Happy Thanksgiving by John Cole| November 26, 20098:58 am| 108 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailGo eat some turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving, John. And the same to all B-Jers.
Not a big turkey fan, so here in Houston I tend to cook a lot of goodies from the Gulf of Mexico and environs.
The Grand Panjandrum
Turkey, savory roasted sweet potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, dressing and lots of beer are on the menu. And then later it will be time to settle down and watch the Giants whup dem Broncos.
Have a good’un.
(runs frantically into the room) THE TURKEYS! They’ve mounted a counter-attack!
Not a turkey fan, either. But I’ll gladly spend time with my family, my extended family, my friends, and all the people at all the places I’ll be going today. I’ve come to see Thanksgiving as a drinking day, which is why I am taking tomorrow off.
No turkey for me, as we already had our Thanksgiving last month. We did have a nice big scoff of Chinese food last night, though, which was awesome (although I screwed up my phone order and ordered two chicken dishes, because Sam was voicing his displeasure at a rather impressive decibel level.)
Ugh…ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything? I should probably go put a fire on, but can’t be arsed. The dishwasher needs emptying, I need to go put sheets back on the spare-room bed, our bathroom is a fright, etc. etc., but I really just can’t seem to get my butt in gear today.
I said it on the last, now fairly moribund, thread, but I’ll say it again in this nice shiny one: the happiest Thanksgiving to all Balloon Juicers and your family and friends. Whatever (and with whomever) you eat, may it be delicious and satisfying and provide good leftovers. And as you travel on this weekend, may you be safe.
This B-J community is very high on my list of Things For Which I’m Thankful.
A friend from work who also reads this site said that John Cole was the best things Republicans have ever given us Democrats. He’s right. Some days, I just can’t bring myself to this site, but only because I know that while I intend to spend a half hour before actually getting stuff done, it’ll be at least an hour and a half, if not longer. The people, the host included, are that good. So yes, I am thankful this site.
Happy Thanksgiving all of you. Enjoy the holiday. I am having over a bunch of Latin American holiday refugees (no family to go to) so it will be a Latino thanksgiving. Lou Dobb’s nightmare.
and yes, this site, John, Tunch and all of you, are things I am very thankful for.
A quaint Canadian phrase?
As you know, Thanksgiving is the traditional kick off for the annual War On Christmas. I expect to go underground again and engage in my usual sabotage operations. Last year’s fart bomb at the Santa exhibit in the mall may have been my finest operation.
Happy Thanksgiving to the best commenters on the best blog on the toobz. We’re off to the in-law’s place in the Free State of Winston. This will be the View From Our Window. The puppeez and kitteh will stay behind, probably listen to rap music and smoke cigars in our absence. That, or sleep all day….
I still haven’t gotten my pamphlet about who and what to attack. If possible, like last year, I’d like to club carolers and people collecting money for charity in the knees. I just finished shining my pipe, if it makes any difference. ACORN says it would be a good idea.
@Keith G: British, actually. I’ve read too much Brit chick-lit, and have picked up some of the vernacular.
However, out here on the East Coast, we do tend to use both “arse” and the more commonly used “ass”, depending on the situation. “Arse” has a touch of humour to it, whereas “ass” is a bit more serious. My grandmother’s legendary epithet of “Oh, go chew me arse!” just wouldn’t sound the same if “ass” was used.
DougL (frmrly: Conservatively Liberal)
We got a jump on everyone because the wife has to work today so she made T Day dinner on Monday and we have been eating it all week. Since we have turkey once a year I can deal with it. Our son eats anything that hesitates long enough so he is happy as long as he gets his pumpkin custard.
Happy Turkey Day!
General Winfield Stuck
Gobble Gobble have Gobble a Cobble Gobble happy Gobble
Turkey Gobble Gobble day :)
Happy Turkey Day! Mine is in the oven and cooking away.
There will be wine, women, and song at my house later. I have cousins who like to sing when they get to drinking.
Always a good time.
If only the rest of the South were bright enough to figure that out.
Happy Turkey Day, all!
I’ll take pizza, pastrami, roast beef, fried chicken, lobster, or a hamburger any day of the week over turkey.
Whatever Gets You Through the Night – John Lennon and Elton John – Thanksgiving 1974
Happy Thanksgiving John, Tim, Doug, Anne, Lily, Tunch, and the Balloon Juice community.
