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Chestnut Time

December 06, 2011

Mel Torme playing in the background.

"Jack Frost nipping at your nose."

Various others just nipping.

"Folks dressing up like Eskimos."

(I never understood that line.)

And chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Chestnuts, of course, come from chestnut trees, some of them 400 years old.

It takes 40 years before they bear fruit, and yes they are fruits.

The time for harvesting them is an operation lasting about a month, from the start of October to early November.

One of the first foods eaten by man, the chestnut dates back to prehistoric times.

Alexander the Great and the Romans planted chestnut trees across Europe while on their various campaigns.

The Greek army survived their retreat from Asia Minor because they had enormous amounts of chestnuts with them.

"Toss me another one, Demetrius."

The chestnut tree, Castanea sativa, was first introduced to the rest of Europe by Greece and eventually came to America.

The American Heart Association approved this little nut as a low fat food; they’re also cholesterol free and a significant source of vitamin C.

So...how do you like yours?

J. Peterman

 

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December 06, 2011 1:00 AM
4188 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo Penelopetx said...

Never have had a Chestnut.  We have pecans in the south.  Love the song though.... I remember singing it in our elementary school Christmas play.
 
Will be baking this weekend for Christmas gifts for friends and work colleagues (also friends, lol!) - Banana cake with twice as many bananas and twice as many pecans.  YUM!

December 06, 2011 2:40 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

At least Mr. Peterman started us off with Food, this Topic ... so, no need for a clever segue
 
Chestnuts are quite Good, and can be very filling ... However, they tend to be assaultively surprising if one eats a goodly amount of them ... It is best to plan no long trips for a day or two ... and stay off Public Conveyances .......

December 06, 2011 4:06 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

Penelopetx, ah banana bread.

Now you're talking my language.

December 06, 2011 5:45 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

IVAN....................thank you for the morning smile.................only you, only you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PENELOPETX...................I always romanticized chestnuts..............until I had them. (My mother-in-love is Italian and she loves them..........my mother remembers having them when she was young.) I was very disappointed and I'll go w/ pecans anyday.

On the other hand, if anyone knows how to make them taste delish it would be our IVAN............................

Morning LOT!

December 06, 2011 6:06 AM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

I loooove roasted chestnuts but it's another area where it is so differently done in the west and in asia. The first time I encountered roasted chestnuts in the west I was shocked at how expensive each bag is and little wonder since each is individually treated, you know, that litte slit etc...In many of the streets of asia, we just wok them all in a huge cauldron over a huge flame full of little black beads. And they are so yummy.

http://www.petermanseye.com/photos/565451

December 06, 2011 6:38 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

What is it about roasted chestnuts that just makes them better when they're on a street corner in London or New York?  We do them at home and my youngest daughter <the one that survived having food tried out on her> and I love them.......but there's something about getting them from a street vendor.

December 06, 2011 6:53 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rwh1 said...

Ivan, in regard to your statement yesterday about toe overthrow of the 18th ammendment The Democrats had an anti prohibition plank in their platfrom and FDR promised repeal.The vote in congress went as follows: for repeal Dems 168, Reps 103 against repeal Dems44Reps 100. It doesn't seem to be as big an effort by the Reps as by the Dems.

December 06, 2011 6:56 AM
10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 digger5x5 said...

Just to the left of this morning's conversation is a box advertising chestnut trees for sale.  Coinicdence?  But the irony is that the ad promises "Fast Delivery." If they take 40 years to bear fruit, what's the hurry?  Or are they talking about the "fast delivery" that Jalopkin (being new to the forum I'll use your formal name) refers to as "assaultingly surprising?"
 
"And folks dressed up like Eskimos."  Why is that puzzling to Mr. Peterman, I wonder, who has surely at one time been exposed to Inuit outerwear and has had some item of apparel designed and named after an Eskimo garment.
 
Anyway, I'm in no hurry to try chestnuts for the first time after hearing some of the negative comments.  But to those who love them -- enjoy!

