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November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Prep Day!

Filed under: Alameda, Warm Fuzzies — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Nothing much for today or the rest of this week since today is dedicated to Thanksgiving Day preparations in order to make the actual day of Thanksgiving look as effortless as possible.

By the way, if you don’t want to bake a pie this Thanksgiving, Cookiebar has Ice Cream Pies.  That’s right, a pie, but with ice cream.   Pumpkin Spice or Banana Chocolate Fudge.  They have to be ordered in advance.  The husband is picking up ours.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday, and for the first time in years we aren’t hosting, which leaves me a bit glum.

    Last minute tip: if you need an alternative to turkey, or an addition to turkey for a large group, run to the butcher and get a bone-in pork rack roast (aka pork crown roast). If you have a Webber or a smoker, smoke it over apple wood to 150F internal temp. If no smoker, make a paste of minced herbs (I use rosemary, sage but many combos will work) minced shallots, oil, and Dijon. Season pork w/ s&p, rub the paste on, and roast at 275 to 150F IT. 2-3 hours but can vary.

    This is a very low-effort dish, won’t take time away from your other prepping, and it always a crowd pleaser. We always have leftover, turkey but never any leftover pork.

    Comment by dave — November 26, 2014 @ 8:40 am

  2. I’m thankful for this forum. I’m thankful for the diversity and difference in opinion that helps us all struggle with hope toward tomorrow. I’m thankful that none of us lives in Ferguson, MO. God bless the Isle of Style and Gracious Living!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — November 26, 2014 @ 8:48 am

  3. Lauren.
    Thank you for what you do to inform the community and to offer food for thought. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to a day in Napa with others who will be doing the cooking and cleaning! After many years of Thanksgiving at my home, I am truly looking forward to relaxing! Enjoy the day and the weekend.

    Comment by Bill — November 26, 2014 @ 9:13 am

  4. I too am thankful for the fun and informative discussion here.

    Something else to be thankful for (fingers crossed, hoping it’s good) – Best Lil Porkhouse has opened at South Shore.

    Comment by ajryan — November 26, 2014 @ 9:42 am

  5. May your stuffing be tasty
    May your turkey be plump,
    May your potatoes and gravy
    Have nary a lump.
    May your yams be delicious
    And your pies take the prize,
    And may your Thanksgiving dinner
    Stay off of your thighs!

    el Tom Tom

    Comment by jack — November 26, 2014 @ 10:03 am

  6. Dave, we’re having Turkey, but I would take that Pork Crown roast over Turkey any day.

    Comment by John P. — November 26, 2014 @ 10:22 am

  7. Come on JP it’s blasphemous and a sin (only venial though nearly mortal) to even want pork on Thanksgiving (except perhaps as an additive in the stuffing). dave’s leading you in to temptation and I expect to see you in the confessional on Friday surrounded by the smell of left over turkey.

    Comment by jack — November 26, 2014 @ 10:47 am

  8. Jack, I will have my pork, bacon in the mac & cheese, bacon in the corn bread stuffing. that will have to do.

    Comment by John P. — November 26, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

  9. We actually bought a huge Turkey for the day…we have 3 house guest for the next month and none of them know how to cook so they will like the left over. Although John I like pork better then Turkey also but you have to mix it up sometimes. I even bought cranberries which my dad overused to make to put on pancakes 50 times a year when I was older…I don’t like them much anymore but everyone else does.

    Comment by Jake — November 26, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

  10. Dave Kind a funny , will be smoking our turkey ….. take a while , darn good .

    Comment by joel Rambaud — November 26, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

  11. If you want to know the latest on the Crab Cove controversy, see:

    Comment by Irene — November 28, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

  12. If you have flour, oil, rice and a jar of cajun spice in your pantry, as many people do, and if you have some celery peppers and onions and chicken broth leftover from Thanksgiving, you can have turkey jambalaya.

    Make a roux with oil and flavor, get at least caramel dark (I usually go darker but it’s just preference) add the minced celery, onions and peppers and cook till soft, stirring regularly. Add cut up leftover turkey and spices to taste, then add broth and rice and hold on low simmer till done. You can also skip rice and serve the base over leftover stuffing.

    Many other leftover items can be added, depending on what you have and what you like. Fun alternative to turkey sandwiches.

    Comment by dave — November 28, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

  13. Turkey once, turkey twice, lovely turkey soup with rice!

    Comment by Kate Quick — November 28, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

  14. What happened to the pork?

    Comment by jarfree — November 28, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

  15. 14, it went into the barrel, to go dashing through the snow to grandmother’s house, where it was hashed out then everyone took some leftovers to bring to Lauren’s blog, where they’d better be good, cause their friends will check it twice! LOL, Happy Thanksgiving all!

    Comment by Li_ — November 29, 2014 @ 9:04 am

  16. 15. Great Li, though I’d change it slightly,

    RE, pork: it all went into political’s barrel, where it lies and sleeps till election’s peril then it’s cut and served to fire and police with leftovers saved for another increase.

    Comment by jack — November 29, 2014 @ 10:50 am

  17. More pork: Just came from St Joseph’s, where a whole roasted pig with head [snout up] was served with rest of a sumptuous Vietnamese buffet;. after Mass commemorating 25th anniversary of canonization of Vietnamese martyrs. Notre Dame Hall was way too small for the crowd; next year it will be in a bigger hall.
    Refreshing break from turkey this weekend.

    many jokes about BBQ snake…but it was not served… I thought of Jack.

    The Vietnamese dance instructor from the College of Alameda reminds us next year is the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War; whereupon he has been invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington to perform.

    Comment by vigi — November 29, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

  18. the Pentagon is commemorating 2014 as 50th year anniversary of the commencement of the “police action”.

    Comment by MI — November 30, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

  19. It was a great ten years. Enjoyed every minute of it from Haiphong to upper sproul.

    Comment by jack — November 30, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

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