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Happy Thanksgiving….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 28, 2019

….to Flappers far and wide. Football and food, all day.

Looking forward to hearing how Twin’s brussel sprouts turn out. And if anyone makes something kick ass share it here…

Have a good one.

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  1. snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I discovered the wonder of properly cooked and tricked up brussel sprouts about 10 years ago.
    That is, about any way other than boiling the crap out of them into mushy, stinky morsels, like my mother and most other mothers of baby boomers used to do…

    • zumiee said, on November 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Well, those mothers of boomers had lived through the Great Depression, and were just happy to have food in general, and not worried about turning it into fine cuisine. 🙂

  2. willedav said, on November 28, 2019 at 11:23 am

    much respect for better chefs/cooks of the world, but i’ll pass on any attempts to make brussel sprouts edible.

  3. blade3colorado said, on November 28, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Unconventional Thanksgiving for me (and some friends) . . . Ruth Chris Steak House in Denver. Rib eye for me and only thing traditional will be pumpkin pie (if they have it). Ha.

  4. Flavor said, on November 28, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I went to Ruth Chris last time I was in Reno, it was very good…
    I make a really good brussel sprouts—hot pan, olive oil, put them in, then salt and pepper, then throw in a quarter stick of butter, squeeze a quarter lemon in, finish it off with a 1/4 cup chardonnay, it’s outstanding……

  5. snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    For my sprouts I usually do something like this:

    Preheat oven to 425.

    Thinly slice a whole, large sized yellow onion. Fry the sliced onions up in a large oven safe pan or cast iron skillet with a light amount of olive oil until they are golden brown. If you like garlic, stir a couple of cloves of some chopped garlic into the pan about a minute before you stop the heat. Remove the onions and reserve.

    Now, throw into the same hot pan a bunch of diced pancetta or good bacon until there’s a good amount of rendered fat in the pan. Remove the cooked meat and reserve it. (You can substitute ham, but you’ll need olive oil to substitute for the rendered fat.) Don’t burn the meat or cook it so much that it’s super crispy. Leave it a little moist with a bit of fat left.

    Throw into the hot pan and bacon fat about a pound of cleaned and quartered and dry brussells sprouts. Medium high heat. Season with salt and fresh pepper. You can add some red pepper flakes if you like a little heat. Pay attention, continue to fold the sprouts over themselves in the pan with a wooden spoon about once a minute for 3-5 minutes until they brown just a bit. Don’t overcook, don’t burn.

    Turn off heat on pan. Now, fold into the sprouts the reserved onions and meat. Sprinkle some good, shredded parmesan or your favorite strong, hard cheese into the mix. Spread the mixture evenly throughout the pan. Finish with spreading a light amount of the cheese all across the top of the mixture. Alternatively, you can spread along with the cheese on top a couple of tablespoons of good bread crumbs or panko crumbs.

    Put the pan into the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes until the top cheese is bubbly and browning a bit.
    Remove from oven and serve hot…

  6. snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Ok, here’s the bill of fare tonight.
    Turkey is just about to hit the oven:

    1. Oven-baked herbed, bread rolls, and butter
    2. Blue lake green beans mixed w/ sauteed celery/onion/bacon garnish
    3. Oven-roasted sweet potatoes, mashed and buttered
    4. Fennel root and Capay valley organic carrots combo, oven-roasted with garlic olive oil
    5. Grandma’s traditional recipe cranberry & Valencia orange relish (aged 2+ weeks)
    6. Chestnut / ham stuffing (cooked separately from turkey)
    7. Roasted, organic whole, brined turkey (14 lb)
    8. Turkey sage gravy, home made from turkey pan drippings and just picked back-yard sage
    9. White wine: Alsatian Gewurztraminer (Hugel 2017)
    10. Dessert: home-made pumpkin/molasses pie

  7. Flavor said, on November 28, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Snarkk, you really stepped up today with the food recap. Nice. And I am going to try your brussel sprouts one on of these days.

    • snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Please do. I hope you will like it.
      I recommend a nice, herbed pork tenderloin, or a slab of pork ribs, to go along with those sprouts.
      Your fav Chardonnay or a nice fresh Viognier would be a good accompaniment w/ the tenderloin…

      • Flavor said, on November 28, 2019 at 5:11 pm

        i only drink on special occasions now. T-giving, Christmas….Reno trips. lqtm. But I’ll see if I can time it around drinking.

  8. Flavor said, on November 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I love brussel sprouts, lol

  9. Bozo said, on November 28, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I’ve always liked to make Alton Brown’s grilled brussel sprouts. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/grilled-brussels-sprouts-recipe-1944962
    I’m not much of a baker, I’ve done a few bourbon sweet potato pies in the past (one year I’m pretty sure that pie should have been served on the rocks).This year we had a lot of pecans around, so I made a pecan pie using a recipe from my favorite chef, Frank Brigtsen. Good stuff, next time I might add a bit of bourbon to it.
    Cheers all.

