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26 November 2015 @ 02:07 pm

Now to head into a flurry of endgame activity!  See you on the flipside!
26 November 2015 @ 12:22 pm
Self, WHY do you have 5 different jars of cloves??

Okay, so no carrots for the gravy, and all my onions are reserved for other things, so I used the left over shallots.  I'm sure that'll be fine...

ALSO, almost set my house on fire, as per tradition.  This time, it was because New Oven is a double decker, and I have hand towels dangling off the upper handle, but it turns out they dangle just low enough that I managed to shut one of them into the bottom oven where the turkey is cooking.  BUT EVERYTHING'S OKAY HERE.  I saved it.  The towel is only lightly browned.
26 November 2015 @ 12:04 pm

You probably have, because you're a chef and stuff, but OH MY GOD.  Thank god I have a meat cleaver.


I did a lot of the prep work yesterday, so I'm mostly finished with the candied yams and the green bean casserole.  This year, we're eating over at Megan (thechildoftime) and Molly's (minerva710) house, since they live right across the street, now, and they have an actual dining room table.

I don't have a dining room table because I'M AN ADULT AND I MAKE MY OWN CHOICES, and if I want to put my desk and computer where the table is probably supposed to go I CAN.

ANYWAY.  This year, I put myself in charge of the turkey, the yams and the green beans and I also have Brussels sprouts for roasting (LOOK HOW ADULT I AM I'M WILLINGLY EATING BRUSSEL SPROUTS), but those should be quick, so I haven't cooked them, yet.  I finished the bulk of the casseroles so that I can take them over to Megan and Molly's later and finish them over there.  ("Finishing" being mostly just putting things on top and putting them in the oven to brown a bit and warm back up.)

I woke up early to start the turkey, and it's in the oven!  This year, I'm staying true to Alton Brown's recipe, because I've tried turkey a bunch of ways, and his is, so far, the best I've had (that I can cook successfully, anyway).

Here are my recipes:

(and at the last minute I'm going to attempt this gravy.  I don't have all the ingredients--because I literally JUST DECIDED to do this, so it's not going to be exact, but I'm STILL GONNA TRY.)

Yams (This is the first time I've tried this recipe, but I tasted it last night, and it's SO GOOD.  I've never thought of sautéing the yams in butter to cook them.  It cooked fast and it looks AMAZING.  I mean, I'm using about triple the recipe and it still took less than an hour to cook everything.  I added cinnamon and nutmeg as per many of the review suggestions, and I'm finishing them off in the oven with the traditional marshmellows.  Since everything is very vague in this recipe, if you attempted it, what I did was get the pot hot on high--because I'm hella impatient--and then reduce it to medium heat so that all the sugar didn't burn.  When you first put everything in the pot, it doesn't look like there's going to be enough liquid to cook everything, but there will be, trust me!)

Green Beans (everybody listen to me. SHUSH AND LISTEN TO ME.  This is the BEST green bean casserole recipe I have EVER HAD.  I'm pretty sure you could use regular flour instead of gluten free flour and it could come out as good.  TRY THIS. SERIOUSLY.  Most of the people I eat with don't really care for green bean casserole BUT THEY LIKED THIS ONE.  It sounds complicated and it IS more work than just making it from cans, but I don't think it's that hard, really, and it's WORTH IT.)

Brussels sprouts

AAAANNND, burn number one!  It's my first year using my new oven (which is very shiny and I love it) and a meat probe, so in shuffling around the new configuration I managed to burn myself on the probe.  Ah well.  BATTLE SCARS!!

The turkey is in the second stage, and I'm going to start prepping the crispy onions.  Hope everyone else's day is going well!! <3

(also OMG LIVEJOURNAL where the HELL is your spell check??)

27 November 2014 @ 03:16 pm
27 November 2014 @ 12:50 pm
The turkey is in!  Plus: First burn of the day, taking out the top rack in the oven, which I always forget about until I try to put a 20+ lbs turkey in.  Joining us this year are special guests: serafaina and mizunol, up from Savannah, GA, to be joined later by thechildoftime and minerva710 with nightwalker reprising her role of Patient Roommate and Provider of Breakfast (scrambled eggs and cinnamon rolls!).

I have to go to Walmart to get buttermilk, but first I'm waiting for the turkey's first 1/2 hour at 500 degrees to be done.  This year, I'm going back to Alton Brown's Good Eats Roast Turkey, brining and all.  I did not get all the cleaning done that I wanted to yesterday, which is on par for the course, so while I cook I'm also going to do some tidying.  This year's adventures: New Sweet Potato recipe and a gluten-free Green Bean Casserole in which I will have to make the crispy onions myself.  Wish me luck!

Story Title: You Can Leave Your Cape On
Fandom: Marvel (mostly MCU and some 616 comics continuity)/DC (mostly Batman: the animated series and other cartoon cannons, plus some comics) mash-up
Alternative Link(s): AO3 | tumblr
Rating: NC-17 for explicit sex
Summary: He hasn't seen or heard from Bruce in six years and the asshole is just going to pretend like they have nothing to say to one another. Or maybe he honestly thinks that Tony can't tell, doesn't know who exactly is behind the mask, and isn't that just completely insulting? Tony may not be cognizant enough to put one foot in front of the other with any consistency but his mind, even strapped into the hell's amusement park whirly-gig of benzodiazepines, is coherent enough to do basic math.

Tony will always know Bruce. That is the simplest equation in the world.

Warnings: there's hinted-at darkness, but this is mostly fluff, much to my embarrassment, non-graphic child abuse/allusions to child abuse, cannon character deaths, Howard is unkind and Maria isn't much better, so if you have any love for those two characters I would respectfully suggest you skip this story, also, sections of this story are NOT BETA'D because I changed my mind and re-wrote some things without giving my beta enough time to look through it when I was done.
Pairings: Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark
GORGEOUS ART!!! part 2

This art is SO BEAUTIFUL, that I can't even.  My story pales in comparison.

Story Parts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Epilogue

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