Tuesday, October 11, 2005


I love looking through those odd catalogs you get--Sharper Image is the high end, Lillian Vernon the middle end (if the middle can be said to have an end) and there are a couple of definitely lower end ones--at the odd things people invent and put out for sale. Who decided that a pith helmet with can-holder and built in straw was a good idea? Or a pith helmet with a tiny battery operated fan in the crown, to cool ones sweaty brow?

So I note with reverence the passing of Eugene Beals -- inventor of turkey pop-up timer. Who among us has not peered anxiously into the oven to see whether the little red button on the Thanksgiving Butterball had popped yet? I just think it's swell that Mr. Beals came up with the idea, and swell that he is celebrated for it posthumously. The fact that I usually use my grandmother's method of testing a turkey for doneness (is the juice of the thigh clear, with no bloodiness? Your turkey is done) in no way diminishes my appreciation.


Blogger C. F. Blog said...

Wow, you are making me hungry.

Tell me are you a cranberry person made by scratch or cranberry from the can?

8:02 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Oh, made from scratch. My brother in law gave me his terrific recipe for cranberry sauce with dried apricots; it almost makes the turkey unnecessary.

9:03 AM  
Blogger C. F. Blog said...

Sounds yummy :)

1:31 PM  

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