Posts by Angela

21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep!!! (Message 1831833)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
Speaking of bourbon, she likes Happy Balls.

OMG - who wouldn't???!!!



What about adding cherry syrup to the cream?

Cherry and pumpkin seems like an odd combination to me, but there really are no "rules" when it comes to taste.

If your mom likes cherry with her bourbon, perhaps you should start the meal by mixing her a Manhattan?

Whee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep!!! (Message 1831829)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
Gordon, heavy cream is not that hard to whip. Take a walk on the wild side!


I suppose I could give it a whirl. And maybe add in some cinnamon and nutmeg?


I wouldn't, as dried spices are not very good in freshly whipped cream.

I recommend 1-2 tbsps of white sugar per cup of cream (most people prefer it sweeter so maybe go for two), a splash of vanilla or, better yet, a tablespoon of brandy!!!

Wait. You and your mom are in Kentucky, right? I suppose you could substitute bourbon for that brandy.

You could use brown sugar instead of white sugar, but personally I don't care for the molasses tones that brown sugar brings to whipped cream. Also, it muddies the color... but then again so does brandy, but the flavor advantages of brandy far out-weigh the mild color distortion, IMHO.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep!!! (Message 1831818)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor


That is a beautiful bird!!!
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A heartfelt good by. In memory of Celttooth (Message 1831815)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
Me too. RIP Ian.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep!!! (Message 1831812)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
My mom used to serve canned cranberries with turkey. I know they have a big following.

Those hot brown sandwiches sound delicious! We never seem to have much left-over turkey meat by the time we send "care packages" off with various older relatives who don't cook much these days.

Gordon, heavy cream is not that hard to whip. Take a walk on the wild side!
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep!!! (Message 1831782)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
I've always been tempted to try to BBQ or smoke a turkey, but I'm too much of a chicken to do that on Thanksgiving when the pressure is on to create the perfect bird. Steve, I salute your bravery!

My cranberry sauce turned out sweet and uni-dimentional, which is exactly what my guests will want. I have learned the hard way not to mess too much with Thanksgiving. Mine is not an "orange zest in the relish" type of family.

Quite a few years ago, I tried to "shake up" Thanksgiving. We still cooked a turkey, and I served all the flavors you would expect to have during the Thanksgiving season, but I shook them up in terms of their placement. For example, I served pumpkin soup instead of pumpkin pie. I made cranberry pie bars instead of cranberry relish. I made sweet potato pie instead of sweet potato casserole. I put apples in the dressing instead of into a pie.

There were quite a few of these little swap-er-roos and my guests were not impressed. Even though each one of my dishes seemed like it would have stood well on its own, they all came together in unexpected ways and that was not what my family members wanted.

Since then, Thanksgiving at our house has been pretty traditional and I limit myself to only one or two extremely mild "twists", just to keep things interesting for me as a cook. For example, this year my twist-dish is a winter slaw that includes some shaved, raw Brussels sprouts, dinosaur kale and red raddicchio, instead of a pan of roasted Brussels sprouts.

I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving!!!
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep!!! (Message 1831766)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
This is a chatting thread for people hosting Thanksgiving Dinner this year, or bringing a homemade dish to somebody else's home.

What are you cooking?

Are you making any special family recipes?

How is your prep work going?

Today I'm making homemade cranberry sauce. I'm also making a gravy base for a largely make-ahead gravy. After "da bird" is cooked on Thursday, I will just pour off the fat, add my pre-made gravy base to the juices and caramelized pan drippings and then whip up some "instant" homemade gravy. It is a neat trick that guarantees you lump-free gravy and also makes the gravy come together lickety-split.

I don't think I can do much else in advance as early as Monday. I've already been to the grocery store to buy all the shelf-stable products needed for cooking. I've pre-ordered a fresh turkey and some shellfish for a special fish dish my mother used to make.

I've also accepted more help from relatives than I typically do. My sister and my sister-in-law are each bringing an appetizer and one of my cousins is baking two pumpkin pies. Usually I try to do everything myself. Must be a sign of my advancing age that this year that I'm letting relatives in on some of the cooking fun.

So, hosts and hostesses - how is your prep work going?
28) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1831568)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
My friend, they are the liberal left.
Who's handouts have now been cut short./
I for one taxpayer. am finally going to be vindicated Cut 'em loose and deport the rest.

Goodbye freeloaders.
Back to the never never land you belong in.
Come back when you have a dream you can live in without taking it from others.

I wish you no harm, but supposing that others shall always pay your way.........not gonna happen anymore.