December 06, 2011 8:02 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

While chestnuts are great food, the tree itself is amazing.  "The spreading chestnut tree" referred to the American chestnut which could stand 100 feet tall and spread out for an equal diameter.  I saw one when I was five in Chicago, and still remember its magnificence.  The shade was dense and cool.  Unfortunately, they all died out in the late forties.  A few have survived in the mountains of Georgia, and scientists are trying to cross them with the smaller French chestnut to get a breed that has the American chestnut's size but the French chestnut's immunity to the blight.  Think of it, though, a tree that could shade three houses!
The chestnuts we eat, of course, are all from the French chestnut tree, transplanted to America.  I do not know if the American chestnut tasted differently.  The growing time is amazing, but understandable given the tree's size.  And for the tree to bear no nuts for the first forty years is quite something.

December 06, 2011 8:16 AM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Back when I barely had two nickels to rub together, I was trying to impress a customer in Philly and rented a limo to take my family and his around NY at Christmas time. I figured I would worry about the AMX bill in January. We strolled around after dinner and shopping & ended up at Rockefeller Center and stopped & bought chestnuts from a street vendor. It was such a romantic night and the chestnuts were like manna from heaven. I am a cashew man with candied pecans a favorite on my salads but that was a night to remember. Strolling along with a woman with rosy cheeks in the most magnificient city in human history was a true Kodak Moment. But alas the bill came and taught me that money's secondary purpose is for buying lifelong memories.

December 06, 2011 9:27 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

I remember walking home from school in Port Huron, Michigan and picking up fallen chestnuts along the sidewalk.  We actually thought they were poison to eat and so never saved them prefering to a.)polish them to a high sheen (and then what?I don't know) or b.) throw them at one another.     Not far from where I live now is a chestnut grower.......his site with his history and facts and recipes is chestnutcharlie.com       And as he notes on his homepage he was recently featured in the New York Times.

December 06, 2011 9:30 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

ahhh...walking with my Dad up Fifth Avenue to Rockefeller Center to get the first roasted chestnuts of the year...thank you Mr. P. for a wonderful memory! Too cold to take off your gloves but the warmth of the chestnut spreads all through you and you know you're a lucky person in a magical place and all the best is yet to come.

And yet, how could something so good be used in the deragatory manner with which my father used to say "oh, that old chestnut?" when presented with some sort of cliche or oft repeated joke (this from a man who said "the story of a drunken baseball player" EVERYTIME "The Catcher In The Rye" was mentioned EVERY TIME for years and years).

And yet again, As LYNN mentioned, "under the spreading chestnut tree" was a description of total summer bliss.

Chestnut stuffing! Yes! Marrons glace!! (Candied chestnuts) yes yes!!

more on the honor roll
December 06, 2011 9:39 AM
First-comHr-1 VeraM said...

Re: Eskimos.  We've all seen little kids waiting at the bus stop on a chilly day (even in Florida) with a faux sheepskin lined hoodie and a down jacket--they were bundled up just like Eskimos.  I take it most of us don't live in the really cold states.
 
Re: Castanea sativa--yes, that's the European chestnut which made it's way to America.  There is also the Castanea dentata, the American, smaller, sweeter nuts than the European, which is found from Maine to Florida, and then here is the Castnea pumila from the Southern United States, which is edible, too.  (Sturtevant's Edible Plants of he World)
 
For those who have never eaten them, roasted chestnuts are not nutty per se, but rather floury in texture.  When it's cold, it is wonderful to have a bag of piping hot chestnuts to warm one's hands, and the smell of them roasting on the corner mixes with the smell of snow in the air.  That's probably why they taste better than those fixed at home.
 
The Europeans make a dessert of them called Vermicelli, which means "worms," because of their brownish/pinkish color after cooking; one adds syrup to sweeten, mashes them in a potato ricer, and serves them cold with a heapingserving of real whipped cream.  I've made them at home, but unfortunately my dinner guests were not attuned to trying something strange.  To the Europeans they are a real treat.

December 06, 2011 9:44 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

I repeat BEBE re IVAN: Only you!  And, having spent my life where there are no chestnuts, I'll need and heed IVan'S advice, should I find myself offered those delcious nuts -- or so I've always imagined them.  Creamy, rich, beloved by us tactile folks: My vision of a chestnut.
 
