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Scene from Thanksgiving dinner:

MD: Thanksgiiving is typical of American cuisine, too much food, ill prepared.. (I hope she didn't offend her Grandmother who did most of the cooking. Probably not as MD was packing it away.)  De Tocqueville said that.

pilgham: Oh him. He was a neo-con.

O-7: That was so long ago. Wouldn't he just be a con?

MD: De Tocqueville had a "de" in his name. Do you have a "de" in your name? Pill de Gham? I don't think so.

Somehow, MD came out ahead.

When I made the rye rolls Wednesday, I noticed a typo in the previously published recipe. Haven't fixed that yet.

In the meantime, I don't care for the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  In reality, the menu is just not to my taste but I can rationalize this by saying it only commemorates one set of emigrants and doesn't pay homage to the vast melting pot we are supposed to be so proud of. I was sort of mentioning this to 45cats and mentioned that Calvin Trillin used to push spaghetti carbonara as the official food of Thanksgiving.

As it happens I have a spaghetti carbonara recipe I make a few times a year. It's not particularly healthy and not particularly authentic but we like it.

It's from a cookbook called American Gumbo, Affordable Cuisine for the Everyday Gourmet by Linda West Eckhardt I bought remaindered back in the 80s. After trying it an liking it, I got the book for my mother who also liked it. If you ever see it, I heartily recommend it.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Feed 4-6 in less than 30 minutes

1 lb spaghetti or fettucine
6 slices bacon
3 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and peper to taste

Cook the spaghetti in 6 quarts of rapidly boiling salted water until done. If you want the spaghetti cooked al dente, watch it closely. You can cut into it to see whether it's cooked through, or taste it. But don't overcook it. You aren't after something you can use to paste up the wallpaepr in the kitchen. (1) Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain.

Meanwhile, while the spaghetti is cooking, fry bacon until almost crisp, then remove from skillet and drain.

Reserve one tablespoon of bacon grease. (2) Cut bacon into bite sized bits. In a large warmed bowl beat eggs lightly and add cheese; stir well. Season with salt and pepper. (3)  Once spaghetti is cooked and drained, add the spaghetti to the eggs and quickly toos to distribute the sauce and "cook" the eggs. Add cooked bacon and drippings and toss again. Serve immediately on hot plates with more Parmesan on the side for a garnish. Sprinkle a little parsley on top whenn you have it. (4) (5)

O-7's Notes:
I always cook spaghetti using a method I got off a package way back when. I like it because it doesn't involve as much standing over the pot and stirring. It will NOT work for thin spaghettit. 

Bring pot of water to boil. Add spaghetti and boil for 2 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and cover it. Let stand for 10 minutes (I actually use 9:30). Drain.

(2) Turkey bacon will NOT work for this.

(3) I never add salt. Most chees is plenty salty as it is.

(4) I have never had the parsley and never missed it.

(5) Sometimes, the noodles seem a little dry. This is not a particularly saucy recipe. I don't know if adding a 4th egg or more grease might help.


 always wants me to put in onion. We've tried two ways, cooking the onion up in the bacon grease and adding with the bacon and cooking it with the spaghetti. P currently prefers the bacon grease method.

Viking Wannabe?

The latest robotic toy?

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That sounds good, thanks! I think the purpose of the egg is to keep the bacon more or less on the noodles. I'd go with a 4th egg or a little cream added to the eggs for more sauciness. Too bad you can't tell ahead of time.

Since berserker is a character type in some of the RPGs, let's hope that's what the plate refers to.

Can you imagine being a little kid and getting a toy that sleeps for Christmas?

Feni offers some variations below.

I don't know; the person has a Norway sticker on the vehicle...

I can imagine being pretty peeved at getting that thing! I just don't get the point of the napping pet. You might as well get the brat an old school stuffed animal.

how ispent my thanksgiving...
PACKERS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How I spent my Thanksgiving: No exposure to football whatsoever. It was awesome.


'Realistic breathing'? Is this all that's left? No barking, no walking, no pooping?

Bet the batteries will last a long time!

I use a similar Spaghetti Carbonara recipe; two of them, actually. One involves mild Italian sausages stripped out of their skins and browned alongside the bacon, and the other substitutes ground beef for the sausage with the addition of some caraway seed. Both versions add chopped onions to the pan as the meat is browning.

The hot meat mixture is poured over the hot, cooked, drained noodles and tossed, then the parsley and beaten eggs poured over and tossed, with the cheese being added last. The hot grease coats the noodles so that they don't absorb the eggs and the total amount of fat in each portion is very small when distributed on the noodles.

You probably can't even cuddle the damn thing.

Thanks, I'll have to try adding the grease first.

Dang. That sounds good too.

I wonder what, exactly, would be unrealistic breathing.

So a kid gets this gift and watches the animal breathe for a month or so until the batteries start to die and respiration slows to nothing. XD

I wonder if the animal is at least comforting. Maybe you can give it to blind elderly ladies who just want something to sit in their lap that they don't have to take care of.

Great. Now I think it's the most depressing toy of the season.

You only think it's the most depressing toy of the season because it is.

My gram immigrated from Italy when she was 21 and married her step-uncle (don't ask, I won't tell!) on Christmas Day. The big Thanksgiving (and Christmas) tradition on Dad's side of the family was a BIG pot of ravioli that she spent the better part of two days making. Not the toasted stuff that's all popular now, the real thing. God, I miss my Gram...I attempted making ravioli for the big family gathering about 10 years ago. You ever try finding a missing ingredient at 11:30 the night before Thanksgiving? If I ever find I'm missing something that late again, I'm saying "fuck it, we're eating out!"

Now you have me wondering about this 'toasted ravioli'! I've never heard of such a thing being done to pasta.

Realistic breathing. Better than waking up to a cat licking your lips.

Having my lips licked has a certain annoying charm. At least Boo is interacting with me which is more than this toy does.

On the other hand, I found a turd on the second floor landing yesterday and I am not happy about that.

Crap. If Sami sees that dog, she'll want it. Did you happen to catch how much it was?


But Sami already has a dog with realistic sleeping and romping actions.