We simply got tired of paying your way............so we elected a president who won't.


My, my, my... I see you are using a broad brush for painting today, instead of your fingers.

Kittyman, do you actually KNOW many liberals personally, and if so are they ACTUALLY as you have just described them?

Out here in the People's Republic of Berkeley, we are the dominant species. You can find us everywhere out here, chomping down on our kale salads, feeding our children dried seaweed snacks, and sipping daintily on our shade grown, pumpkin spiced, soy milk infused Fair Trade coffees.

Kittyman, let me tell you about the liberals I know. They tend to have professions, not jobs. Their incomes range from good to fabulous. Their offspring range from zero to two. They have enough advance degrees to wallpaper a small bathroom. They buy organic foods because they worry about what commercial fertilizers and pesticides do to our water supply and worse yet, what they do to the people who grow and harvest our food. They slap solar panels on their roofs, take public transportation where they can and drive hybrid cars elsewhere, because they worry about their carbon footprints. When disasters strike they do more than sanctimoniously say, "I'll add you to my prayers." Instead, they open their wallets and send real assistance.

When you talk about liberals, please know that you are talking about MY PEEPS!!! So either qualify what you say with a written disclaimer that your hateful words are based on EXTREMELY LIMITED personal experience, or shut your damn mouth.
29) Message boards : Politics : Word of the Year 2016 (Message 1831554)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
An adequate choice, well justified. And shame.

+1
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 260 (Message 1831553)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
Look at me win, just by being at the right place at the right time!
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part IV (Message 1831550)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
I also found the picture amusing.

Recent First Ladies have taken on an "issue" to publicize. For example, Nancy Reagan encouraged young people to "just say no" to drugs. Laura Bush promoted xeriscaping. Michelle Obama promoted healthy eating and exercise in an attempt to stem rising rates of childhood obesity. Melania Trump is reported to be considering an anti-bullying campaign as her "issue".

Bill Maher had, I think, the best response to this. He said something to the effect of: You have to excuse Melania. She is from a country too small and poor to afford irony.
32) Message boards : Politics : Now What? (Message 1830796)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
Hello Friends,

I have just returned from being out of town for a few days. I see that in my absence, this thread took a somewhat different path than was my original intent.

I have decided to lock this thread at this time.

Angela K.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1830794)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
When awake, raccoons are quite industrious!
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A heartfelt good by. In memory of Celttooth (Message 1830787)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
Marie and Shawn, may warm memories of Ian sustain you through this most difficult of times. Eric and I send our deepest, most heartfelt condolences. Ian was a good friend and we will truly miss him.
35) Message boards : Politics : Now What? (Message 1829673)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
BTW Jerry Brown is STILL Governor!?


It's complicated.
36) Message boards : Politics : Now What? (Message 1829550)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
I like Governor Jerry Brown's idea better - build a wall around California!!!
37) Message boards : Politics : Now What? (Message 1829544)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
How about seeing if UC Berkeley has a public lecture slot that Morris Dees or Richard Cohen of SLPC could come and spread the message of tolerance?

I will see if I can figure out who to email with that excellent suggestion.
38) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1829543)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
I cannot resist pointing out to PRIMITIVE deplorable that protests of this nature are not unique to the left. I believe the "tea party" (the 2009 one, not the pre-Revolutionary War one) got its protesting start (marching around wearing their silly hats and waving guns) right after President Obama's inauguration.

My father used to say that when you point a finger at somebody else, three fingers are pointing right back at you.
39) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1829527)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
If you are arguing that there are more constructive ways to deal with a disappointing outcome than setting garbage on fire and getting hit by a car, then PRIMITIVE deplorable I actually agree with you.
40) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton - the next president of America? (Message 1829498)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
You really think Sanders would've lost Michigan & Wisconsin?

I've only been to the gorgeous upper pennisula of Michigan, but I've been to many places in Wisconsin, many, many, many times.

Northern Wisconsin is home to many descendants of Scandinavian immigrants, and in general they tend to be more politically liberal. Central and Southern Wisconsin are home to many descendants of German immigrants, and in general they tend to be more politically conservative.

Eric and I travel to Wisconsin twice a year and the state seems to become more conservative every time we visit.

There seem to be more and more single issue (guns!) voters up north than there used to be. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to find a radio station that does not involve country music or a Christian religious program.

I'm not saying that there is necessarily a causal link between guns, country music and Jesus, but there sure does seem to be a high correlation.

So no, I am not convinced that Bernie would have won Wisconsin.


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