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Monday, November 30, 2009

Punch Lines

Assume: A spherical, frictionless chicken, in a vacuum.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

11 Years

Happy Anniversary Michael!

I love you, and I’d do it all again if given the choice.

Really. I would.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

AFK

My mother-in-law’s husband died Thursday; I probably won’t be posting for the next several days.

Just so you know.

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It IS Black Friday

New poll over on the sidebar: Worst Christmas Song Ever.

These are the songs that make me want to smash the radio and throttle the singer.

You get to choose from my least favorites. If you want, you can add your hated songs here in the comments, and I’ll make another poll later.

Caveat 1: We’re talking songs, not a specific version by a particular artist.
Caveat 2: This is something you’re likely to hear when you leave the house and go Christmas shopping. Not something that was played once and then disappeared.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Kat

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankgiving

I am thankful for…

Michael, and his well of infinite patience
My grandmother, and this opportunity to spend time with her
Chocolate
My friends, who support me when I am in need and cheer me up when I am down
My job and a steady paycheck
Pumpkin pie
Having a home and a place to relax
Books
Indoor plumbing and showers
My family
Modern technology, including cell phones with Internet
Spell check
Modern pharmaclogy

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pie!

Making Pie Crust

Making Pie Crust

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

PIES!

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Turkey!

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving Prep

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It’s Wednesday! Let’s Associate!

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, which is a holiday for me. But I shan’t be lallygagging around, instead I’ll be making pies and doing prep for tomorrows dinner.

How exciting!

So today’s word is: busy

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tasty Tuesday: Nutmeg

I love nutmeg.

For a long time, nutmeg simply met pumpkin pie, which is a good thing. But then I discovered fresh nutmeg, and feel in love.

If you have a container of ground nutmeg in your spice rack, and have no idea when you got it, then you have absolutely no idea what nutmeg truly is, and you have no idea what you have been missing.

All spices should be replaced once a year, as once they are exposed to air, they lose their flavor. Makes me wonder why most spices are sold in such large containers, since few people can go through that much spice in a year. But if you care about food it is worth your while to replace our spices every year. Unsurprisingly, I replace mine around this time of the year, right before the Christmas baking frenzy.

But back to nutmeg.

Nutmeg

You should be able to find whole nutmegs in most any grocery store now, and although a box grater is fine, I cannot recommend highly enough a Microplane grater. The spice grater is perfect for nutmeg, although the zester grater works just as well.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once you grate nutmeg, you’ll notice it’s fabulous smell.

The other thing you’ll eventually notice is that a nutmeg looks slightly different when it is fresh grated than after it’s been sitting in the jar for awhile. That visual difference I think gives you an idea of how much flavor is lost when it is pre-ground.

Nutmeg

So what is nutmeg good in? First and foremost, pumpkin pie. But I also like to add a little to my apple pie, and it’s fabulous in bread pudding, and even better in the whiskey sauce that goes with the bread pudding. I also have a recipe for nutmeg cookies that everyone loves–think of sugar cookies with a little extra something.

But this week, of course, nutmeg will be staring in pumpkin pie.

Mmmmmmm!

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