I hope this message finds all of you getting ready for (or enjoying!)
quality time with friends and family in the spirit of the holiday.
With death and illness clouding this year's celebrations, I am
reminded how little time we have here with each other, and how
important it is to make the most of it. So I am really "on task" this
I am off to fire up the smoker to get a nice ham ready for tomorrow.
Can't beat a nice bone in ham shank slow smoked over oak and pecan,
finished with a clove/butter/brown sugar/bourbon sauce. Should be
finished early morning, about the time the coffee is ready. Turkey...
Got taters to peel for garlic/dill mashed potatoes. Lots of things to
chop up for green beans with sun dried tomatoes, caramelized garlic,
mushrooms and toasted almonds. Mexican style helote con chili goes
great with all the contrasting flavors, so that goes on the menu as
well. The only traditional item on the menu is cranberry sauce. That
only leaves bread to bake and coffee to roast.
Pies, cookies, brownies, and bread pudding are in the works, but not
my department. They will be on the ready though, looking like they
came from a magazine when LOL finishes. All finished treats look to
be presentation material; that's because all the "duds" go in a zip
lock for me!
We will have a house full tomorrow, and even more Saturday, and it
will be a lot of fun.
So * cheers * and bottoms up, to all of you. May your holidays be a
good ones as well.
Our Holiday dinner is a collaborative event, celebrated at the home of
the other grandmorther and grandfater of my granddaughters, about 200
yards down the road. With both sides of the family there it will be a
gret family feast.
Death is the proof that living is worthwhile. It is often a great loss,
but it is part of life. Celebrate the rebirths that are important to you
and remember the good things. This year there is only 1 greatgrandparent
left for our grandchildren ...
Happy Holidays to all
On Thu, 25 Dec 2008 08:20:55 -0500, Mike Marlow wrote:
Sorry 'bout that :-).
But to add a little levity to your Xmas, here's the story of my Xmas
About 11 years ago I had a heart attack (OK Doc, a myocardial infarction).
It was a mild one, but it made me give up ciggarettes and start eating
rabbit food. After a few years of this, I was getting pretty tired of my
My lovely Linda pointed out that it would be OK to splurge for Xmas, and
asked me what I really, really wanted. My brain went into overload as I
scanned the memory banks. I wanted grease! Lovely grease! So naturally
I came up with Spam and fried potatoes (fried in the Spam grease) :-).
It has become a tradition. So while you're sitting down to a scrumptious
ham or turkey dinner with all the trimmings, I'll be enjoying my Spam and
fried potatoes. And I'll be just as happily stuffed as you :-).
Have a merry Xmas, happy Hanukkah, splendiferous Saturnalia, and/or snowy
If you want the best of both worlds (Spam and rabbit food together),
go to the Spam web site and download the primavera recipe.
I sub smoked sausage for Spam.
Frozen veggies, pasta, smoked sausage and Parmesan.
Works for me.
This year my wife was tired of ham and turkey, and with just the two
it always leaves lots of left overs.
Living on the mid east coast, I have really good access to fresh
I fried fresh large juicy sea scallops with sides of mashed potatoes
For lunch we had soft shell crab sandwiches, These were frozen as not
but were really good fixed on my new panneni (SP) grill
I had thought about baking a spam with a mustard and brown sugar glaze
wife won't eat spam, but I let it go :) knowing what she would say
about it to me LOL
Angela runs a heart & stroke prevention clinic at the local hospital.
If I were brave enough to smuggle a tin of Hormel's finest into the
house, she'd wouldn't stop me from frying up a few slabs to the point
of medium brown semi-crispy perfection...... but somehow... her 'look'
would make all the flavour dissipate somehow.... naaaa.. wouldn't be
*shaking my head*
How DOES she do that?
Picture the following:
You are in the North Channel (Lake Huron, Ontario), on a sailboat that
is safely tied off a short dinghy ride from shore.
You have spent the evening around the campfire testing LOTS of
Around midnight you return to the boat hungry.
Check out a couple of lockers and find a can of Spam and a bottle of
Slices of Spam, browned in a cast iron skillet and smothered with BBQ
You had to be there to truly appreciate the moment.
In a similar vein, I have been known to enjoy a few of Canada's finest
and then, as a late-night snack, encouraged by the herb, a slab of
Maple Leaf bologna, cut from the chub, 3/4" thick, fried in a pan and
affectionately known as a Newfie Steak. Just like that. No additional
encoutrements required. Perhaps a quick rinse with Newfie Screech.
Shit, that's more than 30 years ago...
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