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Happy Thanksgiving! November 25, 2010

Posted by Michael in Food.
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I started this fire at about 6:30 a.m. when it was still dark out. It takes a few hours to  heat the stone to a turkey-cooking temp, around 550°. This turkey is going to be awesome.

 

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1. wamk - November 25, 2010

Is there any room in there for the turkey?

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4. kevl - November 25, 2010

That leaves plenty of time for a nap before the feast, right Michael?

Mr Kevlar got some lovely Spanish sausage and has put that in his stuffing. It’s delicious.

5. Mitchell - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all the IBers!

6. daveintexas - November 25, 2010

Michael, is it cold and rainy there yet? It ain’t here.

Happy Thanksgiving you buncha goofballs.

7. Lipstick - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

8. Cathy - November 25, 2010

Plenty of room in there for our 20 pound turkey.

Dave, it started to get windy and colder early this morning. Forecast is for just below-freezing by the end of the day.

Cut down banana trees yesterday afternoon.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.

9. MCPO Airdale - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

10. dick - November 25, 2010

Not too shabby at all. Looks good!

11. ChrisP - November 25, 2010

Nice job, Cathy & Michael! Happy Thanksgiving!

12. lauraw - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Innocent Bystanders!

13. Herr Morgenholz - November 25, 2010

Dang, that looks tasty.

14. Pupster - November 25, 2010

Happy Happy feast of turkey!

FYI, there may be an issue with this WP template, when I come here in Opera and Firefox I can no longer see the comment box. Works OK at H2, and worked a few days ago.

15. Pupster - November 25, 2010

IE works.

16. Andy - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Michael & Cathy.

(Same issue here – Firefox no worky)

17. GrumpyUnk - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

18. Lipstick - November 25, 2010

Went to restaurant, ate turkey, have big pile of leftovers. No shopping, no clean-up. $21.00 bill. Score!

19. The Lovely Janis - November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Michael - November 25, 2010

Back at you Janis.

Say Hi to Russ and Mo Money for me.

If you are having trouble commenting here, try IE instead of Firefox.

There is some kind of technical issue going on that I have no control over.

20. wiserbud - November 26, 2010

Plenty of room in there for our 20 pound turkey.

Oh, pshaw. Michael weighs much more than 20 lbs.

21. Dave in Texas - November 26, 2010

Oh hell yeah, his head alone’s gotta be 50-60 pounds.

22. Cathy - November 26, 2010

That’s about right Dave.

Your banana trees down yet?

23. Nan G - November 26, 2010

That looks like a terrific turkey.
I got a small one for $5 a 12 pound one.
It turned out wonderful.
I stuffed it and dry rubbed it with a lot of sage and thyme plus some celery salt, pepper, tumeric, garlic powder.
Then I put it on a rack with some wine and homemade stock in the pan underneath.
After it browned I put foil on top and waited.

It was wonderful and juicy.

But the funny thing is that hubby baked some store-bought chocolate-chip cookies.
They turned out perfect and now he is hot to try baking cookies from scratch.

I found a sugar cookie recipe online that seems good and simple.

But I’ll switch it out if someone here has a simple and good alternative.

So….?

24. Dave in Texas - November 26, 2010

I hacked em down yesterday Cathy, but I don’t think we got a freeze last night. Doesn’t matter, it’s time.

25. Cathy - November 26, 2010

Doesn’t matter, it’s time.

…but it looks nekkid out there. Sad.

26. daveintexas - November 26, 2010

yeah.. I know.

27. wiserbud - November 26, 2010

But I’ll switch it out if someone here has a simple and good alternative.

If you are looking for recipes, you are in teh wrong place.

Try here instead: thehostages.wordpress.com

28. lauraw - November 26, 2010

it looks nekkid out there. Sad.

yeah.. I know.

*looks out at grey New England sky through an austere lace of dark, bare branches*

boo frickin’ hoo mufaku

29. Michael - November 26, 2010

What — your rose bushes have stopped blooming already?

*admires roses*

Imagine that.

