Favorite Holiday Tradition?

undecorating and removing the tree   0 votes - 0 %
faux-Baileys   0 votes - 0 %
Twilight Zone marathon   1 vote - 33 %
Dick Clark   0 votes - 0 %
David Guetta   0 votes - 0 %
rereading Lord of the Rings   1 vote - 33 %
last minute charitable contributions   0 votes - 0 %
best of lists   0 votes - 0 %
throwing stuff out   0 votes - 0 %
Dirty Santa   0 votes - 0 %
putting Jesus back in the box   0 votes - 0 %
The Bachelor   0 votes - 0 %
WIPO   1 vote - 33 %
 
3 Total Votes
Any inclination by barooo (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:19:28 PM EST
to say Dick Clark is gone after watching him.  It's just kind of a downer.  Glad he's doing well enough to still do the show, but it's also sad.  Pretty much everyone in the room got quiet when he came on and screwed up the countdown.


man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
I was distracted by J Lo by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:48:59 PM EST



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what the hell was she wearing? by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #29 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 10:25:18 PM EST
and, for the brief time i was watching, she resembled a drunk hooker.
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if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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Lamb is a big fan of twilight zone on NYE. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:21:06 PM EST
I didn't realize how big a fan she was till this year - when I woke up NYE morning, Syfy was already on the toob.

Favorite holiday tradition: baking the cookies & christmas morning breakfast. 

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
She has good taste by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:45:23 PM EST
We've pretty much exhausted the close library's Twilight Zone selection, someday I'll print out a list of episodes to track down, when I'm feeling like a completist.

Our last frosted cutout was eaten last night, we still have some misshapen unfrosted cutouts to eat, as well as some pressed cookies. Two kinds of cookies this year, that's one more than usual.


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Two kinds of cookies? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:58:32 PM EST
I kind of went insane this year. My baking list was: chocolate chip x2, snickerdoodles, x2, peanutbutter x3, butterscotch oatmeal, chocolate cookies w/ white chips, chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips, pecan sandies, "hermits" (kind of fruitcake baked in a crispy cookie form) , sugar cookies, real fruit cake, pecan/raisin bread, Mr. Ed bread (my own recipe), plain bread, 2 sugar free pumpkin pies, a sugar free apple pie, apple pie with caramels and a pecan topping (NOT sugar free), pumpkin bread, pound cake and I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting something.

SWHTL says I maybe overdid it a bit this year.


An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
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I remember. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:59:58 PM EST
Bulgar wheat bread (the kids love it) and "English muffin bread" which I must of messed up because it tasted exactly like the bulgar wheat bread. 

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
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Yeah, I make a double batch of cutouts by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 01:02:50 PM EST
based on a shortbread recipe on the day after Thanksgiving, and beyond that I have vague plans, but rarely follow through.

Mrs. Ha made a batch of pressed cookies this year, that was our second.

I did make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving, and a fair amount of yeast bread, but that pales next to:

9 types of cookies
fruitcake
poundcake
four breads
and pies.

Maybe next year.



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Well, like I said, SWHTL wants me to cut back by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 01:12:44 PM EST
but - my sister wants to hire me to take over all christmas baking for her house - we'll see. She'll have to cough up her own recipe for pound cake - it tastes a lot better than mine.

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
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I'd like to cook a few more cookies by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 01:20:10 PM EST
but I'd need a really smooth holiday season for that, no business trips, no SAD, kids behaving.


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HOLD ON THERE- by misslake (4.00 / 2) #27 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 08:35:15 PM EST
WTF is "a recipe for pound cake"

pound cake consists of one pound each eggs, sugar, flour, butter.

HENCE, POUND CAKE

no recipe needed.
add lemon or vanilla according to your proclivities.

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Can I ask you to get like this by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #30 Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 02:44:48 AM EST
once or twice a month?

