Meet Tom. Unlike all those people who call their Thanksgiving turkeys Tom without actually knowing its gender, we know for a fact that our Tom was a male, because he was a capon, which means he was male by definition. And he was every bit as delicious as he looks here.
Tom was the star attraction in a spread that also featured apple/cherry/walnut stuffing, port-braised onions (Kirsten’s idea — unbelievably good), cranberry relish, roasted root vegetables, and gravy. Plus Kirsten whipped some cream into a stick of butter and used the resulting buttermilk to make a swell batch of biscuits. For dessert we had an apple-cherry pie (better-looking than that photo indicates), plus I sliced some more apples, tossed them in some rendered capon fat, sugar, cinnamon, and Calvados, and baked them. Came out great, but we were too stuffed to do more than nibble at it.
And as a modest centerpiece, we had a sprig of parsley from Kirsten’s garden and a sprig of rosemary from mine. Isn’t that nice? Hope your day was just as fine as ours.
As for today: I’m not quite on board with the entire Buy Nothing Day agenda (how am I supposed to read all 37 of Ricko’s comments if I don’t turn on my computer?), but I agree with its general line of thought. Or to put it another way: Wouldn’t it be nice if you spent the day someplace other than the mall? Let some other clowns get trampled to death — it’s just natural selection, after all.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here are the dates (and a good photo) for the Warriors’ throwbacks. … Two new killer tees from No Mas: 1970s Sport magazine and Wiffle Ball. … Reprinted from Wednesday’s comments: Check out Emporia State’s striped helmets from the 1990s. Never seen that type of pattern on a helmet before. … Throwbacks on tap for Dayton hoops (with thanks to Tom Hirt). … How is it possible that the Panthers’ team store in their own stadium has the wrong NFL logo? (As spotted by Frank Mercogliano.) … Very beautiful collection of typewriter ribbon tins here (thanks, Kirsten). … European hockey? Nope — it’s the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL (with thanks to Adam Walter). … This was supposedly Missouri’s first football squad. One of the uniforms survives to this day (with thanks to Kate Sutter). … The Harvard football stadium has a cool dedication (with thanks to Tris Wykes). … The Hawks debuted out their “ATL” alts last night.