We give thanks, except for Brussels sprouts

What did Brussels do to deserve the sprout? Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the Good Life pages are stuffed with recipes, including turkey, gravy, cheese tarts and Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

Normally, The Buzz does not abide a veggie that packs the stench of a full head of cabbage into one sprout, but any recipe with bacon deserves a chance. We advise adjusting the ingredients just a bit by using 11/2 pounds of bacon and four Brussels sprouts.

Elbows off the table: Good Life also refers you to the Emily Post Web site for a brush-up on table setting and etiquette, including whispering “FHB” — Family Hold Back — as a signal that Dad and others need to leave the last dinner roll, piece of pumpkin pie or Brussels sprout for guests.

The Buzz has its own helpful acronym: FSB! — which stands for “Family Stand Back!” when the 20-pound turkey is dropped into the deep-fat frying barrel.

He’ll be home for Christmas: U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Series of Tubes, has lost his bid for re-election.

When the family gathers around the turkey, The Buzz plans to give thanks to the great state of Alaska, Uncle Ted and Gov. Sarah Palin for making our job so much fun.

IJon Bauer, Herald staff

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