23. The holidays are coming. Which means good food. Share a recipe for a dish you love to enjoy during the Merry Thanksmas season. (So we can enjoy it too!)
Being Canadian, we have Thanksgiving in October
(like it should be done)
and my mother (an honest-to-god Chef) makes awesome food stuffs. My favourite in recent years are:
24. What's a special tradition in your family that makes the holiday season special to you?While we’re Canadian, my dad spent his college years (in the late 60s) as a surfing liberal arts hippie at UCSB, we do American Thanksgiving (but usually on a Sunday). We save most of the fun for Christmas. I tend to go home on Christmas morning, we have a lovely breakfast (see above re mother the chef) and then presents, then dinner around 2. I tend to get a bit squirrely around noon so I usually go for a walk.
- Roasted Brussels sprouts: Parboil the sprouts so they are nearly cooked, then drain. Preheat your oven to 400F, toss the sprouts in some olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast until the the sprouts are beginning to brown.
- Flat pies: Make the crust and filling for apple pie in the normal way. But then divide the crust mix into four, roll them out into rounds, place 1/4 of the apple filling onto the centre of the crust round, then fold the edges of the crust over the filling, patting it down gently as you go. This way, everyone get their own “pie” and there’s an increased crust to filling ratio.
I’m lucky enough to have my family close (an hour drive) and we’re pretty close, so it’s nice to spend time with them on any occasion. I count myself very lucky in this regards.25. We're on a roll with the holiday stuff. So… what's your favorite holiday movie or TV episode?A Christmas Story
is one of my favourites. For the longest time, I didn’t want to watch it, then one year I was stuck with it and realized how amazing it is. Just the view of life as a child, and the look at the 50s, is brilliant. I love the parents in that movie.
On the other side, the stop-motion movies like Rudolf and Frosty the Snowman
… man, I still have nightmares about those.
Randomly, Batman Returns
is my fave set-at-christmas story. I fell in love with Michele Pfieffer’s Selina Kyle (of course, I was 12, so that may be the start of my love of strong and twisted female characters)
In music news, the Charlie Brown Christmas album
is music gold. If you haven’t listened, I recommend that you do. Your life will be transformed.26. It's officially one month till Christmas! Post your favorite holiday song.27. What's a TV show you don't particularly like anymore, but still watch for some reason? Why? (If you're smarter than most of us, which show did you want to love, but gave up on?)
Supernatural. I gave up on it a few years ago and really now just stick with the Tumblr recaps. It got too far away from the sort of thing I like, after they started on their “kill all female characters” spree I drifted away.
Bones, I no longer watch. The smugness of both Bones and Booth was off-putting and I had other things to spend my time on.
I’m on-again-off-again with CSI. I’m enjoying Russell’s calming influence to the team, but other times I wonder why I tune in every week, ya know?