When I need an honest to goodness laugh-til-the-tears-run, I head for these threads. Y’all never fail. And, I’m thankful for that.
Best wishes for the holiday.
General Winfield Stuck
And for your Holiday viewing family viewing pleasure
No need to thank me, unless you must.
Happy Thanksgiving gang! Let the turkey coma’s commence.
Mike Pence and NPR just harshed my buzz.
NPR played excerpts from Obama’s inclusive and positive Thanksgiving message.
They then played an excerpt of the Repug response (WTF?). In it, Pence attacked Obama’s economic policies. It’s a joyous holiday, so I will not type my first reaction. But, I will start drinking, like now, so I can get the taste out of my mind. Thanks, Mike.
Time to start shucking oysters.
Think of it this way. In their party, they get whining, immature clowns like Mike Pence and Eric Cantor or absolute dolts like Sarah Palin and Micheal Steele. In ours, we get classy, inspiring leaders like President Obama and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Flaws and all, our party is light years ahead of theirs. Something to be thankful for every day of the year.
Bah (woke up with a splittin’ headache). But that notwithstanding, y’all all have a rippin’ National Day of Cannibalism (i.e. millions of turkeys eating millions of turkeys).
Just glad I don’t own the primary cooking slot, just the prep and cleanup.
This. Also, too.
My local New England inn will be the gathering spot and providing the traditional fare, on this day that I truly feel connected to this country that I love with all of my heart. It’s too bad that the Puritans got here first – we’d have been way better off with Jamaicans. Local herb with jerked turkey and cranberry rum would be way more fun.
I give thanks for all of the laughs here in this weird little world of ours. Thank you John.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
Just Some Fuckhead
Just not feeling Thanksgiving this year. Usually it’s my favorite holiday but it seems different this year.
yeah I just read the Dionne piece in WaPo saying everyone hates Obama now and that he should start yelling at the top of his lungs or something. Ugh.
I may start drinking early too.
General Winfield Stuck
Watch out for the PETA agents, they are everywhere.
Thanks to John and all the BJ’ers from this longtime lurker. You have made my days brighter (especially during my recent two rounds of chemo–hopefully only one more to go). Here’s to many more Thanksgivings!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone on this great blog! Though I comment here infrequently, I visit Balloon Juice more than any other blog. Thank you John, Anne Laurie, DougJ and Tim F. Keep on truckin’! (That really dates me.)
I’m off too work, but will be done by the time my Mom pulls the Turkey out of the oven. I’m so very Thankful for my family, friends, a job and my lovely BJ compadres. This site is the best! Stay safe and hug your loved ones today. I know I will….
Okay Juicer cooks, anyone have a good recipe for a mushroom h’ors deuvre?
My husband got beautiful big fresh Kennett Square mushrooms and we need something for them.
I have ricotta and fresh mozzarella. I was thinking about stuffing them and then roasting them. Think it would kill my guests?
Best of luck to you. Yes, many more Thanksgivings to come.
Happy T-Day everyone!
21lb turkey + 6 guests = A whole lotta leftover turkey! Woo-hoo!
“Go eat some turkey.”
Well, not yet. Waiting for the temperometer to reach the magic 165 degrees in the smoker!
Happy Turkey Day my fellow joocers.
Remember – if Ben Franklin had his way, we would all be eating Bald Eagles today!
Just Some Fuckhead
I’ll try to get in the spirit of things and wish my Thankfellers a Happy Turkey Holocaust.
Cheryl from Maryland
Happy Thanksgiving to all. In tribute to the last Gourmet magazine ever, I am making the pumpkin pie recipe from the last issue ever. It feels odd to be making pumpkin pie with cream and sour cream instead of evaporated milk, but homage must be paid.
demkat260 — I love stuffed mushrooms and squash. I brush them with olive oil, roast them until soft at 350 degrees, and then add the stuffing. If the stuffing can’t be consumed raw, cook it first. Also good for mini mushroom pizzas — roast first, add good pizza sauce, roast until sauce is warm, add peperoni and cheese, cook until cheese melts.
Here ya go! These are so great they will make ya smack your Granny!
All you whacked-out leftist bloggers will now pretend to be as pure and as good as those in the heartland on this day.
Then you’ll end the charades and get back to hating on Amurka and sodomy and atheisting.
@donovong: Thanks! That looks great and I might just have the cheese. My husband’s italian so we have every cheese known to man.
