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Turkey Disaster

I cannot believe what happened to my turkey this year. Maybe Costco God was punishing me for not buying turkey from Costco.

This year, I bought an 18 pound Butterball Turkey from local supermarket. I gladly paid $43, instead of $18 I would have paid at Costco. I wanted this turkey to be super-fantastic.

Fast forward to Thanksgiving Day. The turkey was in the oven, and everything was going OK. I was watching temperature going up slowly on my digital thermometer. And then the temperature appeared to be stuck. My turkey was getting darker and darker, but the thermometer still read 153 degrees. So, I took out my backup thermometer and a backup probe. To my sock, I found out that my turkey was over-cooked, by 40 degrees. (205 degrees instead of 165).

I am a single man living alone. Turkey was all I was thinking about for last 2 weeks. I was very disappointed. I wanted to cry. Dinner was still OK, but it was not super-fantastic. I kept thinking ‘next year’, but I don’t know if I can wait that long. I may have to bake a turkey for Christmas. I don’t know. I try not to think about it too much, but this bothers me.

I need to troubleshoot my thermometers/probes and make sure this will not happen again. Also, from this point, I will always use 2 thermometers when I cook ANYTHING. And I shall keep backup thermometer and probes. It will be like when I used to be a wedding photographer. I have photographed hundreds of weddings. I carried 2 cameras at all times and had a backup camera in the car. My camera broke down only once during the ceremony. But I had another identical camera already on my body, so everything went smooth. That’s the mentality I shall adopt when I cook with oven. I shall prepare and focus. 🙁

I hope you had a super-fantastic turkey dinner.

Sonoma gourmet Ogranic Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce served with Bonterra Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
This was over boneless chicken thighs I seasoned and seared. Finished in the oven with sauce, onions, (love the bagged) peeled garlic along with Costco Parm.

We used roasted spaghetti squash as a low carb alternative. Organic frozen peas from Costco are nice and sweet.
The wine was good, I don’t usually drink a cab but this was light enough to pair it with.
Prepped to reheat leftovers next night for a drop in guest. The pasta sauce is the right consistency, no sugar added-thank you!

Nutritional facts: 6 servings per container, serving size 1/2 cup for 2.5 calories, 0 fat, O Cholesterol, 440 mg Sodium, 9g carb, 3g sugar-noted Og added sugar.
Gyros at home for friends and family…
This is the Costco boneless lamb.
I unwrapped the outer netted layer, marinated overnight and smoked the next day.
This was an awesome choice as the small packaging gives you an option to only open up what you need so you can preserve the rest for later time. Feta, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes were also purchased at Costco. You could even use the Nan flat bread at Costco instead of gyro bread, great substitute.
Fall Breakfasts: Frittata, Egg egg taco’s and a simple morning start with a mild bacon…

Frittata Casserole
Pick out any: Eggs, cheese, “veggie/meat/potato-precooked” of choice. Can be from leftovers, preferably to use up for a great morning group breakfast. If you add bread cubes its a Strata. Google a recipe today!
If you prefer to make a breakfast sandwich buy either English muffins or crescents that are stocked year round at Costco and toast. Don’t forget your fruit.
Hatch Egg egg Taco’s

Slightly heat up egg thins on a saute pan and fill with your own fillings
New Organic Bacon
The flavor of this bacon is really good because it’s not to salty, smokey or fatty.
80’s reference

I have a coworker who’s in my age range. I often test him with 80’s trivia.

I went to his office a few days ago. This is how the conversation went.

John: Good morning. Hey… do you remember EPMD?
Coworker: Yes.
John: What was that one thing he hated?
Coworker: (looking right at me) Bitin’ MC.
John: Oh yeah~~~. Thank you. Have a nice day.

EPMD, You Gots to Chill – 1988.
Bitin’ MC at 1:50

Paper Straws at Costco Food Court

I’ve heard about paper straws on news media but this was the first time seeing them in person – at Costco Food Court. As I was dressing my hot dog, I could hear people talking about the paper straws. They were basically saying “Oh, paper straws”

The straw was narrower than normal plastic straws that I am use to. I would prefer wider straws, but that’s an American gripe (one of the reasons why some people hate Americans). Paper straws are just fine. I enjoyed my hot dog.

Out of curiosity, after my hot dog lunch, I filled my soda cup with water and came back to work. I drank that water rest of the day using the same paper straw. The straw held up nicely. I think tip of the straw will break apart if you hold it in your mouth constantly for a few hours. Besides that, paper straws seem perfectly fine for normal people.

It was nice to see paper straws at Costco food court.

What? Laundry Detergents Expire?

It came to me as a great shock to learn that laundry detergents lose effectiveness sooner than I thought.

This subject wouldn’t matter much if you have a full size family. But it’s a different story if you live alone. In my case, a large jug of fabric softer can easily last 3 years or longer. So, I did some more research and learned that many products will lose effectiveness sooner than I imagined. Below, I listed some of the products and how long they are good for.

  • Dishwasher detergent (6-12 months).
  • Liquid dish soap (12-18 months).
  • Bleach (6-12 months)
  • liquid fabric softener (6-12 months)
  • Lysol (2 years)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (30 days – 6 months)
  • Disinfectant wipes (1-2 years depends on products)
  • Window Cleaner (2 years)
  • Furniture polish (about 2 years)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (12 – 18 months)
  • Body lotion (1 – 3 years)

FYI: Chemicals in dried powder form would last longer compared to its liquid counterparts.

I was clueless. How come nobody told me This? I felt so stupid… all these years… I thought these stuff lasted 5 years minimum,

Then I thought, maybe a lot of single men out-there didn’t have this information as well. So, here it is. Now you know.

Costco Shopping – October 18, 2019

Holiday season is approaching fast that I can feel it on my skin. We had a pretty warm day today, but as I hurried to Costco after work, it quickly turned chilly as the Sun started to go down already.

With my empty cart, I went straight to Christmas aisle. I stayed there for awhile and enjoyed this train village (Sold out late October). I liked the music and lights. And the train was going in and out… This thing was a dream. I couldn’t walk away from it. I thought about people living in those tiny houses. I wish I had this when I was a kid. But, aren’t we all kids? Anyway, Christmas is magic. Oh, how I cherish Costco’s Christmas aisle…

Soon, I was back on to Costco shopping. Coupons (instant savings) saved $27.50.

European Cookies (#181679 $8.99 after $3 off) have been my holiday ritual for last 10 years or so. Every holiday season, I buy a few cans of these cookies from Costco and put them in freezer. I enjoy them on weekend with morning coffee. My plan is to enjoy little bit of Christmas throughout the year. I bought 3 boxes of of these cookies last year. I am on the last box now.

Soy beans and pot stickers (#440175 $7.99 after $3 off) will last several months for me. It’s good to have variety of quick meals handy. Especially if you live alone, you have plenty room in your freezer, and keeping a freezer full will save energy.

I failed miserably on watermelon this time. The watermelon I bought today was barely enjoyable. It was about 7 out of scale of 10. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever have a good watermelon rest of my life. I would pay $100 for a really good watermelon. I suck so bad at picking watermelons. I spent a lot of time and money hunting for a super-fantastic watermelon.

I bought three bottles of Nature’s Bounty, Nair, Skin & Nails (#553486, $12.46 after $3.50 off). I’ve been taking Biotin supplements every other day, but my hair was getting thinner over the years. I shall take extra dose of these and see if my hair will grow thicker. Don’t get old, people.. don’t get old… 🙁