I always spend Thanksgiving elsewhere, so I never get to do the holiday bird. But some day I’ll do this just for the leftovers. Except I’d try smoking the stuffing, too.
gratetv:

Holiday GratePlate From Craig Stover:

My first attempt a smoking a turkey and it was for our family Thanksgiving dinner (I know, you should never try something new when you are cooking for company). It was 12 lb. Butterball young turkey soaked in a maple-herb brine for about 18 hours and then smoked on a modded Brinkmann bullet for three hours using apple chips and Kingsford charcoal. I painted some olive oil on it and rubbed it with my own homemade rub and also stuffed an apple in the cavity. I had calculated about 5-6 hours (30 minutes a lb.), but it was done in three hours. I was worried about drying up before our company coming over, so I did what I would do with a butt or brisket…I wrapped it in aluminum foil, then wrapped it in a towel and stuck it in a cooler. Pulled it out two hours later and it was just as warm and juicy just as if I had just pulled it off the smoker. My wife and dad said it was the best turkey they have ever had, so from now on the turkey is my responsibility. My wife also liked that she had her oven free for all the other dishes she was preparing.
- Craig Stover

I always spend Thanksgiving elsewhere, so I never get to do the holiday bird. But some day I’ll do this just for the leftovers. Except I’d try smoking the stuffing, too.

gratetv:

Holiday GratePlate From Craig Stover:

My first attempt a smoking a turkey and it was for our family Thanksgiving dinner (I know, you should never try something new when you are cooking for company). It was 12 lb. Butterball young turkey soaked in a maple-herb brine for about 18 hours and then smoked on a modded Brinkmann bullet for three hours using apple chips and Kingsford charcoal. I painted some olive oil on it and rubbed it with my own homemade rub and also stuffed an apple in the cavity. I had calculated about 5-6 hours (30 minutes a lb.), but it was done in three hours. I was worried about drying up before our company coming over, so I did what I would do with a butt or brisket…I wrapped it in aluminum foil, then wrapped it in a towel and stuck it in a cooler. Pulled it out two hours later and it was just as warm and juicy just as if I had just pulled it off the smoker. My wife and dad said it was the best turkey they have ever had, so from now on the turkey is my responsibility. My wife also liked that she had her oven free for all the other dishes she was preparing.

- Craig Stover

(Source: gratetv)

Haiku: 2011-11-18


Autumn trees shed leaves
My father forgets my name
And my sister’s birth

shesalty: See what leftovers can do?


This is how you scrape out the fridge and make more food. A little of this, a little of that…

shesalty:

I made this dish completely on leftovers we had on the house. It turned out AWESOME. I was very happy with it. It was easy, too. I don’t have a recipe obviously, I just went with it, but here’s a vague idea of what I did. I must do it again!

We had a couple of lamb chops left from the…

Still Life With Bottles


Output of the glass man’s art
Fallout of the interface of human breath
That calls the dance of molten silica
And steel

Soldiers stand, attentive, tall and slim or otherwise
Crystal lattice calls the tune this time,
Iron laws of physics twisting photons

Bend the rays, reflect the waves,
Reveal the emptiness within,
The sunlit prairie, warm without

For April 27, 2011

Roundel: Weather Report


The sky is rain-filled, cloudy, wet,
The chilly air doth cause me pain.
The dumbest loser knows to bet
The sky is rain.

Unwitting winter shall remain.
Twas winter that I’d fain forget,
And heat within me would constrain.

You tore my heart out sans regret,
Our love’s life’s-blood poured down the drain.
It’s been a year, it’s May, and yet
The sky is rain.

April 28, 2011

(Today’s assignment: write a roundel. Not nearly as complex a form as the sestina, yet challenging enough for me.)

NaPoWriMo for April 24, 2011


I’m participating in a collective work in a style called “Renga”. If you’re interested, you can watch it grow here.

Reconsuming Interest


Abandoning her usual defense
she pulls herself apart and drops the strands
in water (seconds off the boil) and brews
a lovely pot of tea for all to share

Use her tie-dyed shapeless armor as a
strainer; filter out the body piercings,
youthful angst, self-righteous alienation;
steep as long as goldfish can remember
(“Look! A castle! Wow, another castle!”)

Scent of latent butterfly emerging
from the static childhood chrysalis;
lovely hints of ripening optimism;
whiffs of strength and groundless hope

If there’s not a word for basking in the
well-earned pride of someone else’s parent,
well, there damned-well ought to be

April 22, 2011

Take A Line Of Poetry


Take a line of poetry
Appropriate it for your own
Don’t think about how thrilled you’d be
If others used your words or tone

A line of poetry you’ll take
And shape into a different thing
You’ll take some plodding words and make
Them dance and float and fly and sing

Your poem starts with a borrowed line
But cite your source, don’t plagiarize
(Although Tom Lehrer thinks it’s fine
And why the good lord made your eyes)

One borrowed line’s an easy start
For metered, rhymed, or unrhymed verse
Some other prompts demanded art-
istry, that thing that you do worst

For April 21, 2011

(The prompt for the 21st: go to the web site of a favorite poet, copy the first line from his or her most recent work, and use it as the first line of your poem. Well, that’s not precisely what happened.)

mitchmoney:

Power to libraries! Educate yourselves!

 Tru dat.

mitchmoney:

Power to libraries! Educate yourselves!

 Tru dat.

(Source: lifeofstories, via stainsofblue)