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Memories of Leftovers

Thanksgiving 2013

We had a really nice Thanksgiving celebration yesterday at my cousin’s house.  There was lots of family, lots of laughing, and lots of delicious food.  All the leftovers we made off with went to work with Phil this morning so there’s no cold pumpkin pie for breakfast and no turkey sandwiches for me today, something that’s a little unusual.  But I had my fill of turkey and all the trimmings yesterday and I’m feeling okay about bucking tradition and just eating a light lunch today.  I am, however, sitting here enjoying some memories of what Thanksgiving was like when I was younger and rather than feeling melancholy about loved ones lost, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have so many wonderful holiday celebrations to look back on.(…)
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Another Great Week: Tacos, Colbert, Zombies and More

Hello, Saturday. Time for another list of the stories, shows and other good stuff that made me happy this week:

1. Grilled Chicken Tacos. I’ve been grilling some boneless, skinless chicken breasts on Sundays and Wednesdays and using them for all kinds of things, including soft tacos (shown above). Warm your tortillas, add a few slices of chicken, and then pile on the lettuce, tomato, avocado slices, cheese, salsa, jalapeño, whatever you like. Keep the ingredients ready to go in your fridge, and you can make lunch or dinner in about five minutes flat.

2. The Colbert Report‘s segment on Johnny Cummings, the openly gay mayor of Vicco, Ky. Vicco is one of the smallest towns in the U.S. (pop. 334), but it’s also one of the first to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The part with the cop might be my favorite:

3. Zombies, Run! 5K Training. You know those “Couch-to-5K”-style training apps that guide you from walking to jogging and then running a 5K in about eight weeks? This one does the same, but it also puts you right in the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse as Runner 5, a volunteer being trained to gather supplies, avoid zombies and protect a town. So much more fun. Plus, you can connect it your favorite iTunes playlist and work out to your own music. And it’s free! Can’t wait to graduate from it to Zombies, Run! 2.

4. “Keep Yo Business Off of Facebook.” Let’s take it to church, y’all:

5. “10 Awesome Videos on Idea Execution and the Creative Process,” featuring Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Ira Glass, John Kelly and more. (You can find “10 (More) Amazing Videos” here.)

6. The TARDIS on Google Maps. Doctor Who fans can find the famous blue time machine (disguised as a police telephone box) by clicking here. (Take a look inside by clicking the words “Police Telephone Box” on the map and selecting “more info.”)

7. Haim’s video for “The Wire.” Apparently, guys don’t take it well when they’re dumped by the Haim sisters. Watch out for Jorma Taccone (The Lonely Island). His post-breakup faces are epic:

8. Jennifer Dewalt. She’s teaching herself how to code by building one website a day for 180 days. As of today, she’s on No. 115. This woman is killing it.

9. The Baby Panda video. If you’re not into cute animals, you don’t even want to deal with this baby panda being cuddled by her mom for the first time.

10. Rainbow eyes. People who know how to apply makeup can do amazing things.


© 2013 Rebecca Crump. All rights reserved.

Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue

Perfect for all your baking needs. This 3 piece silicone set includes the popular spoon, small and medium spatulas.

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  • 3-piece set of flexible silicone spatulas in blue
  • Includes small- and medium-sized spatulas plus large-sized spoon-style spatula
  • Translucent blue-tinted, crystal-like plastic handles with holes for hanging
  • Heat-resistant up to 500 degrees F
  • Stain and odor resistant; dishwasher safe

Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer, Corer

Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer, Corer

NEW, 8-Inch Long Stainless Steel Skewers, Barbecue Skewers, BBQ Skewers, Shish Kebab Kabob Skewers, Ring-Tip Handle, 1-Dozen

From kabobs to marshmallows…you can skewer your favorite foods with ease on these durable stainless steel skewers. They feature a slightly flattened blade to allow for easy turning (without the food spinning around)


Length – 8 Inches

Diameter (ring) – 3/4 Inches

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NEW, 10-Inch Long Stainless Steel Skewers, Barbecue Skewers, BBQ Skewers, Shish Kebab Kabob Skewers, Ring-Tip Handle, 1-Dozen

From kabobs to marshmallows…you can skewer your favorite foods with ease on these durable stainless steel skewers. They feature a slightly flattened blade to allow for easy turning (without the food spinning around)


Length – 10 Inches

Diameter (ring) – 3/4 Inches

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  • Oval blade better secures skewered food
  • Ring-tip handle for finger-tip handling
  • 1-Dozen per order
  • DIMENSIONS: Length – 10 Inches, Diameter (ring) – 3/4 Inches

Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel

The Cuisinart DFP-14 Custom Food Processor has an extra-large feed tube that holds whole fruits and vegetables. Features a 14-cup work bowl, 4mm stainless steel medium slicing disc, stainless steel shredding disc, chopping/mixing blade and dough blade. Includes a spatula, how-to DVD and recipe book.A perfect gift for new homemakers, the food processor has become an integral part of modern cooking, speeding up a multitude of processes, including kneading dough; slicing; chopping; shredding cheese, vegetables, and meat; mincing garlic and parsley; mixing batters; and emulsifying mayonnaise. Cuisinart’s Custom food processor comes with a 14-cup work bowl; five basic attachments for slicing, shredding, chopping, mixing, and kneading; and also features two feed-tube options, one big enough to handle a whole potato. This processor comes with a compact cover for use when the feed tube isn’t needed and a pulse control that allows the desired degree of fineness when chopping and puréeing. Remove the detachable stem for compact storage of discs. All the parts are dishwasher-safe and the motor base wipes clean. In addition, a custom-contoured spatula, a recipe booklet, and a 30-minute video designed to familiarize the new owner with the care and use of the food processor are included. –Victoria Jenkins

Product Features

  • 720-watt large-capacity food processor with intuitive “on” and “off/pulse” buttons
  • 14-cup Lexan work bowl; extra-large feed tube; small and large pushers
  • Stainless-steel slicing disc, shredding disc, chopping blade, and dough blade
  • Spatula, instruction/recipe booklet, and video included; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook

After 20 years in the test kitchen, we’ve discovered the best methods for approaching essential cooking techniques and a wide range of recipes. We also know what questions home cooks will have, and what problems they’ll face. In this landmark project, we share everything we’ve learned, from simple knife skills and cookery fundamentals, such as whipping egg whites, to perfecting recipes like pepper-curated filets mignons and layer cakes. This is a book that will make anyone, no matter their skill level, a better cook. More than 3,000 step-by-step color photos and almost 200 cooking lessons show you how things should be done, and captions featuring the voice of the test kitchen tell you why. It’s like having an expert by your side every step of the way, guaranteeing success and making you a more skilled cook at every turn.

Cooking Comically: Recipes So Easy You’ll Actually Make Them

This is not your grandma’s cookbook.

Cooking should be as much fun as reading a comic book. Recipes should be cheap and easy. And the food has to taste good. That’s where Cooking Comically comes in. Tyler Capps, the creator of recipes like 2 a.m. Chili that took the Internet by storm, offers up simple, tasty meals in a unique illustrated style that will engage all your senses. These dishes are as scrumptious to eat as they are easy to make. This collection includes all-time favorites and original recipes from Cooking Comically, including Sexy Pancakes, Bolognese for Days, Mash-Tatoes, Pulled Pork (aka Operation Man-Kitchen), and Damn Dirty Ape Bread. Perfect for those who can barely boil water but are tired of ramen and fast food. Stop slaving. Start cooking.


In an era of outfitted home kitchens and food fascination, it’s no wonder home cooks who never learned the fundamentals of the kitchen are intimidated. Twenty years ago, James Peterson could relate, and so he taught himself by cooking his way through professional kitchens and stacks of books, logging the lessons of his kitchen education one by one. Now one of the country’s most revered cooking teachers, Peterson provides the confidence-building instructions home cooks need to teach themselves to cook consistently with ease and success. COOKING is the only all-in-one instructional that details the techniques that cooks really need to master, teaches all the basic recipes, and includes hundreds of photos that illuminate and inspire.

   • Cooking authority James Peterson’s definitive, all-inclusive learn-to-cook cookbook.
   • 600 hard-working recipes everyone should know how to make-from the perfect roasted chicken to bouillabaisse and apple pie.
   • 1,500 instructional photos, showing exactly how recipes are made, teach food-literate novices to cook with confidence and more advanced cooks to expand their repertoire.
   • James Peterson has more than 1 million cookbooks in print.Put simply, Cooking is a revelation. No other cookbook so deftly illustrates as broad a scope of classic culinary methods and flavors as you’ll find here. As a veteran chef and award-winning cookbook author, James Peterson is uniquely qualified to take food lovers into the modern kitchen and turn them into passionate, precise, intuitive cooks. What’s most impressive about a book of this breadth and size (540 pages and 600 recipes, brought to life with 1500 vivid color photographs) is how accessible and fun it is to read. Every recipe in Cooking sings with a deep knowledge of the ingredients at hand, encouraging cooks not just to follow the recipe but to really understand and relish in the process, and the result is a terrific turn-to reference for any cook seeking inspired instruction. –Anne Bartholomew

Luscious Recipes from Cooking

Artichoke and Toasted Walnut Salad

Braised Short Ribs
Classic French Apple Tart