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It sounded like a good idea at the time...


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It sounded like a good idea at the time...

thinks too much | Nov 18, 2007 07:25 AM

So I did a hostile takeover of Thanksgiving about 8 years back. Really, it was for the common good. And over the years I vary a lot of the recipes, try new stuff, and sometimes fall on my face. Mom, puts up with it, almost gracefully.

This year as I looked through my collection of glossies for menu assembling, I couldn't help snorting at some of the concepts. Anyone else do this?

One example: popovers. I do a pretty decent popover, but on those occaisions my meals will revolve around the temperamental suckers. On Thanksgiving as I'm doing last-minute sauteing of green beans, getting the turkey carved and all the other details, everyone should be instantly corraled in their seats the moment the popover divas declare themselves done? I don't think so!

No soups that can break or suffer from long simmering, so that lets seafood off the roster, cream soups too.

Then there was the Thanksgiving that I sauteed all the veggies at the last minute and had sauces on everything. There was no place to let the palate rest and recouperate.

What other treats do you find impractical on T-day? Save some over-ambitious fool (like me)

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