I can pay in advance. Thanks.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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send me a couple bottles by misslake (4.00 / 1) #31 Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 08:43:42 AM EST
of a nice tempranillo

and some chocolate.
i'm quite entertaining that way.

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Off to the liquor store . . . by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #33 Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 11:57:57 AM EST
after I finish "watching" "Angie & Cleo" perform on "Girls Craving Girls".

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Do you weigh the eggs by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #34 Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 09:54:43 PM EST
with shells on. by misslake (4.00 / 1) #35 Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 11:10:23 PM EST
it makes a really dense moist cake that keeps for weeks.

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Twilight Zone by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #28 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 09:06:28 PM EST
two kinds of gumbo by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:47:43 PM EST
That would, I think, improve any gathering.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

With shrimp, and without by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:48:27 PM EST
the shrimp was not peeled, which made it a pain.


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So it was a real Louisiana gumbo then. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:55:19 PM EST


Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Yeah, brother_in_law likes Southern cooking by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:57:20 PM EST
he's from Md, and wants to move to the DelMarVa Peninsula, but he made the roux and everything.


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Roux is easy by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 01:45:52 PM EST
Last night at a potluck I helped out with the beef stew. It needed more help than I could give, but a dark roux helped some.

It also needed tomato paste, which we didn't have, and about a quart less stock. Maybe a half cup of cider vinegar. And not being cooked in a crock pot.

It wasn't bad, about as good as a quality canned stew. But not up to homemade standards. Must find out if the cook is single, and if so, does she want cooking lessons.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Good luck with that by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #15 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:04:12 PM EST
Husi needs more angst!


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I'm sorry, we peel our shrimp. by greyshade (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:16:31 PM EST
I have never in my life eaten a gumbo where the shrimp weren't peeled.  Do you yankees eat your gumbo with potato salad?

"The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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My bil sort of apologized by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:19:21 PM EST
he knew they were de-tailed, he thought the shrimp were peeled, too.


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Fair enough. by greyshade (2.00 / 0) #20 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:46:21 PM EST

However, as a native cajun, we would consider a gumbo with unpeeled shrimp a travesty. =P I can't vouch for how they cook it north of I-10 tho.  I think somewhere between Baton Rouge and  Alexandria they start to make it more like seafood soup...  They may well be using unpeeled shrimp for all I know.



"The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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It was thicker than soup by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #21 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:47:40 PM EST
and I would have had multiple bowls if I hadn't filled up on sushi.


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Good deal. Never answered my other question tho. by greyshade (2.00 / 0) #23 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 03:52:57 PM EST
Do you eat it with potatoe salad?  That's how most of my native friends do it, but I've been to restaurants and seen non-natives  serve it without.

"The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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Nope by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #24 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 04:02:59 PM EST
there was no potato salad there.


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frogmore stew ? by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #18 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:33:28 PM EST
betting those lazy SOBs didn't even make a roux, amirite ?

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Nah, he made the roux by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #19 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:41:32 PM EST
don't know about the frogmore bit


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google, my man.. by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #22 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:55:57 PM EST
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/good-ole-southern-frogmore-stew/Detail.aspx

""This is comfort food for any true Southerner. Includes shrimp, potatoes, fresh corn and smoked sausage.""

And is specific, the shrimp are unpeeled

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WIPO by Herring (2.00 / 0) #25 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 05:58:02 PM EST
Trying not to tell my brother he is a cock. In fact, he is a cock.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

WIPO: Going to the beach by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #26 Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 06:19:46 PM EST
standing barefoot in shorts in the sand, taking pictures, and sending them to our relatives who live in places where it actually gets cold.

We took our tree down on the 26th.  I don't know why we really bothered this year, except for TFT I suppose.  I think we had it up about a week, and actually decorated for half that time.  Thanks to Home Despot for cheap trees.


Lego. by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #32 Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 11:43:37 AM EST
We just found out about First Lego League. My son's school is going to get together a team.

If your girls aren't already on a team, get them on one.


A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
Exactly
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