Thursday, November 25, 2021

My Thanksgiving cooking playlist

My sweetheart spent last night making a pumpkin pie while listening to Christmas music. Contrarian that I sometimes am, I still insist that Christmas music before Thanksgiving is premature, That said, her example inspired. 

We were doing meal prep in two different states, so I kept track of what was playing while I made deviled eggs from a proven recipe in The Deplorable Gourmet.

Directions in that crowd-sourced cookbook are, for the most part, spot on, but there's no way that prep time for deviled eggs is only 30 minutes -- at least not for me! My tripling the recipe didn't shorten prep time, but that's alright. Thanksgiving, y'all.

The playlist is eclectic because Dad had an influential hand in forming my musical ears. I miss him.

Pro tip: Slice the eggs on the longitude, not on the latitude. And I think they peel a little easier if you go pole to pole, north to south, after denting the egg to give your thumb some purchase.

Music to peel hard-boiled eggs

  • Honky Tonk Woman -- Rolling Stones
  • End of the World Again -- The Steel Wheels
  • Good Hearted Man -- Fats Domino
  • Call Me -- Blondie

Egg slicing

  • Something so Feminine About a Mandolin -- Jimmy Buffet
  • Mirabeau Bridge -- James Keelaghan

Scooping and grating

  • You Ain't Going Nowhere -- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • When Silence Was Golden -- David Schnaufer
  • Brighter Than the Sun -- Colbie Caillet
  • The New Jerusalem -- Dan Wheetman

Mix and measure

  • When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings -- Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson
  • Worried About You -- Rolling Stones
  • Fat-Bottomed Girls -- Queen

Using the "Poor Man's Pastry Bag"

  • Some Nights -- Fun.
  • Si Lo Hice y Que -- Carin Leon
  • Into the Mystic -- Van Morrison
  • Be Thou My Vision -- Martha Bassett
  • More Than a Feeling -- Boston
  • How Great Thou Art -- Home Free

Decorating with Paprika

  • Find a New Home -- Will Banister
  • Yellow Ledbetter -- Pearl Jam
  • The Load-Out -- Jackson Browne
The recipe doesn't include a dash of Frank's Red Hot, but my deviled eggs do. That's how I roll.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

More of the underrated

These actors and actresses have more range than many people seem to give them credit for having:

  • Kathryn Erbe
  • Katheryn Winnick
  • Jack Black
  • Ana de la Reguera
  • Mary McDonnell
    (Truth to tell, however, when you successfully play characters in both Dances With Wolves and Battlestar Galactica, people know you've got game)
Among poets, on the evidence of When Earth's Last Picture is Painted, I think Rudyard Kipling is underrated.

Among brewers, don't sleep on the Benedictine monks of Birra Nursia.

Underrated musicians (lauded but not as well-known as they should be, given their talent):
  • David Mason, the trumpeter on the Beatles' song, "Penny Lane"
  • Laith Al-Saadi, dark horse Voice contestant and Michigan music legend
  • Evelyn Glennie, deaf but extremely accomplished percussionist