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November 28, 2012

In upstate New York it’s starting to get cold. That means bundling up with undershirts, sweaters and jackets.

There may be a human being in that moving mass of material you pass on the street. It’s a biped to be sure, but its form is completely obscured. And that’s great news, because all those layers can easily obscure an extra five or ten pounds.

Did you step on a scale after Thanksgiving? Don’t! What’s the point. You ate a lot. You are going to get a little chunkier. Embrace it. There will be time to sweat the weight off in January, as you prepare for the spring and the early onset of swimsuit season. And in the meantime those extra pounds are going to help keep you warm.

This is great news. And I have a few ideas about how to earn those extra calories.

First, my birthday is coming up next week. On Thursday, I’ll be a day older than I was on Wednesday. To celebrate I’m going to get some lobsters. They may be the children’s first lobsters, which is shocking to believe. Anyway, there will be plenty of melted butter and sparkling wine.

But the big push is going to start on December 8. Because that is the first night of Chanukah. For those who don’t know, it’s when we Jews celebrate the Miracle of the Oil. So traditional foods are fried potato pancakes and jelly donuts. But I extend that a bit to other deep fat fried foods.

By then we should have the results of the Tour de Fried Mozz and Melba. You may have also seen my recent post about Buffalo wings at The Ruck on All Over Albany. Those are fried too (and then covered with butter). Whether or not I’m brave enough to tackle another deep fried Buffalo burger at Swifty’s is anybody’s guess. But some good old fashioned French fries always hit the spot.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. I’m headed off to France for a few days mid-month to try and flush my system with pastry, cheese, bread and wine. I figure given the French Paradox a little time in Paris should lower my cholesterol.

When I return, we’ll be in the thick of the pre-Christmas push. I hope to get some of that Meadow Brook Egg Nog that Mr. Dave has been writing about. Because that sounds like the store bought nog of my dreams. But it’s not exactly light.

Then it’s off to the farm in Pennsylvania for Christmas and New Years Eve. Those always tend to be meat fests fueled by the products of great local butcher Holland Brothers. I’m partial to the pork roast braised in sauerkraut with kielbasa and bacon. Actually, I don’t know if my mother-in-law puts the bacon in that dish. But damn, that would make it even better.

Somewhere in all of that I need to finish up the several special pieces of cheese I still have on hand, the duck salami, and the hunk of guanciale that’s destined for a carbonara once I get some farm fresh eggs. Oh yeah, and there is all the eating to be done in the search of the next Eat This!

January I go back to steel cut oatmeal and flax seeds. But December is going to be off the charts.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2012 10:24 am

    LOL I’m going to eat- but I’m going to work out- it will be a shame to put in all that work to maintain- but it’s gotta happen. I’m 1/2 Italian- I look at food and a body part expands! LOL

  2. November 28, 2012 10:54 am

    I have had more nog in the past few days then in the past few years (I bought too much for taste test purposes)… I feel like milk fed veal.

  3. November 28, 2012 11:22 am

    Totally agree, time to embrace it! Being somewhat newcomers to the area, we tried the mozza sticks with melba for the first time at South End Tavern in Troy and were impressed. I probably wouldn’t have ever thought to try it, but they were delicious! The raspberry sauce was so dark and rich we licked it out of the bowl with our finger when there were no more sticks to dip in. I look forward to hearing the results of the tour and trying out some more….

  4. November 28, 2012 12:07 pm

    Meadowbrook dropped off a 1/2 gallon of their Nog yesterday! Stop by this week to try it :) Can’t wait to hear about France!

  5. -R. permalink
    November 28, 2012 12:30 pm

    Oh please; this is mere lip service to reassure your metabolically average readers over the indulgent holiday period that they too are free to consume high calorie foods without a care in the world, like you’re going to – are you attempting to assuage your guilty conscience?. You know as well as I that you don’t gain weight Profussor – and if you did, methinks there’s more than a small streak of vanity somewhere in you. We’ve had this metabolism discussion before have we not? You and I can eat and drink whatever, whenever in excess and not gain an ounce. Now in my (approaching) mid-40s, it still boggles me where it all goes. Everybody tells me that one day you’ll start getting fat, blah blah blah. Until then, I will peer over the abyss into Dante’s special circle with a chicken wing in one hand and an IPA in the other. However, is this the path you should be encouraging your readers to embrace, holidays be damned? Most simply can’t without bulky consequences…Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  6. November 28, 2012 12:38 pm

    Dan, are you certain the Ruck uses butter in their wing sauce? It’s my understanding that they still use the same sauce recipe they used when the place was Sutters, which does not use butter as a binding agent. I’ve been enjoying wings there for over 20 years now (holy cow, I’m freakin’ old) and what keeps me coming back (apart from the now excellent beer selection) are the fantastic wings that still taste the same as they ever did.

  7. November 28, 2012 6:22 pm

    Dan- Seriously, I do not know you but I follow your blog posts for some time. I noticed several acknowledgements of self-identification as Jewish. I am the Board President of Jewish Family Services and we’re always looking for some good prospective members for the future. If this is something you might find interesting then let’s talk either before or after you get back from France! I can be reached at work at: Bob Gumson, XXX-XXXX [Note: Phone number redacted by Sir Fussypants]. Bon Voyage!

  8. Jessica R permalink
    November 28, 2012 7:01 pm

    Dear God, I thought you had cholesteral issues! Please take it easy, so we can enjoy your blog for many years to come!!

    if you’re looking for some “Eat this” ideas, I suggest the Lasanga at Minnesalle’s in Troy (near 14th and Congress). Or the Thai mussells at the Merry Monk (actually somewhat healthy!). Or the boar ribs at the Merry Monk (not so healthy)…

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