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Old 11-26-2015, 03:43 PM   #18801
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Had another Thanksgiving Day fiasco. I mentioned last year that when we started cooking our turkey in our FL snowbird home (first time), the oven wouldn't heat up because the element was burned out. We ended up cooking the turkey on the grill the day after, while eating McDonald's for T-Day dinner.

I replaced the element, but we obviously never bake (I grill a lot) because we hadn't ever tried it out since then. So today when I started the turkey, it reached the target 160 degrees in less than an hour, instead of the 3-3.5 hours it was supposed to take. The oven was set to 325, but I think it's off by over 100 degrees. Before we replace it I'm going to buy a hanging thermometer just to see how far off it is.

So, the turkey was cooked, but still white and nasty looking on the outside. It will be fine for sandwiches and soup, but we ended up walking across the street and having seafood. We're not having much luck with Thanksgiving, but the weather is beautiful so who cares.
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Had another Thanksgiving Day fiasco. I mentioned last year that when we started cooking our turkey in our FL snowbird home (first time), the oven wouldn't heat up because the element was burned out. We ended up cooking the turkey on the grill the day after, while eating McDonald's for T-Day dinner.

I replaced the element, but we obviously never bake (I grill a lot) because we hadn't ever tried it out since then. So today when I started the turkey, it reached the target 160 degrees in less than an hour, instead of the 3-3.5 hours it was supposed to take. The oven was set to 325, but I think it's off by over 100 degrees. Before we replace it I'm going to buy a hanging thermometer just to see how far off it is.

So, the turkey was cooked, but still white and nasty looking on the outside. It will be fine for sandwiches and soup, but we ended up walking across the street and having seafood. We're not having much luck with Thanksgiving, but the weather is beautiful so who cares.
Exactly! Who cares, it's you're Thanksgiving not anyone else's. Besides, the seafood sounds delicious.

We decided to skip the family get-together this year, and that the two of us would just partake in a very low key, quiet meal at a Chinese restaurant instead. But when we got there, we found out that the Chinese restaurant was closed even though it is always open on holidays.

What to do, what to do? We hastily picked a Creole/Italian restaurant nearby instead. They had an abbreviated menu but at least they were open. The food was good, but I had to bring half home in a box.
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Had another Thanksgiving Day fiasco. I mentioned last year that when we started cooking our turkey in our FL snowbird home (first time), the oven wouldn't heat up because the element was burned out. We ended up cooking the turkey on the grill the day after, while eating McDonald's for T-Day dinner.

I replaced the element, but we obviously never bake (I grill a lot) because we hadn't ever tried it out since then. So today when I started the turkey, it reached the target 160 degrees in less than an hour, instead of the 3-3.5 hours it was supposed to take. The oven was set to 325, but I think it's off by over 100 degrees. Before we replace it I'm going to buy a hanging thermometer just to see how far off it is.

So, the turkey was cooked, but still white and nasty looking on the outside. It will be fine for sandwiches and soup, but we ended up walking across the street and having seafood. We're not having much luck with Thanksgiving, but the weather is beautiful so who cares.
Solution: Most grocery chains sell cooked turkeys for Thanksgiving for those who are "cooking challenged"
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My newlywed daughter and son-in-law hosted Thanksgiving at lunch today for the extended family. Many were out of town, yet we still had 21 in attendance. As usual, everybody brought more food than they could eat, so by the time we got to the turkey we barely made a dent in it.

Life was good, and it was made even better with a bottle of calvados.
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Solution: Most grocery chains sell cooked turkeys for Thanksgiving for those who are "cooking challenged"
Hey! I'm actually a pretty good cook, when given functioning tools.

Down here in FL, we just really never use the oven. I've gotten really good at grilling in the dark. I have a fancy (ie. Rube Goldberg) lighting setup involving my high powered LED lamp, some Stanley clamps, and my fence, and I almost never produce hockey puck hamburgers.
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When we were in FL recently our hostess was showing us a grilling spatula that had a light built into the handle that shown light down the handle to the spatula. Looked like it would work great.
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Today is "The Trekking of the Trees Day" here in Connecticut. Every family in the state is required by law to strap one or more newly cut Christmas trees to the top of their SUV and drive down the Merritt Parkway. Or at least it seemed that way while I was coming home from NJ.
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Stomach flu.

Oh well, I'd rather be retired with an unpleasant case of intestinal distress, than still working in perfect health.

I'll be fine. Imodium is my friend today.
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Helped my wife clean up the dying squash vine. Yes, it just got down to the 50s recently here in the low-elevation SW. Two weeks ago, I turned the vegetable bed, added steer manure, and seeded bok choy, collard green, and garland chrysanthemum. We have always had good luck with these three leafy vegetables. The little seedlings are coming up very nicely.

Never had any luck with tomato, but this year I am going to try again. Did a bit of research on the Web, and found I made so many basic errors. Will also do snap peas.
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Finally installed win10 on my laptop. Went to the library, only to discover neighborhood library was closed for the long weekend, so went to the larger library 2 miles away and got books there.

Did some sniffing around the internet for cyber deals. Thinking about the tivo roamio because our tivo series 2 is officially obsolete thanks to Time Warner encrypting everything... (Series 2 doesn't have a cable card.) This is for the kids tv - so I'd repurpose our Tivo Premiere xl to the kids tv, and set the Roamio for our tv. Lots of research has me choosing the roamio over the roamio plus or pro since we might actually cut the cable cord going forward.
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... Did some sniffing around the internet for cyber deals. Thinking about the tivo roamio because our tivo series 2 is officially obsolete thanks to Time Warner encrypting everything... (Series 2 doesn't have a cable card.) This is for the kids tv - so I'd repurpose our Tivo Premiere xl to the kids tv, and set the Roamio for our tv. Lots of research has me choosing the roamio over the roamio plus or pro since we might actually cut the cable cord going forward.
I do not watch much TV, hence never had a TiVo let alone a Roamio.

I think I will wait for the Juliet.
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So, after a couple of hours, another 8'x4' planting bed prepped. Soil turned, amendment mixed in, seedlings transplanted, while the missus was out on an errand.

I have helped her with gardening before, but I have a more personal interest now. It is soothing to spend time working with the delicate seedlings, and giving them tender care. The snap peas are old and wrinkly. I think they will still germinate, but I am soaking them in water for 24 hours first.

Looking forward to good healthy eating off my backyard garden.
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Last night we took the train into the city to see a play. It is really pretty there this time of year with the cable cars and all the Christmas lights around Union Square. We saw How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. It was a cute play - maybe even funnier now than when it first came out in the sixties because it was so retro.

Today the Instant Pot thread inspired me and I'm making a healthy soup in my IP with fridge leftovers and using up stuff in the chest freezer so I can defrost it. This afternoon I have some errands and shopping to do and then we have play tickets for the evening.
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Took 20 boxes of Christmas decorations out of the attic today. I thought we got rid of half this stuff when we downsized recently?
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