But then, put it on (in?) a fire, and it creates another world of taste, smell, touch.  In New York City I've bought them piping hot from a vendor, but never was offered one from "...an open fire," and, like Our Host, have always wondered about that "Eskimo" line; I believe the author -- oh, I had his name, but lost it! -- simply needed that many beats, ending in a rhyme with "nose." My image of Eskimo dress is out of kilter with the song, but no matter.
 
It's in elevator music everywhere here, never mind we never see one -- I take that back: Fresh Market had them last winter, I was told. When I went to buy, though, they were gone; we have transplanted people from all over, hereabouts, including, clearly, some who know what to do with a chestnut.  Maybe this year....
 
My intimate knowledge of chestnuts comes from the author John Updike, whose work is punctuated with chestnut trees -- chiefly bemoaning their loss, since he grew up in Pennsylvania, where they were (then) plentiful.  Only this week I read an article that brought his work to me: An essay on the resurgence of the American chestnut.  Reading, I was sorry Mr. Updike died three years ago.
 
Early in our continent's history, it boasted tall, vibrant, sanguine chestnut trees on most of our land mass. "Chestnut blight" struck in the twentieth century (according to that writer), and lumber needs took their toll, leaving us chestnut-poor.
 
Some day, some place, I'd like to hear "The Christmas Song" while eating chestnuts (with someone who knows how and can instruct).  And yes, an open fire....
 

December 06, 2011 9:44 AM
First-comHr-1 VeraM said...

Carol: There is a difference between the edible chestnut and the horse chestnut.  They can readily be identified by the casing.  The edible kind has closely placed spikes all over, but the horse chestnut's spike look rather like a mace, with spikes spaced well apart.
 
In England, in the days before technology, we would drill holes in the nuts (which are lovely shiny chestnut brown!) and threat a string through them, knotting the bottom so they dangled on the string.  The game was then to "play conkers" and that meant flipping your conker onto my conker and seeing if you could bust it.

December 06, 2011 10:01 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Carol ~
We loved the trilobite fossils in the huge limestone blocks on the banks of the St. Clair River under the Blue Water bridge.
The fries at the summer shack were good too.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/24/garden/chestnuts-worthy-of-song-in-your-backyard-in-the-garden.html?_r=2&hpw

Dear Principal,
VeraM, having suffered a fractured conker while playing in the yard, will be unable to attend classes until further notice.
Sincerely,
VeraM's doctor

December 06, 2011 10:10 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Thanks, VeraM...........I now recall that everyone called them horse chestnuts...and they were as you described. Stoney--It was a wonderful place to spend the first few years of life...funny how many memories can be stored in so short a time.....

December 06, 2011 10:44 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

I grew up in western North Carolina. A blight had come through that part of the country in the late 1800s/early 1900s and killed all chestnut trees. Interestingly very large, roting chestnut  tree trunks covered the forest, some so big you had to climb over them. Which gave birth to the famously expensive wormeaten chestnut lumber BTW. So all that to say we were not familiar with chestnuts but old folk would talk about them in dulcimer tones so the curse of not having chestnuts to  eat weighed heavily on the young folk of which I was one.  

December 06, 2011 12:24 PM
First-comHr-1 leonadi said...

Wow I've just gained a lot more respect for the chestnut.  Thanks for the read.

December 06, 2011 12:24 PM
First-comHr-1 leonadi said...

Wow I've just gained a lot more respect for the chestnut.  Thanks for the read.

December 06, 2011 12:25 PM
First-comHr-1 leonadi said...

Wow I've just gained a lot more respect for the chestnut.  Thanks for the read.

December 06, 2011 12:25 PM
First-comHr-1 leonadi said...

Wow I've just gained a lot more respect for the chestnut.  Thanks for the read.

December 06, 2011 12:25 PM
First-comHr-1 leonadi said...

Wow I've just gained a lot more respect for the chestnut.  Thanks for the read.

December 06, 2011 12:28 PM
First-comHr-1 leonadi said...

Wow I just gained a lot more respect for the chestnut.  Thanks for the read.

