Earlier this year in March I purchased a turkey and five chickens to be grown for me, and in October, when I picked up the turkey from my friend who raised them, she handed me a 50 gallon trash bag with what looked like 3 medicine balls in it, told me the turkey weighed 31 lbs, and dryly noted that “They grew bigger than we expected.” I had to cook a brisket I had not intended to eat yet just to fit the damned thing in the freezer downstairs.
Suffice it to say, with only me eating Thanksgiving dinner this year, turkey was off the menu (Tamara’s instructions be damned). I was going to make a chicken, then decided I was not in the mood, and yesterday saw that filet was only like 8.99 a lb, so I picked up a lb and that was to be my big dinner.
I went to the kitchen a half dozen times today, and simply could not get motivated to cook, so I decided I would get chinese take out. Ventured out, and lo and behold, all the Chinese places were closed.
So I am excited to report that my Thanksgiving dinner was grocery store sushi and a ball of port wine cheese.
Works for me! Thank you for an excellent idea for Thanksgiving dinner.
Major Major Major Major
Haha, I feel ya. Nothing interesting to report over here either. Happy thanksgiving all!
Saw this tweet and thought you might all appreciate it.
port wine cheese is fucking delicious. having spent the day cooking, i can say with all authority that you made the right choice, cole
Sounds like the tuna stuffing was exceptional!
Congratulations. When I moved to NH I forgot all the grocery stores would be closed on Easter Sunday so my first Easter Dinner was Cambell’s Chunky Soup. This year I had my first “Amish” Turkey. Only 8 pounds. I salt brined it. It was pretty good. I hope they treat their turkeys better than their puppies.
I’m gonna report that RandomWife and I cooked all day and ended ip both eating small plates. We both lose our appetites the second we finish cooking. Seems like there should be a term for this.
Just Some Fuckhead
That has to be the lamest excuse for porking out on a brisket I’ve ever heard.
The teen asked for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese along with the homemade mashed potatoes and everything else for dinner. My housemate hadn’t made it before, and read the instructions wrong, putting milk and butter in with the macaroni to boil. So it’ll be extra rich
ETA: my friends whose house I begged off going to brought a full turkey meal and left it outside, so I’m set for tomorrow too.
Thanks John. Thanksgiving was pretty lousy until your post. Instead I get to end the day laughing
@RandomMonster: I am especially that way when I make sweets.
I don’t even want to lick the beaters
My wife, even though she is mad at me, got a port wine cheese ball as part of the cheese, veggie, fruit appetizer thing we do in the early afternoon instead of lunch before the Thanksgiving dinner. It was devoured, I have corrupted our kids to love it too. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Up here in Canada, I was WFH and my husband had his zoom class to teach tonight. We will feast tomorrow. Well, a slightly fancier dinner anyway. I’m not feeling it this year, but there will be homemade apple pie. With ice cream.
Lazybones here didn’t feel like cooking ribs today, so pepperoni pizza it was.
Maybe I’ll slow cook the ribs tomorrow.
So John: what ever did happen with the Turkey Monster of WV?
Did it end up at a local food bank? Or did it eat the food bank instead?
@Jay C: First paragraph, last sentence.
I am with you Cole, it was all I could do to thaw some chicken stew and boil potatoes.
Thanks for continuing to host this place. Happy Thanksgiving.
Lord Fartdaddy (Formerly, Mumphrey, Smedley Darlington Mingobat, et al.)
Lol! Thanksgiving was going to be low key this year because mom and sister (pod/housemates) were going to make tamales and I was going to work (from home). Our plan was to buy fried chicken for dinner because tamales are a two-day affair to make. When we were going to buy dinner, it turns out the place was closed! Ended up getting pizza delivered. So sad! But tomorrow will be delicious :0
@RandomMonster: Whenever I cook a large meal I taste and test and graze so much that by dinner time I’m full up. Of course that didn’t stop me yesterday (our Thanksgiving for two since my wife worked today). Today is already day of of leftovers.
I mentioned in an earlier thread I wasn’t really interested in the turkey dinner I had ordered, so I made a BLT with one of my last garden tomatoes. It was very satisfying.
