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Can I please whine for a moment? I’m exhausted and my back is killing me. We had 19 people for Thanksgiving yesterday — an interesting mixture of friends, family and acquaintances, and the most we’ve ever hosted for a meal. Every year, Eddie handles the turkey, and I take care of everything else (including my Brussels sprouts!). This year, Trish the Human was kind enough to take over macaroni and cheese duty, along with adding a lovely sweet, sweet potato souffle (others brought an assortment of desserts and drinks — yum!). And Trish the Chicken amused everyone by knocking on the front door during our enjoyment of her fowl-weather friend.

We gave the boys’ bedrooms to some family members spending the night, and I took the boys into our room to sleep. Because I had to work at the station this morning, I went to bed at the same time they did. Gideon is the worst sleeper, though. He made noise, kicked and pushed all night.

So thanks to Gideon and the stress of the feast-making process, I am dragging today. DRAGGING.

However, I am always entertained on my drive in to the station on Black Friday, because I can marvel at the people standing in line at Best Buy. There is nothing in there that would be worth it to me to camp out. It’s not like camping out for KISS concert tickets or something.

Anyway, this is me this morning, doing my thing on the green screen.

The magic of television

And here I am with Lyndy Brannen on The Morning Show set.

With Lyndy on set

With Lyndy on set

When we’re not on the air, Lyndy likes to talk about rednecks and politics, and how he thinks it is stupid to recycle. He’s usually got some cockamamie mantra, such as this one from yesterday: “Reagan saved the world.” I have no idea what he really believes, but I believe he likes to say things that will get people riled up.

And I also believe I need a nap.

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Sprouts by request

Here is my hyper-locally famous recipe for Brussels sprouts:

Cover the bottom of a large frying pan with sesame oil. Add minced garlic and sea salt.

Step 1: oil, garlic, sea salt

Step 1: oil, garlic, sea salt

Wash the sprouts, cut off the stems, and cut them in half lengthwise. Place them in the pan, cut side down. Drizzle more oil and sprinkle more sea salt on top.

Step 2: add sprouts cut side down and drizzle more oil on top

Step 2: add sprouts cut side down and drizzle more oil on top

Heat covered on medium high for 10-15 minutes until they are brown on the cut side. Under no circumstances should you leave them cooking while you check to make sure your chicken has food and water. This is what will happen:

Step 3: brown them, don't burn them

Step 3: brown them, don't burn them

Once they are browned, turn heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes more. Add more salt if necessary to counteract residual bitterness.

That’s it: a crowd pleaser!

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Brussels sprouts

Yes, that is how the vegetable is spelled. Brussels sprouts are members of the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family, and are pretty much universally reviled. I’ve recently discovered a love for them, but only the way I prepare them: cut in half, braised in sesame oil then sautéed in sea salt and garlic. Yummy. Trust me. If you need evidence, consider this: Both my kids like them. Last night, in fact, Gideon said, “We love you because you cook Brussels sprouts.” He really did say that.

I’m sure it is because we told them it builds muscles. And, because they are Batman and Superman, they care about big muscles. It is all in the presentation, folks.

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