  10. snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I love Alton Brown recipes off Food Network.
    He and Ina Garten are my go to’s on that site for ideas.
    Brown is a smart dude, he makes cooking fun.
    Other than that, FoodNetwork has gone to hell with totally BS shows. They used to have real shows about how to cook; now it’s crap food reality shows…

  11. snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I forgot to note as I’m sort of watching over the turkey and helping Mrs. snarkk with the sides, I’m sipping a nice Mexican Mezcal over one ice cube with a slice of fresh mandarin orange. Very nice aperitif. I’ve kind of gotten into Mezcal since I visited Mexico in 2018. Went to a Mezcal bar in downtown Mexico City, and got hooked. Love some of the smooth, smoky flavors.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all Flappers, wherever you are…

    • djloo27 said, on November 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      I get the feeling you’re not coming to Coney Island for some Bud Lights and a hot dog next summer…

      • snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 5:05 pm

        Loo, I’m totally down with a dog and a beer.
        Bud Light, maybe not, but a dog (Polish, if available) and a craft beer is my go to at a ball game…

      • Flavor said, on November 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm

        I’d kill someone if it meant a free trip to Coney Island for some bud lights and a hot dog with you, Loo.

      • djloo27 said, on November 28, 2019 at 5:47 pm

        One of these years, guys…

  12. zumiee said, on November 28, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Dallas losing was cool.
    I could do without all the camera shots of Jerry Jones and his yes-men.

    • snarkk said, on November 28, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      What has Dallas done the last 25 years?
      One or two playoff appearances? That’s it.
      They’ve been scheisse. Might as well be the Jets, fer Kreissakes…

  13. djloo27 said, on November 28, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    The family priest in The Godfather always reminded me of Joe Torre…

    • willedav said, on November 28, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      just finished watching it for nth time. Surprised how far Barzini rolled down the steps after being shot by the mob police guy Albert Neri (his story gone over in the book more than the movie). Always felt bad for Clemenza having to climb all those stairs to do his part.
      Next time I’ll count how many times the phrase “make him an offer he can’t refuse” is heard.

      • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 6:16 am

        That’s funny, Willie. I was thinking the same thing when I was watching yesterday.
        He rolled down those steps like a garbage can in the wind…

  14. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on November 28, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Loo, I still would love to meet up during one of my east coast US visits. Mac too. Now that both my folks are gone, though, my east coast visits will be more rare, despite having 2 siblings still in NJ. They don’t seem to care all that much about me visiting…..

    • djloo27 said, on November 28, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      Their loss, Paul…

    • Macdog said, on November 28, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      Paul, what Loo said.

    • chipower9 said, on November 29, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Paul – what Loo and Mac said. And, I highly encourage you to make a trip and meet-up with Loo, Mac, Pawlie, and any of the other right coast Flappers you can round up. My trip back and meeting some of these guys was truly one of my best trips, ever.

  15. Macdog said, on November 28, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Hey, hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Spent part of the day at a high school football game before going to my parents for dinner. HS football on Turkey Day is a dying tradition in NJ, used to be just about every school played, now in our two-county area it’s down to five games. Kind of a shame, but times change.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on November 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Yeah, John, when I went to HS in Bridgewater, there were actually 2 high schools because so many students, so T-giving day game was Bridgewater Raritan HS West (mine) against Bridgewater Raritan HS East. Great rivalry. Sort of. East usually won. Now just one HS, so I have no idea who they play…. oh well.

      • Macdog said, on November 28, 2019 at 10:07 pm

        Looks like no more T-Day game for Bridgewater. Their last game was a loss to Westfield in the first round of the state playoffs.

  16. chipower9 said, on November 29, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Was at a good friends, and they live in this little hollow where cell service sucks/is non-existent. So, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to the Flap Universe.

    Our day was blesses. It was Gail and me, My friend Kelly and his wife Corrie and their daugher Olivia, and also Kel’s sister and her boyfriend.

    Fair was:
    Roasted turkey
    gravy
    mashed potatoes (heavy on the butter and cream)
    Sourdough stuffing with sausage
    Green bean casserole
    Home made rolls by Kel’s sister Jen (best fucking home made rolls EVER)
    My brussel sprouth/butternut squash casserole (was fantastic and got destroyed). Flav, this was not a Twinner recipe, but easily could have been.
    Gail’s homemade cranberry chutney

    Pies, booze, wine, beer…and lots of cheer.

    And, I went 3-0 in my NFL games (against the spread). BOOM.

    Quite the wonderful day, and I hope that all of you also had a kick-ass day.