December 06, 2011 1:05 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MISS BEBE:  Roasting them over an open fire, as the Song says, works quite well, but tends to seal in some of the Acid in the Fruit ... Throw a handful in a well Season'd Iron Skillet, and toss them around gently for about 10 Minutes in a Tablespoon of Olive Oil and a generous Slap of Butter over a Medium fire ... then finish them off by putting that Skillet in a 400 Degree Oven for another 10 Minutes ... Pullem out, dumpem onna paper town to drain and cool ... and I think you will enjoy the flavor a bit more ... Once they are cool and dry, they can be crush'd up in a Blender, (not so much as to make Paste, like Peanut Butter) and the pieces add a marvelous flavor to the Stuffing for a Boneless Leg-o-Lamb, or even a Large Bird ... A Dry Rose' perks the flavor up tremendously, without cloying or assaulting the TemproMandibular Joint .......
 
 
rwh1:  In Regard to Your Counterbarb ....... You are certainly entitled to believe what you want, even if you WERE there ...
 
Had the Republicans not pushed the issue, nothing would ever have happened ... That alleged activity by the Democrats was just a part of the smokescreen so prevalent in the FDR  FAST DEAL ...  The Liberals and other Democrats weren't worried about getting their Booze, because Joe Kennedy was bringing it in on the East Coast and Capone was distributing the Best Rye Whisky in the world, from Templeton , Iowa ...  My Family was in the thick of it, but you go ahead and believe all those FDR Fables you want to ....... If the Republicans hadn't forced the issue, there would never have been a vote, and you'd still be drinking Bath Tub Gin .......

December 06, 2011 1:27 PM
Christmas-on-main-street-joseph-holodook First-comHr-1 PARK4 said...

SPRING:  by now you should know that everything is expensive in the west, but (my opinion) those things made in the USA are well worth their high prices.   That said, chestnuts are (my opinion) better as an idea than in reality...on the other hand, Christmas in the city requires a bag of chestnuts, some snow, bell ringers, Christmas windowscapes, and lots of folks walking too fast or too slow, but all of them wearing red scarves ...and of course, as JP writes, Mel Torme singing about how Jack Frost tends to nip a bit...

December 06, 2011 1:28 PM
Christmas-on-main-street-joseph-holodook First-comHr-1 PARK4 said...

I think this is my #9 post.  Only 3,202 plus or minus 100 to go.

December 06, 2011 1:28 PM
Christmas-on-main-street-joseph-holodook First-comHr-1 PARK4 said...

But I'm not going to whine about it any more.

December 06, 2011 1:30 PM
Christmas-on-main-street-joseph-holodook First-comHr-1 PARK4 said...

I might be fibbing about that last one.

December 06, 2011 2:28 PM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo Cassiepants said...

Park4~ Only 3, 199 to go for you! I'm sooooo incredibly sorry you lost your posting status. 

December 06, 2011 2:30 PM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo Cassiepants said...

I think what I used to kick about in Idaho Falls ID were Horse Chestnuts - many thanks to VeraM for the descriptive clarification. I miss that kind of autumn ritual - walking through mounds of fallen maple and chestnut leaves, hearing the 'ssshhhh-shhhh' rustle around my legs as I walked to ballet class, my bag of ballet shoes whipping the leaves alongside me.  We have some leaves falling in Southern California - and since it was 37 degrees this morning, one might almost think it was really winter here... but nothing like those Idaho days...

December 06, 2011 2:44 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

PARK4 --I went back a few postings ago and there you are in all your medalled glory..how is it possible the Webmaster can't restore that?

December 06, 2011 3:06 PM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

If a flight is cancelled & I get mad or if a flight is cancelled & I go to the next one smiling-the flight is still cancelled and you still get home- Airline Zen & Horse Chestnut in the pocket for good luck logic (cause PETA dislikes Rabbit's Foot and or Coon's Dick as ethical pocket items)

December 06, 2011 3:29 PM
Com-100First-comHr-1 smilesforever said...

Ah, CHESTNUTS!  love them in stuffing!  Years ago for Christmas I made a fabulous Chestnut cake with Cognac/chocolate ganache&mousse...I'm never really good at following a recipe (and I couldn't find bottled chestnuts in the burg I was living in) I roasted my own...well, the cake turned out beautifully, but timewise it was nearly a ten hour project!  I think the recipe is available on Epicurious.com.  Had no idea it took so long for the tree to bear fruit!     Another long-time grower....asparagus.....Wanted to plant some until my brother told me it took a year or more to get a decent crop.  He started a crop, tended it faithfully, got a good batch, and the morning he went out to harvest it, the family dog was in the garden munching down on all those lovely spears!  Needless to say, Brother irate, dog gassy, and no more long term veggies!  Food and gardening....favorite subjects of mine.