30. lauraw - November 26, 2010

*the Bird*

31. Lipstick - November 26, 2010

Cathy, how’d Michael’s turkey turn out.

(It’s okay, you can be honest here, he’ll never find out how you really feel.)

32. lauraw - November 26, 2010

Looks dry to me.

33. Lipstick - November 26, 2010

Hope nobody wanted one of those legs.

34. lauraw - November 26, 2010

Pretty sure nobody did, Lips.

35. Lipstick - November 26, 2010

Bet even the dogs wanted nothing to do with the black wings.

36. lauraw - November 26, 2010

I’ve given my dogs charcoal dog biscuits, but never thought to make them myself- brilliant, Michael!

37. Michael - November 26, 2010

That turkey was moist and awesome, including the legs and wings. Cathy brined it in advance. Plus, you can see that it was rubbed with Jerry Baird’s cowboy seasoning. The drippings made a great gravy.

The slightly charred crust you see on the wings was the result of the tender ministrations of a pecan wood fire, mostly a bed of coals, maintaining the heat of the stone oven.

I have this cool little gun-like tool that I can aim at the fire-brick, and it tells me the temperature. I’m basically learning that the more time you spend pre-heating the bricks and stone with a hot fire, the better your results.

Laura, you can’t successfully dis me about this. Scott has eaten the produce of this oven. Just ask him. It’s not like food from a normal oven.

Oh look, our purple oleander is still blossoming.

38. lauraw - November 26, 2010

Laura, you can’t dis me about this.

*scrolls up, re-reads thread*

Actually, Batman, it looks like I can! Ha ha ha ha haaaaa!

*shoots Michael point-blank in the chest with a shotgun full of blackened turkey legs*

39. Retired Geezer - November 26, 2010

Couldn’t comment for some reason until today.

*shakes fist at unseen forces*

We had Cranberries Jezebel a la Cathy.

Big hit as always

40. Michael - November 26, 2010

Oh Laura.

Jealousy is so unbecoming for you.

*Michael steps outside to admire thriving ferns*

41. Michael - November 26, 2010

*shakes fist at unseen forces*

It was the North Koreans.

42. lauraw - November 26, 2010

*nudges Lipstick and whispers “they look like they’ve been scorched with a flamethrower, too”*

*Lipstick titters while I look innocent*

43. Michael - November 26, 2010

To tell the truth, our ferns are probably going to go dormant tonight.

Our predicted overnight low is 29°. That will brown them off. Our elephant ears already look sick, and it has not actually frozen yet.

44. Michael - November 26, 2010

I’m guessing Cathy put those wings into the turkey soup we will be eating for the next three months.

45. lauraw - November 26, 2010

*sigh*

OK, now I’m jealous. I didn’t get any turkey leftovers. Aunt Josephine calculated pretty closely and there wasn’t much left. My sister has kids so I left most everything behind except for a big ziploc of Mom’s sausage stuffing and a pile of her roasted peppers.

Going to buy a little marked-down turkey tomorrow and make my own leftovers.

46. Dave in Texas - November 26, 2010

Hey Michael, did you remember to shave that bird before you served it?

I’ve seen less hirsute terrorists.

47. Michael - November 26, 2010

Laura, we will send you some turkey leftovers.

Cathy went nuts and bought a 20 lbs. turkey. Even Alton Brown suggests that you stay under 15 lbs.

We just need some instructions on how to pack and ship leftover turkey.

Is dry ice involved? Styrofoam?

Are there professionals who could do this for us?

48. lauraw - November 26, 2010

Laura, you can’t successfully dis me about this.

Ohhhh, lookit this shit! Stealth editing.

BTW, you misspelled ‘dis.’

49. Michael - November 26, 2010

My sister has kids so I left most everything behind except for a big ziploc of Mom’s sausage stuffing and a pile of her roasted peppers.

You got screwed. That’s a pretty lame take-away from a Thanksgiving dinner.

Why do your relatives hate you?

50. lauraw - November 26, 2010

Very generous of you, Michael, but that’s OK. I’m going to get a boid of my own tomorry.

