December 01, 2009

T'was the Night Before Good Eats special

The software I use to download the cool screen captures and my video from TIVO to the Mac isn't playing well with the new OS Snow Leopard, so while I devise a work around to being sans graphics I will ask: what did everyone think of Alton Brown's Christmas offering on Monday night? Also, if you're looking for the recipes, check here, I transcribed them.

I found it interesting AB took a look into the historical aspect of the holiday. It reminded of a condensed version of the History Channel's "The History of Christmas." I watch that special almost every time it is on.

As for the cooking, the wassail isn't something that appealed to me. ( I don't like eggnog either!) The duck, I don't know about it as well. The sugar plums, those looked tasty.

Was it me or was the Sugar Plum Fairy the most annoying GE character ever? I was hoping the great actress who plays the Mother of Culinary Invention would've been the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Loved the Charles Dickens segment. Probably the best part of the whole episode.

21 comments:

Bill said...

I loved the whole entire episode, and Alton pretty much just planned my whole Christmas day feast, wassail included! Plan on doing a goose though, and saw crab apples at the store the other day. Saved it on the DVR! Excellent!

Mise En Place said...

Hey Bill :)
I was hoping for goose. I'm not a duck fan.

Lauren said...

I was hoping for Widdi as well. ;-)

THE Holly said...

Right there with you Lauren, I love it when both she and her cousin the Lady of the Refrigerator smack AB around. Since these were just filmed this summer and she was at the 10th Anniversary show, I figured she'd be in it. Has there been an episode with all 4 of those guys?

Me said...

I adored it. I've got the DVR set to record when it replays at 11pm later this week (I think.)

Loved the historical info, loved St. Nick, don't like the wassil (it took too much of the show!), optimistic about duck now (since it was COOKED and not rare like on the fancy cooking shows!), not sure about the dessert, and definitely no on the oyster dressing.

But hilarious! Can't wait to rewatch it, maybe on Xmas Eve.

Curt said...

I will have to wait to find the episode on the internet. It sounds like a great show and I can't wait to find it.

coffeeflvrdkiss said...

I loved it! 5 stars from me! ***** :D Only AB can mix cooking, history and theatrics in such a creative and funny way. I love Daniel Pettrow! <3 He made an amazing Dickens! :D

Mise En Place said...

@coffeeflvdkiss -- yeah Daniel was AWESOME as Dickens! Loved him!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone write down the sugar plum recipe? I can't find it posted anywhere on the internet yet. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recepies! food net's site still hasnt posted them!

oh, and as for the fairy being overly rude.. i beleive hes doing an homage to an old christmas movie, Scrooged. with Bill Murray. IMDB Link

Mise En Place said...

I figured it was a take on Scrooged... I just found the character annoying.

kjco said...

OK...so where can you find the names/bio/background info on the cast of this show???I recognized everyone but the Sugar Plum Fairy. Thought it might be his producer/wife because of the good chemistry. She was hilarious.

Janie said...

at times, I thought the Sugar Plum Fairy WAS played by the actress who plays the Lady of the Refigerator, I would like to know who she was too. I loved the episode, really put me in the Christmas Spirit!

kjco said...

Found this entry down to the bottom of the Good Eats wikipedia:
"Carolyn O'Neil:The Lady of the Refrigerator Dietitian O'Neil is a dietitian who occasionally shows up to discuss nutritional value of foods with Brown. She also plays The Lady of the Refrigerator (a parody of The Lady of the Lake), who occasionally appears in Brown's refrigerator to impart information about the food or cooking technique covered in the episode, and to tease and needle Brown."

Doesn't say anything about the Sugar Plum Fairy...yet.

Sweet Southern Comfort said...

The Sugar Plum fairy was truly SO annoying! I just watched the special a few minutes ago, and I found your blog while looking for the exact recipe for the sugar plums!
Great stuff, I'm following you for sure! :)

Jayne said...

Loved the whole show and would like my "Christmas" friends to view at least the 1st 10 mins ~ Can't find when it plays next.
Solstice celebrator.

Kristi said...

A gift in itself for a pagan soul! Loved the show!

Sarah said...

I think the sugar plum fairy was played by the same woman who played the Whole Foods florist in "If it ain't broccoli, don't fix it." I recognized the annoying voice right away :P

Is it just me, or did AB get beat up more than usual in this episode?

Nathan said...

"Was it me or was the Sugar Plum Fairy the most annoying GE character ever?"

Ack, I think I'm married to her! Otherwise, I'm eager to try the duck and oyster stuffing, possibly as a Christmas-Day-dinner thing.

Conrad Bladey (Peasant) said...

Folklore was really messed up. Take a look at a good reference page.
He got the entire concept of wassail absolutely wrong- no evidence of violence or threats ever and lambswool also wrong.....
google the

wassail epicenter

for real facts

Wireless.Phil said...

I consider Alton Brown more of a food chemist that explains things than your regular TV a chef, and for this I have to give him more credit for his explanations as to why things are done the way they are done.

I just watched the show on 12-09-10.

I wish I could have been there to watch him to prepare all that food and to eat all of that food (On more than one occasion).

Almost every channel runs all day specials of certain shows and I've asked the Food Network to do the same for Alton, but they have yet to do it?

Thank you Alton for all you have show us, but will never be able to really enjoy.

Phil