fire alarm blues

Ugh. Someone burned some toast, and now the apartment building’s fire alarm has gone off. It is ear-splittingly loud. My ears haven’t vibrated this much since I saw Neil Young in 1983 on his Trans tour. (And doesn’t that album sound a lot more interesting now than it did twenty years ago?)

For the love of God! Make it stop! I have black-eyed peas and greens to eat!

Update: Well, it only took forty-five minutes, but the alarm is finally off.

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…and a happy new year!

Momentarily we are off to A Touch of Asia, which is the best Indian restaurant we’ve found here in KC. Then champagne at a friend’s place; like us, she’s a fellow loft-dweller downtown. Finally, we might end up at the fireworks display scheduled to take place at the City Market.

May your new year bring you joy.

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what’s on the stove

I’m making carrot soup with lemon and ginger. It smells great!

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happy tofurky day!

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Just kidding. We don’t really eat tofurky.

Here’s what we are eating. In addition to the aforementioned carrots and turnips, we’ll be having cranberry sauce; baked sweet potatoes stuffed with cranberries, pears, and pecans; green beans with dijon mustard and caramelized pecans (in this month’s Gourmet Magazine, not yet archived at Epicurious); bread dressing with dried apricots, pistachios, and mint; and bourbon-orange pecan pie with bourbon cream. I know, I know. The same old same old. But we thought we’d avoid anything too fancy this year.

A Kansas City Thanksgiving tradition is the lighting ceremony at the Country Club Plaza. The following is what the Kansas City Star has to say about tonight’s shin-dig. (Typos recreated from the original for your amusement):

Plaza Lighting Ceremony Tonight

  • Ceremony starts: 7 p.m. Gert there before 6 p.m.
  • Switch is flipped: 7:30 p.m. by Kansas City’s own Kate Spade, New York fashion designer.
  • Musical entertainment: A Broadway theme, including show tunes and holiday favorites, plus the Plaza Lights Orchestra. The stage is at Nichols Road and Wyandotte Street, near Mark Shale.
  • What to expect: To be in a crowd of about 250,000, which is like three full Arrowhead Stadiums and then some.
  • Where to watch From the street with the crowd — which is both exciting and slaustrophobic — or get a more panoramic view from the tops of the garages near Saks Fifth Avenue, Mark Shale and Halls.

I won’t be going because I tend to get slaustrophobic myself in large crowds. But I think we’ll check try to gert there tomorrow night after the hoo-ha has died down.

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thanksgiving recipe

After the success of my entry on easy summer recipes (thanks to Google, it was my most visited entry throughout the summer), I thought I would try another recipe entry. Here in the U.S., next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and the following is my favorite holiday dish, believe it or not. Here’s what I’d like you to do: post your own favorite recipe on your blog and TrackBack to this entry or post it here in the comments.

Carrots and Turnips

  • 2 pounds carrots, chopped
  • 1.5 pounds turnips, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter (or to taste)
  • salt

Cook the carrots and turnips in salted boiling water until soft. Drain the vegetables and put them in a large bowl with the butter. Mash them as you would potatoes. Enjoy!

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