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It’s the day before Thanksgiving, the scariest day of the year to do your grocery shopping. Good luck out there people. Elbows out, claim your space or get run over by someone else’s shopping cart. In the past, I’ve managed to avoid Thanksgiving shopping by doing the unthinkable. That’s right, we did take out.  After years of frozen turkeys that wouldn’t thaw and fresh turkeys that were mysteriously frozen, we gave up. After years of eating Thanksgiving dinner at 10:00pm, feeling hungry, defeated, and exhausted, we decided there are some things we don’t want to do.

It was good for awhile.  The cost was actually comparable and we were able to get the whole kit and kaboodle from a lovely local restaurant.   But, as a couple who loves to cook, letting go of Thanksgiving has been a thorn in our collecitve side.  Also, the restaurant discontinued their Thanksgiving take-out meal. So, this year we’re back in the fray at the iwantsecondsplease household. We’re going to give it another go. But, we’re totally winging it. We bought traditional ingredients, turkey, sweet potatoes, etc, but I have no idea what we’ll do with them until the time comes and inspiration strikes. And if inspiration doesn’t strike?

I’ll go here:
pioneer woman cooks Thanksgiving

She’s got pictures of asparus that literally make me drool.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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As winter temps sneak their way into November (27 degrees today, yikes! Why, oh why, do I insist on living in Minnesota? )  the urge to bake rises.  It’s not so much that I love to bake, I just love any excuse to turn the oven on and make the kitchen a wee bit warmer.  So, today it’s bread.  I picked up this fab tip from steamy kitchen (love that name!)  It’s bread making secret #1: When baking bread in a standing mixer with a dough hook, mix for for 2 minutes, let rest for 7, knead some more (mix with the dough hook) for 3 minutes.

In all my forays into bread making, I’ve never seen the tip to let the dough rest in between mixing.  (Of course, I’m not the best with instructions…)  I can already see that my dough looks so much smoother than before.  yum, fresh bread with dinner tonight.  My kids are gonna love me!

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