city’s wastewater pipes.Those clogs can cause backups that damage homes and businesses and send sewage into creeks and streams.
From Brilliant at Breakfast:
- Who says you have to make that big hormone-laden bird anyway?:
Thanksgiving may be the holiday that most often causes people to plunge into holiday-related depression. No other holiday, not even Christmas, comes with as much Rockwellian baggage as Thanksgiving. It’s the day when we think everyone but us is going to sit down to a perfectly-decorated table and eat a delicious meal of golden-brown turkey that oozes juices as it’s carved, glistening cranberry sauce, fluffy stuffing studded with bits of sausage/raisins/whatever, mashed potatoes that taste like potatoes instead of something you’d use to putty dents in your car, and apples or pumpkin custard nestled in crusts that flake with a fork — even on the bottom. We think everyone but us is going to sit around that table, without a cross word spoken, beaming at a few dozen loved ones — grandparents, parents, children, cousins, siblings, nieces, nephews — and thank God that they all had the opportunity to be together on that day.
From Crooks and Liars:
- Bubble Boy urges Americans to ‘give back’:
In his first six years in office, the president has made little mention of Thanksgiving, beyond the ceremonial turkey pardons, but yesterday Bush traveled to Charles City, Virginia, for his first speech devoted specifically to the holiday. “[O]ur nation’s greatest strength is the decency and compassion of our people,” he said. “As we count our many blessings, I encourage all Americans to show their thanks by giving back.”The problem, in this case, wasn’t with the president’s inoffensive message, but rather with his audience.
From The Future Was Yesterday:
- Chalk Up Another One:
This is the day we’re supposed to be thankful.” I have a lot to be thankful for: this day and every day. I was doing some vegetative thinking today, and I realized I too often try to link my blessings to my expectations, if I’m not careful. I have to watch that every day. Selfish, it’s called, and sometimes, I’m too good at it. I have far too many blessings to list, but two are really important. One, I woke up this morning. Two, the greatest blessing that ever entered my life….Will be cooking those damn yams later today!
- Happy Thanksgiving!:
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of America’s oldest holidays, first celebrated 230 years ago. The first Continental Congress issued a proclamation of national thanksgiving in 1777. As Americans pause today to visit families, eat large amounts of food, and prepare for their holiday shopping, here are a few facts about Thanksgiving to impress your distant relatives with.
- Happy Thanksgiving:
It’s still the work week over here but a get together is planned for Saturday. The four kilo turkey in Paris is going for “a very reasonable €40” as I was told. (That’s almost $60 for an 8.8 pound bird.) The upside is that the the best turkey I ever had was a black feathered turkey from the market on rue Levis. They are not the same steroid infused freaks of nature that you find in the US and taste great.
From Jesus’ General:
- onions and peas and cranberry sauce:
food, drink, and an attempt to be thankful for what is in my life. that i can do! why not. why not every day. that’s what i say. let there be love. and and bread. and meat. and wine. and scotch. and for now, that’ll do and i’ll call it happiness. mazeltov, grandpa. enjoy the new digs. this place is still fuckin nuts.
Food Buzz Thanksgiving celebrates the fifth taste: meatiness or savoriness. As you start to doze off, full of tryptophan and carbs, remember to thank Kikunae Ikeda, the Japanese chemist who first put a name on the yuumy taste of meat.
I’m just thankful that I don’t have any plans to go anywhere, today. It snowed, again, last night and I would have been forced to flake out on our hosts if we had been planning on going to celebrate Thanksgiving at somebody else’s house (I hate driving in the snow).
Speaking of flaky, enjoy your turkey, your ham, your pies, your traditions. Make today a great day and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!