Hah. I have you beat by one. My local best Chinese shop closes at 8:30, and I called them yesterday at, like, 8:38, sure they were open until *at least* 9. I’d figured on day-early feasting on fresh, and next-day feasting on leftovers in whatever proportion I liked. I was ordering 5 entrees, for 4 meals+snacks, and there’s something awfully nice about being able to mix and match, and only worrying about hogging too much of one entree, if I know I should save some for later.
And yes, they were closed today, too.
My first year in Washington, I moved in mid-November, and I was out here alone, so I ate at a Jack-in-the-Box; they didn’t have any of those where I grew up, or where i moved for college, and, of course, Jacks has all kinds of weird stuff you don’t see in ordinary fast food places – jalapeno poppers, like, four different styles of french fries (seasoned curly fries, bacon and cheese wedges, etc.), oddball burgers and sandwiches, etc., so it was a bit of all-right. But while I’d gladly drive out for a Chinese feast, now that Jack’s is so normalized, it’s just nothing like an adventure to go there now.
Did anyone have Zombie Danish Covid Minks on their 2020 Bingo Card?
I just finished 55 consecutive overnight shifts this morning so Thanksgiving has consisted mostly of naps supplemented by beer, ice cream, stuffed grape leaves, hummus on crackers, and now finally some leftover pierogi.
This has not been a good year except for Trumpolini losing.
Next year will be better. Wife, the 5 cats, & I will be eating turkey for next week. Blessings to you all.
Chacal Charles Calthrop
When I flew out to Seattle this summer to visit family I first quarantined on a houseboat tied up right in downtown Seattle. I got to the boat right around 9:45pm, settled in, & then went looking for dinner. Turns out Seattle shuts down sharp at 10pm.
So dinner was airplane kibble I’d saved from the flight since I didn’t take my mask off at any point in between going into the airport in NYC & coming out of the airport in Seattle.
Next year will be better. Wife, the 5 cats, & I will be eating turkey for next week. Blessings to you all.
Oh, I’ve been there: fridge full of food, unable to decide what to cook, and wind up grazing small bits of this and that.
Today, though, I had a lovely dinner with the neighbors, brought home enough for dinner tomorrow, and prevailed upon the nabes to keep the two pies I brought for dessert. I know if I brought home the cherry I would have more tonight, more for breakfast tomorrow, and possibly the last of it for lunch.
Also, we watched some genuinely cool stuff on TV. They get the Smithsonian Channel. We saw a program about the Salish Canoe Journey here in the PNW, where all the indigenous coastal nations from California up to British Columbia paddle canoes along the coast to what is now Olympia WA. Very important, big, ceremonial event… that I happen to have known about because many of the state colleges in Washington participate. It was *the* big event for the Cultural Anthropology Department when I worked at Edmonds College a couple summers ago. So I hugely enjoyed learning more about it.
Then we saw a program about Great Train Journeys. The episode we saw was about the Bernina Alpine Express, which goes from Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy – across and around and through the Alps. “From glaciers to palm trees,” all within 5 hours. We also saw the advance force maintenance teams that keep the railway free of snow and ice, and make sure no avalanches fall on the train and railway.
@Jay: What a bizarre story. Creepy.
You need an excuse? :)
I made a turkey breast and it turned out well, but I really had no interest in eating it. I sliced off some for Gordita, because she loves her turkey. Turkey now in the fridge, it’ll be sandwiches for my work lunches.
Peaceful day tho, and I have a 4 day weekend, so that’s goodness =-)
don’t tell me, something’s rotten in the state of denmark?
Well I had a macaroni, broccoli and chicken frozen dinner. Lunch was turkey outdoors at parents. I was curious and drove by Walmart and Best Buy. They are closed today. I assume they are open tomorrow but almost everything is for sale online anyway. The town seems to be very shut down and the interstate didn’t seem that busy. Students are supposedly finishing the semester online so I expect the town to stay pretty dead till January. Unlike the past few years, businesses actually closed for thanksgiving. I noticed McDonald’s was open for drive though and had a line, which made me laugh.
