Wednesday Afternoon Open Thread

I'm going to brave a trip to the supermarket and Office Depot. If I haven't posted again by dinnertime, you can assume it's as bad out there as I think it's going to be. In addition to the anticipated checkout lines at the market, we're getting an artic front and the mountains are getting a blizzard.

Air traffic seems to be proceeding normally. Not surprisingly, people care more about getting to their destination than they do their privacy.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome. And please let us know what you are cooking tomorrow, or most looking forward to eating.

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    As I posted on the morning thread, (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Zorba on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 03:14:03 PM EST
    I'm making spanakopita, tyropita, Greek rice and chestnut stuffing, oyster stuffing, turkey, crown roast of pork, squash pie (squash from our garden), chocolate chip pecan pie, also Greek roast potatoes (potatoes form our garden), Greek salad, home-made hummus with pita bread wedges for dipping, clam dip, green onion dip and chips (the last three items for appetizers), gravy, cranberry sauce with pomegranate.  Other guests are bringing cooked veggies, sweet potatoes, cranberry bread, apple pie.  I think we may be having too much food, but I have guests for the week-end, so I think the left-overs will disappear.  Happy Thanksgiving!    

    I love the Greek influence you're (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Anne on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:52:27 PM EST
    bringing to Thanksgiving!  As your garden-variety WASP, I really have no ethnic dishes that come to the table, but we still manage to eat ourselves silly...

    We will have 15 at the table.  I'm doing the turkey and an extra turkey breast (the breast is going on the grill), the requisite garlic mashed potates (enhanced with cream cheese, a couple of egg yolks and cream), a from-scratch green-bean casserole (recipe here) that is so good you will never, ever, make that awful Campbell's soup version again), baby green peas with onions, dressing with sage sausage, the gravy, a cranberry chutney (really good and I'm not a big cranberry sauce fan), the relish plate (carrots, celery, green and black olives, cocktail onions), gingerbread with whipped cream, a pumpkin roulade.

    Others are contributing: crab dip, a cheese/crackers/salami platter, spinach-artichoke dip with bread, carrots of some variety, pumpkin pie and apple pie.

    I took the week off, so have been able to do what needs doing at a nice pace, which feels a little weird, actually...maybe I'm more used to warp speed than I realized!

    I really think this is my favorite holiday - it's just about food and family - I love to cook, I love my family, so it's just a great day all the way around.

    The best to you and your family as you enjoy what could only be described as a magnificent feast, making sure that the traditions live on...


    Spanakopita and Tyropita.... (none / 0) (#21)
    by vml68 on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 09:27:45 PM EST
    Zorba, please adopt me!
    Add moussaka and greek roast leg of lamb and I will have died and gone to heaven!!!

    Taking a quick break. (none / 0) (#24)
    by Zorba on Thu Nov 25, 2010 at 10:20:19 AM EST
    I've been up and cooking since 7:00 AM.  Sure, I make moussaka, and roast lamb, all the time.  One thing I like to do sometimes with the moussaka is layer potato slices and zucchini, in addition to the eggplant  (I do this especially when we have zucchini, potatoes, and eggplant from the garden in the summer.)
    I also make pastitsio (baked macaroni and meat, with cheese, etc), baklava, tzatziki sauce, stifado (a stew with pearl onions, can be made with beef, chicken, or rabbit), and all kinds of other Greek dishes.

    Tom DeLay convicted on money-laundering charges (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Pol C on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:05:48 PM EST
    Word just came over the TV. I'm waiting for a story link online.

    Can't fool all of the people all of the time (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by ruffian on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 06:15:41 PM EST
    With all of the sleazy deals he did not get charged with out there I'm glad he is going to get punished for something.

    I'm surprised (none / 0) (#11)
    by MO Blue on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:11:04 PM EST
    by the verdict. Thought he would get off even if he was guilty.

    Here is a link to Houston Chronicle (none / 0) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:18:26 PM EST
    short article with little detail on conviction. Sentence for charges is pretty steep.

    AUSTIN - A Travis County jury today found former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay guilty of political money laundering charges relating to a corporate money swap in the 2002 elections.
    DeLay was accused of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On the conspiracy charge, DeLay faces a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and five to 99 years or life in prison on the money laundering count.

    wow. being interesting to see (none / 0) (#13)
    by nycstray on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:31:15 PM EST
    what he ends up with . . .

    Definitely going to pay one way or (none / 0) (#14)
    by MO Blue on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:41:02 PM EST

    Jail time and/or huge lawyer bills for this and the upcoming appeals process.



    Hopefully (none / 0) (#15)
    by CoralGables on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:53:42 PM EST
    the verdict puts the fear of god into some other politicians that skirt the law when it comes to finances with the assumption no one will convict.