  17. willedav said, on November 29, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Loo got one more—at the start when the Don is in his office talking to the mortician, remember what he is holding in his hands? Honest I’d never noticed this before.
    Guy who hosted yesterday told me as credits were running almost all the actors are dead now. I know Mrs. Don died I think a year ago—singer Morgana King.

    • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 8:10 am

      I remember him holding a little cat 🐱🐱🐱…

      • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 8:12 am

        Couldn’t tell you the color of it…

      • willedav said, on November 29, 2019 at 8:17 am

        Yeah exactly! It’s sitting in his lap as camera pulls back and he’s playing with it.
        Still trying to remember how many times (at least twice from Michael to Kay and the Don to consigliere) both over J Fontaine) I heard “make him an offer he can’t refuse”

    • Macdog said, on November 29, 2019 at 8:28 am

      From the IMDB Godfather Trivia section:

      The cat held by Marlon Brando in the opening scene was a stray that Coppola found while on the lot at Paramount Pictures, and was not originally called for in the script. So content was the cat that its purring muffled some of Brando’s dialogue and, as a result, most of his lines had to be looped.

      • alleykat69 said, on November 29, 2019 at 8:47 am

        Cat should of got a “piece of the action” atleast a cat food deal royalty..

      • chipower9 said, on November 29, 2019 at 8:51 am

        Everybody loves a happy pussy…

  18. willedav said, on November 29, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Flavor I apologize if we’ve ruined some of it but honest Godfather #1 really is tremendous. SanDog had a great POTD post here on it, quoting Moe Green when he goes off on Al Pacino.

  19. blade3colorado said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Off topic . . . Moron announcer (Asian guy) on CNBC is asking 5 to 8 year old kids what they want for Christmas and suggesting Iphones. Yeah, that’s it parents – indulge them with a thousand dollar Iphone.

    I remember I was excited if I got Hot Wheels.

    • snarkk said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Anybody remember Tonka toys. I got a dump truck one Xmas, that was a huge deal. Loved it. They still have Tonka, but they look like they’re made of plastic. The old days, those toys were solid metal, you could stand on one as a kid, no problem…

      • blade3colorado said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:42 am

        The early Tonkas were made out of automotive-grade, 20 gauge steel. If you had one of the metal trucks growing up, you could leave it outside for months, and worst-case scenario, the only thing you’d have to do is get a tetanus shot. The company actually benefited from WWII. After the war, there was a bit of an excess in the supply of steel, which made producing the over sized and metal-laden toys cheap to produce. Considering they retailed for the equivalent of $30 ($140 in today’s dollars), they were also quite profitable.

        Snarkk, maybe they got rid of steel because kids were “bonking” their friends over the head with the toys. lqtm.

      • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 10:28 am

        I had one of those as a kid, which meant playing in the dirt, which today’s kids would never understand.

      • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 11:11 am

        I had a hydraulic dump truck that almost broke my little jaw…

      • chipower9 said, on November 29, 2019 at 11:32 am

        LMAO, Loo. Would love to see the video on that one!

      • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 11:36 am

        No video in those days, Chi but somewhere there’s an 8mm film of me fleeing from this guy…

  20. Flavor said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:17 am

    putting Katie and her friend on a train in about an hour. I can’t express to you how much unbridled joy I will feel not having to go to San Francisco today….

    • alleykat69 said, on November 29, 2019 at 10:26 am

      BF you’re so damm right! Union Square will be like a tsunami hit it! All these dumbass people(Katie&friend excluded with the flap godfathers protection plan) freezing their asses off camping outside of stores overnight and for what? $50-100 bucks off a big screen that’s probably a piece of junk they will return..

  21. RotoRob (@RotoRob) said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Hey guys, we just wrote an article about the Giants hiring ex-Dodgers staff. Thought you might be interested:

    https://rotorob.com/2019/11/29/mlb-today-giants-building-with-ex-dodgers-staff/

    Cheers!

    • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 10:32 am

      No offense, but there’s nothing in the article we haven’t already known for several days.

  22. unca_chuck said, on November 29, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Is Katie driving yet?

    • Flavor said, on November 29, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      no. She was in Costa Rica for 2 years so she couldn’t get her license and since she’s been back she hasn’t gotten around to it yet.

  23. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Huff is teaching his kids to shoot, so that if Bernie Sanders wins the presidency, he and his kids can help start civil war.

  24. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Former Duke big men Williamson and Bagley haven’t proved they can stay healthy in the NBA yet. They have a lot to prove.

    • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Now that you mention it, lots of Duke guys were injury prone as pros…
      Laettner? Dawkins? Hill? Hurley?
      (I could be wrong)

      • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 12:57 pm

        Coincidence? It is strange.