Actually, I was thinking of getting a few since they’re cheap, and running them through the meat grinder for turkey meatballs, meat pulpetta, adding to sauce, and other tasty stuff of that nature.
We have the extra freezer in the basement, might as well, right?

My relatives treasure me.

*draws a picture of Michael being chased by a bearsharktopus and posts it on fridge*

*gives self three gold stars*

51. Michael - November 26, 2010

BTW, you misspelled ‘dis.’

What are you talking about?

52. Michael - November 26, 2010

My relatives treasure me.

True. But it’s not your personality. It’s the cassatta.

53. lauraw - November 26, 2010

It’s definitely not my personality.

54. daveintexas - November 26, 2010

It could be your personality.

*hands Michael a Norelco

55. Michael - November 26, 2010

It’s definitely not my personality.

Oh yes it is, and you know it. Sheesh.

Sometimes your fake humility makes me want to gag.

56. North Dakota - November 26, 2010

*draws a picture of Michael being chased by a bearsharktopus and posts it on fridge*

*gives self three gold stars*

Deserved four.

57. lauraw - November 26, 2010

*pours Dave a magnificent dirty martini with three jalapeno-stuffed olives*

*Does a 3 am Party Van drive-by in Michael’s neighborhood, chucks seventeen cases of empty Coke cans on Michael’s lawn, paints his mailbox orange, plants a Gay Rainbow windsock in his frontage, and reports him to the Homeowner Association at the guard shack on the way out*

Tom Brady let us in. Apparently he straight-up hates your ass.

58. Lipstick - November 26, 2010

*nudges Lipstick and whispers “they look like they’ve been scorched with a flamethrower, too”*

*Lipstick titters while I look innocent*

Bitch set me up!!

59. daveintexas - November 26, 2010

OH. A drinky!

*yummy!

60. lauraw - November 26, 2010

*stuffs Lipstick in a roasting pan and shoves her in hot oven*

*bastes with wine and juices every thirty minutes and waits for pop-up timer*

I should have cut off the feet. Huge inedible heat sinks. This is gonna take for-frickin-EVER.

61. lauraw - November 26, 2010

Wait a minute.

*peers in oven*

THAT’S NOT A POPUP TIMER!

*blushes*

Well can you blame me?? Look at it. I mean, just look. Look, look.
Look. Just look at it.
OK stop looking
*looks*

62. Lipstick - November 26, 2010

*stuffs Lipstick in a roasting pan and shoves her in hot oven*

Hey! You told me it was just for a shower!

63. daveintexas - November 26, 2010

may I suggest the mud pit ladies?

Just a suggestion is all.

*whistles innocently

64. lauraw - November 26, 2010

Mud pit? Why? There’s no argument between us genteel ladies.

We both agree that 1) the turkey looks dry, and 2) that Roast Lipstick is delicious with cranberry sauce on a bed of wilted spinach.

*picks teeth with a toenail fished out of the gravy*

65. Cathy - November 27, 2010

Cathy went nuts and bought a 20 lbs. turkey.

Cathy shopped for turkeys on sale and simply bought a standard size.

Enjoyed giggles while reading this thread.

66. Cathy - November 27, 2010

Good to hear the Geezers did the Jezebel again.

I did too and LOVE it.

67. daveintexas - November 27, 2010

I did the Jezebel once and I never heard the end of it.

68. President William J. Zipper - November 27, 2010

Just once?

69. xbradtc - November 27, 2010

Oh, look, I’ve been unbanned.

70. Cathy - November 27, 2010

I like Jezebel much more than Michael does.

Appreciate that he doth not protest.

Thank you, Husband!

71. Cathy - November 27, 2010

Didn’t know you were banned, Xbrad.

Glad you give us your 7 cents worth.

72. harrison - November 27, 2010

“*Lipstick titters…”

Wait, WHAT!?!

73. Lipstick - November 27, 2010

Well, I try to keep my titters discreet, but Laura made them burst forth.

Or something.

You have a good Thanksgiving Harrison?

74. daveintexas - November 27, 2010

he’s having a better one now.


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