My mother keeps trying to get me to watch her cook a turkey so I can do it when she is gone. I am 57 and realized what is really going to happen is I switch to take out. I do not enjoy cooking except a few personal choices.
Good night BJ
How it started vs How it’s going
(2015 vs 2020)
@RandomMonster: Ha. I too spent all day cooking. As I had been unable to find a turkey smaller than 14 lbs for the two of us, I bought a frozen hen from Kroger. I know how to roast a chicken and a turkey, but that hen was truly a tough old bird. I hope never to encounter such again. . Threw the carcass and a lot of its impossible to remove meat straight into the trash after dinner. I did not overcook it either.. I shuda known something was not quite right when I had great difficulty slitting the skin to put the garlic pieces underneath.
The cornbread dressing was good and the fresh turnip greens from the farmer’s market were good. Traditional sides in SO’s family. But that entree was a bust and now I’m just exhausted from standing on my feet all day..
it’s as 2020 a story as murder hornets or 4 Seasons Total Landscaping, or brain eating algae in Texas.
Mrs Kelly slow cooked (smoked?) a turkey in our Kamado Joe Monday, so we’re already in leftovers mode. Cook time was all afternoon. She figured it’s just us and the weather was good Monday, why wait? First time she’s done a turkey in the BBQ. It is excellent.
We got the Kamado Joe last year. Cooking in a ceramic kettle bbq with chunk charcoal is amazing. The only drawback is time.
The Moar You Know
Been dealing with an ongoing case of diverticulitis since August. Likely surgery in January. I’m ready. West Virginia grocery store sushi sounds like heaven, that’s how bad this is.
Not overweight anymore, though! That issue is SOLVED.
do you have a chimney for faster firelighting?
I made turkey & stuffing meatballs served in gravy with cheesy mashed potato-but-really-cauliflower. And pumpkin pie. I loved it, but the older (and much pickier) sister wasn’t thrilled.
I zoomed for the first time this afternoon with a group of friends and then enjoyed part of the Balloon Juice 10 pm meetup.
I made 2 chicken soft tacos. Lame. Made up for it by teaching myself to make 3D latte foam! Outstanding at it, but don’t (at all) have the hang of the art part.
Cooked up a turkey breast from Costco and the fixings for madame and the kid. A good feasting was had by all.
My Thanksgiving dinner was leftovers from last night (a lazy version of Jambalaya) while I graded student work. Rinse and repeat for tomorrow. FML.
Nobody in my house wanted turkey, so it was roast chicken last night and ham today, with a few sides, homemade rolls and pumpkin cheesecake. We always aim for a long walk in the woods afterward. It was a gorgeous day.
I didn’t want to cook a turkey for just myself. Made BBQ oysters and beef ribs. Tasty.
@lamh36: Ahh, lamh, I’m an auntie too and a great auntie to boot, and your pictures are pure joy.
Lol ended up doing an 8.5 mile, 1450 vertical hike with the family that lasted 4 hours no thanks to my crazy husky and was so sore when we got back that instead of the lovely duck meal I’d planned I did strip steaks and roasted potatoes while zooming w family across America. Crazy times. But honestly nobody missed turkey
the kitchen’s all clean and shut down. 2 dinners delivered to 2 of the old boys and then we ate. I’m sailing the couch with a gently snoring pup and we started the day with a bike ride. It was raining leaves – just a nice moment for me and spouse to enjoy together. Brief check ins with family and friends and all hoping for better times ahead. I’m looking forward to reports from the zoom sessions.
We had Chinese too – got it yesterday and warmed it up today (because our local place was closed today too). Pecan pie and ice cream for dessert. We’re stuffed, but not in a coma from tryptophan for a change. ;-)
In other news, Donnie got a new desk…
anything can make it on the bingo card??
Happy Thanksgiving, Cole??????
@Jay: Honestly, when I read about the culling plan, I thought something might happen to make the decision a bad one. Couldn’t just quarantine them?
As a vegetarian, culling animals is one of my least favorite things.
Maddie has grown so????
Rolled pork loin roast stuffed with buttered panko and herbs, prosciutto and spinach. Very delicious but we’ll be eating it forever. I’ll figure something out.
@Jay: No, she uses some kind of solid lighter material in the with charcoal. Not lighter fluid.
