Sunday, December 20, 2009

Roast Turkey with Spiked Gravy

Everyone needs a solid recipe for the holiday turkey, and this one fits the bill.

14 lb (6.3 kg) turkey

cornbread or other stuffing for turkey cavity
8 tbsp butter, softened

salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/4 cup bourbon (optional)

1.)Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Remove the neck, giblets, and fat from the tail area and save for another use. Stuff the neck cavity loosely with stuffing, and pin the neck skin to the back with a skewer. Loosely fill the body cavity with stuffing and cover the exposed stuffing with foil. Using kitchen twine, tie the drumsticks together and secure the wings to the body.

2.)Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Rub with the butter and season with salt and pepper. Loosely cover the breast area with foil. Add 2 cups water to the pan.

3.)Roast, basting every hour or so (lifting the foil to do so), estimating about 15 minutes per pound, for about 3 1/2 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh, not allowing it to touch a bone, reads 175°F (79°C). During the last hour of cooking, remove the foil. Transfer the turkey to a platter. Let stand for 30 minutes.

4.)Meanwhile, make the gravy. Pour the pan drippings into a glass bowl. Skim off and measure 6 tbsp fat; discard remaining fat. Add enough stock to degreased drippings to make 1 quart (1 liter).
5.)Place the pan over medium heat. Add the fat, whisk in the flour, and let cook 1 minute. Whisk in the stock mixture and bourbon, if using, scraping up the browned bits, and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, whisking often, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and pour into a sauceboat.

6.)Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy.

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Roast Goose - Perfect Recipes for this Christmas

salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 small onions, cut in half
2/3 cup hearty red wine

1.)Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Prick the skin all over with a meat fork, rub with salt, and sprinkle with pepper. Tuck 2 onion halves in the neck cavity and the 2 halves in the body cavity.

2.)Place the goose, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Roast for about 3 hours, occasionally basting the goose with the fat in the pan, until the goose is a rich amber brown color and a meat thermometer, inserted in the thickest part of the thigh, reads 180°F (85°C). Remove the foil during the last 40 minutes.

3.)Transfer the goose to a serving platter and tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Carefully pour off the pan juices and fat into a heatproof bowl. Skim off the fat and reserve the pan juices. (Save the fat for another use, if you wish.)

4.)Heat the pan over high heat, add the red wine, and scrape up the browned bits in the pan with a wooden spoon. Pour in the skimmed juices. Boil about 2 minutes, until slightly reduced.

5.)Carve the goose and serve with the wine sauce.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Turkey Cupcakes - Recipes - iVillage

Chocolate frosting
by Anon.
We used chocolate frosting to give a more turkey like appearance.
Gummi worm wattle by Amy
I have also seen the wattle done with a piece of gummi worm.
Fruit Rollup Waddle by Anon.
Instead of red food gel for the waddle (which, when given to little kids, can become a big mess in a hurry) - use red fruit roll-ups and cut out the waddle shape. They can then attach this to the cookie with a little frosting or even water.


1 vanilla-frosted cupcake, plus extra frosting
2 Nutter Butters
8 pieces candy corn
1 mini marshmallow, snipped or sliced in half around its equator
2 tiny round candies (such as Nerds)
Red decorating gel

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Iceberg Babies - Recipes - iVillage

I cut head of lettuce in half - pull out some of the insides. Stuff with a mixture of cream cheese with chives, sweet onions, nuts, green olives cut up, It's been a long time since I've made this. Put the two halves together - wrap in moist paper towel, then with tin foil. Refrigerate for a few hours. Cut in wedges and serve a wedge to each person. Add you own ideas to mixture.


1 head baby iceberg lettuce 2 tablespoons smoked pecans
2 tablespoons diced tomato 2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons bleu cheese ½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon Tabasco 1/8 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise Juice of one lemon

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Red Horse Condom

Doble daw ang sipa.. double-kick sa english pa.hahahaha

Its one of the greatest beers . a beer with a lil hint of gin for more hit ;)
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Can You Dig It?

Christmas is only weeks away and we have many holiday tips, but we are so missing showcasing fabulous birthday parties and birthday party planning doesn’t stop when the holidays are here. Sooooooo
Dig this adorable Construction Birthday Party for Theo. Jessica Levitt hosts a blog called Juicy Bits and she whipped together this fabulous 2nd birthday party for her son and we hope it inspires you.
Take note of the way Jessica of selected a color palette to compliment the construction theme and she also incorporated a logo. She even has fun with patterns within the selected color scheme. The pictures say it all…..we especially love that she had a landscaper make a surprise appearance and give the kids rides on his back hoe. Creative.
Jessica gave all of the children construction hats and created a sand table for them to play and build in. We love the signs in the sand and all of the yellow construction trucks.
We love the bolt in the bowls to stop them from flying away.
Dig In..cracks us up...get it.
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Holiday Appetizer

