My 2010 Thanksgiving Adventure At Rhonda’s

Oh, my. As I explained in yesterday’s post, I drive down to L.A. every year for Turkey Dinner at the home of my friend Rhonda, the Emmy-winning producer of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Rhonda (Cubs fan) hosts about 15 people and the food is always to die for, but the experience can be fraught with peril for a Yankee fan. Among those present again this year were Mary Ann (Yankees/baseball hater), along with her son Antonio (Dodger fan). 
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Also in attendance were TV show host and interior designer Jennifer Farrell and her TV producer boyfriend Mike (Cubs fan).
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Two newcomers/innocents this year were Rhonda’s friends Alison and Gail, who read yesterday’s blog and thought it was hilarious but had no inkling of the truly bad blood to come.
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As in past years, Rhonda set a magnificent table for us.
And the meal was better than ever – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, Brussel sprouts, string bean casserole, salad (and that was AFTER the hors d’oeuvres that consisted of shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs and all sorts of delicious cheeses, plus copious amounts of wine and champagne). I don’t remember ever stuffing myself the way I did last night.
It was during the dessert buffet that things turned ugly. As I mentioned yesterday, I brought a chocolate fudge cake instead of my usual apple pie/tart/crisp because Mary Ann decided to make an apple dessert herself and one-up me. My cake was a big hit, especially with the side of whipped cream. But….well, let me show you.
First, Mike, the Cubs fan, irked me when he brought up Jeter in a taunting, thoroughly irritating way.
He did go on to say that he thought the Yankees should offer Jeter another year and more money, given what he’s meant to the team, but the damage was done; he had raised the dreaded Jeter-as-Red-Sock issue. And so I dragged him over to the dessert buffet, lowered his head into the bowl of whipped cream next to my chocolate cake and made him pay. He’s a nice guy, but a girl’s gotta do…
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I was back at the table, minding my own business and enjoying my dessert, until Mary Ann and I had a testy exchange. She has a lovely smile, but don’t be fooled; she speaks pure poison.
Since she liked my chocolate cake so much, there was only one way to punish her for her Yankees bashing.
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She retaliated by shooting some whipped cream AND chocolate cake at me.
Even Rhonda’s cat Tooey looked a little frightened.

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Just another Thanksgiving. Can’t wait till next year, although I may not have to. Rhonda invited us all back for Easter. Oh boy.



    Well…that musta been SOMETHING. Especially be-cuz I’ve tried 3 times to play Mary Ann’s nasty-gram, but the system keeps saying ‘an error occurred.’ Well — all I can say is — if she’s a Yankee AND a beisbol hater — FUHGEDDABOUT her!!
    And, after all…getting abuse from CUBS fans is about as impactful as having your home’s color scheme critiqued by Stevie Wonder and Jose Feliciano. I mean, come ON…
    But we fellow bloggers are so glad that Our She-Fan was there to represent Da Boyz with class, style, and taste. As would be done by Curly, Larry, and Moe (nyuk nyuk nyuk)! And what did I tell you, young lady…did you bring the Tabasco? HMMM??
    Glad it was a fabulous feast. We too ate like starving dogs…turkey with all the trimmin’s…the wife’s big experiment this year was getting a Ready-Made Cannoli Kit from Costco…you buy the pre-baked cannoli “shells,” then add the creamy stuff, chill, and EAT. Most Yummy. Diane and her Eye-talian in-laws would be horrified…but hey, my wife is Greek…so whadda we know? Now, baklava, THAT’S different…!!

  2. Jane Heller

    So weird that you can’t play Mary Ann’s video, Dave. I just looked at it again and it was fine. Hm. So you stuffed yourself too? It’s so hard not to when you’ve got all that great food just sitting there begging to be eaten! There’s such a thing as a “cannoli kit?” Who knew?

  3. abby1306

    I love the story, Jane. I really wish I could have been there to support you – ha ha! But apparently you defended the Yanks pretty good, your friends should realize that they’ll always end up with some food in their faces (admit it, in this case A.J. was your role model – lol!) as soon as they dare it to bash the Yankees. πŸ™‚
    I love the pics and the videos, now we have the right impression of the good and bad things you had to go through. And it’s always good to know the faces to the stories… πŸ˜‰
    Great to hear that you had a nice Thanksgiving and everybody loved your chocolate cake! My mom promised me to celebrate Thanksgiving with me next year, so maybe then I’ll bother you all with giving me your recipes, lol. Maybe one day, Europe will follow that tradition.

    I just read on a blog, that Close allegedly asked for a 6-year, $150 Million deal. Mmmh, don’t know if that’s true, but can they please just talk about it and end up with a deal that satisfies everybody? Like…now!? I’m not a very patient person… πŸ˜‰ Same with Mo! I think if they also tell him to “test the market”, he could be gone soon. I’m guessing every team wants to sign the best closer in the Major League!

    – Nadine

  4. Jane Heller

    I wish you’d been there to support me, Nadine. We would have made a good team. (I guess AJ was my role model – what a thought!). I do hope you can celebrate Thanksgiving over there one of these years. I’d be glad to give you the chocolate cake recipe for any occasion though. I read the same thing about Jeter’s camp and what they’re supposedly looking for in a contract. I honestly don’t know what to believe but, if true, he and the Yankees are VERY far apart. I’m hoping they’ll come up with a compromise that will satisfy everybody and end the stand off. Mo seems like an easier problem for the Yankees. All he wants is two years, not six. So they should give it to him!

    The Jeter thing is stressful to read about, Virginia. It feels like Mommy and Daddy are fighting and thinking about getting a divorce. LOL. Maybe they need one of those conflict mediators that try to negotiate peace in the Middle East.

  5. Jane Heller

    Sorry to disappoint you, Jeff, but there WAS no mild weather! It was in the 20s last night and I nearly froze driving home. We’ve been in the big chill for a few days now and it doesn’t feel very California-ish. And yes, you did warn me about Cubs fans. πŸ™‚

  6. ooaooa

    Let me at these hacks for 15 minutes next year and they will all be tugging on the wish bone wanting to sign the yankee fan applications I will gladly supply. Also, the brussel sprouts with dinner are indicative of a larger problem.

  7. blithescribe

    Well it was certainly generous and team spirited for the veteran dessert maker to make adjustments so the rookie could contribute. She Fan is a team player! And it’s nice to know that everyone involved can both dish it out and take it…in the face no less! Hey, it’s posted on the internet so it has to be true, right? πŸ˜‰

    In all seriousness though, it sounds like a it was a good time and a great spread, and Rhonda really does set a gorgeous table!

  8. Jane Heller

    You’d be a force to be reckoned with, John. My friends wouldn’t know what hit them. So you don’t like Brussel sprouts? They’re a Thanksgiving staple! Michael won’t touch them, but they’re my favorite.

  9. Jane Heller

    You’re right, blithescribe. I WAS a team player by switching to the chocolate dessert. Lol. And yes, Rhonda does such a great job not only with the table but with the entire meal. She makes going there every year a treat, despite the sparring about baseball.

  10. Jane Heller

    Ridge wasn’t there, Paul. LOL. But I sat next to Rhonda at dinner and she gave me her annual scoop about what will happen next on the show. None of it will shock you as we’ve seen it before. (Yes, it involves Ridge-Brooke-Taylor.)

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