December 06, 2011 3:36 PM
Com-100First-comHr-1 smilesforever said...

Thanks for all your kind thoughts and words on the passing of my Sister-in-Law.  Getting it back together, and spending time with my Father-in-Law, as he is feeling pretty low that he outlived his daughter.

December 06, 2011 3:40 PM
Bwme 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 nachista said...

Can anyone elighten me as to the difference between horse chestnuts/buckeys and regular chestnuts?
 
I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned Conkers.  In my tomboy youth would used to spend hours playing conkers...at least until our mother caught us and we got a spanking because "that's dangerous".  After being hit in the face with a conker I'd say my mother's spankings were far more dangerous.

December 06, 2011 3:59 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Chestnuts ~ smiley memories of squirrels pelting the dog with nutty missiles.

December 06, 2011 5:04 PM
Cestmoiparis 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoFirst-review Alison said...

I don't think chestnuts and politics belong together in the same thread... ;-0

I put roasted chestnuts into the stuffing this year for Thanksgiving. I do that from time to time. They also like to be added to certain soups; for example, butternut squash likes chestnuts, reduced to a fine paste and whirled into the soup. Very nice, and add a pinch of nutmeg before serving. Delightful.

@Nachista: From wiki, regarding "horse chestnuts," which apparently are not a true chestnut at all:

The common name horse-chestnut is reported as having originated from the erroneous belief that the tree was a kind of chestnut, together with the observation that eating them cured horses of chest complaints, despite this plant being poisonous to horses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesculus_hippocastanum

December 06, 2011 6:04 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Hello all! enjoyed all the knowledgeable posts about chesnuts, but have no first-hand experience with them myself. Being a Southern gal, I have great fondness for pecans and peanuts, even occasionally a kind thought for almonds and walnuts, but no thoughts for chesnuts other than the song, and the definition of an overused saying or story.

Yes, to sugared pecans, pecan pie, pecans in cake and banana bread, pecans on top of cookies, pecans on the sweet potato casserole, and just munching pecans. All your info about chesnuts, however, has made me curious, so I may look into the local availability of same.

Expecting a cold front to move in this week, but since we are now in fog and rain for over 24 hours, we may have Jack Frost nipping at our noses v. soon. I did get the lighted deer moving in the front yard and a wreath on the Moose Loop sign at the top of the hill, so my decor is done.

Time to build an open fire, dress up like an Eskimo to go to the woodpile to get the wood in, and put the yuletide carols on the "Victrola"/CD player.....Here are 3 nice, but different versions....

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=song%2c+youtube%2c+chesnuts+roasting+on+an+open+fire&mid=9B5317FFEACC1477A56F9B5317FFEACC1477A56F&view=detail&FORM=VIRE2

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=song%2c+youtube%2c+chesnuts+roasting+on+an+open+fire&mid=9B5317FFEACC1477A56F9B5317FFEACC1477A56F&view=detail&FORM=VIRE2

http://www.vevo.com/watch/bing-crosby/the-christmas-song-chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire/USVC57100808

December 06, 2011 6:07 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Speaking of mistletoe....in the local news, a guy was arrested today near Atlanta for unloading his double-barreled shotgun into some trees near his house in order to dislodge the mistletoe high in the tree.....He was surprised that it was not okay...He said he and his boys had been doing that for years, then selling the mistletoe at the street corner.....What in the world could be wrong with shooting your shotgun up in the air??! ;-0...Duh!

December 06, 2011 7:12 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

My first introduction to roasted chestnuts was at
the Christmas fair in Heidelberg several years back.  They were the perfect
treat with a cup of mulled wine (gluhwein).  It
was almost as good a time as Christmas in New York. 
 
One of my favorite Christmas treat is the Italian
Pannetone bread, filled with glazed chestnuts.   It makes for fabulous french
toast or just slathered
with butter and lightly toasted, I am telling you
it is as Miss Bebe would say................Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. 

