Every year at this time, I like to do a practice run of my Thanksgiving turkey recipe with a roaster chicken. It helps me to hone my gravy-making skills before the big show in November. I spent most of the morning in the kitchen, chopping onions, apples, and celery, pan-searing giblets, basting and butter-rubbing the bird. I love to spend some free time cooking. To me, cooking is a beautiful form of catharsis.
Before long, the house was pervaded by those wonderful holiday food aromas and I was feeling overwhelmed by memories of Macy's Parades and Laurel & Hardy specials on TV--just perfect for a crisp autumn weekend. The gravy came out good (a wonderful, rich color from all of the pan drippings), though I did notice a few flavor adjustments that I need to make for the Thanksgiving feast. A few more seasonings. A little less white wine. That's exactly why I do the test run in October. :)
I also got the chance to break out some of the black & white monster movie classics: Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf Man, The Mummy... These movies are really quite bad, but have a certain campy charm that is undeniable. It simply wouldn't be Halloween if Bela Lugosi didn't scowl at me from my TV screen at least once. "I bid you velcome." LOL!
And congratulations to the Texas Rangers for advancing to the World Series! I think that they are very exciting and I'm looking forward to seeing them in the Fall Classic (even though they did thwart the repeat bid of my beloved New York Yankees in the ALCS). I wish them good luck...
"I have set the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."