Bring on the recipes

14 November, 2010
Rat Fink

Flipping channels on the sofa last night brought some interesting results.

First, if you haven’t watched the History Channel series WWII in HD, you really must. Excellent, and not a rehash of oft-seen footage like many WWII docus. I learned an awful lot about the Air Force last night. I had no idea that Andy Rooney (resident curmudgeon on 60 Minutes) was an “embedded” reporter with the 8th Airborne for Stars and Stripes. It was especially heartbreaking to hear his retelling of watching a crippled B-17 bomber return after a mission, unable to lower its landing gear — with the ball turret gunner trapped in his plastic cage on the bottom of the plane. Of course, the plane had to land, and the man was crushed. Horrifying. I also had no clue that the air war in Germany was launched with the sole purpose of preparing the Normandy shore for D-Day.

There are very few WWII vets alive these days (most are in their 90s), and this show gave us three. It was excellent; highly recommended.

Then I happened upon the Food Network’s Thanksgiving program. Ha! Bring on the turkey day recipes. I tag-team watched it with Mavis, and we were texting back and forth during the show about which recipe would be good to try. I think we’ve narrowed it down to two. (Three?)

That brings me to this morning’s burning question: What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving foods? Care to share? Give a description and maybe we can share recipes. Mavis and I are always in the market to try something new. Come on, turkeys. Give it up.

Speaking of cooking…it’s time to hit the shower, make the coffee, and wait for chef’s assistant Lars to get here. He’s such a good boy.

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Mavis
Mavis
14 November, 2010 9:57 am

The History Channel is one of my husbands favorites. Well, that, and the Weather Channel….don’t ask.

We are definitely trying at least two of those recipes from the Food Channel! It was loads of fun watching with you and playing tag-team texting. :0) This Thanksgiving is going to be brilliant! Love you, sissy.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Brilliant indeed, Mavis! I say we try the sausage stuffing balls beforehand. Oh wait…Thanksgiving’s next week already!

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Will
Will
14 November, 2010 1:25 pm

I love pumpkin pie. I purposely never eat except at the holidays so it stays a special treat for this time of year. The same with Sweet potatoes. I don’t need the insane casserole, just sweet potatoes skinned and cooked in maybe a little brown sugar. Sorry, I’m a fat kid. I tend to get excited over these things.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Your fellow foodies who read (and write) this blog know exactly what you’re talking about!

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Skylar
Skylar
14 November, 2010 2:41 pm

It isn’t exactly a Thanksgiving tradition, but apple dumplings are defnitely worth making. They’re hardly the healthiest thing (they’re covered in cinnamon, butter, sugar and, oddly enough, Mountain Dew) but they are very tasty. If that sounds at all interesting, I can send the recipe. :P

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Rat Fink Reply:

Those sound perfect for Christmas, Skylar. Our family get together on Christmas Eve for our holiday, and I don’t make a dinner — just munchies and desserts. I’m curious about the Mt. Dew…it likely gives it a lemony flavor too? Some tang against the sweetness?

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Suzanne
15 November, 2010 1:02 am

Mom always makes/made Stickle’s Salad., Stickle being the maiden name of my grandma. It is cream cheese, lemon jell-o, celery, walnuts, coconut, and canned pineapple all mixed together and then refrigerated in a pretty glass bowl or a mold which is then turned out onto a pretty plate. My brother and I love the stuff and if I am there I make it. I made it once for a potluck in MI and a co-worker discovered it and pretty much ate it all. There’s always debate as to whether it’s a salad or dessert — I vote for both and… Read more »

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
15 November, 2010 11:33 am

That show sounds cool. I want to get “The Pacific” as well….after all…it was produced by TOM HANKS!!

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Rat Fink Reply:

That was a show I wanted to watch but never got a chance to, for some reason. Shoulda recorded the episodes.

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Suzanne
16 November, 2010 2:35 am

Here’s the recipe! Stickle’s Salad 1 pkg lemon jell-o 1 large can crushed pineapple 1 cup walnuts 1 large cream cheese 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 pint cool whip 1/2 cup coconut Drain pineapple juice into pan, bring to a gentle boil and add jell-o. Mix together rest of ingredients except the cool whip. Add the jell-o mix when the jell-o has dissolved. Then add the cool whip. Refrigerate. This recipe is really old, before the days of small, medium, large, extra large and American -sized LOL Soooooo I am guessing it is a small box of jell-o, a normal… Read more »