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Picked up our turkey this afternoon. Eye-watering price. Partly because we had competition this year for a small bird – most years, people want bigger birds than we do – so it’s larger than usual. Partly because things are just stupid expensive here. Still, it’s a farm we’ve bought from several times in the past few years and they’ve been really excellent.

That and a few bits and pieces in the other shops and we’re ready to go.

My mother used to put little red cellophane booties on the turkey to distract from the stumps. Brits, they don’t even cut it at the ankle, they snap the feet off raggedy and stuff the stumps up the giblet ‘ole. Festive!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2020, 8:07 pm

I went to find a picture of “poultry leg booties” and Google showed me this.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2020, 8:09 pm

Ah, here we go. This is what I was talking about!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2020, 8:11 pm

Also, decorative turkey hat.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2020, 8:14 pm

Oh, hi there, Vivid 3D Fried Chicken Leg Fried Chicken Wings Transparent Soft TPU Protective Skin Case Cover for Iphone5.

I’m sure that’s an awful racial stereotype someone. Do black people prefer i-phones?

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: December 23, 2020, 8:25 pm

Turkey booties. I’m sure there’s a fetish page somewhere …

Turkeys are eye-wateringly expensive here, too – almost US$50 for a 5kg frozen bird. And an off-brand bird to boot. Ugh.

We settled on marinated roast chicken thighs, beef tongue, cornbread, spinach, and a nice red velvet cake for dessert. It’s going to be just me, the wife, and 6yo Princess. So, yeah, we aren’t going all out. The tongue is mainly for me so I can make sandwiches with the leftovers.

I got chicken leg socks for both the first and second link???

I love that turkey hat. I want one so I can wear it during a non-holiday time, with a mask and face shield. Kinda looks like a Conehead with weird tumors on the side.

Turkey booties. I don’t know if I should be titilated or not …

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 23, 2020, 9:13 pm

So grow your own next year! You’ve already got chicken handling skills, so…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2020, 10:09 pm

Sorry, Tim. Messed up the link. Fixed now.

Mark, I’m a giant slopbag. If the apocalypse comes, I could learn to eat my own poultry. But until I have to, those birds are mah babies.

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: December 23, 2020, 11:23 pm

I can see some attachment to the hens. Mine are friendly by comparison and hand out eggs. But my roosters are jerks. The first one was stringy, that’s the only reason the others are still crowing.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 23, 2020, 11:29 pm

I loved the disappointed chicken wing phone case buyer who now has to rethink a lot of things.

We’re having a traditional menu: Sweet corn soup, pork belly Char Sui with steamed buns (baps), assorted pickled veggies, Hong Kong style stir fried shrimp & scallops with baby bok choy over crispy noodles, finishing with almond jelly squares and fresh mango and strawberries.

The best part is next day fried rice and making sliders with leftover baps, slices of sticky pork with a dollop of kimchi or pickled daikon.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: December 24, 2020, 12:43 am

Bone on prime prime rib here. We ordered it from a local butcher several weeks ago. 4 bones. I had to come home directly and drink several shots after paying for it. All those years of husband working for hotels we were able to purchase the Christmas beast thru the hotel at cost. I told him he needs to make friends here.
So prime rib, scalloped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta, cranberry relish, homemade bread, apple pie, homemade eggnog…food coma.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 24, 2020, 2:20 am

@Armybrat — Make friends with your local Publix butcher. Their rib roasts are pretty good, and for several years in a row now they’ve put their standing rib roast¹ on sale for holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Year, Easter. Price: $5.99/lb. (Their normal price is more like $12.99/lb.)

By making friends with the butcher you can get away with asking him (rarely “her”) to cut you a nice roast with lots of cap and you’ll pick it up tomorrow.

1. No, it isn’t USDA Prime, but it’s hard to tell the difference.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 24, 2020, 2:59 am

We have our traditional Christmas dinner. Prime Rib [$5.99/lb at Kroger] and Cioppino seafood stew. Fancy salad and fresh baked bread.

Sweasel, are you under the expanded lockdown over there? Can we expect loads of “boat people” coming from over there?

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Gromulin
Time: December 24, 2020, 3:58 am

Small Prime Rib and mashed taters on Christmas day here. Double smoking a ham the day after. Pineapple rings and all. I got an electric smoker for Christmas this year…let the jerkyfest begin!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: December 24, 2020, 11:12 am

That way when we’re done we can make ham and bean soup with the bone and the ‘great grazer’ may graze upon the leftover ham slices, sharing them with the faithful members of the pack while Mrs D ain’t lookin and frankly even if she is.

Roasted Curried cauliflower for the weight watcher(nom nom nom…really, this stuff is addictive as chips and salsa.)

The other sides haven’t been ‘de-sided’.
Probably summer squash, perhaps spaghetti squash scampi with shrimp.
Mashed Taters of course.
Olive/cream cheese stuffed celery, ginger ale because that’s de rigueur for holidays in November and December.
So was turnip, which is NOT on the menu.

And Caipirinhas 🙂 🙂 🙂 because they’re awesome.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 24, 2020, 11:43 am

Barbecued brisket, pinto beans, macaroni cheese, potato salad, broccoli salad, corn bread, buttermilk bread (hooray for the bread machine!), and lotsa pie: pumpkin, pecan, and Dutch apple.

Normally I would have made fudge, peanut brittle, divinity, and cakes, too, but we are still unpacking from the move and half my kitchen goods are still packed.

(My daughter-in-law thinks I need a Tupperware Intervention, so I’ve decided to let her pick out the pieces she can use—anything she wants—to neutralized the problem 🙂 )

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: December 24, 2020, 2:05 pm

@Deborah NH can I come over to your house for dinner?

We’re having Swedish meatballs, fondue, smoked salmon tonight.
Christmas Day is a smoked prime rib, roast turkey and the traditional sides and desserts.

Merry Christmas to Ms. Weasel and all her fans!

2021 will be a better year, it dam well better.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 24, 2020, 5:50 pm

@Armybrat -if you can tolerate a crown of pork instead of beef next time, Costco has them at a really good price, but only for the holidays.

Your menus are awesome, we Stoatians are doing what our peoples do best…giving the bureaucrats the finger and pleasing ourselves. Wuflu be damned we will not be denied!

Cheers! and Merry Christmas!

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