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Your worst Thanksgiving meal?

I was working at a newspaper on a Pacific island in the early 90s. It was my first Thanksgiving away from my family, and I was thousands of miles from home. There are no holidays for daily newspapers, so a bunch of us were scheduled to work. We made plans to bring in potluck dishes to share. But a typhoon struck the night before. Thanksgiving Day brought power and water outages and a lot of news to cover. The newsroom had only emergency lights, and we took turns working at the few computers that were running -- most of the building's generator power had to be routed to the presses. The bathrooms featured oil drums full of water, because you had to fill up the toilets before you could flush. And of course nobody had much time or inclination to bring in food. But one guy on our staff cooked an entire turkey dinner on his gas grill and brought it to us in the newsroom. The setting was lacking, but the food was great.

Nov 19, 2010
Eloise in Not About Food

How do you keep track of all the recipes you want to try?

Glad it helped!

Jun 02, 2010
Eloise in Home Cooking

How do you keep track of all the recipes you want to try?

I recently started using a site called ZipList. It combines recipe storage with grocery-list making -- you can click a recipe and place the ingredients on your shopping list. It also has mobile options and a free iPhone app. Many recipe sites have a ZipList button that automatically stores recipes for you, and you can also download a menu-bar tool that lets you copy and paste. I love the ability to put all my recipes in one place, since I tend to gather them from various blogs and websites. I'm less enamored with the shopping list-making function -- it's clunky. But it might be a good reminder for you.

Meal planning is a different process for me. I signed up for the weekly specials email from my regular grocery store. I go through to see what's on sale that week and plan meals based around at least some of those items. That's the starting point for my shopping list. I also gather recipes I want to try in a folder online (or put printouts in an actual folder) or tag them in my RSS feed reader, etc. When it's time to make the week's menu plan, I pull that file out for ideas.

Jun 01, 2010
Eloise in Home Cooking

Can we talk about ribs?

I have a question about ribs and fat -- we made pork spareribs this weekend that were delicious, but too fatty. I cooked them in a low oven, covered, with a dry rub, and then finished them on a charcoal grill. I left all the fat on, figuring it would provide moisture/flavor and also that the steam would remove some of it, but it was still too much. Do I just need to trim the fat more carefully beforehand, or is there a preferable method? What's a good ratio (before cooking) of fat to meat?

Jun 01, 2010
Eloise in Home Cooking