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This is the second year in a row that I will not be cooking a Thanksgiving Day meal. I’ve cooked them as long as I can remember as an adult. Usually it was just for two people, one year we hosted some vegans. I made a tofurkey from scratch! This year I will be sharing my holiday with 2 sets of my dearest friends. I know, I’m a lucky girl. One will be a big extended family gathering where I am in charge of bourbon based entertainment. The second will be a small gathering at my dear friend’s (one of which is my boss) where they’re going to feed me goose for crying out loud!! That’s a lot to live up to. Perhaps I should dust off the tutu and wear it to dinner? I have always been one to dress for my dinner.
Since I am not cooking I want to pose this question to you, dear reader…what should I bring as a gift? I don’t like bringing wine because not everyone drinks wine. I was thinking of a gift that may be a consumable but will last more than an evening or two. Perhaps some nice olive oil, nice spices?
What say you? What do you bring when you are a guest (assuming you do not have side dish duties)?
Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving holiday leaves you stuffed and surrounded by the warmth of your real or surrogate families.
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Question for you, dear reader. What food do you seldom or never make but
when you see it, smell it or taste it has a definite memory?
For me there are a few. I won’t go over all of them. First one I can
remember is meatloaf. It’s the first thing I learned to make as a child.
It’s one of those meals that regions or down to the family itself has their
own way of making it. I’ve had it with gravy, with ketchup glaze or plain.
I’ve had it with crackers, breadcrumbs or even oatmeal. I’ve had just beef
or a mixture of various residents of the barnyard including chicken, veal,
pork, lamb, venison. Ok, he’s not from the barnyard but you get my point.
My first meatloaf was a dry porous thing. It would be very sad looking in a
sheet cake pan (mistake #1) with just ketchup on top (mistake #2). I have
since made what is in my mind, my favorite meatloaf. The Barnyard Meatloaf.
It is nothing too fancy or complex. It’s 1/3 pork, 1/3 sirloin and 1/3 lamb.
I use Italian bread crumbs, eggs various spices and I make a ketchup brown
sugar glaze for the top. I use my KitchenAid mixer to combine everything
which gives it this very fine texture. Almost like the lamb slices in a gyro
sandwich. Sometimes I will make gravy out of the drippings. It just depends.
I often use fresh or grated garlic and onion. I don’t like an overly chunky
quality to my meatloaf. I roast mine in the oven inside a bread loaf pan
which ensures a nice crispy top and moist center with lots of drippings to
make gravy out of or to just maintain moisture while serving.
But any meatloaf be it the fancier one from Local 127 or some sad dried out
thing at a friends house makes me think of the first meatloaf I made as a
child. My parents really could have given me something simpler to make when
I was 8 but that’s another story for another time.
So what is your smell memory?
2. La Poste Eatery – Scallops with egg and gorgonzola, hot bacon vinaigrette, wilted greens
3. Scallop BLT’s with lamb bacon and herb de provence mayo (my house)
4. John-Robert at Pigall’s – Black Cod with red wine reduction and bleu cheese sauce (RIP Pigall’s)
5. Please – Monkfish with celeriac, spruce and maitake
6. Bayou Fish House – Fish tacos, oysters or fish specials
7. Alligator Soul – Shrimp and Grits (Savannah, GA)
8. State Line Restaurant – Cod Log
9. Zula – Funghi Mussels
10. True Food Kitchen Miso Sake glazed cod (Newport Beach, CA)
Jack Burton: Chris Pine/Channing Tatum
Gracie Law: Kaley Cuoco
Wang: Lanny Joon
Meow: Zhang Ziyi
Lo Pan: BD Wong
Egg Shen: George Takei
Margo: Greta Gerwig/Emma Stone
Eddie: Randall Park
Madam: Kimora Lee Simons
Lightning: John Cho
Thunder: Masi Oka
Rain: Nicki Minaj
Title Song: Maroon 5
4 chicken thighs, cooked and chopped
1 bunch kale, chopped
3 eggs, beaten
1 white onion, minced
Salt and pepper