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RBR Thanksgiving competitionpeloton
Nov 21, 2001 11:05 AM
I have an idea- let's have friendly competition unlike any other you have had this year. Let's see who can put on the most weight tomorrow.

Here's the deal. Weigh yourself (get body composition if you can) in the morning. Then eat, drink, and repeat. Weigh yourself in the evening. Winner is the one who weighs the most over their morning weight.

We could try this over the course of the whole winter too....
that would interfere with my new weight loss scheme:Js Haiku Shop
Nov 21, 2001 11:54 AM
drink mass quantities of alcohol, throw up, pass out, miss dinner. wake up, repeat 'til march 1, 2002. think it will work?

really, though--last year i was able to keep turkey day under control. actually, i *never* have had a problem with turkey day. xmas, on the other hand, can be problematic, what, with the candy and other garbage about. worse than halloween. now, flag day, or bowling day, or boxing day--i'll easily put on 3 or 4 pounds on the important holidays.
Hmmm...If you want helpKristin
Nov 21, 2001 12:36 PM
I think I'll pass on the contest...the entrace fee is too high a price to pay! If anyone wants help putting on the weight, just stop by tomorrow. I'm making Milk Chocolate Kahlua cheesecake. It contains about 600 calories a slice and packs a punch to boot.
Save me a slice...calories be damned! nmBrooks
Nov 21, 2001 2:14 PM
Recipe?lonefrontranger
Nov 21, 2001 3:41 PM
Or is it a secret?

My mom made me swear I'd never reveal Grandma's extra-special banana bread recipe. However, my SO (he's sorta family, right?) got bored one day and pinched it out of the back of the Joy of Cooking, where I'd been hiding it. I forgive him because he's so much better at baking and confections than yours truly.
Internet means never buying a cookbook againKristin
Nov 23, 2001 8:16 AM
This is the one of the great uses of the Internet. Get any recipe for free! There are about 4 Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecakes online. I didn't make this cake. The ingredients alone were $30. I could have bought a Cheesecake Factory cheesecake (which I didn't) for that price and been in bed before 2am. In any regard, this is the Kahlua cheesecake I like best:


Milk Chocolate Cheesecake with Kahlua



Milk Chocolate Cheesecake with Kahlua

Servings: 10

1 lb cream cheese, softened
1 lb granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
7 eggs
1/2 cup Kahlua
4 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, such as Godiva, melted
3 ounces good-quality milk chocolate
3 tbsps sweet butter
1/4 cup ground hazelnuts
1/4 cup crushed cornflakes

In a large mixing bowl with a paddle attachment cream together the cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream, scraping down the sides of the bowl often. In a medium-size bowl combine the eggs and Kahlua, whisking them together. Once the cream cheese mixture is softened and lump free, add the eggs in 3 parts, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. In another medium-size bowl place the melted milk chocolate, then slowly whisk in a little of the cheesecake mixture, whisking constantly to create a smooth mixture. Add the milk chocolate mixture back into the cheesecake mixture and stir until completely blended.

Preheat the oven to 300 F. Butter a round springform pan. Pour the mixture into the teflon pan and place in a water bath (a pan holding the cheesecake pan, filled halfway with water). Bake the cheesecake until the center is solid, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the water bath and let the cake cool completely. Then chill in the refrigerator.

In a double boiler melt the milk chocolate and butter and stir until completely dissolved. Remove from the heat, and fold in the hazelnuts and cornflakes. Take the cheesecake out of the refrigerator and pour the milk chocolate crust on top. Place back in the refrigerator and allow to set overnight.

When ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and take it out of the springform pan. Invert the cake onto a large serving plate so the crust is on the bottom and serve.

ahh, thanks! You're right about the Internetlonefrontranger
Nov 23, 2001 10:49 PM
I got a great carrot soup recipe from Epicurious, when my SO bought something like 10 lbs of carrots on one of those buy one-get one free specials.

BTW, I saw your comment about horses on the General Forum. You had a Quarter Horse, didn't you? I grew up on a farm where we had QHs as a side business, nothing fancy - we barely made ends meet (and often didn't). The jumper I had as a kid was a line-bred grandson of Sugar Bars, and you'll rarely find a QH line more squirrelly than that. His favorite spook was the common horse-show apparition of a saddle placed on end on the ground - you come around the corner of a barn, and WHAM, there it is. He had a great shying tactic of dropping practically to his knees, then swerving away from the spook, and being a jumper he had great flexibility and moved like greased lightning. Taught me instant reflexes with that routine, probably why I'm a great crash-avoider to this day in crits! Sugar Bars horses are fantastic athletes, but the downside is they tend to be both high-strung AND stubborn, a great combination (not). In the jump ring, he'd either win the day, or make an executive decision mid-course and spray rails. As a teenager, he got too arthritic for jumping, so I taught him some Western stuff (trail & showmanship). Went to Worlds twice, once for show jumping, once for showmanship ten years later. My mom promised him to me the day he was born, we grew up together, and he died last winter at the ripe old age of 28, still miss the old b*st*rd. You know you're getting old when your childhood pets are all gone.
Cool StoryKristin
Nov 25, 2001 6:36 PM
Actually, Midnight was a "Bar Chip Pony" pony. I never have found information on this breed. If you know anything about them, I'd love to hear about it. All research I've done has been futile. All I know is that they're known for petiteness. Midnight was only 14.2 hands. She was slender for a horse, had a beautiful face and an amazingly smooth gate.

