Archive for November, 2006


November 29th, 2006

A few weeks ago a new eatery opened just a few blocks away from my home in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco. Called Eggettes, it’s located at 2810 Diamond Street, in the space formerly occupied by Dr. Video. While the store was being renovated, I could tell from the decor that it was […]

Brushed Stainless-Steel Cream Whipper

November 22nd, 2006

When it comes to whipped cream—one of my all-time favorite edible substances—I’ve always been a purist. Freshly whipped cream (sweetened with a bit of sugar, and with maybe just a hint of vanilla) tastes best to me, and I’ve never considered the process of sticking a mixer into a bowl of cold cream to be […]

Thanksgiving Post Round-Up

November 21st, 2006

Over the past couple of months, we’ve had numerous posts on The Geeky Gourmet having to do with Thanksgiving—partly because it’s just the right season, and partly to help promote my book Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner. For the convenience those of you who have come to the site mainly searching for Thanksgiving advice, I’d […]

New Thermapen Models

November 20th, 2006

Over the years, Cook’s Illustrated has repeatedly heaped praise upon the Thermapen, a digital thermometer known for its speed, accuracy, generous probe length, and convenient folding design. Recent episodes of Good Eats have shown Alton Brown using the same thermometer, so clearly it is a device to be reckoned with. Every serious cook should have […]

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

November 17th, 2006

Are you ready? According to our recent poll, more than half of the households surveyed are already preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. Someone is putting together a menu and a shopping list and digging out equipment such as roasting pans and turkey basters. Another 25% of the respondents will be busy getting it together this weekend. […]

Three-Tiered Oven Rack

November 17th, 2006

When cooking for a crowd—especially if the meal involves lots of different baked dishes, as it typically does at Thanksgiving—those of use with just one oven often run into a problem. There’s just not enough space in there for a turkey, an extra casserole of stuffing, some candied sweet potatoes, and perhaps that pie you […]

The Food Loop Lace

November 16th, 2006

Back in September I wrote about the Food Loop, a handy silicone thingy you can use to tie your turkey drumsticks together before roasting (among many other uses). But I noted that you’d still have to close up the cavity that holds the stuffing somehow—a rather tedious job that usually involves a lacing kit. Turns […]

My First TV Appearance

November 13th, 2006

I’ve done countless interviews for radio shows, newspapers, and podcasts, as well as live presentations of various kinds. But tomorrow, I’ll appear in my first TV interview—on a live broadcast, no less! As I mentioned last week, Take Control Books is donating $1 from every copy of Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner sold in November […]

Seasoning the Turkey: Their Aim Is True

November 9th, 2006

Decisions, decisions. Do you brine your bird (as recommended in Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner)? Do you rub the bird with butter or olive oil before popping it into the oven? Do you season your stuffing with traditional herbs, or simply put a sprig of fresh rosemary into an unstuffed turkey? The fellows over at […]

Thanksgiving Book Sale & Promotion

November 8th, 2006

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a copy of Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner, there’s no better time than this week. First, you can take advantage of the Take Control Third Anniversary Sale and get the electronic version of the book at half price (just $5!) through next Monday, November 13 if you use this […]