This week on Everything is Fine

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This week we’re having a rather chill holiday-week conversation about eBay shopping, the joy of Bad Sisters, the new Selena Gomez documentary, side dishes and Thanksgiving, the pall of the Christmas season, being haunted by old objects, why sometimes you just need to go to f*cking IKEA, plus listener questions and more! Please do listen in, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Audible, or wherever you get your podcasts. And allow me to lodge this gentle reminder that we have merch now! Check it out!

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    D.Morgendorffer
    21 Nov 2022
    12:53pm

    Recent parental health stuff means I am in charge of Thanksgiving for the first time ever. My parents’ health stuff includes they lost too much weight and we’re doing our best to build their weight back up (so many cases of Ensure have been purchased…). My question is, creamed spinach: with cream cheese or without? While I’m doing best to fatten them up, I don’t want to go overboard or do anything that doesn’t taste good. So, any advice from creamed spinach experts/holiday food scholars among y’all will be much appreciated. If menu context is helpful, we’re doing turkey, cornbread-French bread dressing, green beans and/or asparagus, cranberry sauce, Heavenly Hash, chocolate sourdough bread pudding, and cherry cobbler. My mother is genetically responsible for family members’ unconditional love of spinach and Waffle House pecan waffles (not together) so I want to include spinach. Thanks again for any side dish wisdom that y’all can impart.

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      JLW
      21 Nov 2022
      2:35pm

      I havent made this, but here’s a copycat recipe for Morton’s creamed spinach, including 4 oz cream cheese…and good luck to you and your parents: https://dinnerthendessert.com/classic-steakhouse-creamed-spinach/

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      lara
      22 Nov 2022
      9:54am

      I like my spinach with boursin cheese. As much fresh spinach as I can cram into a pot plus 1/3 of a round of boursin. Cook on medium with lid on for ~5 minutes, stir once spinach starts to wilt

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      Selina
      22 Nov 2022
      9:20pm

      I love Ina Garten’s Spinach Gratin! It’s a bit rich, and really reminds me more of xmas. But we love it so it’s joined Thanksgiving too!

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      Kim France
      21 Nov 2022
      1:19pm

      Whatever you do, D., don’t overpower the creamed spinach with too much nutmeg! Use just a dash! I have experienced SO MANY creamed spinaches ruined by too much nutmeg. Aside from that, I have no helpful advicve.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        21 Nov 2022
        1:24pm

        Oh, I do appreciate that insight!

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      cw
      21 Nov 2022
      1:57pm

      Mashed potatoes made with cream rather than milk and lots of butter plus gravy is always good for some poundage. Ice cream or whipped cream to go with the cherry cobbler. When my mother began losing weight we also turned to Ensure. Plus, her dr. suggested smaller more frequent meals because my mother was sometimes intimidated by a large plate of food. Fingers crossed for all of you.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        22 Nov 2022
        5:03pm

        Oh my gosh, thank you! I’m getting both cream cheese and Boursin: whichever doesn’t get used with the spinach will still get used because this is a house where no cheese goes uneaten.

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    MJ
    21 Nov 2022
    11:23am

    I just have to go to IKEA for the white paper napkins, the food department and my favorite kitchen tool, the 365+ HJÄLTE turner. Plus, I could use a new wooden flatware tray. This could be a whole post on its own for GOACA, Kim.

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      cw
      21 Nov 2022
      1:58pm

      Some of my favorite pandemic viewing was watching Ikea hacks on youtube.

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    themis
    22 Nov 2022
    11:21am

    I have to laugh at you guys trying to clean up your language because of comments you’ve gotten on your podcast. I hosted an early holiday get-together a couple of weeks ago with my elderly sisters-in-law, in which they traveled to my home and stayed almost a week. One morning, after the neighbors had kept me up until 2 am playing cornhole in their back yard, they once again started up their ongoing redneck tourney at 10a sharp. So I commented, ‘Oh, it’s ten am, it must be time for fucking cornhole-!’ And a while later the most elderly of the sisters cornered me and did that managerial thing where someone invents a story about how they used to have a particular character flaw that they now see in you, but once they addressed it, they found life ever so much more pleasant. And in my case the problem was that my “sense of humor was too acerbic.” And that she was genuinely concerned about my state of mind, and that she hoped I would one day rediscover gentleness and grace in my heart.
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    Needless to say, I was gobsmacked to be corrected in my own home, where I normally feel safe and comfortable and well, yes, humor is my stress response and the in-laws generally really stress me out. All because I slipped an f-bomb into my casual commentary. At any rate, these are truly trying fucking times . Your podcast is *your* home, where you are chatting with your bestie and you are both so genuinely yourselves, which makes it a joy to listen to. I hope that you don’t adjust your comfort level to some imaginary pearl-clucthing audience, and I hope you continue to crack each other up.

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      JC
      22 Nov 2022
      11:42am

      themis, I fucking love you. We’d be friends IRL I’m sure.

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      MJ
      22 Nov 2022
      12:05pm

      With my neighbors, it’s the f*cking fire pit, drinking with friends around said f*cking fire pit until all hours, on summer nights when the temperature reaches bowel of hell highs in an area where open windows ARE the air conditioning because nobody has air conditioning. The fire pit is not operational on cool nights or cold nights, only on the ones when you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. F*cking neighbors. Then there’s the one with the smoker, also operational only in extreme heat, never in spring, fall or winter or even coolish summer nights when the windows are closed.

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