Hey everyone! In advance of Thanksgiving, I thought I'd share a family turkey recipe! Fair warning, this takes FOREVER to cook. I do it in advance of the big day. Enjoy.
Sauce: Enough for or a 15 pound turkey or smaller
Relajo (spice mix).. you can find this at some Mexican grocery stores in a little baggie or make your own
3 chopped onions
2 Red bell peppers chopped
1/2 small can tomato paste
12 peeled tomatoes (from a can, buy two large cans and use 12, plus juice)
2 cartons Chicken stock
Toast the relajo on a frying pan until its fragrant
Cook the onions until transluesent, add bell peppers and relajo
Add tomatoes and tomato juice
Cook low and bubbly for 30 min
Blend the sauce as fine as possible (you can use regular blender, but let it cool before blending, or immersion blender)
Add half carton of chicken stock and cook for 20 min
Get another pot. Place a fine strainer over the empty pot, and slowly strain the sauce into the pot using a spoon to push the sauce against the strainer and squeeze as much juice out as possible. This juice should be thin and red. Place the pulp into a bowl and repeat until all the thick blended sauce is strained.
Now take the pulp and put it back in the original pot, adding another half carton of stock. Cook for 20 min.
Repeat the straining. Cook one more time with more broth. Strain again. (so three rounds of cooking and straining)
You can throw away the pulp, and what you have left in the pot is your sauce! Season to taste. If its too sour, mix in some brown sugar
For the turkey:
· Worcestershire sauce
· 1/2 cup white wine
· Stuffed spanish olives
The night before, poke the turkey with a fork. Rub the butter, mustard, and worcestershire sauce all over the turkey and get inside the skin
Put the turkey in a pan with the sauce, olives and capers drained, white wine, paprika and cook in oven.
Make sure you baste often it while its cooking
The sauce gets its final flavor from the turkey. After cooking with the turkey, it can be frozen used as sauce on other things. Also, a good Salvadoran post-thanksgiving meal is pan con pavo/ pan con chumpe, which is a turkey sandwich with the sauce, radishes, and cucumbers. Use a crusty bread.
Sauce can be made a week in advance, and keep in Tupperware in the fridge. Or freeze if holding for longer.
Throwback to last year's stuffing recipe:
Hey everyone! Thought I'd come back with another recent book haul. This is an accumulation of multiple Goodwill trips, as I've noticed my local stores' book collections have not been so good as they used to be. There is also a library book thrown in there, and an Advanced Reader Copy that I got at the library on their "pay as you wish" cart.
On top is My Documents, by Alejandro Zambra. I actually checked this book out from the library last September, but I never got to it, so I took it out again and read it. It is a collection of short stories from a Chilean author. I loved it.
Next is Flight Behavior and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle both by Barbara Kingsolver (one of my favorite authors). The latter is a non-fiction/memoir about her foray into growing food, I believe? Not her usual style, but I love her fiction, so I thought I'd pick it up.
The next book is a historical fiction novel set in WWII called Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum.
Then is The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey. I heard this one described as kinda like the Walking Dead, which intrigued me. I definitely don't usually read books like that, but we'll see how this one goes! I think there is also a movie about this book, and a prequel novel has just been released, as well.
I recently got The Girls by Emma Cline just a few days ago. I'm probably most excited to have gotten this one, as it was fairly hyped when it was released last year (?). It is about a Mason-esque cult, which immediately piques my attention (as it probably does most of us on this site).
Lastly is the ARC, which is called Idaho by Emily Ruskovich. I honestly don't remember much what this is about but I know it was on my Goodreads want to read list so I picked it up.
Let me know your book buying habits! I almost exclusively buy my books from thrift stores (because I am cheap and I enjoy the thrill of the hunt!). I also rely heavily on my library. The fact that I acquired this many books recently is funny, because I am moving next weekend and was supposed to get rid of things! Oh well...