Brick Oven Bill
The first week at the Facility is through and I remain employed. I have provided a single factual error of this week and that is that the guy who calls me boss with the tattoo on his neck who made wise-cracks to our female northern European diversity coach is ex-military. This was my bad assumption as in actuality; this guy failed the army’s background check and never served.
He might however come in handy if I find the guy who stole my jean-jacket.
If you have nice big mushrooms, it would be a shame to do anything else with them. Don’t have a recipe, but I saute some green onion and garlic with the minced shroom stems. Let that cool a bit, then stir in some minced, fresh Italian parsley, dry breadcrumbs, Parmesan, other fresh herbs if available, or dried oregano etc. Pack the filling into the mushrooms, top with some grated cheese. Bake until everything is hot and melty.
Before you fill the mushrooms, you can brush then with lots of olive oil, or saute them quickly in some olive oil. I usually saute – makes for a nicer surface texture.
The Other Steve
We are roasting a Turkey, and later on we’ll be making mashed potatoes and glazed carrots with orange and cranberry. We’re using recipes and instructions from America’s Test Kitchen cookbook.
But in case Sarah Palin is reading this, and to assure everyone of my Real American roots. We also have our Rhodes frozen dinner rolls thawing in the pan, and we shall be making the traditional Heinz Turkey Gravy from a jar.
Happy Thanksgiving, BJ commentariat, JC, DJ, TF, and AL. Enjoy the day. Looking forward to lots of food and football. And, I have an idea for a novel about politics based on the Screwtape Letters. I’m thinking about a collaborative writing project.
Might post something here tomorrow or next week once everyone is over the triptophan and alcohol induced drowsiness.
Anyway, cheers to all. I’m thankful you’re here. :)
Yikes – that looks like a fabulous recipe!
In Russia, turkey eats you!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
The Other Steve
I was afraid of making dressing from scratch. I thought this would upset Sarah Palin and she would not call me a Real America. So I considered doing Stove top stuffing but realizing that it kind of doesn’t really taste all that great… I opted for a compromise and purchased a bag of Brownberry herbed stuffing.
For desert my father is bringing over a pumpkin pie. But don’t worry, as Real Americans we’ll be serving it with Cool Whip and not that elitist whipping cream crap.
This will be the first year of my life where the lefties outnumber the wingnuts at our table. Oh, we’re too polite to bring up politics–but we all know and seethe. Heh. Happy Thanksgiving, indeedy.
You’ve got to hand it to them. They just wanted it more.
This sounds like an invitation!
Happy Thanksgiving H-Town.
Happy Roast Beast Day, everyone.
@Fern: Both of yours look good. I love this holiday. Cooking and wine.
Nice way to spend a Thursday.
Late to the party, but let me also give thanks to, and for, the BJ crew and our genial hosts. This is the coolest neighborhood pub on the intertubez.
Mulling over heading over to the Anaheim Convention Center to watch some college basketball. Early session has John’s ‘Eers against Long Beach and Clemson – Texas A&M. Late session is the best matchup on paper (Butler – Minnesota) followed by the worst (UCLA – Portland).
Or I may just go scratch Hurley and Laettner for a while and then go back to bed.
Whatever you choose to do today, enjoy it.
Yay! Bird’s in the oven. I elected to roast it covered with the cavity stuffed with apples, and apple juice in the bottom of the roasting pan. Not from any recipe, just a last minute whim, what the hell-can’t hurt. Should add an interesting note to the gravy.
@General Winfield Stuck:
Thank you, I must….
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Just enjoy doing nothing. Some days that is the best thing to do… Always works for me.
As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
(Jump to 17 minute mark for the, uh, legendary bit.)
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
I’m having a Thanksgiving Linner with Three vegetarians and a vegan. I’ll have to pick up some fresh carved turkey for myself later.
@moe99: Good luck to you. May you have many more turkey days to celebrate. Positive vibes beaming your way.
Guys, I am not feeling it right now, but I am thankful for this odd little place called Balloon Juice where we can bitch, snark, laugh, and cry together. Oh, and Tunchie. I am thankful for Tunchie. And food pr0n. That’s all I got.
Peace to you and yours on this turkey day. May you all be healthy, happy, and wise.
@jeffreyw: And of course, there will be pictures.
@jeffreyw: I do something a little like that with apple juice when I do ribs in the oven.
