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Dinner tonight: Salmon

Timmy (3) enjoys salmon now that we've told him it makes his brain squishy, though his attempts to squish his head to test the results are continually thwarted by his skull. I mostly wanted a chana masala (http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/chana-masala/) and didn't think that would "go" with either of my two stand-by salmon recipes:
* http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/cedar-plank-grilled-salmon-with-garlic-lemon-and-dill/detail.aspx
* http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/salmon_fish_stew_brazilian_style/
So tonight we tried this:
* http://www.scrumptiousflirtations.com/2010/10/baked-salmon.html
And it was delightful! I thought it would be overcooked, but it turned out just fine. Yum!
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Glad you liked it! We enjoyed it last week. :-)
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With mom away, the boys will play...

...or at least make (pita) pizzas, play legos, read stories, and go to sleep. They smile much better when I tease them, vs. asking them to pose.
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For a lush green lawn, apply compost!

I asked the young neighbor that showed up as we finished spreading it out whether he thought this would lead to a nice lawn or a muddy disaster, and he indicated the latter. I think I agree, so it remains to be seen as to whether this half-inch layer of compost/mulch will be an improvement over the mostly-moss lawn that lies beneath. I think it works better when you have grass that reaches up higher, but perhaps it will smother the moss.

At least so far, it has worked for the "hey you kids, get off my lawn!" angle, especially after warning our oldest (Frank, 5) that it's likely part cow or chicken manure (I think it is not). And we hope it will eventually lead to better topsoil that will give the grass a fighting chance against the moss.

But for now, what a mess!
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Haven't seen any kids on it yet. Although several were on the sideline with a disgusted look on their faces. Success!
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Still not a fan of dubstep, but this is funny.
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Halloween cookies!

Bats, Ghosts, Pumpkins (but without orange coloring), and Frankenstein & Mummy (re-purposed gingerbread men). One of these decorators seems to have been sampling the bat-frosting!
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how can one be sure the tastiness of their product unless they sample?!
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Thanksgiving warm-up!

Costco had turkeys last weekend, but I managed to resist... mostly because I already had a standing rib roast in my cart, and also because they were all 20 pounds and up. But this weekend when I went back, they were still all 20#+ so I skipped the other meat cases and returned home with the smallest one I could find.

And here we are (see below), 3 hours in and freshly flipped. Cooked breast-side down, per simplyrecipes.com, but that led to 170 degree dark meat while the breast was still 120s. Maybe it works better with a smaller turkey? Flipped over, and 2 hours later, it was very nice! Stuffing and cranberry sauce by thepioneerwoman.com. But we've succeeded in all those before: the success tonight was the gravy! A half cup of turkey fat, whisked with equal part flour, then drizzled in to the roasting pan (~3 cups) of simmering, mostly-de-fatted drippings... just right.

With our family of 4 plus 2 grandparents, we have ample leftovers, and now look forward to sandwiches, turkey stock (now simmering overnight), turkey enchiladas, tortilla soup, turkey congee, turkey pho (possibly), and turkey compost (not really!). By next weekend I expect to be able to resist the allure of fresh turkeys, at least for a few more weeks.

And yes, I should look up for future photos (or perhaps eat less). Duly noted.
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nice! i want the turkey thigh!
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I live in Anacortes, WA with Diane, Frank, and Timmy.
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    Computer Science, 1994 - 1998
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