Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Break updates and some food porn

Well if you took a look at the blog, it would be safe to assume I've been rather busy. Or at least busy enough to neglect the blog for a while. It's a typical situation for me, go out of town for a couple days and the whole 'routine' of life takes about 2 weeks to get back on track. Add in Thanksgiving and Black Friday and you have a real mess.

Anyway, I'm taking this opportunity to try and get back on track to some regular posts. While they may not be interesting, I'm hoping they spur some interesting posts down the line. There's no better way to inspire oneself then to write something, so apologies if this is a bit bland for the near future.

A quick recap of interesting life things over the past week or so, Thanksgiving was very nice, we decided to stay down here in Columbus this year rather then make the drive back and forth up to Cleveland and only get to spend a couple hours with family. While I missed being around family, I think it was a good choice as it let us enjoy the long weekend, and since the move, it's been awhile since we had a number of consecutive days together. I made most of the dinner and it turned out pretty well, although I did make a mistake in purchasing oven bags that were too small for the turkey. Of course it didn't help that I didn't realize the oven bags take off 2-3 hours of cooking time easily with my roaster, which meant that the Turkey was done a bit later then I had anticipated. Thankfully I did brine the turkey the day before, which saved some of the moisture, otherwise it would have tasted like sawdust with such a long cooking time. Even with the brine, I was a bit disappointed in how it turned out from other years, I'd call it average at best, where in years past it's been close to my view of perfect.

I also did my normal assortment of baking, pecan pies and pumpkin cheesecake. The pecan pies were average, but the pumpkin cheesecake was easily the best rendition of it I've ever made. Perfect consistency, right amount of crust and perfect cooking time, I was extremely happy with how it turned out.
Needless to say, I'll need some time on the treadmill over the next couple weeks. I'm going to break up this post to a couple others, so this is where I'm going to finish up for now. Next up is Black Friday.

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