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And one more for today

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving, what a thing.  We’re one of two countries that officially celebrates a day of thanksgiving.  Us and Canada, that’s it.  As an aside, if you ask @fakeapstylebook, he’d say, Do not refer to Canada as “America’s hat” as it is offensive, instead use “Gateway to Alaska.”  All kidding aside, it’s really a wonderful thing.

Normally, in a more lucid state, I would be against the idea of an official day to give thanks for what we have.  My question first would be, to whom?  As an avowed atheist I take exception to holidays that focus around religious things.  See Christmas and Easter.  Now, I’m not going to say that I don’t enjoy the holiday season this time of year, but it’s entirely for secular reasons.  I enjoy the company of friends and family, the warmth and togetherness it brings.  But back from the tangent, I do enjoy this holiday, Thanksgiving. 

I think it’s not about prayer, or turkey sacrifices to the Christian god, or the shopping the day after.  What I like is that it is the least commercialized of any of our holidays.  That being said, Black Friday is a whole other story.  Labor Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, President’s Day, shit, even Columbus Day, all the sales and promotions.  Basically, they are congressionally authorized savings events.

It’s the one day of the year when you know everybody but the pharmacy and the hospital is closed for business.  Well, the bars, but we need them!  It’s a chance to relax and unwind before you throw yourself across the table, lunging at your relative who every year disagrees with you. 

Maybe, just maybe, we can remember this at some other holiday, really take a day off.  No sales, no promotions, no really big events.  Just something simple, something pure…

It just hit me, a National Vacation Day, or National *Sick* Day.  A day to whatever the hell you want!  Have fun with your family, enjoy a day with friends.  In my ideal world, as I am King in it, no one would work, except for the Doctors and Nurses and the Pharmacists, they’d get a different day, after we’re sober. 

I don’t know, I just like the calm that comes with Thanksgiving.  It’s the beginning of the end of the year, and for this year, I think we are all glad it will be over soon.

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More Turkey!

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

I am using Alton Brown’s turkey brine recipe from foodnetwork.com, here is the link:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html

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Turkeys

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Something struck me a few years ago, while I was shopping for a turkey.  They don’t have legs anymore.  No more thigh, no more drumstick, no more dark meat.  It would seem that turkeys today are more closely related to Pamela Anderson than their forefathers when it comes to breast size.  I’m thinking if they were human sized, they’d be something like 48DDDD and all of 4′-6″ tall. 

I understand that people like the white meat, it’s generally neutrally flavored, and when prepared correctly very tender and juicy.  Now that being said, I know of few people who can actually prepare a turkey correctly.  Most often it’s overcooked and has a moisture content similar to that of the Gobi.  However, dark meat off of these turkeys is almost always still delicious.  It has a higher fat content, yes fat is good!  If it’s tasty and delicious, one might say that it is good for you. 

I digress, I have more to rant about in the world of poultry. 

This year, and for the past few for that matter, I have purchased free range turkeys.  I’m not sure if they are organic, but I couldn’t care less.  The reason I buy them isn’t for health, it’s for looks.  They look like a turkey!  Legs, wings, everything.  And by my estimation, having seen turkeys raised both cooped up and free, they had a slightly better, albeit equally short life.  But ethics isn’t my big thing with the turkey farmers.

It’s taste!  Free range turkeys taste like turkey!  Butterball and their counterparts have created very large chickens that they sell as turkeys, it would seem.  They have a slight turkey flavor, but really it’s just chicken with injected turkey flavor. 

There is a very simple explanation for all of this, turkeys don’t eat corn.  They eat grass and bugs.  Feeding them corn makes them not taste like turkey.  It makes them taste like chicken.  If I wanted chicken, I would make a chicken. 

For the record, I whole heartedly enjoy roasted chicken. It’s one of the most delicious foods comma period.  But on Thanksgiving and at other such holiday events I want my turkey to taste like turkey. 

Imagine if ham tasted like chicken.  We’d all be pissed.  Screwing with meat candy like that.

Happy turkey day!

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It’s Wednesday!

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Albeit, this is not a normal statement from me, given that this week Wednesday = Friday, I am more than happy to exclaim it.  For the record, this is the only 3 day work week that occurs every year.  At least for the most of us working stiffs, to all of you in retail, public service, healthcare, the postal service, UPS or FedEx, my apologies.

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