Hey Everyone! I wanted to share this delicious stuffing recipe that I found online a few years back, and have been making ever since! This is not my own recipe, I just wanted to make that clear. I am not that creative or good in the kitchen lol but I just wanted to share the love of this recipe. If I can make it, anyone can do it! This year, I am going to make it again, but gluten-free, so we'll see how that works out. I have some of my own pictures from making it last year in my tiny apartment kitchen, and down below are the links to the original creator's blog.
The pumpkin cornbread, which is delicious by itself! I cut into cubes for drying.
Sauteeing the onions and celery and cooking up the hot Italian sausage!
Sage, the ultimate Thanksgiving herb!
Here it is all mixed up before going in the oven, and then after once taking it out. Stuffing isn't much to look at, but it is absolutely my favorite Thanksgiving dish!
The link to the blog is here: http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/pumpkin-cornbread-stuffing-with-country-sausage-and-sage/ and the cornbread recipe: http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/pumpkin-cornbread/
What is your can't-live-without Thanksgiving recipe?
Hey everyone! It is officially almost Halloween, which is always a time of year that I love. So to get me into the spirit, I made a trip down to the library to pick up a few "spooky" books! Here they are!
I got two comic books, one book of ghost stories, one audiobook, and one e-book.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Vol 1) takes the story of Sabrina the teenage witch and sets it in the 60's in Massachusetts. The coven she's apart of is fairly evil, and this story is nothing like the Melissa Joan Hart Sabrina. I am almost done with it, and I really enjoyed this and would recommend it!
Next is Wytches Vol 1, which I haven't started yet and I actually don't really know the plot (lol sorry).
Lastly is Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories. This is a collection of ghost stories that he put together. He also wrote the introduction.
Not pictured is the audiobook of The Witches by Roald Dahl, which I got through my library on Overdrive. This is a children's book about witches in England who desire to rid the Earth of all the smelly children. I used to LOVE Roald Dahl as a child, so since I was reading "spooky" books, I thought I'd give that a go.
Also not pictured is Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I read this via e-book again through Overdrive. This is an adult horror novel, heavy on the suspense. The plot is somewhat post-apocalyptic, where the characters can't look outside or go outside with their eyes open, for fear of seeing this "thing" that makes people go crazy. The main character is trying to get to safety, which is obviously tricky, since she can't use her eyes.
If I get the e-book off Overdrive in time, I might be able to fit in We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, as well.
Do you have any recommendations for "spooky" Halloween type books? I'd love to hear them!
I went to the library today and here is what I got! Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, so I mostly picked out some books by Latino/a authors. I actually wasn't planning ahead for this theme and didn't request any of them, so I just kinda found these by browsing the shelves.
From top to bottom:
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (DVD)
Esperanza Street by Niyati Keni
Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra (I think I will read this one first!)
My Documents by Alejandro Zambra
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinniss (my BF requested this one so I picked it up for him lol)
What are you reading this month?
Happy International Cat Day to all those cats out there! And to the humans who love them. In honor of this holiday, I thought I'd share some pics of Murphy. I am still (!!) fostering him after all this time. It's really surprising that he hasn't been adopted yet, but I think people are interested in little kittens at this time of year. Only 2 people have even come to meet him. Nonetheless, I am really enjoying my time with him, though he really feels like "my" cat now. I'm not sure how either of us will cope when he eventually gets adopted. Anyway, I don't have to worry about that just yet, so for now, enjoy the pics!
Even though I am definitely in no shortage of unread books, I thought it would be a good idea to go to Goodwill today. Unsurprisingly, I walked out of there with quite a few books! Here to help me model them today is Murphy, the most handsome book model there could ever be.
I got these for such a steal, it was too hard to pass up! In case you can't read the titles from the picture, I got:
Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (the second book in his Cemetery of Forgotten Books series)
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Let me know if any of you have ever read some of these books! I am excited to dive into them, although goodness knows when I will ever get all the books on my shelf read.
