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Ritual Sacrifice... with pie

Lots and lots and lots of pie. (Barb made peach, I made chocolate chunk pecan.)

We got a gigantic turkey (20 pounds), got it roasting early, stuffed with Barb's bread & chestnut stuffing, then did SOMETHING for the bulk of the day (it sure didn't involve too much writing -- only 502 words somehow, while watching the parade and the dog show; we didn't really have a lot of different dishes.

But then I took the turkey out of the roasting pan, as I always do; I put the pan on the burners, like I always do; I added a little flour and started stirring, like I always do; as it thickened, I added stock, as I always do...

And then weird black flecks started to float on top. Instead of cohering into gravy, the black stuff kept separating. I finally decided to try and strain the black stuff out, and after straining what I had was a strainer full of black sludge that tasted like gravy and a pan full of grease that would not turn into gravy. I tried to reconstruct it with the sludge and the grease, but nothing worked, so I gave up. Fortunately, there were enough drippings on the platter under the turkey to at least serve the three of us with something for the stuffing (and I didn't make mashed potatoes, thankfully), so the lack of real gravy was only a minor disaster. I've never had that happen with gravy before, and I've been making gravy for roughly forty years.

But the turkey and the pie were awesome, as was the stuffing. Rounded out with rolls and green beans and Barb's sweet-potato-and-apple casserole, and it was a great and glorious feast.

Humor from Wil Wheaton -- his dogs remind me of our dog. I can't imagine having three of them.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Back to writing.

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evil_little_dog
Nov. 23rd, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh, gravy, you mysterious stuff, you.

Wil Wheaton's post is hysterical. Thanks for sharing it!

I was very excited the Fox Terror won the show! I bounced around in delight.
wildrider
Nov. 23rd, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
And just have a Thanksgiving meal without it! So sad...

He really captures the mind of the dog, doesn't he?

I was glad it was the fox terrier (although I was pulling for the Great Dane), and not that weird little black thing that won the Toy class. It looked like a strange mutant monkey....

evil_little_dog
Nov. 24th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
It's very sad!

Ahaha, definitely the mind of excited dogs.

I don't like those little monkey dogs. Affenpinschers and Brussels Griffons just make me nervous. They remind me of the dog in the '70's movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, when the pod combines the dog and the human, and the dog has a human head when it shows up later. That's what I always think of when I see those faces. *shudder*

But I cheer on the terriers and the herding groups when I watch any dog show. I'm just thrilled no Poodle made the last round. :D
wildrider
Nov. 24th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, they do look like that!
evil_little_dog
Nov. 25th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I have seen some Brussels Griffons in person, and they are definitely cuter in person, however, still not a dog I'd want to have in my household. I'd expect it to start pulling out giant pods some night, and I'd never wake up.
wildrider
Nov. 25th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
To be honest, it made me think of one of those monkeys with the clapping symbols (which are the scariest toys ever created).

But I suppose if I saw one, I'd think it's cute as any little dog, especially if it had a good temperment...
evil_little_dog
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
The ones silvrethorn and I saw at the dog show were adorable little monkey-faced things. They could even be picked up and cuddled, which was nice (well, most of the small dogs could be petted, at least, and some of them were over-exuberant about it - I got swarmed by a pack of miniature Bull Terrors, which was great fun for me and for them, and their handler thought it delightful that I was willing to get bowled over by his dogs).
fenchurche
Nov. 23rd, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Lots and lots and lots of pie.

Heh. We ended up with seven pies for five of us. Not entirely sure how that happened!

And then weird black flecks started to float on top...</i. We had that happen last year! We still have no idea what went wrong or why it behaved that way. We were lucky that I'd picked up some dairy free mushroom gravy beforehand, and we were able to scrounge enough drippings to make a little bit of turkey gravy. This year turned out just fine... and we just made a dairy free turkey gravy that everyone loved.
wildrider
Nov. 23rd, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
We also had a pumpkin pie the neighbors gave us (which I forgot to mention) -- so it's a Piestravaganza! I was really happy with that pecan pie, though -- it was a new recipe and SUPER good, not the usual karo-syrup-with-pecans filling.

I wonder what caused it. I swear I didn't do anything different.
ljs
Nov. 23rd, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Alas for minor gravy disasters, but hurrah for everything else!

[hugs]
wildrider
Nov. 23rd, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!
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