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Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Hoarse Whisperer

One of the things that happened this holiday is that Natty got laryngitis. It is kind of funny, I have to say. He does his silly whispers, as Ned calls it. But Ned is also afraid that Nat will just continue to whisper, even after he’s better, because maybe it just feels better to him. He seems to love doing it. I also noticed that his flapping has become more frantic, more copter-like, in inverse proportion to the sound of his voice.

Even with his slight cold, Nat seemed to enjoy Thanksgiving. Grandma Shelly kept loading up his plate with all of the turkey bone parts, and he kept eating and eating. Nat’s ability to eat and not gain an ounce is legendary in my family. We have never heard of such a thing, so watching Nat consume food is kind of a miracle to behold. We can’t stop ourselves from offering him things to eat; we have the Eastern European Type Jewish metabolism, (known as E.E.T. Jewish) but Nat must take after Ned’s father’s Load Up on Carbs and all Kinds of Yummies metabolism (L.U.C.K.Y)

Just when I was about to say, “Mom, stop, he’ll just keep eating,” he got up from the table with his plate, set it empty on the counter, and left the room. We kept eating. I had made two pies: blueberry-apple-cranberry with cornmeal crust; and pumpkin with cornmeal crust. Cornmeal crust is way better than regular. Regular is like salty cardboard and doesn’t add anything to the luscious filling. It is often something to tolerate or to eat around. But cornmeal crust tastes a bit like mild crunchy shortbread and is a wonderful foil to the sweetness of the filling.

I am so fat right now I can’t stand it. The only thing that will make me feel better is to raid the boys’ Halloween stash. This is not a clever blog post ending, it is just the pathetic truth. I’m eating drinking and being sad because tomorrow, we diet. But not Nat, that L.U.C.K.Y. so-and-so. Ned doesn’t even allow me to complain about my puffiness because he’s sick of it, so I have to suffer in silence and hope I don’t have blogged arteries.


LOL … whether you intended to or not, Susan, you’ve given us a clever ending with “blogged arteries.” I love it. (As well as your L.U.C.K.Y. acronym.)

I also love the idea of the cornmeal crust. Recipe, please! And while you’re at it, throw in the recipe for the blueberry-apple-cranberry pie. That sounds delish.

I hope Nat’s voice comes back soon.

— added by Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Hi –
Cornmeal crust: 2 cups flour 1 cup cornmeal, half + cup ice water, 2 sticks butter, 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt. Prick bottom with fork, prebake it a little for like 15 mins at 400 (watch edges for too much browning, cover with foil if happens), let it cool before filling, bake pie as usual (most uncooked filling pis seem to be an hour at ~350 – 375.

This makes two crusts, or one bottom and one top.

Blueberry apple cranberry: I did a bunch of bloobs to fill a pie, (2 pints? you have to look at it to tell) and added around 4 peeled tart apples, and a nice big handful of dried cranberries. A TBSP of lemon juice and a few scrapes of lemon zest, all to cut the sweetness. One cup sugar, 1/2 tsp nutmet, 1/4 tsp cinnamon.

— added by Susan Senator on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Thanks! Sounds great!

— added by Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I can completely commiserate with you! I have been visiting my family in Indy for the past 4 days and i have done nothing but eat with abandon and do NO excercise with abandon! I keep telling myself I’ll get back on track Monday…yeah

Hope Nat is feeling better! Be glad he’s such a good eater. Casey actually ate turkey for the first time this year and mac n cheese! Very exciting.

— added by Bonnie on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 12:32 am

oh the cornbread crust oh yes…next year. Yes I gained 4 pounds in one day, is that even possible??? So now a week of deprivation begins…..

— added by florida mom on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 6:34 am

Oh yes, feeling rather fat here too! I have been eating stuff that I have not allowed myself to for months; all because I passed my PT test last week! I won’t even try to diet until January..what is the point really?? Hope Nat is feeling better today!

— added by Amy on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm