After finishing the prep last night for one of the biggest meals of the year, I realized just how lucky (and happy) I am to have a partner that I have the pleasure of cooking side by side with. It may just be the two of us on this Thanksgiving in California but the pleasure of the meal and the company is no less than if we had our whole clan here with us.
I am taking a break from cooking now, listening to Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe and watching the moisture drip down the living room window. I hope you all have a wonderful meal today and that you take pleasure in your good company.
On The Menu
Salt-Roasted Turkey with Lemon & Oregano
Greek Inspired Fresh Oregano and Giblet Pan Gravy
Mashed Garlic, Rosemary and Butter Red Potatoes
Rosemary Bread Stuffing with Prosciutto, Fennel and Lemon
Orange Cranberry Ginger Relish
Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/Cranberries, Bacon and Pecans
Shallots in Thyme Wine Sauce
Italian Marinated Mushrooms
Saturday, November 20, 2010
There is no a doubt that when “winter” arrives in
Now we are barreling towards Thanksgiving and I can happily say that Fall is all the way here and looking the way that it should (in my mind anyway) though with much more comfortable temperatures than what I have been accustomed to in
. This past week we decided to fully embrace fall by going on an Apple adventure to Apple Hill in New York . We caught Apple Hill at the end of the season and in the middle of the week, so it was not overly crowded and we got to really take our time chatting with the different purveyors. We also tried Cider donuts at each place that had them, and gave them stars (as only snooty know-it-all New Yorkers could) from 1-4 depending on proper sugar covering and flavoring, temperature, cake crumble, and proper frying. Camino, CA
Saturday, November 13, 2010
"Close you eyes, and open your hands, and I will give you a big surprise” she would sing as she walked down the stairs from her bedroom. My brother and I would stand eyes squeezed shut, hands cupped in front of us giggling and waiting. There was no surprise, we knew exactly what was coming as she placed green foil wrapped
Andes chocolate mints in our hovering hands. Nana always kept a box of Andes "hidden" in her dresser drawer, and throughout my childhood this rhyme always meant that we would be getting a chocolate treat. I can’t say that I ever loved these candies and if I did not connect them to my Nana I would probably never seek them out, but with this memory I am always happy when I see them.
Rob brought home a box of fancy peppermint chocolate truffles yesterday and they have me thinking of
Andes chocolates and Nana each time I eat one. So many of my memories with Nana are tied to food and sitting at the table, I just wish I had been as into food as I am now while she was still alive. Yes, I loved eating, but I had very little interest in cooking or learning about food. There are so many things I would ask her now that I never thought to when I had the chance.
Writing the last post on recipes had me thinking about the fact that I don’t seem to have any family recipes, either from my grandmother or my mother. There are certain recipes that I watched my mom make often enough that I know them by heart, but there are so many that I have no idea about. I find family recipes to be incredibly important to pass down, as important a tie to your family’s history as stories. I think I will have to make some moves to remedy this situation, especially once I have my fancy new recipe holder.
Monday, November 8, 2010
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Chocolat, from the novel by Joanne Harris, is the only movie of these three that did not include any truly sensual scenes between it’s main characters, but since Johnny Depp was one of them I think they can get away with it! The birthday feast for Armande’s (played by Judi Dench) is one that I think stays with anyone that has ever seen the movie. The pleasure shown in the cooking, serving and eating of that meal is by far one of my favorites.
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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, from the novel by Jorge Amado, is definitely the most sensual and least food oriented of the three. Though the main character runs a cooking class and, you are made to believe, spends a lot of her time preparing food, there is very little focus on the food. I understand that the book does go more in-depth with recipes and whatnot, but as with the movie it is more about love/sex than food. There is definitely a bit of humor, and it got a lot of attention when it was released, but I would not recommend as a foodie movie.
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Since I did a little research I will pass on to you my new list of (adapted from the novel) food movies:
A Good Year (2006)
That is all I have so far, I hope you will let me know of any others!