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The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:22 pm
by Squid
Happy Thanksgiving to all the little Yankee Winters. And to those who love us.

I really wish you people lived closer to me. I made WAY too many candied yams this year.

I am thankful for what's left of my common sense, mimosas at any hour, good friends such as yerselves, loved ones who have passed that I feel with me all the time, bbq grilled steaks, books about the history of uranium, squids with elbows and last but definitely not least: our President Elect. It's a new day, y'all!

ps: I just used a British character in my subject heading about an American Holiday, and I don't care! woot! I'm crazy...

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:43 am
by Liesbeth
I'm gonna confess that for a while I thought that it was special that I'm gonna see Fred Eaglesmith tonight on Thanksgiving, until I realized he is Canadian. Duh. What holidays does Canada have? A maple festival perhaps?

Happy T-day, y'all, don't eat too much and hopefully you'll be in the company of those you want to share your thanks with.

ps Squid: I didn't do a search but I think you make too many yams every year!

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:42 am
by icapants
Liesbeth wrote:I'm gonna confess that for a while I thought that it was special that I'm gonna see Fred Eaglesmith tonight on Thanksgiving, until I realized he is Canadian. Duh. What holidays does Canada have? A maple festival perhaps?



Canada has their Thanksgiving in October. I don't really know what it's about.


When the President of my company, who is British, wished me a Happy Thanksgiving, I said "you too." I really wanted to ask him if he was going to celebrate, you know - when in Rome and all that, but he quickly ran away. I think he was tired of being around the little people.

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:30 am
by LoveSickJerk
Hey, happy Thanksgiving to ya'll as well!

I'm pretty thankful for my noise reducing headphones, pretzels, my family and all ye olde loved ones, Stephen Colbert's Holiday Special, whiskey and soda, books on the occult, and The French Connection.

I hope everyone had enough to eat!

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:45 pm
by sour29
Canada has their Thanksgiving in October. I don't really know what it's about.
All I know is that is has NOTHING to do with Indians.

And that I get to eat turkey and stuffing until my eyes bleed.

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Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:07 am
by A Brutaful Smile
icapants wrote:Canada has their Thanksgiving in October. I don't really know what it's about.


you are in luck! i'm engaged to a canadian. canada's thanksgiving is basically the same as ours just at a different time of year. they have the same dinner and all the traditions, etc, etc. only difference is that they don't call native americans "native americans" or "indians", they call them "first nation's people".

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:02 am
by Liesbeth
them poor turkeys aren't safe anywhere on the continent, are they?

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Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:26 pm
by sour29
A Brutaful Smile wrote:
icapants wrote:Canada has their Thanksgiving in October. I don't really know what it's about.


you are in luck! i'm engaged to a canadian. canada's thanksgiving is basically the same as ours just at a different time of year. they have the same dinner and all the traditions, etc, etc. only difference is that they don't call native americans "native americans" or "indians", they call them "first nation's people".

Consulting Wikipedia, you'll note that although the customs are the same, the Canadian one in fact has nothing to do with "First Nation's People". ;)

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Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:20 am
by A Brutaful Smile
sour29 wrote:
A Brutaful Smile wrote:
icapants wrote:Canada has their Thanksgiving in October. I don't really know what it's about.


you are in luck! i'm engaged to a canadian. canada's thanksgiving is basically the same as ours just at a different time of year. they have the same dinner and all the traditions, etc, etc. only difference is that they don't call native americans "native americans" or "indians", they call them "first nation's people".

Consulting Wikipedia, you'll note that although the customs are the same, the Canadian one in fact has nothing to do with "First Nation's People". ;)


i consulted it too, after the fact obviously, and you are right, but it turned out i was too. canada's thanksgiving is the same as the u.s. although where the u.s. turned it into a "pilgrams and indians" story, canada kept their's about celebrating the harvest. (we watched a story on the whole thing and i'm all about how ripped off we are in history class. the mayflower trip and "thanksgiving" did not go down anything like what i was taught. i'm annoyed.)

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:17 pm
by sour29
Yay! We both win.

