The Weekend Dish: 11/27/2010

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with their family and friends, and enjoyed good times and awesome food. Mine felt like a whirlwind. I spent so much time helping my mom plan the food, then prep the food, and in a few short hours everyone had eaten and gone home. Sort of the feeling when you wait in line 2 hours for a roller coaster and the ride is over in less than 2 minutes. But the food was great, and spending time with family is always nice. Now I’m trying to wake up from my carb-induced coma. Whoops!

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Then, some random musings about some random stuff. Enjoy! :)

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Classic Stuffing Recipe with Fresh Herbs – I love the simplicity of this recipe, it really makes the fresh flavors pop.

Cranberry-Nut Rolls – Tender dinner rolls with tons of cranberries and walnuts. Super festive, and would be great for Christmas too!

Happy Thanksgiving! – Hope you had a fabulous day with loved ones and lots of great food!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole – A super easy way to use up all of those leftovers in the fridge.

Most Viewed Recipe This Week: Fresh Green Bean Casserole

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms (The Pioneer Woman Cooks)
Mushrooms stuffed with caramelized onions and topped with tons of melted Gruyere.

Potato Rosemary Rolls (Two Peas and Their Pod)
Nothing better than homemade bread, and potato rosemary is my favorite! Love these rolls!

Stollen Cookies (Sugarcrafter)
I love festive ethnic cookies, and I also love dates, so I can’t wait to make these!

Weekend Fun

Before I get started on my usual rundown of ramblings this week, I have an exciting announcement to make. This will be the last Saturday for the ‘Weekend Fun’ section of The Weekend Dish… BECAUSE… I have expanded the site and there will now be two additional sections: one for my everyday ramblings (think books, movies, music, my dog, everyday life, etc.) and one for sports. I’m really excited about launching the separate blogs and hope you will continue to chat with me about non-food stuff. I have set it up so they are separate RSS feeds, so you can subscribe to either or both, or all three (or none, but that would make me sad ;-)). The official announcement will come this Wednesday (the 1st) and the new sites will launch then. Stay tuned!

And now some random musings about stuff that has gone on in the last week…

1. Fleury is seeing everything. Sid is on a tear. Pens are flying. (Wait, Penguins don’t fly. They waddle. But the Pens are flying.)

Whew, the Pens finally found their groove. On a 5-game winning streak and 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Fleury has been playing like the Fleury of the ’09 Cup run. It’s been fun to watch and I hope they keep it up! At the beginning of this week was the “Dad’s Trip” which I think is such a cool tradition. Each year the players’ dads get invited on a two-game road trip to spend time with their sons, watch them practice, have a special dinner, and hang out together. A lot of teams do it, and I just love it. Gives me the warm fuzzies, especially during the intermissions of games when they interview the dads. They’re all so proud and so happy to get to spend the time on the road with their kids.

2.  The Steelers are still keepin’ on

What an insane game against Oakland. Great result for us, but holy crap the penalties. Is this how the league is seriously going to be run now? It’s ridiculous. I heard someone joke that someone got a penalty for traveling. And how Richard Seymour got a $25,000 fine for punching Ben in the chops (not saying that somewhere deep down, I wasn’t glad that someone finally did) and James Harrison got a $75,000 fine for tackling Jason Campbell is just craziness.

3. Fantasy Football: 9-2 and playoff bound!

See that little asterisk? That means I have officially clinched a playoff spot. Wahooo!! Although my tight end situation is a little tenuous. I have Antonio Gates, who has been ailing for a few weeks. He’s a beast; hopefully he can get back on the horse soon! After this week there are only two more before the playoffs. Crossing my fingers! I made it to the “Super Bowl” last year and fell short, I need redemption!

4. Eat, Pray, Love. Finally getting through India!

I finally started working my way through the India section of Eat, Pray, Love. It’s admittedly going slowly. I’m trying to figure out if I really, really love the book, or really don’t like it at all. I’m riding the fence and I’m still not sure. Maybe by the end I’ll figure it out :)

5. Did you go Black Friday crazy yesterday?

I definitely did not. If you did, did you snag any good deals? Buy anything exciting? I usually get into the full swing of gift buying by the first or second week of December. I absolutely love buying and wrapping gifts. Makes me cheery :)  Wrapping while watching Elf is a favorite activity of mine :)