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Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Holiday Season Has Commenced! Shopping, Famous people, Cooking...





Friday, I had a stupid busy day- pretty much like everyone reading this! It started with our semi-annual sales meeting and performance review- the day before we all go forth into 4 days no work and Holiday fun! What weenie decided this was a good time for employee reviews? All went well actually, and then I was off to return home to cook 10lbs of Kielbasa sausage for one of my customers' Holiday lunch party! Simmered in wheat beer and hauled to the customer in my Nesco roaster, it was a big hit. On the way out there, I discovered I had forgotten the horseradish sauce, so a side bar into the deli to grab some. Guy says "Weren't you just here? Why didn't you pick it up then?" I said something filled with holiday cheer like "Get bent" and was on my way... I then went onto the busiest street in Western Michigan (28th St., for reference!),went into a restaurant to pick up a gift certificate for a retirement party at another customer! Dropped that off, with proper best wishes to a guy I had never met before, and headed for a little shopping. Little is right! Home to grab the wife and head for our club- to sit and talk with old friends in a party-like atmosphere.
This morning, I had to pickup the last few items for the upcoming feasts. Scored a really beautiful standing rib at Meijers, and was walking out the door of the store, when an old guy in a sport coat, loud Christmas tie, hanging on to a wheeled walker says "Good Morning!" I say hi and keep moving, when suddenly it registers-That's Fred Meijer! I go back and chat with him a bit, saying who I am and letting him know I graduated high school with his son, Hank. This Man Is A Billionare. For Real. I got to shake hands and wish hima Merry Christmas! No security, no bodyguards-welcome to Midsized City, USA! Got home, started that Key Lime Cheesecake, and what I hope turns out to be Stollen bread (a rich, dried/candied fruit yeast bread, made around Christmas). While everything was rising or cooking, I made those Nachos El Grande for our lunch! By the time that bread is done- I will be too!

15 comments:

Dana said...

Key Lime Cheesecake? If it's ANY type of cheesecake it has to be fabulous!

Jen said...

busy, busy! I wish you the merriest Christmas ever!

Roger said...

Sounds all good! Pretty cool meeting Ol'Fred!!

Beth said...

Thanks alot Buff....nachos will now become a holiday tradition in my house! But my boys will LOVE you!!!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

BTW...any good recipes for some kind of "breakfast casserole" I can throw in the oven in the morning and forget about it?

doggybloggy said...

a gazillionaire meat man...that is priceless...happy holidays...

Palm Springs Savant said...

wow looks like yours is the place to be this Christmas. Nice blog u have here

Akelamalu said...

You're going to be a busy bee!

Happy Christmas Buffalo to you and your family, may it be everything you're hoping for. x

buffalodickdy said...

dana- The cheesecake posted is not finished yet- this morning I put the strawberry glaze on it, and tomorrow it gets the sliced Kiwi fruit. The master of overkill lives!!!!
jen- Welcome back! Merry Christmas to you too! Darn it! Where's some mistletoe when you really need it?
rog- He is a neat guy in his mid 80s'. When younger, he used to go out to the parking lot and help employees return carts to the store. They have hundreds of stores in the Midwest- he doesn't have to do this stuff to supplement Social Security...
Beth- Try that casserole- It's a sure hit!
Dogb- Hope you're having a great time! Today, temp dropped 20+ degrees in 2 hrs.! Now 22F with wind chill at 5F!!!
ps savant- Thanks for stopping in! See comment above about weather- nobody wants to be here!
Ake- Telling you to enjoy Christmas is like telling a kid in a candy store to have fun! I'll say "Best wishes for your Happy New Year instead!

HAR said...

Where do you find the energy. I have been crabby as hell today rushing around like a nut.

Odat said...

Wow..that sure sounds like a busy day!

That cheesecake sounds wonderful......too bad that gazillairre didn't give you some!
I just got done making the easiest chocolate truffles in the world...I'm not a baker...but they sure taste great....

And finally, in case I don't make it back til after Christmas...Have a wonderful one...and thank you just for being here, my friend!

Peace to you and yours.

Akelamalu said...

Ah you're so right Buff! :) Thankyou and it's been a pleasure getting to know you this year.

urban vegan said...

I think Xmas shouls be held every 4 years, like the Olympics. Cool that you got to meet Fred Meijer--although I must admit that I don;t know who he is.

Hapy holidays!

Anndi said...

You're making me hungry...

Merry Christmas to you and the Missus dear!

(don't forget Santa's cookies... or at least leave him a slice of the yummy cheesecake!)

Casdok said...

mmmmmmmm as usual!
Hope you have a lovely christmas! x

Preposterous Ponderings said...

Merry Christmas to you!