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Still trying to figure out which Martha

This Past Weekend Chez Maeve

Yesterday was National Espresso Day and I consumed rather a lot of it.  With extreme pleasure.  Was kind of wired all night, but hey – there’s always a price to be paid and it’s not like my Nook and Kindle (trademarks implied) aren’t loaded to the hilt with tons of unread books.

The Lovely Mrs. C and I were discussing her Thanksgiving menu and then she went and posted hers AND her method for roasting turkey.  I had planned to blog my menu this weekend, but then things got busy here Chez Maeve and also I got a bit distracted.  I did clean out the refrigerator, though and I also went to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought this cool refrigerator Lazy Susan thingie which is totally fantastic (if I get around to taking a pic of what a nice thing it did for my fridge then I’ll post it).  Then I actually made the menu, and the shopping list and then dragged myself to WALMART IN THE MIDDLE OF A SATURDAY AFTERNOON and by the time that was over, well, I wasn’t good for much else than a very nice Redds Apple Ale (or two).  I also went to the grocery store and it was almost as fatiguing.

OK – on with the menu.  I am hostessing Thanksgiving this year and this is a good thing from my perspective (actually it’s a good thing from everyone’s perspective).  My (former) in-laws are going to be here (I kept them in the divorce).  We will NOT be having cupcakes this year.  We will be having:

  • Roast Turkey (and if I could figure out a way to get the FIL to deep-fry it that would be even better, but it’s sort of rude to invite someone to dinner and then ask him to cook, even if he is your family).
  • Stuffing (not Dressing (there is a difference) – I don’t make it and nobody really cares all that much)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Creamed Carrots (maybe with pearl onions)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Green Bean Casserole (tricked out the way we like it with cheese and water chestnuts)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (because Iseult paled considerably when I mentioned that maybe we didn’t need to have it)

Upon reviewing the menu I noticed a rather conspicuous lack of green anything, so I’m adding some Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Dessert is tricky – people like different things…

  • Pecan Pie from The Silver Palate Cookbook (it’s really the best)
  • Libby’s Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie (because otherwise my Mother will shoot lightning bolts at me)
  • Oreo Truffles (because Iseult doesn’t like pie – I know…it freaks me out too)

So there you have it.  Nothing exceptionally nouveau.  But it’s exactly what everyone wanted (and I opened it up for inputs from everyone)

Well, that’s all for now.  Guess I should report to my little part-time job 🙂

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Another Rabid Case of PoorLittleS**tUponMe-Itis

(title updated because, well, it was kind of rude)

No – not ME!!

This stupid, whining cow!

I think I shall take myself away from Le Internet for a short while, lest I have a complete, behind-baring meltdown and find myself featured on WTF post somewhere……  🙂

Happy Thursday!

(The meltdown reference is a little H/T to the MIL – her favorite response to tantrums – “Well, she just showed her behind,didn’t she?”  You can feel free to adopt it if you want to).

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Guy Food that Girls Love

Bacon-wrapped, Cheeseburger-stuffed Jalapeños !!!!!

I made these for dinner one night last week. No, we didn’t have anything healthy to offset the atery-hardening goodness. The inspiration came from Oh Bite It (by way of The Drunken Spatula on FB); I loved the idea but wanted to make them a little heartier so that I could sort of pass them off as a meal with a semi-straight face (how exactly do you manage that, Maevey? Well, you skip the cream cheese (!) and use shredded potatoes instead)

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Drool-worthy, aren’t they?

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Yes – they tasted as good as they look

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A close-up view (sorry it’s so blurry)

Want to know how I made them?

Brown together:
2lb ground chuck
1 bag frozen onion
2 Tbsp. chopped garlic (I used the refrigerated kind)

Once browned, dump everything into a colander and drain the daylights out of it.

Prepare the 20 jalapenos:

Slice in half lengthwise
Remove seeds and ribs if you don’t want too much heat (I removed them but on retrospect that was a mistake and I’m going to leave them in next time – well I might wussify a couple for Iseult; Angharad doesn’t care – she hasn’t run across a food hot enough for her to not add some Sriracha – go figure)

In a very large bowl, combine:

1 package Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash brown Potatoes (don’t use the frozen ones – too much liquid)
4 – 5 cups cheese (I used cheddar but next time I’m going 50/50 cheddar and pepper jack
The drained meat mixture
Salt & Pepper – not a lot

Toss everything together until well combined.

