@tinamarie1974@UncleVinny if you have a smoker there is nothing to it but it will definitely “kick it up a notch” when you use it. Just put a 9x13 pan with a half inch of oil in the smoker while you are smoking something. I just did some while i was smoking the jalepenos I picked before our first hard freezer killed the plants last week. I make them into Chipotle powder…
I didn’t realize that kids in Texas (or at least, this part of Texas) are off school this week. We should have gone to H-E-B earlier in the day - or maybe month - because it was a shitshow at 3:15 yesterday. I still managed to grab ingredients for a “cook it ourselves, gorge while watching football” Thanksgiving since we’re away from friends/fam for a while.
@Targaryen That, and we were at an H-E-B Plus! so it was extra-busy. We have to go back to the store today and we’re going to try to get there at the stroke of 10:00 AM (can’t buy wine in TX until then )
In a past life, back in my 30s and single, and couldn’t make it to be with family, I invited a number of friends in the same situation over for a not-too-fancy meal, including a couple of on-again, off-again girlfriends. I didn’t expect either to show. Both did. I sat them away from each other, and kept their wine glasses full. I stayed busy hosting, and didn’t make myself available for much conversation. Eventually, after cleanup and filling the dishwasher to do its magic, I kept announcing my headache and my busy schedule for the next day (actually watching football at a sports bar with a different group, my soccer team). Everyone got the hint pretty quickly, thanked me for a pleasant evening, and left relatively early. I had a couple of nice whiskeys before and after walking my dog, and then went to bed.
I’m hosting this year, I guess. I gave my mother in law the option of doing it at my house instead of her’s since we have more space and she would get overworked with the pre and post cleanup. So I don’t have to do much extra cooking than what I usually do (fry one turkey, cranberry sauce) but I will add some appetizers to my list. It’s the extra cleanup that I hate the most. We also host the traditional pierogi making the following day and that is probably a bigger mess than Thanksgiving.
We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, including some visiting extended family. Over half of the party (all the extra invitees) are vegetarians. Fortunately they offered to bring a couple dishes, and we realized that most everything we normally serve except the turkey and dressing is veggie anyway. And everyone gets along, with no drama, so it should be fun.
@macromeh yeah, it’s not that hard to “veganify” most of the meal as long as they don’t have a conniption about meat being at the table. Thankfully my daughter and her family are good about focusing on the family around the table and not the bird on the table…
@chienfou The relatives are Indian (except for my wife’s brother who married into that branch of the family). So they grew up vegetarian, it is not a big deal to them, and they are very accepting and tolerant of us meat-eaters. (Unlike many of the vegetarian late-comers that I have met, who seem to be obsessed about it and eager to preach to anyone who doesn’t share their choices. There’s no fanatic like a convert. )
We are down on the forgotten coast of Florida. Drove thru the remnants of last year’s hurricane Michael devastation to spend the week with family. Will be a blended holiday… Some vegan some carnivores. Brought a smoked turkey breast i cooked last week and vacuum packed. Will drop it into boiling water to reheat it to go with the Tofurkey… Weather is good so lots of sand time
Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, two years ago, on Thanksgiving,
When my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the restaurant
But Alice doesn’t live in the restaurant, she lives in the church nearby the
Restaurant, in the bell tower with her husband Ray and Facha, the dog
And livin’ in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of room downstairs
Where the pews used to be, and havin’ all that room (seein’ as how they took
Out all the pews), they decided that they didn’t have to take out their
Garbage for a long time.
We got up here and found all the garbage in there and we decided that it’d
Be a friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump
So we took the half-a-ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW
Microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction, and headed
On toward the city dump. Well, we got there and there was a big sign and a
Chain across the dump sayin’, "this dump is closed on Thanksgiving, " and
We’d never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in
Our eyes, we drove off into the sunset lookin’ for another place to put the garbage
We didn’t find one till we came to a side road, and off the side of the side
Road was another fifteen-foot cliff, and at the bottom of the cliff was
Another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile was better than
Two little piles, and rather than bring that one up, we decided to throw
Ours down. That’s what we did
Drove back to the church, had a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat,
Went to sleep, and didn’t get up until the next morning, when we got a phone
Call from Officer Obie. He said, “kid, we found your name on a envelope at
The bottom of a half a ton of garbage and I just wanted to know if you had
Any information about it”
@ChompyGator do strippers last longer than poles or vice versa? Never been and don’t really want to but I assume strippers get breaks and time outs. Obviously shift changes. Poles are probably up 24/7? Also hopefully strippers move on if they dislike the job. The poles stuck where it is. That would be an extremely odd metric to know.