Just one short week stands between us and the string of winter holidays beginning with Thanksgiving. As the planning commences, why not consider adding a salad to your menus?
This time of the year, when the days darken and the chill creeps in, I find the striking colors and flavors of the season to be an even more important part of the mealtime ritual — a kind of physical and mental reinvigoration. Beginning with good quality fresh, seasonal ingredients, these recipes offer balance and lightness to otherwise heavy meals. Not only that, each on its own is a balance of flavors, colors and textures, and could stand as a light lunch as well.
Show your festive tables and your guests a little extra love these holidays with something beautiful and healthy!
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
As you read this we’re preparing a Thanksgiving toast with his parents who’ve just arrived from Wisconsin.
Usually my husband and I clink to each other with glasses of a good red or simple sparkling wine. For this extra special celebration — our home’s first holiday guests — we chose an extra special sparkly quaff! Thyme Ginger Cava Cocktails.
I’m having a hard time believing that holiday season is just around the corner. Nevertheless, happy almost Thanksgiving week! The next five days will be devoted to readying our home for his parents’ stay, then preparing and sharing the feast. This is a milestone year for us: the first holiday celebrated in our home with guests. Let’s hope they’re ready for our quirky turkey tradition: smoked legs eaten caveman-style. It’s a shameless, napkin-heavy affair.
Aside from food, drink, (football) and company, the name tells us exactly why this holiday is so wonderful — thanks-giving. A lot happened in my life this year. Some incredible, some much the opposite. But even when things become tough to handle, there is always much to be thankful for. My husband, for his devotion, brilliance, strength and goofiness; the over-poured glasses of wine and culinary adventures; his ability to both rein me back in to reality and shoot my happiness beyond the moon. My family and friends, for love and unwavering encouragement, chuckles and high fives. Colleagues, faith, health, work, our home, the crazy cat, no hurricanes… Truly so much contributes to this blessed life we have.
How about you? What are you thankful for? A promotion, learning of an addition to your family, a great new coffee roast, personal health triumphs, roses that flourish in spite of frost, a winning fantasy football team? Do share!
In the meantime, grab a warm beverage, put up your feet and check out my favorite links below.
Cheers and Wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate, Heather
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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:
- November is Warrior Care Month, created to honor the strength and resilience of wounded, injured and ill military personnel + their families and caregivers. Show your strength by supporting recovery and reintegration of our nation’s service men and women.
- For a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, a friend, or a comrade in arms who’s lost, everyday is Veteran’s Day. Everyday is Memorial Day. This NPR piece is powerful. Almost too real.
- Since we’re talking rice on the blog this week, an additional 3 fail-safe methods for cooking it. Intrigued by Ottolenghi’s tray-baking. (p.s. Dad, please send more curry leaves.)
- Staying healthy for the holidays. Suggestion #7 flies in the face of Joey’s approach to the Thanksgiving meal, buuuut it’s probably for the better.
- A wealth of helpful information that could certainly come in handy this week can be found on pages 1072 and 1073 of The Joy of Cooking.
- Rosemary twig place cards for your holiday table setting.
- Thanksgiving week’s pinned words of wisdom.
A few things from HGN:
- Basmati rice + a recipe for my Fragrant Indian Pilaf.
- Only 5 more weeks until 2015, so book a session bundle with me and start the new year already with a bang!
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