After they’ve been roasting for a while I take a spoon, get some of the juice out of the bottom of the pan, mix it with some brown sugar and cayenne, then use that to baste the ribs over the final stretch.
Well, no turkey for us, but I’ll be honoring my neighbors to the south by grilling hamburgers (they’re pretty much All-American, right?) and by eliminating all superfluous “u”s from my writing today.
And it goes without saying that I’m thankful for you guys. This IS the coolest neighborhood pub on the internets, and having stumbled across it back in 2004, it’s been amazing to watch it evolve, and to watch new people come in and become part of this wacky community.
Happy Turkey [or other, alternative entree item] Day to all!
First T-giving with the new wife. The choice of gravy (brown, not white dammit!) may be the first real test of our marriage. By “test”, I really mean that I will be forced to do whatever she wants, but with a frowny face.
Leelee for Obama
As others have mentioned, BJ is one of the things I am thankful for. It’s been a year many difficulties, coupled with the kindness of people whose faces I have not seen, but whose hearts were opened to me when I needed you.
Thanks so much, and Happy Give Thanks for what makes you stronger Day.
@Corner Stone: Sounds good, I may do some basting in the final stretch-sans the sugar, alas.
@asiangrrlMN: Pictures of turkey are so iconic that I fear any attempt on my part will fall well short, I will take some snaps just for the album. If any look suitable I’ll put some up on flickr.
I’m not new to “arse”, but I’ve not seen it used as a verb before, apparently meaning “to be bothered”. Gave me a chuckle.
Add one more vote of gratitude for BJ.
The true meaning of Thanksgiving revealed
Ok so, here’s what I did.
Mushrooms with the stems removed.
Chopped the stems finely and sauteed in butter with onion, salt, and pepper, a little worcestershire and white wine.
Allowed to cool and then added breadcrumbs, chicken sausage, and parmesan.
Now I am going to top with parmesan and bake later.
@Corner Stone: Oysters are now shucked and on ice. In a bit driving over to my bosses house. I contracted w/her to make some extra gumbo. I am trading a favorite Pineapple upside down cake that I like baking.
Once back home I start on the fish and clams.
Came across this. A little extra merriment: The Muppets do Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody. Enjoy.
And a Happy Xgiving to you, too, Cole!
Meal 1 down. Parade down. Two NFL games and 4 meals to go before the day’s end.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the folks at my favorite place to lurk.
I had my AP US History students read James Loewen’s chapter on Thanksgiving from his ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me.’ I look forward to parent complaints.
so the little guys are now officially adopted? happy to knwo they are still around.
Dang it. Husband has stomach virus that has been going around. I had it a few weeks ago. Know others who have had it. It comes on really suddenly and you’re down for the count for about 24 hours. He wasn’t feeling well last night, but mostly he was just tired so I figured it was work being really busy that left him tired. Nope.
No idea if he’ll be well enough to go to our Thanksgiving gathering later today. I am guessing not. That sucks.
I’m detecting a Christina Ricci theme here: Paul Krugman bring us Wednesday Addams on the meaning of Christmas.
Way to go with the reading assignment.
You can also look forward to Bill O’Reilly sending one of his stalker producers after you to do an ambush interview.
Play it the way Obama would and 11-dimensional chess her ass. Sop up every.teeny.drop of the gravy and yum, yum it up with a smile on your face.
You may have to endure it a couple more years but eventually she’ll start to believe you actually *like* her version. At which time she will switch to the other and then you can frown your way through paradise.
Never saw The Addams Family, but loved The Ice Storm and was disappointed it wasn’t a box office hit. Ricci was also great in The Opposite of Sex and Buffalo ’66.
What? What’d the Republican Party do NOW?!?!
Happy Turkey Day to the entire BJ crowd. I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate each and every one of your pointy, little heads. I read y’all often, comment hardly ever, but look forward to my visit at the end of the day.
I’m a pediatric RN and barely have enough brain-power to make the drive home at the end of my shift, but a glass of Gnarly Head and this place revive me in some stupidly absurd way. Carry on.
Bad Horse's Filly
@jeffreyw: I always cook my Christmas bird stuffed with oranges. Yum. Let me know how this turns out.
I said it last night – but it bears repeating: Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here. You’re on my list!
Watching Guys and Dolls, then a bike ride, then off to Thanksgiving dinner. Do I have a life, or do I have a life?
