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Thanksgivikkah Dinner

Thanksgivikkah … the last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah occurred on the same day was 1888, so I was a little rushed this time. But the next time, I’ve got plenty of time to work out a menu … it’s due in 79,000 years. My son came over for the day. I was going to serve a turkey loaf and a nice acorn squash, but I changed my mind:

Thanksgivikkah Dinner

Non-traditional dinner of Chicken Parmigiana, Mashed Redskin Potatoes and Braised Brussels Sprouts

At the last minute I decided not to make a turkey loaf and not to cook a squash (my kid doesn’t like squash). Instead, I made chicken parmigiana, brussels sprouts, and potatoes (smished).

If you don’t know how to make a chicken parmigiana, you can look it up; it comes in all kinds of variations. My favourite is this unbreaded one, it’s really simple: In a sprayed (!) glass baking dish (mine is a shallow 9″ × 13″), place as many thawed, boneless, skinless chicken breasts as needed (1/person) “face up”, i.e., with the inside down, and carefully place a layer of grated parmesan cheese on top. It will tend to fall off down into the pan, which you don’t really want. If you’ve thawed the breasts, you can pound them flat with a meat pounder, between sheets of plastic wrap; the cheese won’t fall off so much, then. Over the parmesan, lay a slice of provolone or mozzarella; it will melt and the parmesan will dissolve in it. Anyone who has tried to melt parmesan will realise that this is the way to get it to melt; otherwise it’s like trying to fuse aluminium oxide. (I’ve melted crucibles that way.) Put a foil cover on the dish and put it into a 375°F oven for about 35-45 minutes. Take the foil off for the last 5 minutes or so to slightly brown the cheese. If you use a metal pan, the time will be shorter. According to your preference, you can serve them as is, or you can spoon a layer of a nice red sauce (marinara, spaghetti, whatever) over it at the last minute. I would not recommend an Alfredo … doesn’t taste right, in my opinion.

I found some baby redskin potatoes, about an inch in diameter, in a little plastic package that you stick in your microwave, so I nuked ’em for 10 minutes/package (I got two packages … leftover potatoes are ambrosia) and smushed ’em up with the skins on. Or in. Or something like that. Then a bit of basil, oregano, maybe some thyme if you’ve got some, oil, and a whole stick of butter. Some pepper and salt to taste (be careful, there’s already salt in the butter). Swish it all together, and you’ve got potatoes to die for.

Brussels sprouts … cut the butt end off, peel off the outer leaves, cut in half or quarters, depending on size, and slit the remaining stem open a bit. Dice up a small onion, chop a clove of garlic, put them into a fair-sized skillet along with a sprinkle of salt, add the sprouts and a few ounces of water. Cover tightly and steam until the sprouts will accept a fork without much resistance … that’s not long. Drain the sprouts and aromatics and replace them into the skillet. Add enough olive or canola oil to cover the bottom of the skillet, and crank the heat to a sort of light sauté, and cover. Look in now and then to swish ’em around, and check on them; they should begin to caramelise a bit. When they look about right, turn off the heat and cover until you can serve them.

You’re done … and it’s really good.

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Man Hunt

Man Hunt

This just came in to my email; I had to post it:

They dressed the truck up with the guy tied down on the roof.
The driver and passengers put on Moose heads.
Then they went down the Interstate, causing 16 accidents.
Yes; they went to jail.
Yes; alcohol was involved.

This proves that men cannot be left alone.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Well, I reckon I’m here … sorta …

Well, jus’ dam! This is a weird box to type in for me; just not used to it, I reckon. The bar up yonder doesn’t seem to give me a choice of fonts, which is not prezackly my cuppa, but I’m here, and I’ll figger these things out in time.

I dunno how to add an avatar, or whatever they’re calling it, over here … that’s a prime objective, for now. Also, how do I get my old blog in here, and: are the comments included? are the albums included? and what about the mails? and do I have to carry all that I “follow” on my bookmarks, or what?

I just looked at the preview, and apparently I’m stuck with this Arial, or whatever this abomination of type design is called, which does NOT please me, not at all.

 
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