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sleep! blessed sleep!
Last night I didn't get home until ten, which was sucky. I finished the pomegranate chicken (I think it's vile, Seth thinks it's good. I'll serve it, but not without a back-up dish). Lauren is a saint (er, well, no, but you know what I mean) and is picking me up back-up chicken today. She's the greatest. Well, Seth's the greatest, but Lauren's way up on the list.

Anyway, back to what I was saying. I finished the pomegranate chicken and made about 120 pieces of fish. I probably have another 40 pieces worth that haven't been fried yet. I don't know if it'll get done or not. But it's certainly very low on the priority list. Seth came home around midnight and I had just finished as much fish as I was going to finish. It had been my plan to make Lynne's fantabulous chicken minus the walnuts last night as well as the carrot soup. However, by the time Seth and I finished packing up the food that needed to go in the fridge (e.g. the fish) and finished talking through what needed to be done, it was nearly 1 am. I made an executive decision to just go to bed. Oh it was so nice. The bed was all cozy and snuggly. Mmmmm Mmmmmm. No big surprise, I still overslept and therefore didn't get out of the house until 7:40, but that's okay. I'll live. I went the wrong way on the Beltway (yes, I did get a full 6 hours of sleep, but only three the night before), and then got myself turned around the right direction and then missed my exit for work. There are days that I think it shouldn't be legal for me to drive. Today was one of them.

I've made another executive decision not to use our china until Friday night. I just can't deal with that many dishes. And Friday night has the potential to be the least number of people (of course, it also has the potential to be the greatest number of people. I just can't win.) Anyway, that'll minimize the number of dishes that start piling up. So I have to go to the party store and buy more nice disposable plates. And maybe some tablecloths. Or maybe not. I dunno.

While I'm at it, I should probably make a list of all the junk we need to buy. I'll do that in a separate entry, though.

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From: gittygiggles Date: September 14th, 2004 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
sams club has snazzy little blue rimmed dishes made out of the fanciest paper there is!!!

lauren is also on my happy people list... and so is YOU! the turkeys were like "aaaaaaaaah! we quiver before karen's mighty thawing technique!" and thawed beautifully!!! i'm going to leave them in the fridge over night and cook 'em tomorrow. yay!!!!

also...could you run your tater soup recipe by me again? we're having it tomorrow night. i can't wait to try it! i even got green onions! i've never bought them before.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 14th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
What is Karen's mighty thawing technique? I have to defrost a turkey tonight, so the info would come in handy ... I s'pose I could just leave it out on the counter for a few hours, but wouldn't that be too easy? ;)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 14th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
you don't want to leave it on the counter for a few hours. It won't defrost evenly. And it's icky.

Put the turkey in a large pot (it's best if the turkey JUST fits in the pot, but it's okay if the pot is too big). Stick the pot under the faucet and run cool (not freezing, but not hot) water over it. If it's fully frozen, it may need a couple hours. And yes, it wastes water, but if you just leave it in a pot full of standing water, the turkey will lower the temperature of the water and it will not help speed up the process. If you feel like you can't sacrifice your sink for a couple hours, fine. Stick the pot in the bath tub. Just make sure you've left room for water to drain...you don't want your tub overflowing.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 14th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it is icky to leave it on the counter -- last time I did this, I ended up putting the turkey on a bath towel so I wouldn't end up with a puddle all over the counters.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 14th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
i would be glad to pass on the great thawing technique of karen!

you just take the wrapped turkey, put it(still wrapped) in a big momma pot and stick it in the bath tub. then you run cool water over it. and keep that water comin! and in a short/not long time, it'll be thawed!! my faucet wouldn't reach though b/c i have a retarded house...so i rigged the shower head :) b/c i am tricky when it comes to rooms with tile (like the bathroom and the kitchen!)
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 14th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kewl. Sounds like the bathtub will be occupied tonight, then.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 14th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I just went out to Party City and bought a bunch of pretty clear plastic plates. I prefer not to use paper for such a big meal. The clear plastic ones are pretty (they're cut to look like a nice glass plate), but too damn expensive to do this more often.

As for the potato soup recipe, I don't have it here at work, so I'll have to get it to you once I'm home. I know you despise the phone, but the best way to absolutely ensure that I get the recipe to you is to call me. Lauren has my number or you can IM me for it.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 14th, 2004 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
let me ask if the gist of it.

saute onions. add water and boil with them taters. then whip out the hand blender and go to town. sound good??

also...i just bought a $10 sunbeam hand blender. how do i use it?? do i have to smush it on stuff or just stick it in and go?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 14th, 2004 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't tell you amounts, but you've got it. I sautee a bazillion onions (cut the onion in half and then slice... I probably do 3 medium onions maybe?). Cut up a bunch of potatoes into approx. 1 inch cubes and add them to the onions and cover the whole mess with chicken broth or vegetable stock (buillion is fine) If you just use water, you'll need to season the soup a lot more later and that's just a pain. Boil the potatoes until they're tender. Blend it all together (I use a food processor, you can use the hand blender, but it will be slightly less creamy). After you've blended it, you can stir in some rich whips or non-dairy creamer, but it's not a requirement. after blending it, add white pepper to taste. Serve with bacos. Better with cheddar cheese, but obviously that's out.

As for the hand blender, it depends on how powerful it is. You may find you have to do some mushing, but it should also move the soup around pretty well. Probably with the sunbeam, you'll need to do a fair bit of mushing.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 14th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
one more stupid question....peel them taters?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 14th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
depends what kind of taters. Small red or white potatoes you don't have to peel if you don't want to. If you're using large russett potatoes, you'll need to peel them because the peel is too tough to blend up with the soup. I usually peel my taters, but sometimes if I'm using red potatoes, I'll only peel half. So, er, yeah, peel 'em.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 14th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
sweet! ok i'm goign to stop procrastinating now. thankies!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 14th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
oh, and I'm glad the thawing worked for you. And glad I'm on your happy people list.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 14th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
yes you are on my happy people list! hey! maybe i'll even post a happy people list!
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 14th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Laurens always seem to be good friends.

[Explanation: Our family's best friend is ixixlix, another Lauren, who is always there when we need her.]
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