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Confession: I don't like the family Thanksgiving dressing recipe

I think you need more butter -- I used a full stick for the same amount of celery and onion. And even more broth -- I think I used 8-10 cups of stock for a 6qt crockpot.

It needs to look like it's too wet when it goes in the oven to end up just about right when it's done.

I also use bread that has a little more body to it -- sourdough or similar -- it tends to not turn into paste like Wonderbread does.

about 6 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

Popeye's Cat Carrier

gosh. The first cat carrier in existence into which the cat goes willingly.

about 7 hours ago
sunshine842 in Chains

Help! Turkey cooking way too fast.

Mine was done almost an hour early -- happily, it wasn't dry!

I wrapped it in foil and dropped it into a cooler lined with old bath towels -- 90 minutes later it was still too hot to carve without a fork.

about 7 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

first year in a long time that I didn't have a single mishap. I usually manage to have one thing that didn't go all that great, but this year is was all cool. The crockpot dressing was very dark brown, but not even burned (so there were those scraping out that crust!). The pumpkin pies were in foil pans (I HATE foil pans, grr, but we were going to Sister's for the day) -- when they flex, they cracked the pumpkin pie....that's considered an admissible sin, as it can be caulked over with whipped cream. :)

I think I'm going to go buy a lottery ticket, as the universe is smiling on me.

about 7 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

nah,that's only a minor offense....burning something is part of the qualification to GET your chowhound card!

Is it rude to criticize meal value when someone else is paying?

if you are an invited guest on someone else's tab, keep your trap shut unless it's complimentary.

This extends to the restaurant, the menu, the server, your host's attire and/or hair style -- Mother was right when she told you that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

DO, however, make sure you express your appreciation for someone else ponying up for your dinner.

(you are, of course, allowed to make mental notes to never darken the doorstep of the place when YOU are making the choice and YOU are footing the tab.)

about 7 hours ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

Can I boil my potatoes with skin on, then let the food mill peel them?

I don't scrub, but I do at least rinse any chunks of dirt/mud off of them -- one bite of gritty potatoes will teach that lesson.

I cut into chunks if a) the potatoes are of significantly different sizes, leading to some being overcooked and some being undercooked, or b) I'm under some sort of time constraint -- more surface area = less cooking time.

about 7 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

Bought Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes: Okay to Mash?

yes, what you bought are what is called a waxy potato -- they are "stickier" (for lack of a better term) than the flesh of potatoes like russets (which are called mealy potatoes) and Yukons, which are somewhere in between.

Waxy potatoes like the Dutch Yellows, are fantastic boiled or steamed and tossed with butter, or tossed with oil and roasted as brooktroutchaser mentions below.

about 18 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking
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Apple Pie Internal Temperature

but in the case of something like an apple pie, it would tend to vary depending on the quantity of apples, the size of the pieces, the variety used, the ripeness of the apples, the "al dente" preference of the intended consumers of said pie, the amount of sugar, etc.,etc.,etc.

Screw it -- just bake it til it's golden brown and if you really want to fuss over it, slip a knife into one of the vents cut into the crust. If they're tender, it's done.

about 18 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking
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The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

eh, sub in PDQ chicken strips.

about 20 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

I've been making dressing in the crockpot for several years now. It's great -- the top doesn't get crusty, but the sides and the bottom do.

about 20 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

if you have one of those "little dipper" mini crockpots, they rock for keeping gravy warm (did it today)

I make dressing in my crockpot every year. Doesn't save me a single minute of prep time, but it sits over there on the counter doing its own thing (1 hour on high, 3-4 hours on low, or til 165F on an instant-read thermometer) without hogging my oven or heating up the house (important in the subtropics)

about 20 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

especially on days that you know it's going to be a crazy day...it's nice to have some sanity pre-planned.

about 20 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking
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The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

she didn't do the duchess potatoes in the crock pot. She piped them onto sheet pans and then baked a second time, so no crock pot.

about 21 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

because I'm blessed to have a houseful of friends and family to feed.

about 22 hours ago
sunshine842 in Home Cooking
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Thanksgiving dinner in Rome

They were paved twin-tracks, but twin-tracks just the same... but a communal road, and if another car was coming, one of you had to hope the shoulders weren't soft...small European cars are not the optimal vehicle for that drive...

2 days ago
sunshine842 in Italy

Thanksgiving dinner in Rome

I later as able to order birds from my volaillere -- she could get bigger birds earlier in the season. They weren't quite as good as the fermier birds, but they were bigger, cheaper, and significantly easier to order and obtain, as the farm was over an hour's drive each way, literally on twin-tracks through the beet fields.

2 days ago
sunshine842 in Italy

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I'm not Italian, nor am I of Italian descent. Should I laugh some more?

2 days ago
sunshine842 in Not About Food

Rule #1...always...

I was thinking along the lines of Ralphie's "THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word! "

But that'll work, too. :)

My father refers to that as "having an OhShit moment"

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in General Topics

Thanksgiving dinner in Rome

LOL

Actually, the owner of the farm where I bought mine said that the farmers buy their chicks with an eye on having them at 6kg or so (about the largest you can roast in a European oven) by Christmas...They're big enough to butcher at Thanksgiving, but they'll be closer to 4kg, which is a little on the small side, especially since they aren't the topheavy broadbreasted white birds of the US, so leaner than US birds.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in Italy

Rule #1...always...

I can only hope you let loose with the applicable string of profanity. :) I would have.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

best post of the thread, hands-down.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in General Topics

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: let's go to war!

BN parties seem to have gone the way of the dodo, at least in my part of the Etats-Unis...

I saw one party -- this for the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and with great pains to note that other wines would be available.

I saw ONE display of DuBoeuf BN at Costco-- and not a single bottle of another brand there or anywhere else.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in France

Anyone here follow the Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet?

actually, only about 7-8% of us are O-

Perversely the universal donor type is one of the rarer types.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in Special Diets

Anyone here follow the Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet?

Yup. And you get the knowledge that someone desperately needed your donation.

I'm O-, and I donated several gallons over the years. I've had phlebotomists and doctors tell me over the years that yeah -- when someone is really in trouble, they grab O- first when there isn't time to check what type that patient is.

Unfortunately I've spent too much time in Europe, and they don't want my whole-blood donations anymore because of the risk of mad cow disease. Ironically, I can still donate when I go to Europe.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in Special Diets

The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State

I really wasn't figuring that the ingredients would actually sound worse than the name....

....but they do.

Still not a guide to "most popular dish" -- but a pretty interesting look at what people are looking to make this year.

Most of the top-10s are pretty traditional dishes.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in Food Media & News

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

exactly.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

c'mon.

I like football as much as the next person, but let's not lose sight of the fact that this is a bunch of guys who are making completely loopy amounts of money to play a game....and most of them don't have the qualifications to make a great living in any other occupation. The rich guys play a game for rich guys, who are paid by an organization made of rich guys....and they get all of us to cough up shitloads of money for the privelege.

It's fun to watch....but it is just. a. game.

Etiquette on anniversary dinner

okay -- it's your in-laws, so as the voice of experience, yeah -- hand that one off to hubby. His family, his monkeys.

Having said that, however, I cannot imagine how it could be unfair to put your share on a card. Whether you pay in cash, coins, card or seashells, all that matters to him is that you paid.

It's *this* insistence on control that makes me think that something is fishy.

What can I take to the Netherlands

you won't have to tell them -- they'll see it on the xrays.

Nov 25, 2014
sunshine842 in Europe