Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Day of the Feast Approaches

Tuesday night (Wednesday morning, really) we awoke to the sound of a bomber landing in our living room. Or so we thought. Once we were fully awake, up with all the lights on and had stopped running into each other and the walls we learned it was just the dishwasher in what we now know to have been death throes. Yesterday we paid a guy from Sears $70 to call it. So we've got under 2 weeks until we host Thanksgiving dinner and no dishwasher. My mother accurately predicted an event like this when she first visited us in this house and discovered the appliances were all GE. "I hate GE appliances" she said. I knew she would. She says it more often than she says "I love you." I've come to think of it as her own special term of endearment, in fact.

(As I write this, Sarah, who is supposed to be napping but is most definitely not, is putting an overnight diaper on her gigantic stuffed bear. No, wait, it's mid-day, she's returned the overnight diaper to the drawer and replaced it with a pull-up.)

So anyway, dirty dishes are piling to the ceiling in my kitchen right now because I'm sampling every recipe I can think of that might be good for Thanksgiving. Today we'll be smoking some pecans and walnuts. I'm making cheese & beer bread at this very moment and considering a go at the pumpkin bread recipe I just found. Lentil soup (I added bacon) is simmering on the stovetop, even though I'm not considering it for Thanksgiving. It just sounded good on this cold day. So - Virginia Druekes, if there is something you're craving or even something you hate, now's the time to speak up. This week has been dedicated to sampling recipes and once it's over the menu will be set in stone!

16 comments:

karen said...

We have the Fisher-Paykel Dish Drawers and think they rock - silent operation, good cleaning, no streaks. The one thing with a European dishwasher is no food grinder in the bottom, so you do have to scrape off chunks of whatever but we have a sink disposal so don't mind that. This is all, of course, when we have a kitchen at all...

karen said...

P.S. Be glad you only got the sound of bombers - our GE dishwasher died in a plume of flame sometime last year. Chris happened to be watching it at the time and was able to extinguish the fire before anything but the dishwasher was destroyed, which is why we're remodeling on our own cash, rather than insurance. *sigh*

LMP said...

Wow. The entire kitchen smelled like electrical fire when we got to it, but the repairman said he really didn't think we'd need to worry about that. I guess he meant to continue and say "...because this thing is never coming on again."

I will check out the Fisher-Paykel, thanks!

In other updates, that cheese and beer bread is heavenly. It's totally invited to our Thanksgiving dinner table.

Boomin' Granny said...

I said I hate G.E. appliances MORE than I love you???
You are in big trouble now, GIRL!!
It is true that I hate G.E. appliances but NOT true that I hate more than love, so there!!

Keith said...

Blog subject for monday: Things Mom said more often than, "I love you."
She just keeps on giving.

Fort Girl said...

My appliances are Kenmore...however I was just admiring Lori's wonderful GE appliances this afternoon. I need the cheese and beer bread recipe. I am also hosting Thanksgiving this year, a first for me.

Fort Girl said...

In defense of your mom...I think she said "I love you" quite a bit, if memory serves me correctly.

Aunt So-So said...

You may be pleased or not care at all to know that I was raised in a house with no dishwasher. (Well, acutally we had a dishwasher, but it didn't wash dishes. It stored tupperware.) We washed everything by hand. I'll wash yer dang dishes. Make me some turkey and read me my fortune. I'll also need LOTS of wine. BTW, my word verification is foodst. Now that's eerie.

LMP said...

Mom, I didn't say you hate GE appliances more than you love me, but nothing says "I love you" like a brand new dishwasher.

(My word verification is "pante". I think the word verification thing is trying to insult me...)

LMP said...

OH and -

@fort girl, so nice to see you've stopped lurking! The bread recipe was in last month's (which is really THIS month's) Cooking Light. http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1853977

@ Aunt So-So, you will be far too busy drunkingly babysitting my children for me to wash my dishes, I'm sure of it. Wwwwhhhhhoooo wants to read another story?!?

Sister K said...

i'm not a VA Drueke, but i'd be happy to sample!!!!!!!! mmmmm.....

Keith said...

"You're full of old shoes."

"You touch that cake and I will kill you."

"You'll live."

"Let's play the Quiet Game."

"A little bit of this, a little bit of that ..." (in response the the question, "what's for dinner?", when dinner is leftovers.)

sunglasseshurtmynose said...

Does anybody here understand how people wash dished with a basin full of soapy water and a basin full of "clean" water. They always show people doing that in commercials for Joy (not Aunt Jo-Jo), but that seems grosser than a hanky (still not Aunt Jo-Jo). Also, my word verification is fogin. Just like my bro used to do back at VCU.

Aunt So-So said...

I totally forgot. A few years ago (the year Margie and Bob won at Trivial Pursuit) you made the best sweet potatoes I've ever had. I'd like you to make that again, please.

Keith said...

"Ohhhhh, guess who died. It was Estelle Funkhauser. That poor woman was on my floor for four weeks, even though we all thought she wouldn't last a day. Well I'm glad she's dead - no, I AM! She suffered so much. Her veins were so thin, I had to stab her 74 times before I could get an IV started. She's at peace now, though ... "

Keith said...

"Hello? No, you have the wrong number, but guess who died. It was Estelle Funkhauser ... "