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thursday, november 30, 2006

Actual knitting content
Despite a lack of knitting posts, I have actually been working on some things.  While I was on my way to Portugal, I started the Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarf Style in Elsbeth Lavold's Angora.  I'm not sure that the fuzziness of the yarn is going to be the best choice, but I love the color:
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I've also been working on Halfdome from Knitty.com for Peter.  I'm using some black yarn that I had been using for my brother's Alien Illusion scarf from Stitch 'n Bitch that I don't know that I'll ever finish.  It seems like the timing of this request was right on, since it's about 55 degrees in our house :( 
 
I'm also working on a baby project using one of Debbie Bliss's patterns in her Cotton Angora yarn, but that one must remain under wraps for now.
 
I've begun swatching for A Cardigan for Arwen from the Winter 2006 Interweave Knits.  I had ordered this Elann Sierra Aran for something else, but the color, which is called Lichen and despite appearances is in fact green, seemed perfect for this sweater.  Very LOTR.
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Final Turkey Day menu:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Honey Thyme Apple Pie (also excellent and sent to me by my MIL from the NYTimes Style section)
 
6:21 pm pst

monday, november 20, 2006

I heart Thanksgiving
I don't bake much, but at Thanksgiving I always make at least one pie.  I also love to come up with the Thanksgiving menu.  I'm a sucker for anything that involves shallots or leeks, pine nuts or anything with herbs that I have in my garden.  I'm intrigued by this trio from Saveur magazine: Turkey with Madeira–Truffle Butter, Multicultural Stuffing, and Rich Gravy.  I think finding that truffle may pose a bit of a problem, and I think it's a bit much.
 
I called Henry's to find out if they carry a turkey that has never been frozen.  They do, but their smallest size is 16 lbs!  There are only 4 of us, so I think it would be a bit much.  Trader Joe's has smaller ones but they've been frozen.  I suspect Vons won't have any fresh turkey. What to do...
 
This year I'd like to put that my KitchenAid mixer to use, but don't know that I have anything that requires it.  Actually, I do intend on making much more bread in the near future.  At a recent movie night at Heidi's I made some Beer Batter Bread to go with her delicious homemade soup.  It actually turned out really well, and the recipe is worth sharing because it's so damn easy.
 
So, possible menu options:
 
Probably won't make but looks good (and I bought a flan pan while in Portugal):
 
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