Better Homes and Gardens updates everyone’s favorite cheese ball…..done in mini-size to look like Christmas ornaments, and served in a footed bowl…..yummy and pretty!
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces semi-soft goat cheese (chevre) or crumbled feta cheese
  • 24 pickled jalapeno pepper slices* or small pimiento-stuffed green olives, well drained
  • 1/2 cup dried red sweet pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pumpkin seeds


  1. In a medium bowl stir together the cream cheese and the goat or feta cheese until smooth. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Using a rounded tablespoon of the cheese mixture, form it around a jalapeño slice or green olive, completely enclosing the pepper or olive.** Mixture will be sticky; moisten hands as necessary. (Chill mixture if it becomes too soft to handle.) Place shaped balls on a shallow pan. Cover with plastic wrap; chill for 1 hour.
  3. Roll one-third of the balls in the red sweet peppers, one-third in the cilantro, and one-third in the pumpkin seeds to coat, leaving some white showing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours. Serve with picks. Makes 24 appetizers.

*Note: Hot peppers contain oils that can burn eyes, lips, and sensitive skin, so wear plastic gloves while preparing them and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
**Note: For smaller balls, use a rounded teaspoon of the cheese mixture and omit the jalapeño slices or pimiento-stuffed green olives. Shape into balls.

For other great holiday appetizers check out You've Got Supper...we love the crock pot Brie, with Orange, Cranberries and Pecans.

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Gift Genius…That’s Us!

Yes, we have given ourselves a nickname; Gift Genius. Yes, we know it is so lame to give yourself a nickname, but hey it fits. See for yourself.

By the way when you say Twist-They are the Gift Geniuses…say it like you mean it people.
Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for 2009
Talk to the Hand!!
These uber cool Monster or Animal temporary tattoos are so silly and creative….we love them. They will turn a child’s hand into one of 8 fun and brightly colored monsters or animals - you'll wish you had hands to spare! Simple application with water
For “the Foodie”: Foods Across America
This is no normal boring gift basket. Send your friends and family an awesome selection of difficult to find regional food treats. Seriously, who doesn’t crave the electric green neon relish and Vienna Beef hotdogs from Chicago or an authentic cheesesteak. Check out the section on gift bundles. We heart the Fast Food Bundle…hint…hint.
You the Star!
This gift is for anyone that wants to be on TV or in movies. Seriously, did you ever think you would make a great Blues Brother or perhaps you think you little one could hold their own next to Cookie Monster? Then here is the gift for you. Yoostar allows you to insert your moving image into movies and TV shows. It comes with a collapsible tripod, a small camera and a portable green screen, so you can act, film and add yourself to a scene. Yoo the Star baby!
In-flight Entertainment: Yes, build your own plane…paint it…then have your budding entrepreneur charge her friends for rides on her luxury jet. Hours of fun
For your budding Fashionista:
Fashionolgy is a hip boutique for kids in L.A. and they recently opened an online store where you can nurture your child’s inner fashion designer because at this site girls can design their own clothing!! They start off by choosing from 5 different personalities like peace, Malibu or rock. Your budding fashion designer would then choose her garment like a t-shirt, tank top, hoodie or skirt and add on tons of adornments. This could be a fun activity over the holiday break-curl up with hpt chcoclate and design a few items together and then order them to arrive for Hanukah or Christmas.
What Would Keith Richards Do? Daily Affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor
Doesn’t every guy need this book? What you need to ask yourself is, “What would a legendary rocker with a yen for booze and hard living who has managed to reach the other side of 60 relatively unscathed do?” This book helps answer that question with quips from Keith Richards, like “I’ve never had a problem with drugs, only with policemen.” It might not be the world’s best guide to clean living, but this book sure will be fun to read. $11.00
Everybody remembers Dapper Dan The Magnetic Man - that bald little fellow with all the iron filings that you could drag into really bad hairdos! Well, now Dan is a Food Face Dinner Plate, made from hotel-quality, food-safe, high-fire ceramics. So now you can play with your food and give Dan a whole new look. Bring on the mashed potatoes and peas... the possibilities are endless! Plate measures 8.5 inches in diameter. Ceramic. $10.00
So if we aren’t your personal shopping assistant then maybe the real can be. If you are really striving for that perfect present, but you are stumped then go to Choose a recipient like cool teen, adjust attributes-like the level of trendiness or attitude-then let the site go to work scouring other stylish sites across the web to bring you a number of delightful and unexpected options. So long socks and gift cards…hello awesome gifts. Santa would be so proud!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Candy Cane Christmas Gift

Candy Cane Candle Cuff

Straightforward red pillars play into the peppermint scene when decorated with polka-dot ribbon or candy-cane sticks. Heavy-duty double-stick tape adheres the embellishments to the candles.

What You Need
  • Pillar candles
  • Double-stick carpet tape
  • Candy canes

How to Make It
  1. Wrap the candle base with tape.
  2. Press the candy canes onto the tape, continuing around the diameter of the candle.

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