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Old 11-14-2008, 10:29 PM   #11
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:54 PM   #12
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thanks everyone. They are all wonderful ideas. I just talked to my niece and she says I absolutely must bring the beans. Says she will harrass me daily until I tell her I am bringing the beans. She will tell her 3 sisters and they will all haunt me. She said "YOU HAVE TO BRING THE BEANS"
I'm calling her back right now to tell her that I am bringing the beans.
You see? Flattery will get you everywhere (at least with me) :>)
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:12 PM   #13
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This actually happened to me!!!!!!

My husbands family is exactly the same. We all get together a week or 10 days before Christmas (it has to be convenient for the out of towners) and everyone brings something. One SIL brings curried cauliflower, BIL brings veggie tray with dip, inlaws supply ham and/or turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy. I am always asked to bring the same boring thing....my mustard glazed carrots. They rave every year over this and it is simply brown sugar, butter and regular mustard over boiled carrots. DH keeps saying "you can make so much better stuff, so why don't you?". So last year I made a brussel sprouts casserole with bacon and cheese, and rice stuffing balls.

As they were unpacking the food to put in the oven to warm, everyone was literally looking for the carrots, not paying any attention to the other dishes. So, I sent DH to the car to get the container of carrots I had already cut up and ready to go and the little dish of the glaze I packed, for just such an "emergency".

They all said the other dishes were okay, but I sure scared them when they thought I didn't bring the carrots.

Hopefully your family is a little more flexible.
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:17 AM   #14
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chef,if you're tired of making the beans make them one last time.......festive them up a bit ----
Yep-about 6-8 habaneros should do the trick-they won't ask for them next year!!
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:19 AM   #15
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lmao smoke. Brutal. I like it !!!
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:35 AM   #16
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Yep-about 6-8 habaneros should do the trick-they won't ask for them next year!!
So, smoke king, what should I add to my carrots?
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:41 AM   #17
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So, smoke king, what should I add to my carrots?
Laurie, let me crunch the numbers real quick, bear with me. Lets see, carry the one, apply that to the unknown, we'll call it "X".................

Looks like 6-8 habaneros should do it!!
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:48 AM   #18
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So, smoke king, what should I add to my carrots?
A thick layer of wasabi.

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Old 11-15-2008, 11:41 AM   #19
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Sorry folks, but my inlaw's eat fire for breakfast. They would just say the carrots were slightly nippy and probably like it! I think I will just quietly make my carrots as is and let sleeping dogs lie.

Chefmaloney, another idea for your beans....give them a little scare like I did. Make the beans and something else. Leave the crockpot in the car and when they all panic and faint, THEN bring in the beans. Won't change anything, but you will get a little fun out of it!
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:01 PM   #20
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Barbara L ....speaking of wasabi.....
One evening I was at a restaurant with some friends. We were eating appetizers, Karen, who was sitting across from me picked up a whopping forkfull of wasabi thinking it was avocado. As she saw the inside of her nostrils she coughed and blew that big ball of fire across the table where it landed on the floor behind me.
We still tease her about that night.
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