Murphy is the most recent cat that I am fostering! I have had him for maybe two weeks now. He is so sweet, and he loves to play and roll around. Funny story, he was found at a construction site, and the construction workers had been feeding him and taking care of him. When they finally called the rescue to come get him, they said that they have a pregnant cat that needs rescuing. When the rescue ladies showed up to get him, they were like... this is a boy. The construction workers were sure that he was pregnant! LOL Nope he's just fat! The kicker is that the vet said he's only ten months old! This baby might still have some growing to do
Murphy loves playing with his toy mice. In fact, he keeps me up all night with his incessant playing. I now put the toys away before bed, but that doesn't stop him! He just plays on his own. I woke up to him running laps in the living room, jumping from the window sill to the floor and back up again. However, when it's not nighttime (and nobody is trying to sleep), he is a super lazy player. He refuses to get off his back to actually chase his string toy, and instead, prefers to laze on his back and swat at it with out moving. Silly cat!
Hi! It's been a while since I posted. I recently took in two new foster kitties! They are a brother/sister combo pack, and they are too cute. The brother is really protective over the sister, and literally puts himself on top of her. But surprisingly, the sister is the one coming around faster to me, letting me pet her more and stuff, while the brother kinda backs away when I go to pet him. They are around four months old.
Here they are! The black one is Harley, and the tabby is Camille. I have more pics of Camille, because she actually likes to be petted by me, as opposed to Harley who barely tolerates it then scampers off at his first chance.
And this is an update on Handsome Hank, my more recent foster! He got adopted and is now loving life with his (adopted) identical twin, TJ.
That's all for now. I will try to update as they get bigger and come out of their shell. Our first night was off to a rocky start, as they decided to somehow pull down my hand-towel and leave me a "present." Then, the second night, they knocked everything down in the bathroom and clawed at the toilet paper. We will see what is in store for me tonight! Hehe. They are little scoundrels. But I am happy because already they allow me to pet them and Camille even ate food off my hand.
Hey All! Back before the fancy new FJ update, I had posted a thread asking for some advice on getting a cat. Fast forward a few weeks, and I became a cat foster mom! I have been so happy with this decision, because it allows me to care for a cute little furbaby without the long-term life commitment of true pet ownership. I also get to help out more than one cat, because I am now on foster cat number 2!
My first foster kitty was indeed a handful. First off, she meowed constantly from the moment she got here. It really was just her personality, because even once she was comfortable in my apartment, she seemed to talk to herself. She was an absolute angel, though, and I was really bonding with her. She was super affectionate, always rubbing up against me and wanting me to pet her. She also followed me around the apartment, and even played chase games with me. I think she was definitely someone's pet, and she either got out or was abandoned, because she was super comfortable around me from the beginning. Here is a picture of little Kelly for reference.
I was so sad when she moved on to her new family, but she now has a French bulldog to play with! I had her about six weeks before she was adopted by a great couple in the neighborhood. What was interesting, though, were the people who visited her but ended up not adopting her. The first lady who came to see her appeared to be really set on an orange cat. Well, orange Kelly is not. That was a little strange. She also didn't seem to be sure of her decision to adopt a cat in general. I was a little relieved that she didn't adopt Kelly. The next potential adopters were this cute couple who were super cat savvy, but ended up adopting another cat that they connected with a little better. Finally, the people who ended up loving her came and saw her, and immediately knew she was for them.
After I brought Kelly to her new apartment, I had to force myself not to beg for too many pictures from the adopters. She is just as adorable as ever and seems to be doing great. A few weeks went by, and now I have a new angel baby to take care of! Enter foster cat number 2!