Mrs Kelly is an amazing cook. She’s incapable cooking the same meal twice. I just do the occasional heavy lifting.
so I did some socializing on the last zoomer – it was very enjoyable. two channels of communication with the chat and the video. I hope this turns into a regular thing but we need some form of troll control .
Figure something out? I’m not sure I see a problem with the “eating it forever” plan. But then, I loooove roast pork loin.
Since I’m between jobs, I cooked just for myself when I would normally dine with friends or family.
The only turkey breast I could find was skinless, so I steamed it with potatoes and cobettes. After cooking, I put a brown sugar-teriyaki-sesame seed glaze on it and broiled it. Oh yum!
@2liberal: Sorry i missed it. I’ve done several in person but this is more accessible.
Happy thanksgiving, everyone.
It’s not original, but I’m thankful for my family, and that none of us have caught COVID, and for my pets, and that I’m lucky to have a pretty damn good life, and that I can now put some faces to nyms thanks to the awesome Zoom seshs today.
Donald says he doesn’t even want to sit at the grown ups table anyway.
@Chacal Charles Calthrop: kibble? my cat’s ears just perked up.
Palate fatigue or taste fatigue.
The best solution I have found is smoke a bowl of some damn good cannabis, go for a 30-minute walk and then step back into your kitchen.
You’ll eat. You don’t even need the cannabis. The walk alone works.
I have a turkey breast in the deep freeze, but didn’t even consider making it. Instead, I had a bacon-wrapped filet, some little yellow potatoes, veg, and pinot noir.
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow BJers who celebrate.
The only explanation I’ve heard for that bizarre photo op that… makes even the tiniest shred of sense is that maybe he thought sitting at a tiny table would make him personally look big?
@HalfAssedHomesteader: The A, B, C, D, and E teams of White House staffers have all either left, been fired, or are under indictment. He’s down to the F Team by now.
His hands are still tiny AF though.
Dinner is done and cleaned up. Roasted half a turkey breast plus some veggies, and there’s enough left over for tomorrow plus some meat for something or another on Saturday. Quesadillas maybe. Plenty of dessert though; the tart I made yields a dozen or so servings. Good thing it freezes well…
I made two pumpkin pies with graham cracker crusts, frangelico and vanilla whipped cream, guacamole, and cucumber raita. My mother made the rice dish.
The fact I burnt the crusts slightly did not stop an entire pie from being devoured.
My brother bought a bunch of Boston Market turkey and carbs, so my dad nicked half my chilies and onions.
Don’t laugh, I got very tired from doing all that and constant kitchen cleanup. :-p
get a chimney, they are cheap, Paper with a dab of vegetable oil in the bottom, chunk charcoal up top, a screen to minimize sparks if on a deck.
redhot coals in 15 minutes or less.
They do about 4 cups, but it’s a good start, if you need more, you can start more while the grill heats up, or just add charcoal and deal with the heat drop after searing.
These days, you can get a bunch of different hardwood charcoals, all infuse a different flavour.
@dmsilev: The weird thing is his inanity doesn’t really make me uptight much now, now that the air is gushing out of his bouncy castle of horror. The end is in sight, it’s a date certain, and it can’t get here soon enough.
Agreed on both the enjoyable and the need to keep trolls out.
Thank you to the Zoom hosts who evicted the multiple racist trolls from the 10 PM event; it was appreciated. Next time: prevention.
Well said, Bob.
It was fantastic and I think troll control worked well.
So much thanks to WaterGirl and everyone else who made it happen.
Mingobat (f/k/a Karen in GA)
@HalfAssedHomesteader: Yeah, I just want him to go away. Preferably to prison. I’m just sick of four years of hearing about him all the damned time.
(In other news, I got on the 10PM ET Zoom, figuring I’d say hi and hang out for a few minutes. Wound up sticking around for the whole thing. That was the fastest two hours I’ve ever experienced.* WaterGirl, thanks again for setting it up!)
* ETA: Okay, maybe not ever. But by 2020 standards, it was a very enjoyable stretch of time.
You had me at “cheese”!