    That would definitely be a plus (none / 0) (#16)
    by MO Blue on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 06:03:01 PM EST
    Next step is getting rid of the legalized corruption (unlimited corporate funds, PACs, revolving door etc.). Don't see it happening anytime soon but can't see our government working for people without getting rid of the big money.

    not surprisingly (none / 0) (#1)
    by The Addams Family on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 02:54:30 PM EST
    but quite depressingly

    Not surprisingly, people care more about getting to their destination than they do their privacy.

    An artic front? (none / 0) (#2)
    by lilburro on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 03:02:40 PM EST
    And to think it was 76 degrees here yesterday ;)  I had to say it!  I wish everyone a warm and happy Thanksgiving (and envy those in colder climates, Thanksgiving just isn't the same for me if you can't wear a cozy sweater).  Go Saints!

    Thanksgiving dinner (none / 0) (#4)
    by Democratic Cat on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 03:58:42 PM EST
    Braised slow-cooked short ribs, brussels sprouts and leek gratin, something involving a butternut squash, a green salad, and apple pie.

    Yum! Enjoy, (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dr Molly on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:32:47 PM EST
    My 24-yr-old daughter is driving (none / 0) (#5)
    by Peter G on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:02:45 PM EST
    from Denver (Golden, actually) to Colorado Springs this evening for Thanksgiving at a cousin's house.  What does that mean in terms of weather and driving conditions?  Will she be ok?

    Make sure she has an emerg kit (none / 0) (#6)
    by nycstray on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:24:07 PM EST
    in her car for extreme cold weather. I think this is the same storm that just passed us through the Sierras and that was the recommendation :)

    From about a week ago, the contents of my (none / 0) (#23)
    by scribe on Thu Nov 25, 2010 at 07:38:33 AM EST
    winter emergency pack, in the comments of an earlier open thread:

    I keep a wintertime emergency pack in the trunk of my car, right next to the snow shovel, plug in [to the cigarette lighter] tire pump/air compressor, [a couple] old bath towels, a roll of TP (wrapped in plastic), camping bow saw and a couple 2 liter PET soda bottles sorta full of drinkable water.  The pack has a couple good-sized candles, a Bic lighter and a pack or two of matches, some bandaids, adhesive tape, gauze pads, a wire survival saw, some extra bootlaces, tinfoil, hard candies (butterscotch and peppermint swirlies), a couple envelopes of hot chocolate mix and of oatmeal, some teabags, a couple envelopes of instant soup, a little heat-tab stove and fuel tabs, a clean old soup can and one of those blue-enameled camping coffee cups, and a camping knife-fork-spoon set.  While there's a lot of stuff, it all fits inside a little surplus backpack about the size of a big set of binoculars.

    Winter can be rough here and, if a traveler gets in trouble, it can be lonely for a long time, too.  When I moved here, one of the things I brought back was the winter emergency pack for the car.  

    To that I recently added a cheap pocketknife and whistle, tied to opposite ends of a lanyard, and a pack of replacement fuses for the car, particularly the 20Amp size that power the cigarette lighter.  They cost like 79 cents for a pack and are the size of a matchbox.  But, without them, you always run the risk that the air compressor will fry the fuze and leave you ... stuck.  Cheap prevention.  And I'm going to add a couple of the bandannas the dog groomer ties around the dog's neck when sending her home after a clip and wash.  They're the right size for slings, tying on bandages and making bindles.

    Also, the candles I have are of two types:  regular and homemade.  The homemade I made by taking the generic plumber's candles from the hardware store and melting them down.  I put the wax into the old cans in which my Kiwi brand paste shoe polish had come and then set the wicks into the molten wax. The bigger Kiwi cans will hold the wax from three candles and the smaller the wax from two.  I put all the wicks from the candles into the molten wax, which means I can burn one, two or three wicks at once if I choose.  Since paste shoe polish is just wax with some dye in it, it burns well to begin with.  And the Kiwi cans have lids, making supersized tea candles with lids.


    Just colder temps for the front range, no snow (none / 0) (#8)
    by magster on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 04:35:10 PM EST
    It's an easy drive down I-25.  She'll be fine.

    she should be fine (none / 0) (#18)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 06:30:25 PM EST
    the snow is in the mountains. Check the local news for updates. Colo Springs here.

    Thanks, all (none / 0) (#20)
    by Peter G on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 08:48:47 PM EST
    She arrived safe and sound.  Says the little first-cousins-once-removed are hanging onto her without stop.

    Still the best (none / 0) (#19)
    by glanton on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 07:56:24 PM EST
    Blog going.  Happy Thanksgiving, Jeralyn!

    Thanks, Glanton (none / 0) (#22)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Nov 25, 2010 at 01:37:56 AM EST
    Much appreciated, have a great day tomorrow!