Pack generous handfuls of the cheeseburger mixture into the peppers and wrap with a strip of bacon (you see what mine look like).

How much bacon do you need? I’m not sure – buy two pounds – you want about 40 slices – OK you want a slice for each jalapeno; it’s not like you can have too much bacon in the house or anything, right?  RIGHT??????

If you have leftover meat mixture (I did) then bake it up in a small casserole dish and eat it with bagel or pita chips 🙂

I lined a baking sheet with some foil and then placed a large cooling rack over it. You don’t want to bake these directly on the baking sheet – they end up mushy (I know because I baked some of them that way and just weren’t as good). Bake them for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees F (I’m typing this directly into wordpress and can’t get the “degree” thingie-symbol, but you know what I mean).

They’ll be hotter than the sun when they come out of the oven, so try and wait a nanosecond before cramming one into your mouth (I take no responsibility for any injuries incurred due to a lack of self control).

So there you are….guy food girls love.

Make these today and head over to Oh Bite It for other eye-rollingly delish recipes (and if you’re not following The Drunken Spatula on FB, well, start now)

[I corrected the spelling of Spatula (misspellings kind of annoy me).  It’s the one word I can never spell correctly – it comes out Saptula or Spatual or Sapluta… you get the picture.  Le Sigh.]

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Sometimes No News is Just No News

It feels a little odd to post when I haven’t really anything about which to post (maybe I should have issued an “Awkward Sentence Alert for that one).

I’ve been hanging out a little on FB; read a couple Gothics; and was required to actually WEAR PANTS this morning when taking Iseult to her carpool.

Other things going on at my house…

Angharad announced that it was about time for “Gonnagetcoldageddon”

I sort of lost my temper on FB over the perpetually peeved among us peeing themselves all over the internet because a guy wore a cool shirt when talking about the most interesting scientific event of, say, the last decade, maybe (I’m sure there have been others, but hey, I’m tired and I’m giving myself a pass – feel free, however, to post other scientific things about which we can be excited).

Also, the following happened.

On Saturday evening my best friend came over for dinner and movie – her men (husband & sons) were camping, so this was excellent timing.  I bought one of these at my local Harris Teeter.  It was super delicious and even better I didn’t have to do anything but put it in the oven and let it cook.  Well, actually, I had to put it in the oven breast-side up and snip a 1-inch vent in the bag.  It’s a measure of how distracted I am, that I didn’t notice I’d roasted it upside down until it was cooked and I’m staring at it trying to figure out how to carve the damn thing (also trying to figure out how to get it out of the bag – it was fall-apart tender).

So, there’s the four of us in the kitchen, staring at the stupid chicken in the stupid bag, upside down in the stupid roasting pan, and Iseult helpfully  pipes up “You just want me to flip the bird for you?”

We all stop and stare at her; she turns beet-red and we all start howling with laughter.

“Sure sweetie, you flip that bird all you want”

Good times Chez Maeve et Filles.

Oh – I also had to call my in-laws to tell them the divorce was final.  My MIL started crying and it was very sucktastic.  On the positive note, however, they’re coming for Thanksgiving, so I won’t be required to bake Retaliatory Cupcakes this year 🙂

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Doing Better

Even when you think you’re ready.  You’ve rehearsed it all; digested it all; talked it to death.

And then at that moment when it all actually happens – a judge declares that you’re not married anymore, well, it left me gasping for air.

And I was as ready as I possibly could be.

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Bleak

I thought about spending the day hiding under the covers and only poking my head up for some coffee.

But then Iseult reminded me that I had to take her to her morning carpool and she has PT this afternoon.

So  much for that.

So then I thought I would file some claims with the FSA.  And it took three (3, tres, trois, drei, kaksi, III) hours to file 4 receipts.

So then I wandered a little bit through the interwebz and that was just as depressing.  Calm down, people, just take a breath and calm down.

