Tag Archives: Martha Stewart

  1. Six ways to save yourself this Thanksgiving

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    November 21, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving. Do you need some helping getting dinner together tomorrow?

    I’m fresh out of miracles. Instead, I have a good dose of keepin’ it real.

    We are delusional in the weeks before Thanksgiving. We convince ourselves that we can cook a 20-pound turkey because Alton Brown says it’s easy. We fill our grocery cart with pounds and pounds of potatoes because boxed mashed potatoes will just not do. We buy a rolling pin and a pastry blender because this will be the year we finally make that pie crust from scratch. And we sincerely believe that from our kitchens will emerge a display of culinary prowess that would make Martha Stewart throw her panties at our feet in adoration.

    That fantasy is a few turkey trots away from our realities. For 364 days of the year, dinner is something simple enough to fix after an eight-hour workday, be it pasta with a homemade mushroom cream sauce, scrambled eggs or a bowl of cereal. Why do we think we can pull off a full Thanksgiving spread?

    We can’t. No one can achieve the high expectation we set for ourselves. And that’s why you made it to the blog today, because the turkey is still frozen, the mountain of potatoes haven’t been peeled and the butter just won’t blend with the flour for that pie crust.

    I can’t save your disaster. But I have some tips to save your sanity.

    • Stick with what you know. Do you have a killer chocolate chip cookie recipe? Do your friends rave about your fried corn? That’s what you need to cook for Thanksgiving. Everyone has a recipe that they have mastered over the years and made their own. Now is the time to whip it out of your recipe box (or iPad).
    • Just make a salad. I can’t think of one Thanksgiving meal that included a salad. It’s not that my family is full of salad-haters; everyone’s just too busy with mashed potatoes and the like to put together some fresh greens. Buy a bag of pre-washed lettuce, toss it with sliced apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, almond slivers, and a raspberry vinaigrette, and veg heads will be grateful.
    • Think outside the casserole dish. There are lots of other items you can bring to the celebration besides food that your family and friends will appreciate. Run to your nearest dollar store and get some paper plates, napkins and cups.
    • Never underestimate the power of a beverage. Be the cool cousin and bring a few bottles of wine. Is your family more conservative? Stop by a gas station and get some two-liters (bonus points if you get Coke Zero).
    • Break it and bake it. Grab a pack of the ready-to-bake Nestlé Tollhouse cookie dough. No mixing and barely any work — you just separate the squares of dough, put on a baking sheet, and let cook in the oven. Dessert in less than an hour. What’s not to love?
    • Be honest about your shortcomings. Just come right out and say you’re frazzled and can’t fulfill your culinary commitment. So what if the crust never came together? Your family and friends will love you anyway. And that’s what Thanksgiving is about.
  2. Bits and pieces: Papa John’s, Dish on Market and other Louisville food news from the web, 9.24.12

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    September 24, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Closings

    Events

    • Louisville Craft Beer Week, a celebration of Louisville’s beer scene, is going on right now. (Consuming Louisville)

    News

    Openings

    Know of other food news in Louisville and the surrounding area? Leave a comment or send me an email at ashleelclark@gmail.com.

  3. A musical fruit recipe (part 2): This soup will kick you in the throat.

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    April 14, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Oh, beans. How I love thee.   I’ve bombed every new recipe I’ve tried in the past few weeks. My …
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  4. No seconds for me. To celebrate Lent, I’m giving up gluttony.

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    March 11, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’ve been absent from the blog lately because I’ve been working on several things: Managing my allergies (curse you, Ohio …
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  5. Throwing an Academy Awards party? Here are some ideas for entertaining a crowd

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    February 26, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The Academy Awards ceremony is my Super Bowl. I wait all year to see overpaid celebrities in expensive clothes accept …
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  6. Bits and pieces: Carnival Splendor Spam, Martha Stewart and other food news from the web, 11.15.10

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    November 15, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s been a few days since the Carnival Splendor cruise ship stuck at sea was towed into San Diego. But …
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