Wednesday, November 21, 2012

America's First Thanksgiving

Tuck in, and have a heaping helping of some Industrial Complex!

Day of Thanksgiving

No Thanksgiving turkey for the Johnson family. The kids are disappointed, but Dad shames them into feeling thankful anyway.

Adjust to taste

Personally, I despise turkey. I think it's a cheap bird and it never tastes right to me.

In our family, we always did Rock Cornish Game hens, and that was nice because everyone got their own little bird. I will be forever amused that the rugged and individualist United States never figured this one out and insisted on the communal and egalitarian turkey.

I like up-right cooking as I think it's better presentation. You don't get a soggy-backed bird and ALL of the skin (that's where the salmonella is!) is crisped just right. Depending on what bird you're cooking, this is either a blessing or a curse.

I also see at my local Tom Thumb (one of the Safeway brands), there's almost no turkey, but still six frozen "young goose" available. It would appear that no one here knows how to cook a goose. I did not see any capon or duck, which is a pity.

The important part in cooking a goose is to not braise it as you would any non-water-going foul. There's plenty of oil in the skin already and adding more juice to it will just create an impenetrable shell. My grandparents discovered this once, much to their chagrin.

I love Peking duck, but I'm not cool with that guy putting his mouth on it.

How to Carve a Turkey

Miss Martha on a remote feed? Naw, we just called her up on the phone.

Monday, November 19, 2012

What do you call a giant rubber chicken?

Dumb Ways to Die

Hat tip to the Dallas VideoFest.


Loom from Polynoid on Vimeo.

"A moth being caught in a spiders web. Struggling for an escape, the moths panic movements only result in less chance of survival. What follows is the type of causality everyones expecting. The spider appears, claims its prey and feeds on it. The way nature works. But it’s the point of view that creates an intense relationship between the hunter and its victim. There is much more to explore, much more to feel if one takes the time to really experience the content of a split second."

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Friday, November 02, 2012