Yesterday after Court my BFF and I were walking back to the parking garage (that was, so help me, something like 5 miles away) and as we passed Toast, we were assaulted by the smell of really tasty food so we stopped and got lunch to go and while waiting I had the MOST UBERDELICIOUS LATTE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF DELICIOUS LATTES – the Cinnamon Dolce Latte.  It almost eased the hurt.

I might get another one today.

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Happy National Sandwich Day

In honor of National Sandwich Day, I give you a performance of “Sandwiches”…

(Not my video, but wish it was)

Want to sing along?  Well here are the lyrics.

Sandwiches

Lyrics by Bob King

Sandwiches are beautiful,
Sandwiches are fine.
I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time;
I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch;
If I had a hundred sandwiches, I’d eat them all at once.

I’m a roaming and a rambling
A nd a wandering all along,
And if you care to listen,
I will sing a happy song.
I will not ask a favor
And I will not ask a fee,
But if you have a sandwich
Won’t you give a bite to me?

Sandwiches are beautiful,
Sandwiches are fine.
I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time;
I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch;
If I had a hundred sandwiches, I’d eat them all at once.

Once I went to England,
I visited the Queen,
I swear she was the grandest lady
That I’ve ever seen.
I told her she was beautiful
And could not ask for more,
She handed me a sandwich
And she threw me out the door.

Sandwiches are beautiful,
Sandwiches are fine.
I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time;
I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch;
If I had a hundred sandwiches, I’d eat them all at once.

A sandwich may be egg or cheese
Or even peanut butter
But they all taste so good to me,
It doesn’t even matter
Jam or ham or cucumber,
Any kind will do.
I like sandwiches,
How about you?

Sandwiches are beautiful,
Sandwiches are fine.
I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time;
I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch;
If I had a hundred sandwiches, I’d eat them all at once.

Sandwiches are beautiful,
Sandwiches are fine.
I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time;
I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch;
If I had a hundred sandwiches, I’d eat them all at once.

 

 

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Some Fun Things to Celebrate in November

November – it’s not just for Thanksgiving. OK, it really is for giving thanks, as you have many tasty reasons to be thankful this month.  These are my favorites.  Head over to The Nibble for the complete list.

First, some month-long observances (aka, indulge freely)

  • Georgia Pecan Month
  • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
  • National Pepper Month
  • National Pomegranate Month

And now, the daily delights…

  • November 3: National Sandwich Day (um, makes me want to sing the sandwich song)
  • November 4: National Candy Day (Reese’s PBC, thank you)
  • November 5: National Doughnut Day (again? Not complaining. Can’t have too many doughnut days)
  • November 6: National Nachos Day
  • November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • November 8: National Cappuccino Day (I’m more of a (no-foam) latte girl, myself)
  • November 9: National Scrapple Day (Blech – don’t know why I left it here)
  • November 9: Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day
  • November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • November 11: National Sundae Day (My Mother’s favorite was CMP)
  • November 12: National Pizza With Everything Day (Except Anchovies)
  • November 14: National Guacamole Day (meh – I’ll leave it here, but meh)
  • November 14: National Pickle Day
  • November 15: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day (Does this belong with the preachiness?)
  • November 16: National Fast Food Day (we may have to play with polls again)
  • November 17: National Baklava Day
  • November 17: Homemade Bread Day
  • November 18: National Vichyssoise Day (served hot, it’s Pottage Parmentier)
  • November 19: Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day (you know…)
  • November 21: Gingerbread Day
  • November 22: National Cashew Day
  • November 23: National Espresso Day (Le Swoon)
  • November 23: Eat a Cranberry Day (or add it to a pie or something)
  • November 25: National Parfait Day
  • November 26: National Cake Day
  • November 28: National French Toast Day
  • November 29: Chocolates Day
  • November 29: National Lemon Creme Pie Day (shouldn’t this be a summer thing?)
  • November 30: National Mousse Day

Some Boozy Observances

  • November 8: National Harvey Wallbanger Day
  • November 20: Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Dishonorable mention for Killjoy Preachiness

  • Good Nutrition Month
  • Vegan Month
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