When I was in the 4th grade, I began attending an annual horse camp. I loved it. By the time I was 12, I was taking regular lessons near our home. My parents were already spending thousands of dollars a year. They calculated that, within a year or two, I would ask to begin competing. This would require the purchase of a well-bred horse. My father, a cunning man, knew he must act quickly. He found and purchased Midnight from a poor farmer in upstate New York for $300. He built a barn in the watershed area behind our Connecticut home and began to train us himself. He really didn't know much about horses, but it worked as he had planned. I didn't realize I'd been duped for three years.

Ah...I can't complain though. My favorite memory of all time is Christmas day, 1983. The snow was falling. A thick blanket already covering the world outside my window. Soft and white in the crisp, silent air. Not even a whisper of wind. This is the kind of day when even your footsteps are quieted. Midnight and I explored a new trail that morning and soaked in the amazing beauty of a perfect world. I wouldn't trade that morning for a thousand ribbons.

(For the horse handlers among us...yes. It was rather retarded to ride my beloved horse over freshly fallen snow, on uncharted single track. I had all the wisdom and passion of a 13 year old girl. Thankfully we did not fall into any holes or through any ice.)
Bar Chip:lonefrontranger
Nov 26, 2001 12:56 PM
My trainer was a big fan of Bar Chip horses (he was a reining horse guy). It definitely sounds like Midnight was from this line (black, right?), and $300 was a bargain. The line does run on the small side, but they are good "working" horses for disciplines like reining, cutting, working cow horse and the like. These disciplines actually favor smaller size for agility. Bar Chip was the grandsire of Zip's Chocolate Chip, who is the all-time leading Quarter Horse performance sire. I don't know a great deal about Bar Chip, but I know a ton about Zip, if only because you see them everywhere at the shows and in the trade mags. Most of Zip's get are petite and fine-boned, and there's a strong black color allele in their genes - they are mainly "smoky" or black bays, blacks, or Zip's signature "dark chocolate" chestnut color (hence the name Zip's Chocolate Chip). They are incredibly athletic and well-known for their quality of gait (the QH people call them "good movers"). The World Champion Western Pleasure horses for the past decade have been almost exclusively Zip babies. The current trend is to outcross Zip's get onto Thoroughbreds and TB crosses, to breed up the size for English horses and keep the desirable smooth gaits.

Flash, my QH jumper was small for a jumper, only 15.2, but he was the right size for me when I was learning. My trainer said he'd never make anything but a 4-H horse, so I guess 2 trips to Worlds and 4 ROM (Register of Merit) awards got me the last laugh! Some of my competitors sank many tens of thousands into show horses, but we did OK with a $450 home-bred.

Once I decided to go on to bigger open jumping events and three-day eventing, we realized that Flash didn't have the scope or size for that, and it was about then that he started to develop arthritis in his hips. I got a 16.3 gray-turned-white Polish Warmblood from a wealthy friend who didn't have the land to keep him, and had gotten a younger horse. She was afraid of what might happen to a 15-year old gelding in the mill of the show jumping world - some of the A circuit trainers are unbelievably cruel and demanding, and an older horse is often considered a "throwaway" to be used up and discarded. So we took him for next to nothing on the promise that we'd never sell him and he'd have a retirement home at the end of his career. Sorrento was the kindest horse, and a joy to ride. Polish Warmbloods are part Arab, so he looked like a big white carousel horse. Will post pics of both if I can dig them up.

For what it's worth, I used to love riding my horses in new snow. They're amazingly perceptive, and seem to have a sixth sense about where to put their feet. I used to lecture my SO about the mounted forest rangers when he and his hooligan college mates went MTBing on illegal trails in Cincinnati. A mounted forest ranger can easily outrun a MTB'er on anything but the smoothest trail, as the horse will cruise through uneven ground and climb steep terrain flat-out. And the kicker? Horses learn pretty quickly, and really dig the "game" of chasing things that run away from them, including mountain bikers! It took a couple of really expensive tickets and one confiscated bike before the guys caught on.
Eat. Drink. Be Merry.mr_spin
Nov 22, 2001 7:29 AM
Personally, I just don't care about how much weight I put on. First of all, I enjoy eating and drinking too much not to do it. Second, I don't feel that I have to watch my weight on a daily basis. I like to think more long term. I know that I can maintain my weight over time, so I just don't worry about it anymore. Seems to work for me.