She has no name as of yet, and has just been rescued off the streets a few days ago. Actually, she hasn't even seen the vet, so I don't know her sex (but I just call her "her" for now). Her nickname is Heidi, because she hides behind the toilet. I only got her yesterday, and she still is very scared and wary of her new situation. However, I am excited for the opportunity to get to know another kitty! I am currently focusing on getting her to eat and socialize with me. I give her her space, but I also want her to get used to my presence and see me as a friend. If anyone has any tips or tricks to getting a little foster to trust them, I would be glad to hear them. I didn't really have this situation with Kelly, as she was happy-go-lucky from the get-go. They think she is around 3 months old, so I am a little worried that she is slightly over the hump for trusting humans. Regardless, she is cute as a button, and even looks like she could pass as Kelly's little sister .
That's all for now! If you have any advice at all, I would love to hear it. Otherwise, thanks for reading!
Hi Everyone! For my first post, I thought I'd write about something that is a small obsession of mine, and that is books! I am a huge bookworm, as some of you might know from the "What are you reading now?" thread in Quiverful of Worldly Distractions. I adore talking to other people about what books they are reading or their favorite books, so maybe people are interested in seeing what my bookshelf looks like.
I consider myself lucky to be someone who likes reading. It's funny now, ( I want to say in this day and age but maybe this has been going on for generations?) people act like reading is uncool, or boring, or what have you. While I realize that there are a lot of things competing for our attention, like TV, school, and work, I am a huge advocate for making more time to read. So since I am an avid reader, people sometimes ask me if I buy all these books, implying that it would be ridiculously expensive. And yes, it would be if I were buying them from bookstores. I definitely frequent the library, and I LOVE the library, but I do end up buying a lot of the books on my to-read list. My secret to buying lots and lots of books is thrift stores. Yep. Good ol' "buy used and save the difference." When you go to thrift stores, you can find books for practically pennies on the dollar (ok, more like $2-4, depending on the thrift store, or $1 if you are lucky!).
My to-read list is is a little over 100 books, which is a lot, I'll admit. But I have at least a working memory of most of the titles on my list, so when I pass by a thrift store, I just pop in for about 5 minutes, browse the books really quick to see if any of the titles are on my list, and I leave. I try to keep to my self-imposed rule of not buying books that aren't on my to-read list, just to prevent myself from going overboard. As it is now, I am definitely out of shelf space in my tiny NYC apartment, and my parents' house in California is overflowing with books.
So, with out further ado, I present to you my most recent thrift store book haul!
The books I picked up yesterday, from top to bottom:
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I found the top one at a Goodwill by my school, and the bottom three at a HousingWorks (an awesome thrift store that helps to combat AIDS). I was sosososo excited by these finds, because they are still currently popular and at the top of my to-read list. Since you never know what you'll find at a thrift store, it is always a surprise to see books like these. Typically, I end up buying books that were super popular a few years back (you know, after most people had time to buy the book, read it, and decide they didn't want it taking up precious shelf space). As a result of this phenomenon, I have discovered that the trick to buying books at thrift stores is patience. There have been plenty of times where I leave empty handed. However, sometimes you get an awesome day like I did yesterday, and you end up with some exciting books.
So there you have it. My first blog post and also my strategy to buying cheap books. Oh yeah, total, I spent $11. Until next time!
I just found out my fundie ex (who I have referred to many times on here) has gotten remarried. We were emailing back and forth last year and he said he was content being single. So I guess they had a Duggar style courtship and did that quick!! (Maybe he saw that John David is in a courtship and that prompted it?) I hope he has grown and matured since we've been apart and I hope he treats his new wife a hell of a lot better than he treated me! The only thing I'm pissed about is that he lives at the coast now, which is the one thing I wanted the entire time we were married. It's pretty funny that he's in a place that's known for its wineries because he's a Baptist and alcohol is all kinds of evil!!111!!1!
Had to deal with a jackass playing the "bumbling male" card at work today. He was creepy as hell. Bless my boss for staying close by in case the situation got out of hand. Pretending to be an idiot does not excuse inappropriate comments and actions.