@HalfAssedHomesteader: I’m thinking he stole the Resolute Desk. Or set fire to it. Or took a dump on it.
@HalfAssedHomesteader: Yeah, I know there’s still a lot of damage that he can do on the way out, but the ‘will this never end?’ fear is gone. And he’s officially a loser, and bullies who lose are no longer intimidating.
I consider theft or vandalism of White House furnishings to be quite likely on his way out. Trump is exactly that petty and dimwitted in his malice.
Although I was grateful for the expeditious removal, I’d prefer preventive action. A Balloon Juice event ought not to be a source of racial slurs.
G’night all; we can join up again to fight the forces of nastiness tomorrow!
Understood, but it was brief.
The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion
Happy thanksgiving, you crotchety bastards of all genders and generations! Thank you for helping me stay as as sane as I can claim to be! I don’t know that I could have survived without all of you, and this blog.
Uh … no. WTAF is that? Wait, maybe I don’t want to know, unless it’s some kind of fashionable fur collar for 1930s movie star glamour shots. In which case, sign me up, it’s cold here.
Low-key fuck 2020 and everything it brought.
I think his staff is undercutting him and he has become too dim to stop them.
Listening/talking live. Reading/writing on the Zoom chat. Checking the blog on the other monitor.
Because of course he did…
Here’s a beautiful woman in a sexy dress playing jazz bagpipes.
OMG! I did this trip in late September a few years ago. So freaking awesome, despite the noisy dirtbag mass-tourism British low-cost tour group that joined the trip in Tiefencastel and the couple who hissed abusive obscenities at each other from the seats opposite me for the remainder of the trip – thank G-d for Mozart-filled Airpods, yay! The scenery is astounding and the sheer ingenuity of the engineering is awe-inspiring. I got an absurdly low ticket price thanks to the Man in Seat 61, but it would have been worth 10x the price. Can’t wait to do it again.
I struggled mightily to force myself to roll and cook those meatballs, but spaghetti and meatballs was literally the best Thanksgiving meal I’ve ever had.
Traditional T-day cooking is only tolerable with well made and excessive amounts of gravy.
This holiday is definitely in the top 3 of stupid American traditions. Hey, let’s every get Thursday off, and eat massive amounts of crappy food and watch terrible football.
July 4th celebrations are probably just as stupid, but they’re 10x easier and more fun: throw a bunch of stuff on the grill and eat whatever doesn’t get burnt to a crisp, then try not to burn down the neighborhood making craters in your lawn. Plus it’s July. You can go outside (away from your Uncle Jimmy bitching about the gay aliens trying to assassinate Q).
And he’s wrong again.
His 100% record of always being wrong is still unchallenged.
Why not all three?
Along with the crimes we don’t know about yet (oh there WILL be!), I wonder how much stuff these bastards are going to steal before they’re evicted on January 20th.
@NotMax: All while not wearing long pants I’m sure.
@Frankensteinbeck: (But seriously, Obama used the same desk to sign the PPACA into law, so it’s not unusual. It’s delicious to see Donnie freak out about people making fun of him using it though.)
@HumboldtBlue: Oh you Internet, you.
Some traditions remain eternal.
Plus it was dang hot this afternoon.
@NotMax: It’s a spicy 42 here right now.
Wait, there was a troll on one of the Zooms? Hell and damn, how’d they even find us? WaterGirl was really careful about posting the info…
…unless it was a BJ troll. But we got rid of most/all of them, I thought.
So sorry that happened – the Zoom was so much fun!
What. No, WHAT.
Need a laugh? Click this tweet.
@Ksmiami: Sounds like an excellent day
Everyone pass out from overindulgence?
30 minutes to go until the meal here is ready.
Low-key and delish dinner of roast chicken with the missus and her sister. With crabapple mint sauce a friend made. Yum!
They don’t do T-Day in this foreign speaking land, so we settled in for an old episode of Silent Witness and a newish one of Prime Suspect: Tennison instead.
Thankful that we salute a flag and not a shirt. I’ve been repeating that line from Seven Days In May a lot lately.
Yes but I’m not sure I’ll be getting out of bed in the morning though
The trip must have been super-amazing, to have enjoyed it despite the impromptu floor show.
