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Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Stuffing in the middle ages was known as 'farce,' from the Latin 'farcire' (and French 'farcir') meaning to stuff. Farce originally denoted a brief, lighthearted play stuffed in between lengthy religious productions to keep the audience from being bored. Forcemeat and farce were also common terms referring to a spiced chopped meat mixture, currently still in use when referring to sausage. The term 'stuffing' first appears in English print in 1538. After 1880, it seems the term 'stuffing' did not appeal to the propriety of the Victorian upper crust, who began referring to it as 'dressing'. Nowadays, the terms stuffing and dressing are used interchangeably, with stuffing being the term of preference in the South and East portions of the United States. Oyster stuffing was very popular in the nineteenth century and remains so today. Southerners often prefer pecan, rice or cornbread stuffing. Italians like sausage in their stuffing, and dried fruit, potatoes and apples are a favorite with Germans.
Bread Stuffing is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes; I'm always disappointed when I see it at a restaurant and find out it's been cooked with meat stock. Of course, while there are many unusual animals one can stuff, there are so many other wonderful choices of things, any of which are completely vegetarian, too.
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I've always liked Thanksgiving because as holidays go, I found its sentiments sincere. Being thankful for our lives and luck and family and friends? That's something that I can stand behind. However I think as a nation we may be in for one of the most collectively sincere (and potentially saccharine) Thanksgivings I've certainly ever known, if not since it started.
So I will be sincere about it tomorrow. However, as innoculation in case I accidently view any television tomorrow, for today I'm imagining the unThanksgiving: As stuffing falls out the ass of my tofurkey, and to the dissappointed glares of meat-eaters, we're led in prayer by William S. Burroughs. (1.2 Mb MP3) Dinner commences and those with the best table manners go hungry. Afterwards we belch and make napkin brassieres and obscene origami.
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Monday, November 19, 2001
...and it's on Hello Kitty Stationery.
In honor of his 30th birthday, Choire wants people to post something we're too shy or embarrassed to normally post. I'll take that as my cue to come clean with a sexual confession, something I don't think the Boyfriend even knows. It's pretty tame, but here it is, nonetheless. If you'd rather not read on, don't follow the link... (See More)
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