  25. alleykat69 said, on November 29, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Yeah nothing beat those Steel Tonka products back in the days! I had a Jeep, Steel loader, Cement truck all indestructible compared to the shit plastic junk they make today!
    Wish I still had my steel Matchbox collection as well in the yellow luggage divider that I think 🤔 held 50 cars.That stuff along with the Tonka steel stuff is probably worth a mint today 😫

    • unca_chuck said, on November 30, 2019 at 8:10 am

      Yup.I still have 1 or 2 cars somewhere. They are worth $10.00. I hada bunch of them

  26. blade3colorado said, on November 29, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Same moron (Huff) complained about his alimony payments. Love this exchange with Patricia Arquete . . .

    “Are you warning your kids to never call the fire department or police because that’s too socialist too?” Arquette tweeted. “Or that they should never go to Europe because they have health care for all people? Because the US is far more dangerous.”

    • Macdog said, on November 29, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Yeah, he said something about a woman shouldn’t get half of an athlete’s hard-earned money. Huff, of course, really earned the $10M the Giants paid him in 2012 by playing in 52 games with 1 HR and 7 RBI.

      • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 4:14 pm

        Doesn’t make him wrong…

  27. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Like the umpire, who would Huff be shooting at? U.S. troops? So much for Huff “supporting the troops.”

    • Flavor said, on November 29, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      He’s tacitly saying he’s training his children to kill fellow Americans. He’s sick, he’s dumb as a rock and I’d spit in his face if given the opportunity.

  28. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Today, it’s 18 years since the passing of George Harrison. Hard to believe it’s been 18 years.
    Here’s a great song from George:

  29. djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    And of course 39 years since this…

    • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      The Monday Night crew handled that well, all things considered.

  30. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    And we all remember this happening to Harrison.
    “Dec 30, 1999, a mad man attacked Harrison in his own house, nearly killing him.
    George confronted Abram, who was screaming at the spiritual Beatle with a knife in his hand. The 56-year-old Harrison ran at Abram to try to tackle and disarm him. The attempt was unsuccessful, and George was stabbed repeatedly in the chest.”

    • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      It’s amazing that he survived that, only to die of cancer two years later. Some have wondered if the attack wounds somehow contributed to the other.

    • Flavor said, on November 29, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Running out of the house might have been the better option had there been a clear path to do so.

      • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 6:43 pm

        George’s wife was in the house, too, so that may have been the biggest thing he was thinking about. She ended up helping to save him by repeatedly hitting the assailant in the head with something. A fireplace poker, I think.

      • djloo27 said, on November 29, 2019 at 7:23 pm

        Fun fact:
        Poker was Seattle Slew’s maternal grand sire…

      • Flavor said, on November 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm

        Fireplace poker should have been enough. Neither george nor his wife knew how to defend themselves. Disappointing.

      • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 7:39 pm

        They did great, all things considered. They could have ended up like O.J.’s victims.

  31. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Ironically, the first song that George wrote that made it onto a Beatles album is the song “Don’t Bother Me,” from the Beatles’ second album. Very cool song.

  32. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    McGee just keeps truckin’ along. Now starting for the Lakers.

  33. Flavor said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    If I’m standing there with a fire poker and some dumb motherfucker is in my house uninvited with a knife I guaranfuckingtee you that poker is ending up fucking him up. End of (his) story……

    • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      George lived in a giant mansion. The poker probably wasn’t handy at the moment.
      Plus, you’re a lot bigger than George was.

      • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:15 pm

        A fair criticism might be questioning George’s home security and surveillance.
        But he probably just got used to no one ever trespassing, and figured no one ever would.

  34. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I looked it up. No fireplace poker. It was a lamp. Sorry for the wrong information.

    “Harrison’s wife, Olivia, whose mother was staying with the Harrisons at the time, struck Abram with a lamp, causing him to drop the knife. Abram then went after Olivia by trying to strangle her with the lamp’s cord, but she was able to escape.

    Police arrived after 15 minutes and arrested Abram. Paramedics stopped Harrison’s bleeding and took him to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for a punctured lung. According to the hospital’s medical director, some of the wounds were very close to major arteries, which would have been fatal if they had been hit.

    The investigation determined that this was not a simple burglary gone wrong, but a planned attack on Harrison. The prosecutor said that Abram “believed that The Beatles were witches who flew around on broomsticks. Subsequently, George Harrison possessed him and that he had been sent on a mission by God to kill him. He saw George as a sorcerer and a devil.””

    Read More: The Time George Harrison Was Nearly Killed in His Own Home | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/george-harrison-attacked/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

  35. zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    The Lakers had about as easy an NBA win as I’ve ever seen. The Wizards looked like a high school team vs. them. For one thing, the Lakers are very big. They’re going to out-height a lot of teams. And they shoot pretty well, and run the court well. Of course, injuries can change everything.

    • zumiee said, on November 29, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      I forgot to look for Jack Nicholson.


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