And I know what you mean. I was shocked to find out Thanksgiving had nothing to do with a big Pilgrim/"First Nations People" hoedown.

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:34 pm
by Unremarkable
LoveSickJerk wrote:Hey, happy Thanksgiving to ya'll as well!

I'm pretty thankful for my noise reducing headphones, pretzels, my family and all ye olde loved ones, Stephen Colbert's Holiday Special, whiskey and soda, books on the occult, and The French Connection.

I hope everyone had enough to eat!


Ah, The French Connection...It's been too long Joseph!

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:29 pm
by Squid
Ahem. If I have to stay awake - then you do too.

Happy T-day, Yanquis! I'm still cooking because one of my friends is crazy enough to get married the day after Thanksgiving which means I spent all day shopping for an appropriate frock. I know you think that because I am a LADY*, I have many frocks already. But alas, this was not the case.

So during a brief interlude in the Candied Yam-o-rama, I thought I'd check in.

I'm thankful for brown sugar, friends who get it, beautiful newly discovered b&w photos of my grandparents, the dive bar across the street that is BUMPIN' the drunkaoake right now, and of course YOU, darling. xoxo.




*I can HEAR you snickering, you know.

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:10 pm
by Liesbeth
If I'm snickering because you say you're A LADY, it's because I've watchedLittle Britain too much. Now there you have frocks.

Other than that, it gives me a very warm feeling when it's that time of year again when Squid checks in on the board in the middle of doing her thing with yams.

Happy t-day to all who celebrate, and have a good party tomorrow, Squiddles.

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:23 pm
by No You Are
Hosted first Thanksgiving because I figured travel with 2 wee winters would be difficult. However, forgot that hosting means cooking the dinner, so that was lots o work. However, I have watched enough Top Chef to have the confidence to tackle the Turkey Day meal, and it went swimmingly.

All that said, I still have TONS of turkey left over, so if anybody wants some...

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:56 pm
by Squid
Greetings, dudes. Bet you know what I'M doing!

Yup. Almost done with the Infamous Candied Yamz of Yore. Amusingly, I misplaced my potato masher, so I'm having to do these by hand. Hello, Carpal Tunnel!

I should note that I'm having the best time cooking tonight because I'm tuned into KEXP listening to the wonderful DJ El Toro. He is the bees knees and you should listen to him whenever he is on. He's already played Heaven 17 and Brian Eno and Squeeze and the New York Dolls and David Bazan and NOW HE IS PLAYING X OMG.

Back to the kitchen!

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:43 am
by grant
Burmese Pumpkin Basil Soup:

  • Three garlic cloves, coarsely chopped.
  • A glug oil (peanut is best; any will do)
  • One pumpkin (or four or five butternut squashes), peeled, seeded, cubed.
  • Four cups stock (I've used vegetable bouillon or chicken stock interchangeably)
  • 1/2 cup basil (preferably that small-leaved purplish Thai basil), chopped.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.


Put the oil in a large pot, heat it up and stir fry the garlic for five minutes - very fragrant, starting to go golden.

Chuck in the pumpkin. Stare at it for a second. Then add the stock.

Bring to a boil, simmer for 20 minutes until the pumpkin's soft. Then puree the whole mess in a blender, sprinkle a little salt & pepper, then slap it back in the pot. Keep it warm. Just before serving, add the basil.

EASY. If your relatives give you trouble over the non-Americanness of it, take the "Burmese" off the name and they will never know.

And if you're like me, you'll save the seeds, clean 'em while this is simmering, then stick 'em in a tray with a little water, salt and five-spice powder, put 'em in a 400-degree oven for 15 or 20 minutes, till they start to go brown. Snack on 'em while pureeing or chopping basil. Or serve as hors d'oeuvres.

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:33 am
by Liesbeth
grant wrote:Chuck in the pumpkin. Stare at it for a second. Then add the stock.

This is recipe poetry.

Happy T-day, folks.

Re: The Ballad of Mr. Creosote (aka Happy Thanksgiving)

Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:35 pm
by grant
You're very kind .