Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving Day

We had a great family Thanksgiving. Kim and Marc planned the meal and bought the ingredients and we all pitched in and cooked. It was traditional, except the dishes were tweaked a bit.

The turkey was smoked (by a meat market in Beloit) and was delicious. The stuffing was my favorite. Prepared completely from scratch, it had apples and spices, no sage. Rather than load the sweet potatoes and green beans with sugary or high fat calories, they opted for seasonings and light butter—much better. My oyster corn was pretty good because I opted for cream and lots of butter, but oysters require that.

After the meal and before we left for my brother & wife’s house, I decided to take a family picture for my Christmas note. This tells the story of my attempts to set the camera timer while everyone endured the cold. We ended up getting a good one, but it took several tries. This tells the story of my attempts but will use the one of us looking at the camera with perfect smiles….because you know Christmas letters.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

What's on the menu?

I have been looking through recipes this evening. Actually, I have been looking for one recipe that I obviously didn’t put back in the file last holiday season—Scalloped Corn and Oysters. I finally found it, but not before finding several old favorites.

Recipes, much like fashion, have a time of popularity. When I was a kid, a meal would not be complete without Jello containing upside down half pears or peaches, fruit cocktail, or strawberries and bananas. Layered Jello salads were big after that. They were rich as desserts. Then there was a time when we all used pistachio pudding in salads and desserts.

Each family has traditions and a meal is not complete without that dish present. My Mom always had sweet rolls as well as regular rolls. The regular rolls were made by putting three little balls in each hole of a cupcake tin. (There was a name for this type of roll which I can’t think of.) Green beans & mushroom soup never goes away. The cabbage salad with crunchy noodles and fresh vegetable salads are popular with us now. The bread is still homemade (bread machines have simplified that chore) Desserts haven’t varied much from pie (pumpkin, pecan, cherry or apple).

The turkey is always there, just presented differently. As a child, the turkey was placed on the table whole with stuffing inside. When I began having the meals, the turkey was baked early, sliced and defatted juice poured over the meat and warmed before the meal. Recently, our kids have deep fried or smoked it.

Kim is cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. Our Colorado family is only coming east as far as Salina so we are going there. I am bringing the oyster corn and pies. I will share the corn recipe. It was my grandmother’s. I am sure she told it to my Mom, though, as grandma never used recipe cards.

Scalloped Corn and Oysters

3 cups cracker crumbs
1 t salt
¼ t pepper
½ cup melted butter (not oleo)

Mix above ingredients together & put 1 ½ cups in the bottom of an 8 x 11 glass dish. Over this arrange drained oysters (two cans if you really like oysters) reserving the liquid. Add another light layer of crumbs then whole corn (frozen is best). Over all pour 1 cup milk and oyster liquid (add additional milk if you can’t see liquid around the edges). Sprinkle a few crumbs over the top. Bake 350 25-30 minutes.

Monday, November 21, 2005

KSU Football--one more thought

Coach Snyder could have hoped for a better ending to his career with a bowl trip, but as their season went, this was a hard fought and legitimate win over a good Missouri team.

About half way through the first quarter, I asked Dan if he thought the game had a eerie feel to it. The cloud cover was low and damp and with the lights on it just felt surreal. The offense was working a no huddle strategy which gave the game a different rhythm.

Then there were the injuries. This is the first time I have seen an ambulance back out on the playing field. It was a dislocated hip, which from all accounts, is very painful. There were at least three or four other injuries. I think all the players were giving 150% to make it a memorable game for Coach Snyder.

Each year after the last home game the seniors go around the edge of the playing field and high five or shake hands. There are always lots of young people. Most of these young men are excellent role models for the kids and it is nice for them to be able to connect. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it was awesome that the entire stadium stayed after the game. It was like no one wanted the moment to end

Dan and I aren't fanatical followers of KSU football. As our grandkids are becoming more involved and we have more plans to travel, we have considered giving up our season tickets. We decided on the way home from the game Saturday, we would wait one more year. There is no other thrill than to watch, in person, a good football game. I think this team has winning games in their future as well as a good coach.