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Sunday, December 05, 2004

It Ain't Me

The title of this post is basically there because I've decided "Fortunate Son" is my song of the moment. I forget what my last song of the moment was; "Dust in the Wind" had that distinction for a while, and then the remix of Nas' "The World is Yours." I guess the Stylistics "Ooooh Child" was the last one. Sweet.

Okay, here's the skinny on tonights dinner: I cooked a goddamn turkey. The traditional way. Coated in salt and pepper and baked. Oh, I put some garlic under the skin as well. I stuffed the bird with the following stuffing recipe:

1 half loaf Sourdough
1 half loaf Pumpernickel
4 small yellow onions
3 stalks celery
3 links herbed turkey sausage
Fresh Sage
Chicken stock
3/4 stick butter

Cut the bread into inch-ish blocks. Toast in the oven until crispy. Set aside in laaarge bowl. Meanwhile, liberate the sausage from casing and saute. When fully cooked, add to the bread. Mince onions and celery. Add butter to skillet and, after melted, add celery and onion. Saute over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add to the bowl. Pour in three healthy glugs of stock and one tablespoon fresh minced sage. Add a few dashes of the old Kosher NaCl. Stuff the bird. Take the leftover stuffing and put in a small casserole to bake later.

Let me put it this way: when I tasted the stuffing, I had to sit down. Seriously, it turned out so much better than I expected. This may partly be because of low expectations, but the quality of the bread was one step below heavenly. And cooked in the bird... goddamn.

In conclusion, tonight's dinner made my mouth happy.

Still to come... a review of Addis Ababa in Silver Spring, my thoughts on Tom Sietsema's review of Mandalay, a full report on the flank steak, the story of when the lights went out, and the final answer as to who shot JFK.