 
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/panettone/?pkey=cfood-top-10-gifts

December 06, 2011 7:33 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Digger ~ I like the new Santa photo almost as much
as this one.
 
http://www.petermanseye.com/photos/90711
 
Spring rain ~ (from yesterday) 
Don't give up, I will send you the name of a great shoe repair shop.  You can
mail them your shoes if only someone will fix the postal system.
 
Park4 (If the real Park4 hasn't been abducted and
you are not an imposter) ~  Try coconut oil, I'm told that it restores memory
loss (or was it cod liver oil that restores hair loss?).
 
IVAN ~ Would you please email me a fifth of
that Templeton Rye whiskey?  I'll email you a chestnut tree in
return.

December 06, 2011 8:28 PM
10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 digger5x5 said...

paolos--  Thanks.  I'm surprised you remembered the earlier one from last year's contest -- and my contentious relationship with -- sorry, blocked on her name.
 
Also, pannetone with butter (lots) and a cup of tea.  Nothing better!

December 06, 2011 8:29 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Ahhh. . . "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose. . . "   Johnny Mathis sand this on his 1958 (I think) Christmas vinyl album.  Best secular Christmas song.  EVER.   I have never seen or smelled chestnuts roasting on an open fire.  I do recall playing with Buckeyes as a child and thinking how beautiful they were.  We were taught Buckeyes were poisonous and were not permitted to have them in our possession.  But I did anyway.  I would have never eaten them, but because they were so beautiful and smelled so good, I would cache them away in a secret drawer. 

December 06, 2011 8:41 PM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Cheezeburgah at Midway. Had no idea I would be sitting at Midway for nightcap. Life is strange.

December 06, 2011 9:51 PM
Bwme 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 nachista said...

Good heavens, only when I get home from work and take time to thoroughly read each post do I discover that Vera mentioned both things that I posted about: Conkers and Buckeyes.  Doh!  Here were too lazy to drill holes, we just tied the string all the way around the shell tightly and went at it.  The spikes tended to keep them from slipping off. PAOLOS, I made mock gluhwein today for some sick colleagues, my grandmother and my mother always swore by it to help ease colds and sore throats. Seeing as how A) Most of us don't drink and B)Drinking on the job is kind of frowned upon at any rate...I used 3 parts concord grape juice, 1 part dark purple plum juice, 1 part OJ, and then cloves, allspice, cinnamon and lemon juice to taste.  Simmer it for about half an hour and serve.  I brought all the ingredients from home and simmered it in the break room in a crocpot.  It was completely gone by the time I left to come home. I've also heard this called a mock smoking bishop by my Irish friends.
 

December 06, 2011 10:18 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

PAOLOS:  When we have reach'd the point that Transteleportation is a Reality, I'll have Scotty send me along with a Case of it to your place ... I owe a couple of Bottles to some other Friends too, so I may hafta show up with two Cases ... I am way behind in my Travels this year, from what they usually have been in the last fifteen years ... the Obamanomics has had the Economy so stinkin' that Travel and Acquisitions have been significantly subdued ... Travel, Meeting up with Friends, and sharing Goodies is a fun thing for me, and I have miss'd it a lot ... I am declaring that 2012 is going to be a hundred times better that it has been Bad for so long ... For ALL of us !!!
 
We could even take a run down and pick up George and Jim and go raise a little sand down on Savannah Beach ... and if we catch one of their many Festivals is would be a BLAST !!! We could stop by and see if Molly Bloom wants to come out and play, but she probably wouldn't want any of her neighbors to know that she knows us ... Some peoples' sensitivities are bruised by the idea of a buncha Sailors and Marines in a Car, with lotsa Booze !!!

December 06, 2011 10:31 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Sailors and Marines in a car with booze....what's not to love? Beach time in Savannah....that would be out on Tybee Island beach now....lovely! Count me in....I'll bring a pecan pie!

December 06, 2011 11:01 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

I like my chestnuts with some dirt.

In the backyard decades ago plastic soldiers were pummeled by a few well aimed chestnuts.  The soldiers were collected, while most of the chestnuts were forgotten. One seed would become a stately tree.


There's a chestnut rattling around in a red car, reminding me of a wonderful childhood. 

