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The turkey gong show

Cooking up a storm in my kitchen

I never really appreciated how much work goes into preparing a Thanksgiving meal until I took it upon myself to do so for my household; it's a culinary gong show. I think it is the first time I have ever simultaneously used all four burners on the stove, the oven, and the microwave. I managed to multitask pretty well, with the exception of the dinner rolls, which I completely forgot in the microwave and found hours after we had finished eating. Surprisingly, even though it was my first time, the turkey came out moist and nicely browned; it was the first Thanksgiving for my Swedish roommates, so I supposed if I burned the whole thing I could have said, "well, it's what we do in Canada. Have some more wine."

Jenny and I spent the weekend visiting family and stuffing ourselves with food. My younger cousins recently found those Mentos and coke videos on YouTube and decided that this would be a good opportunity to try it out.


The results were pretty impressive and I have to admit that it's been something that I've wanted to try for a while. After the sun set, my cousins wanted to try making a coke rocket which involves inserting the Mentos, sealing up the bottle, and hurling it at the ground. This usually results in the cap popping off, the bottle shooting up in the air, and coke being sprayed everywhere-- in this case, it would be all the cars belonging to my family members, which lined the street. This plan was vetoed. But I did offer my vote in support of this rocket if my cousin licked an entire floor tile. He declined.

At Jenny's parents' place, I was introduced to her grandmother's coconut cream pie, which I quite enjoyed and secretly hoped that it would help me gain weight. After dinner, I weighed myself on the bathroom scale and found that I have barely gained back any of the weight I lost this summer. I'm at 146 pounds. Is this normal?

I still haven't figured out how to slow down my metabolism which is still under the impression that I'm biking across Canada. Even though I had just stuffed myself with a Thanksgiving meal, a few hours later, I found myself on the phone ordering wings to satiate my sudden onset of hunger. It doesn't help that chips have been on sale at the local grocery stories; in the past 24 hours, I've eaten two large bags by myself. Anyone have any healthy snack suggestions?

Comments (7)


Carrots. Lots and lots of carrots. And don't worry Jason, your metabolism will slow down eventually so enjoy the eat whatever you want festival. Heck, I'll trade your metabolism for mine. ;)


You can slow your metabolism by not doing anything at all. Just sleep a lot, eat, and watch tv. Done and done. :)


I like edamame as a snack. Lots of protein with little guilt. Your metabolism will get it self back into check with your revised fitness schedule. I wouldnt worry and just take advantage of it while you still can.


Popcorn, yogurt, hummus, pretzels with artichoke & asiago dip, peanut butter and apples, almonds/trail mix, cereal... mmm snacks

and ewwwww... you're gross. TWO bags of chips?

I think you're fine at 146. Despite my attempts to remain healthy in my eating for the first two months of school, I'm slipping. In fact, I'll go weigh myself ...

150 even. But I'm over six feet. So basically, I hope you're okay 'cause otherwise I'm screwed.

As for suggestions, I'll just pretend I didn't read the 'healthy' part (not part of my MO) and suggest that snacks is the wrong way to look at it. Unless you consider steak, fettucini and Taco Bell snacks. Otherwise, just pick up two meals a day.


ummm .. eat tubs of margarine. that's good for you :) get the non-transfat one from Becel. or eat lots of gravy. mmmm.. drink lots of beer and yea that kind of stuff.

Nuts. lots of nuts. Carrots just make me MORE hungry! Pretzels and popcorn are pretty guilt free but at least nuts will fill you up. Smoothies perhaps? Whole wheat toaste with peanut-butter. crackers and cheese. I know they're not totally guilt-free but hey...

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