Uhhhhh. “Get back home, Loretta.”
What a terrible substitute! ?
@trollhattan: ALL the facepalms. A self-own visible from the ISS.
Steak à l’orange?
“Note to WH staff: Remove all “B” keys from keyboards on departing last day.”
That’ll show ’em.
@mrmoshpotato: the family was happy- not sure we will go back to traditional Thanksgiving after this
@NotMax: It’s wrong to make people look up delicious recipes at this hour. :P
@Ksmiami: The! Horror!
I hope meat prices are good next time I need to go to the store.
Beautiful kids. Happy Thanksgiving!
covid got into farmed minks, mutated, then back out. The Danes alone of all the mink farmers, culled all the minks.
now, they are rising from the grave.
they are farmed animals, so, yeah, no quarantine.
They need close contact humans to keep them alive,
and the Covid mutated, in the minks, but not in the “right way”. 11 farm staff so far, got infected from the minks, and for all intents and purposes, it’s for humans, no different than the European Human Strain.
there are also lot’s of “escapes” from mink farms, and populations in the wild, which could create an “enduring” reservoir of Covid.
J R in WV
We have a wood stove in the living room and a Green Egg on the back deck. I find that a common hand propane torch will light either of them in 20-30 seconds, no lighter fluid or starter material needed. Just put the blue flame on the dry oak log on the bottom of the stove, or into the chunk charcoal, wait less than a minute, fire is going.
I roasted a 4.3 pound breast, cornbread dressing, had picked up a packet of fresh rosemary and thyme which made great herbed butter for the turkey, early in the day I cooked a cranberry pecan relish, WEdnesday I made a mayer lemon pound cake with fresh red raspberries in it.
The last menu item was mashed potatoes and gravy. It was all pretty good, I had all the good things to work with, cream for the potatoes etc. Wrapped up the cooking ready to eat around 7, which worked with the plan in my head to do the 10 pm zoom.
But after dinner, before any discussion of dessert, we both crashed hard, put away the food worth keepng, were asleep, dogs and cats fed, by 8:45 pm~!~ I wonder if the French 75 cocktails we had while I cooked had anything to do with that? What, Ya Think so?!!
I way wanted to do the Zoom, but never twitched untilabout 20 minutes ago… doing a tiny slice of pound cake and a glass of milk, will go back to bed, attempt to sleep a little bit late to get bak on or normal schedule.
My alma mater plays football Friday afternoon are actually ranked IIRC, were undefeated last I noticed their record, so that’s the plan for Friday. Eat lfetovers. Do the tiny applewood smoke ham Saturday or Sunday, or whenever we run out of Turkey.
And here in the WV wooded hillsides, Deer Hunting Season started last Monday. Big Booms off in the woods. Dogs didn’t eat much dinner at all, nibbled and snacked a little bit, because they have a rural buffet of Bambi Bits that often lasts past New Year.
Controlling the weight of a white Lab mix becomes impossible~!~
She should run 75-80 pounds, but come early winter blows right past 95. So sweet tho, she can wag just the tippy end of her tail, and really fast. And of course being a rural dog who loves her native soil, she isn’t really white any more, not since the party with Mr Skunk. More of an aged-to-pale yellow shade.
Sorry we missed the Zoom. Next Time fer sure!!!
@J R in WV:
@J R in WV:
Folex stain remover might get her back to white…….) :
What?! The gas station sold out of sushi?!
Come for discussion of news and politics, stay for the Cole.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: This is exactly what we did, except MrsFromOhio and eldest YAFromOhio did all the cooking. I drank bourbon, watched football, and cleaned up.
@HumboldtBlue: Oh hell yeah! I can attest to this technique!
@RandomMonster: I call that “making leftovers.” Now you don’t have to cook for two days.
@Just Some Fuckhead: Briskets are beef. Just sayin’ :-).
@Kelly: you can make starters like that yourself, with some paper towels and paraffin. (I usually use a chimney starter, which just takes newspaper, but I have had some pyro-delight in using a tea light under the fire, letting it catch the tinder, until it melts, and the paraffin catches, and soon, you have a roaring fire.)