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Entries from November 2007

Fried Turkey

November 23rd, 2007 · 4 Comments

As I greeted my cousin at his house for Thanksgiving, he handed me a beer and led me to one of those contraptions that cause fear in the hearts of otherwise courageous cooks – a propane tank and a pot full of 6 gallons of oil.

Apparently in accepting the beer, I was accepting the position of cooking the turkey which meant responsibility for the turkey, the garden surrounding his pool, and depending on the amount of heat tolerance the nearby propane tank was rated at – his house and immediate backyard, a forest, and maybe the nearby government military arsenal. It was obvious this was going to take extreme care. And another beer.

There was another good-looking (regularly roasted) turkey already done, and enough other food to feed a fire department and the army, which was good, in the event we had to invite either of them, so I wasn’t too worried about messing up the turkey. But the only instructions were stamped on the lid of the pot – 325F, for 3 and a half minutes per lb. After figuring out the turkey dunker, we got him set up and he got a seasoning of salt, pepper and paprika.


My cousin assured me he had done displacement tests, since we’ve all seen the spectacular spill-over fire videos. I donned one of those Okra brand lobster mitts, worried that I’d have a pink claw melded onto my hand should something happen, but there wasn’t any asbestos around. My cousin improvised a spatter shield. I slowly dipped the turkey into the oil, and a little did spatter over, but harmlessly.


So 52 minutes later, I pulled it out the same way, and he looked great.


It turns out that frying is a great way to cook a turkey – it’s fast, it stays moist, you get a crispy skin, and it has that intoxicating KFC smell. And if you’re adventurous, you’ve got 6 gallons of boiling oil if you want to fry anything else – like twinkies, Mars bars etc.

Seriously, you might want to read some directions other than mine if you’re trying your own turkey. And watch the videos linked above. Besides, we had professional help on speed dial – my another cousin who’s a fireman in Florida, whose advice in case of accident was ‘distance’.

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Cinnabon Horror

November 22nd, 2007 · 7 Comments


Another in the theme of ‘how do people eat these things?” I got a coffee and a Cinnabon in O’Hare. Believe it or not, this was my first one. I couldn’t get through half of it. I think I figured out the recipe: Take 30 cinnamon scented car fresheners, boil them into a paste, add all of the strongest sweetners known to man, form into a spiral, and cover with weapons grade high fructose corn syrup icing.

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Not so pretty food

November 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments

This is why I prefer to go hungry.


I work late, and sometimes options are scare, so I usually wait until I get home, but once in awhile I need food, and am immediately reminded that I don’t need it this bad. Yes, those are 4 finger marks in my Subway sandwich made by the professional ’sandwich artist’ apparently ’signing’ his work. On wheat bread (the only kind they said they had) that tasted more like corrugated box, than an actual corrugated box would have. The ‘roast beef’ tasted like cheap baloney.Needless to say, this will be my last Subway review.

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I need to catch up.

November 8th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Taking the summer off really put me behind as far as posting food. I’ll be going through ‘em slowly. Here’s a shot of a very good double burger, taken at The Root Beer Stand, (225 Columbia Avenue) in Oglesby, IL near Starved Rock.


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Food Blogs

November 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Shauna, The Gluten-Free Girl is in Chicago for the next couple of days.Read her recent posts for her story, or read her Guide to working with gluten free flour to find out what teff is. 

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