New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher STEPHANIE FERGUSON, Managing Editor
Tuesday, December 3, 1991 HeraA&’Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Page 5Harald-Zeltung
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A subtle lesson in thankfulness
EditorialsRemember to shop New Braunfels first
Before heading for the big city on a gift-buying spree this holiday season, remember to shop New Braunfels first.
Every year residents are asked to keep their dollars at home and every year residents find an excuse to take them to San Antonio, Austin or Houston.
The excuse, “I can’t find what I want in New Braunfels” is getting a little lame.
Why not take the time this weekend to sec what New Braunfels has to offer this holiday season, and every day for that matter.
New Braunfels has speciality shops downtown. It has a retail mall with more than 50 stores. It has department stores, hardware stores, craft stores, and a number of shopping centers brimming with holiday gift ideas.
And you simply will not find friendly New Braunfels service in a hectic, big city mail.
Most local merchants will wrap those special gifts at no charge.
Most local merchants will hold gifts for you until Christmas Eve if you have nosey family members.
And most local merchants will go the extra mile to find the perfect gift for you in the unlikely event they don’t have what you want in stock.
Remember, if your gift-buying dollars stay at home this year the generated sales tax revenue will benefit us all.
Conversely, if you head north or south on Interstate 35 on a shopping venture remember you are taking with you dollars that could have benefited everybody in New Braunfels.Get involved with city’s bond package
Town meetings — sponsored by the New Braunfels City Council — began yesterday so officials could receive input from residents on what should be included in a future bond election package. /
Residents now have the perfect opportunity to talk to their representatives about street improvements, drainage and other needed improvements.
A number of residents in District 3 turned out Monday for the first of four meetings. And residents in District 1,2 and 4 have the opportunity to have their voices heard on Dec. 5, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 respectively.
Deciding what projects will be included in a future bond election is not an easy chore. So, let your voices be heard now instead of complaining later. The city leaders are giving you a chance.
Today’s editorials were written by Stephanie Ferguson, managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zettung.
President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500
U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Bldg.
Washington. D C. 20510
As a newlywed, I ventured out on Thanksgiving Day for the new experience of dinner at my in-laws. The day turned out to be more horizon-broadening than I expected.
My new extended-family members were not the only people who I shared the holiday with. My brother-in-law invited a guest to the feast who had nowhere else to go.
Goran, a student from Croatia has been in the United States for eight months and is living in Austin, attending the community college there. His homeland is going through political turmoil as Croatians struggle to try to assert their independence from Soviet-dominated Yugoslavia.
“This is definitely the best lunch I have ever had,” Goran said as he finished off some turkey and cornbread dressing. “I can see why Americans have such large cars, because they eat so much.”
Goran has been working in the computer lab at the college and freelancing to put personal computers together to sell to individuals. He is now getting paid after having his pay held for a long time due to problems with his foreign student status.Robert Stewart
His parents in Croatia have been unable to send him any money because of the oppressive situation there. Yugoslavia is a Socialist Federal Republic and is militarily quashing Croatia’s attempts at establishing independence.
Goran had never seen a pecan or cactus before and did not understand the concept of a sweet potato.
“This is a potato that has been sweetened?,” he asked.
Family members explained to him that it was actually a different variety of potato and retrieved one from the kitchen for him to see as he was eating those that had been prepared.
He also had an extra slice of the pecan pie, noting that Americans
seem to like to eat a lot of sweet foods.
Someone asked him if he had ever had fried chicken. “Of course!” he exclaimed as if the questioner was crazy. “We have chickens.”
Goran was given a tour of the grounds of my in-laws’ ranch, known as the “Funny Farm,” near Elgin, outside of Austin.
He participated in a search for arrowheads in the pasture which yielded four on that day — just what he would expect to find in Texas.
Back at the house, he was amazed and perhaps heart-warmed when he saw a painting of an angel in the hallway.
“This is the very same picture that
my grandmother has,” he said. .\
My father-in-law and Goran started ; talking about computers and set of! for an hour into a mish-mash of teimi-1 nology and numbers that left the rest * of us dazed. Apparently, “megs”, “VGA’s” and “modems” are a universal language. ■
Upon hearing that I was a reporter, Goran was curious and then was shocked when I told him that I moni- v tored the police radio scanner to find ; out what was happening in town.
