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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

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Posted by Derek

My US readers will mostly be sitting around digesting turkey by now -that's about all I'm doing, although I hope to work up enough energy to take the telescope out into the back yard and show the relatives what's going on on Jupiter.

The menu here was pretty much our standard: an 18-pound kosher turkey (I like the brining), stuffed with my mother-in-law's proprietary mixture of bread cubes, apples, celery, onions, and pepperoni. (Not sure where she came up with that one, either, but it gets demolished by the entire table of guests every year). The big side dish is shirin pullo, also from the Iranian side of the family - that's basmati rice with slivered almonds, thin bits of orange peel, dried barberries, and saffron). Then mashed potatoes (only time I ever use the potato ricer gadget), gravy (from the turkey pan, with some added mushrooms and onions and thickened with roux), green beans with country ham (from my Arkansas side of things), brussel sprouts (caramelized in the pan a bit), sauteed mushrooms, my wife's homemade cranberry sauce, and some sweet potatoes with brown sugar. Add the two pies I made last night (pumpkin and chocolate pecan), and I'm not sure if I'm going to make it out to the yard or not. . .

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1. Doubja on November 24, 2011 9:02 PM writes...

Will be having your chocolate pecan pie in about 30 seconds. Second time we made it. Thanks for sharing. The key lime pie will be part of the next party.

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2. north of the border on November 24, 2011 9:27 PM writes...

I second the pecan pie, this Saturday will be the third year for us (having Thanksgiving this Sat.)!

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3. Omid on November 24, 2011 10:26 PM writes...

I couldn't agree more with Shirin Pollo for a turkey may need to take couple of Contraves afterwards

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4. Lu on November 25, 2011 1:11 AM writes...

Yes! Barberries!
Thank you for the recipe idea.

(adds barberry to the list of 18 trees and shrubs I'm going to plant when I'll buy property )
IF I will ever buy property. One year after chemistry PhD, still no job.

Saffron crocuses are already in a separate bulb list.
But for now I can substitute them with cranberries and turmeric.

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5. Nick K on November 25, 2011 3:04 PM writes...

Isn't the pepperoni a little, err...incompatible with the kosher turkey?

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6. Rauldy on November 26, 2011 8:33 PM writes...

@Nick K, You mean pepperoni is made of something besides grease?

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7. another @ Nick K on November 27, 2011 3:28 PM writes...

How about a roast suckling pig stuffed with a pepperoni-stuffed turkey? Sorta like a turducken.

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8. Just sayin' on November 27, 2011 3:53 PM writes...

I like Iranian food too...turkey fesenjan with chelo (extra tahdig, of course) sounds yummy! Cranberries would adequately substitute the sour cherries in albaloo polo.

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9. Dr. Manhattan on November 29, 2011 1:08 PM writes...

"...take the telescope out into the back yard and show the relatives what's going on on Jupiter"

In my case, an 8 inch Meade Schmidt-Cassagranian just outside of Rt 495.

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10. Derek Lowe on November 29, 2011 1:41 PM writes...

Dr. M, drop me a line. My Dobsonian is located just inside 495; we should do some observing together sometime!

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