Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We interrupt this blog to bring you...

... a realistic and true non-glossed-over look at my bare kitchen countertop:

Ready? One, two, three, EWWWWW. How did THAT happen? Usually the grimy part is covered with stuff: a utensil jar, a spice rack. And the grime just stays out of sight, and multiplies, apparently.

In my defense, my house HAS been a construction zone for over a month. Our new bathroom in Binghamton, which my sainted father-in-law has been doggedly working on, is almost done, and faultlessly beautiful. I will reveal it after Thanksgiving.

This week, I need to interrupt the all-Gilbertsville-all-the-time party that's consumed my head, and get it into the action. Thursday, we go to Maryland for Thanksgiving with Patrick's family. Friday, we drive back (four hours). Saturday, we host my family at our house, for an Official but Not-Actually-Official Thanksgiving meal.

The menu goes a little something like this:

White bean and Kale Stuffed Squash with Sage
Mom's Stuffing (which I am outsourcing this year; she makes it better than I ever could.)
Broccolini with Smoked Paprika and almonds
Brussels Sprout Slaw with glazed pecans
Scalloped Potatoes with Fennel
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry Chutney
Pumpkin Pie with Caramel-pecan topping
Brown Sugar Pecan Cupcakes

I'm starting to feel just a little bit gleeful about the whole thing. I love this day. I love hosting (something I haven't done since JUNE!) and I love cooking. I love following exciting new recipes, with their unexpected plot twists and ingredient combinations. Smoked paprika and almonds. Brussels sprouts and pecans. Oooo. Aaahhh. This is going to be fun.

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? I'm happy to begin the joyous landslide toward Christmas. I'm happy for snow. It's a good season of life.


Natalie said...

Yum, your menu sounds delicious! Sounds like you have a few days of great family time ahead. I love this time of year as well. I am a nerd for family time. So I am ready to snuggle around the living room and chat with everyone.

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