“It is legal for you to listen to police radio?”, he asked. I assured him it was ; but he was skeptical.
As we left Elgin to make a stop at' ! my parents’ house in Temple, I told; ; Goran that I hoped things would get \ better in his homeland.
He shrugged and said “Well...," as I if to say he didn’t think they would v very soon.
As he left, he took with him a better understanding of American family life — as well as the arrowheads and the sweet potato. And we knew a little bit more about just what we have to be thankful for.
Robert Stewart if • staff wrier for the New Braunfels Herald-Zcitunf.Your representatives
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith U.S. House of Representatives District 21 (Comal County) * 422 Cannon Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510
U.S. Rep. Greg Laughlin U.S. House of Representatives District 14 (Guadalupe County) 1713 Longworth Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510
Texas Gov. Ann Richards Governor s Office State Capitol Austin. Texas 78711
Just what we need—a dull day
Let’s face it, Thanksgiving can be a drag. It’s a good, uniquely American holiday bul it isn’t very exciting. The Macy’* parade is no replacement for the Super Bowl. We can all use an unexciting day wee in a while.
The best entertainment of the day, except for football on television, is watching someone, usually the father, carve the turkey. The rest of the family sits around the table laughing at how bad he is at it.
I’m going to tell you how I carve a turkey. Not how TO carve one but how I carve one. I’m not an expen ... I’m an experienced amateur. We’ve had two turkeys a year for 40 years.
Those are my credentials.
The platter should be huge, plain white and warm when the turkey is put on it. There shouldn’t be any pictures of anything on the platter. Specifically, the platter shouldn’t have a picture of a turkey on it. No one about to eat a turkey dinner wants to be reminded that, until recently, dinner was a happy, carefree bird.
To begin, make sure you have a couple of good knives. You need at least two, and Ute dull knife with the blade seven inches long that came with the set you got as a wedding present isn’t one of themAndy Rooney
You need a short knife with a strong blade and you need a slicer with a long, thin, narrow blade. Ten inches is the absolute minimum length. My favorite slicer is 14 inches. I’ve had it for so long and sharpened it so often that it’s less than an inch wide now. It’s carbon steel, not stainless, and it’s razor sharp. You can’t buy carbon steel knives anymore. It’s pan of the world conspiracy for improving things by making them worse. I'hey tell you stainless is just as good but it isn’t.
Keep a sharpening steel on the table. Don’t forget, when you carve a turkey you’re in show business, so give the blade a few licks on the steel before you stan carving — even if it doesn’t need it.
The first cut you make is hard and important. And it isn’t neat, either. You want lo remove the
whole leg from the body of the bird, so you make a guess about where the joint is, make a cut and then apply a lot of pressure with a strong fork to break the joint and force the leg away from the body. It’s not a dainty operation.
Once you gel the leg off, you need a smaller platter for the turkey you’re culling. You need someone else working to put the mashed potatoes, squash and stuffing on the plates, too, because you have to keep this show moving, lf you don’t, the first person served sits there with food in from of him or her for IS minutes while you serve the others.
Next, the wing. This is even harder than removing the leg because the joint is harder to find. I usually give up trying to be Mr. Nice Guy and I grab the wing with my left hand and twist, while I cut the joint with the knife in my right
I’ve heard of people who carve the turkey in the kitchen md bring it to the table all sliced. There isn’t a man alive who wouldn't rather carve the turkey in the kitchen where no one can see him, but that isn’t the way the game is played. The look of the whole turkey on the platter with everyone al the table is one of the good sights of the year. The turkey should be bigger than you need.
Slicing the white meat is the fun part because it’s easy.
It’s easier if the turkey has been out of the oven for about 20 minutes. The slices should be as dun as you can make them. I sum at the from of the breast and slice almost — IKM qafce — perpendicular to the body of the bird. After I’ve cut four or five smaller slices that way, I start slicing the side of the breast.
The trouble rn most homes is that everyone wants white meat or everyone wants dark meat- hi our house, everyone wants dark meat, so we try to invite someone in for Thanksgiving who likes white meal. We don't want arty guests who like dark meat.
Slay tuned. Next week, maybe I'll tell you how I make the gravy.
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