Read Books By AWers!

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

editing for authors ad

A publisher or agency using Google ads to solicit your novel probably isn't anyone you want to write for.


Go Back   Absolute Write Water Cooler > Pop Culture > Now We're Cookin'!
Register FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-23-2012, 01:32 AM   #1
shawkins
Puts the fun in function calls.
AW Paladin
 
shawkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The business end of a habanero pepper IV
Posts: 2,762
shawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsshawkins is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Thanksgiving chefs post game wrapup.

Went pretty well here.

None of us are huge turkey fans, so this year we did beef short ribs, sous vide style. (basically boil-in-bag for at 150 F for ~40h) They were literally falling off the bone (yay!) but my brother has all sorts of food allergies so all I could season them with was salt and pepper (boo!). Overall I'd give them a B+. As a bonus, I got about a pint of beef jus out of the sous vide bags. That stuff is liquid gold. I'm trying to figure out what to do with it now.

I did a low fat potato gratin from Cooking Light that actually ended up tasting better than the artery attack that's been my historical go-to. Definitely a keeper.

None of us are crazy about pumpkin pie either, so I did a peach cobbler. It took about 5m of active prep time and it was really good. I left it in longer than I meant to, but that ended up being a good accident. The edges were all crusty & chewy, in a good way.

How'd it go for you guys?
shawkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 04:22 AM   #2
MattW
Company Man
 
MattW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,281
MattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMattW is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
As always, I love to cook thanksgiving and I love to eat it, but not on the same day. Too hectic, then too much rush to eat.

This year, my turkey got done a whole 2 hours early! Scramble to get other sides sped up and try to get 2 guests to arrive early. Not the best.

Pumpkin pies were a solid B, not as good as the test recipe from last week.
Turkey was an A- in a wet brine.
Kielbasa cornbread stuffing was an A
Roasted sweet potatoes could have been an A but they went from caramelized to char while waiting: C
Gravy was a C- thin and a touch too salty.
__________________
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." -- Albert Einstein
MattW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 05:59 AM   #3
Alessandra Kelley
Sophipygian
AW Moderator
 
Alessandra Kelley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chicago, Illinois USA
Posts: 10,335
Alessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAlessandra Kelley is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
We celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. The bread and muffins and stuffing and cold pies are made, the apple pie assembled, the turkey thawed and in the fridge.
__________________
Don't be so proud of this teleological terror you've constructed.


Alessandra Kelley, Fine Art, Illustration, and Egg Tempera Instruction
"Confessions of a Postmodern Pre-Raphaelite" -- my blog
Alessandra Kelley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 06:20 AM   #4
Bookewyrme
Imagined half of it.
 
Bookewyrme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Home Sweet Home
Posts: 4,862
Bookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsBookewyrme is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
I wasn't the main chef, but I did bake the apple pie. It turned out beautifully this time around, and was very tasty too. I tried something new I'd read somewhere and used 3 different types of apples, which turned out really well. Definitely recommend it!
__________________
Lia Wolff
Writing Blog: Ex Libris Bookewyrme
Social Media: @LiaWolff Tumblr
Bookewyrme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 04:37 PM   #5
DragonHeart
Oerba Yun Fang
 
DragonHeart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 1,800
DragonHeart has earned our admirationDragonHeart has earned our admirationDragonHeart has earned our admirationDragonHeart has earned our admiration
I made rolls and helped with some of the side dishes, which worked out quite well since our turkey was also done early. Rolls were slightly overcooked; first time I've ever made them, usually I just do loaves, but they were still good. Everything else came out fine, no major incidents.

I got the carcass so I can make stock out of it. I'll easily have enough for turkey soup and something I want to try, turkey chilli.
__________________
Give it your best shot!
Blog Goodreads Twitter
Content Writer for The Final Fantasy
DragonHeart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
Stacia Kane
Girl Detective
AW Moderator
 
Stacia Kane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: In cahoots with the other boo-birds
Posts: 8,095
Stacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsStacia Kane is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Our Thanksgiving was great!


The turkey was definitely one of the best ones I've made; it was really good. I even liked it, which was nice. I can't say for sure it was the dry-brining that did it, but it was quite good, a really nice texture and flavor, and not dry at all, with a great crispy skin and meat that almost fell off the bone. I will definitely dry-brine again next year.

We also had:

green bean casserole
corn
homemade rolls
sweet potato casserole
a VAT of mashed potatoes
stuffing
cranberry sauce

and of course pumpkin pie


I'd misplaced the recipe I was going to use for the sweet potato casserole (I've never made one before) so I basically just improvised one; I used about 2 lbs. of sweet potatoes, boiled, and added a cup of white sugar, a cup of dark brown sugar, a couple of Tbsp of maple syrup, a 1/2 tsp or so of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and a 1/4 tsp or so of rosemary and sage to give it a bit of savoriness. I mashed that up well and put it into a pie dish. Then I topped it with mini marshmallows and baked it at about 350 for twenty minutes or so until the marshmallows were melted and the potatoes were hot through.

It ended up being a bit more liquidy than I wanted, but everyone loved it.


We invited our Scottish neighbor over, which was a lot of fun. She'd never had a Thanksgiving dinner before, and was really excited about it and loved it, which is always great. That's one thing I do really enjoy about Thanksgiving over here (well, that and the fact that everything is open so if I've forgotten anything or need to get something else, it's easy): sharing a real Thanksgiving dinner with people who've never had one.
__________________
http://www.staciakane.com



WRONG WAYS DOWN available now!


"...in Wrong Ways Down, Kane masterfully peels back layers unseen through Chess' point of view. Through Terrible's eyes, Kane walks readers on a thin line, riding the rough and yet poetic cadence of how he speaks and thinks--and in doing so, she reveals a layer to him, Chess and the underbelly of his world not seen before."

--Lauren Dane, NYT & USA TODAY bestseller
Stacia Kane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #7
Ol' Fashioned Girl
Irish to my roots & an
AW Moderator
 
Ol' Fashioned Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Last Star on the Right
Posts: 15,294
Ol' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsOl' Fashioned Girl is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
It was a triumph of mega-proportions. We did the smoked turkey and the limoncello cake. Our friends made the sides - mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, roasted Brussels sprouts with olive oil, capers and walnuts, green beans, beer batter bread, and cranberry relish. We also brought 'Brave' to watch and it kept the turkey coma at bay. All in all... a wonderful day.
__________________
aka: OFG




Click us... come on! Click us. You want to. You know you do.
Ol' Fashioned Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2012, 03:04 AM   #8
TerzaRima
Absinthe O'Malice
 
TerzaRima's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: the foulest in the land
Posts: 3,126
TerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsTerzaRima is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
I made all the sides. Cranberry sauce--I add orange juice, orange marmalade, a little cinnamon and nutmeg, and a glug of red wine. Roasted carrots glazed with a maple-mustard thing. Stuffing, made with potato bread, yellow onions, Granny Smith apples, celery, and chestnuts. Smashed potatoes with roasted garlic, a little butter, and buttermilk. Mmmm.

The sides have sucked for the past couple of years, and once I diagnosed the problem--a relative whomping stiff doses of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter into everything--I tried the 'It's time to let us wait on you' line. It worked nicely.
__________________
My metabotropic glutamate receptor1 downregulation brings all the boys to the yard.
TerzaRima is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Custom Search

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)


All times are GMT +4.5. The time now is 09:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.