@jeffreyw: Just not a fan of turkey, so anything that can give the skin a nice complex texture is a better deal for me.
It’s too bad about the sugar. I make a mean marinade for beef fajitas that has brown sugar in it, and with the slender beef it crusts up and is deeelishous. Not to be a jerk about it or anything.
My Thanksgiving wishes…via Palin.
Just got up about an hour ago after going to bed at 5:00 a.m. Thank you, Balloon Juice and night-owl syndrome.
Having coffee and a roll to ease into the day, and I just kicked off my official holiday music season with Coltrane’s version of “Greensleeves” (no video, just a good audio capture). At some point later today I will make it a point to listen to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. That always gets me psyched for
the war on Christmasthe holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Happy Turkey Day to all you American dudes and babes down there. I will join your celebration by finishing the digestion of the giant bolus of turkey meat with apple-and-sausage-stuffing that I started on, python-like, a month ago.
Having a pot luck lunch with friends. I hope everybody has a good day, whether celebrating or not. Happy Turkey Day.
True. I think Mommy needs a break, though. I love Sam with all my heart and would lay down my life for him without a second thought. That being said, we do all need a little bit of “me” time now and again. Last week, my mom was visiting, and I had a hair appointment in town, so I thought Mom would watch him and I’d get a break and a bit of pampering. Well, she wanted to come with me, and I felt bad leaving her out here in the sticks, so all three of us went, and she and Sam sat in an unoccupied chair in the salon right next to me as I was being coiffed. So much for my break. :) I think I just need a day away from the house, the husband and the baby, and to just be able to go where the breeze takes me.
God bless you and thanks for what you do. :)
@RedKitten: All mommys need breaks. Don’t underestimate how much it can me to get one.
@demkat620: Can mean. Blah.
Happy Posthumous Thanksgiving to all of you, from Tom and Tomissa, your turkeys, and the other farm animals who gave their all for you this year.
Those of us who stand in dung all year, so that you can eat, forgive you. Mostly. Except for a couple of you, and you know who you are.
Great musical selections. They’re both near the top of my holiday music playlist.
My favorite knitblogger, who is also Canadian, posted this tweet:
licensed to kill time
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good night!
(oops, wrong holiday?)
Nah, my sincere wishes to everyone at this most excellent site, that we all give thanks for on a daily basis. Have a hearty meal, tell your loved ones you love them, and may your digestion proceed apace. And for God’s sake, stay away from the stores! Are you mad ???!
Happy Thanksgiving all!! Enjoy that turkey.
For those who want a little politics fix
It’s on that Asia trip.
Uncovered the turkey in the roaster, browning the skin, basting often. We’re in the final stretch before dinner. Alas, Buddy seems to have an upset tummy this morning. Bad day for doggy ailments, there will be carcass.
@asiangrrlMN: Thanks for the wellwish on the other thread hon. I’m currently sitting at work doing pretty much nothing (and getting paid to do pretty much nothing) but I have my reasons. By now my mother has COMPLETELY taken over my kitchen (for reasons too complicated to explain she will be cooking everything at my house but we will be eating at my parents) and is now dealing with the disaster area my brother mostly left it. So they get to handle her rage at the mess and I get paid to do pretty much nothing on a day I would have been paid for anyway. There are days I’m very very grateful for the labor movement in the early 20th Century. A revival wouldn’t be too bad IMHO. At any rate Happy Turkey Day! (except you Canucks cause you already had yours, then Happy Thursday to you!)
@jeffreyw: You will be amazed how dogs have miracle healings when food is involved. I bet he’s bouncing around begging before you can blink. Oh and food pr0n plz.
Respectfully fixt. (I hope. FYWP!)
@Yutsano: I’m thinking of doing a set on gravy. Mmm…gravy. I may take a pic of the bird if it looks good enough.
@jeffreyw: Keep in mind it’s not for me, this is all about keeping the wifey happy until I can make good on my bet to her. Although now I’m a touch worried. My mom made a set of cookies last night and they were somehow awful. I don’t know what she did as I didn’t watch her make them but all of a sudden I’m worried. I also didn’t buy enough butter while it was still on sale, so now I might have to pay a premium for that. It’s okay, she’s worth it.
Oh and Buddy will be your main competition for the gravy.
Of Bugs and Books
Thanks for BJ, this year especially to those donating money or time to the site, and hoping everyone has a safe holiday.
Ths is for arguingwithsignposts
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