December 06, 2011 11:32 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


An attractive lady who owned a patisserie showed up at work with a pot of marvelous coffee and an oval ginger cake lavished with chestnut cream just for me for something nice she had seen me do.
I think she had the wrong guy but, boy, was that good.
Water chestnuts aren't but a batch of them wrapped in smoky bacon and run under the broiler is a beautiful thing.

Park4 ~
I heard that and I'm still back here.
 

December 06, 2011 11:49 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...


Digger ~ Not so special, I've got a
photgraphic memory.

 Ivan ~ I'm ready. 
Dublin to Savannah.

 
Mr. Peterman ~ That was
funny.

December 06, 2011 11:52 PM
Christmas-on-main-street-joseph-holodook First-comHr-1 PARK4 said...

DEAR Mr. Peterman:
 
I thank you so very much for bestowing upon my self a place, once more, on the honor roll - my first honor roll, second semester, here at the Eye, but I was thinking, shouldn't that medal show up next to the other ribbon next to my name? 
 
If not, that's okay by me, I'm on my way, slow and steady, to those 3000 plus or minus a few hundred comments, one of which Penn liked and wished it would show up again just thought I'd throw that in - so anyhow, what was I saying?
 
I forgot.
 
Perhaps you have decided that since I was so careless with my original decorations, I'm not worthy of a second set, and if that's the case, while it might ruin my life, I'll understand, I really will.
 
So thank you for the honor role mention, even though it isn't showing up -- and WHO cares about some old medal anyhow, right?  Right!  I am Don Quixote de la Mancha sans  Sancho Panza but no matter - "onward to glory I go...."
 
Most sincerely
I remain
Park4
 
- undecorated and humble as hell.  heck. i mean.

December 07, 2011 12:00 AM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

P4, Love it...!!!

December 07, 2011 12:43 AM
Christmas-on-main-street-joseph-holodook First-comHr-1 PARK4 said...

It's there!
 
WOW.
 
Ask and ye shall receive!
 
Thank you ever so much Mr. Peterman, for your quick attention to this matter of medals and shaving basins and swords and such.
 
You're a man of your word.
If I had a picture of an Eye like the Eye that watches over us here on the Eye, it would wink at you right now.
 
Many merci-s,
I still remain
Park4
 
feeling a bit shinier
 
 

December 07, 2011 1:17 AM
Sarah2 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Dash said...

First off, I am so happy for you, Park4.  I hope you get all your medals back. Second, Chestnuts.  Growing up in Southern California I have no memories of chestnuts and always wondered what they must taste like when I watched those wonderful old movies at Christmastime.  I would love to plant a Chestnut tree here, but I wonder if the climate is right.  And although forty years seems like a long time to wait for a tree to bear fruit, well, just think how happy the next generation will be for our forethought. I did spend the day planting trees, as it happens.  I planted two avocado trees, one fig, one nectarine and a Fuji apple to replace the one that died on me last year. Planting trees takes faith.  Faith that you will do what is right to help them grow.  Faith that you will be around to witness the bounty.  And faith that the Earth will be generous and kind and an ally in your endeavors. That is my chestnut.

December 07, 2011 11:19 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MOOSE:  HOT  DAMN, Lady !!!  Thats the Spirit !!!  I provide an extra jug or two of Moon !!!
 
 
PAOLOS:  Its about a 140 Mile Run, but you can do it, I am sure .......
 
 
Tybee Island is my favorite place to play ... in this Country ... Accomodations are Best at the DeSoto Beach Hotel ....... There is a pretty Jamaican Girl who works there, that goes around with a Giant BungTapper, if people get TOO rowdy ... So the idea is to get all the Guests involved in the Party, and there is no one left to complain ... Its the only place on the Island where one can walk out the front door of his Room, and sleep on the Beach ...
 
As Phil Harris usta say, "Thats What I Like About the South ..." 

December 07, 2011 9:19 PM
First-com deehunni said...

Hmmm Chestnuts remind me of Christmas in London, best bought from the man on the corner in Covent Garden with a brazier - about as open a fire as you will get on busy London streets...Here in Minnesota they do not taste quite the same from the oven...but they still warm the hands and evoke fond memories of home.

Honor Roll


ahhh...walking with my Dad up Fifth Avenue to Rockefeller Center to get the first roasted chestnu...

-ChefDeb

Dec. 06, 2011 9:30 AM

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