"Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks."
~ Judith B. Jones
This is a wonderful quote to ponder, don't you think? Especially so close to Thanksgiving!
Today I am working out the final details of our holiday dinner ... talking it over with my mum, looking through my folder, writing out final lists. We usually stick to a pretty familiar meal plan but we also like to work in a few new twists. There must, of course, be roast turkey - as well as stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie ... but we can have a little fun with apps, drinks, desserts and sides. Are you trying any new recipes this year?
I thought you might like to hear what we're serving next Thursday ... and if you have a moment, I'd love to hear about your dinner plans!
Drinks & Apps
Thanksgiving Cocktail: cran-apple bourbon punch
Also: cold beer, cider, wine, asst. soda
baked brie with figs and pistachios
sweet and sour cippolini with goat cheese on crostini
stuffing (plain and "dressed up")
cranberry sauce (canned and homemade)
peas and/or beans
soft dinner rolls
assorted pies (tbd)
cranberry spice cake
maple cream liqueur (if I have time!)
and perhaps ...
(because they just sound uncommonly good)
Now, my friends, I must stress to you all that I am not making all of this (or even most of it) myself! My mum does the bulk of the cooking, while family and friends bring along contributions. I generally make a couple of desserts and an appetizer or two, the biscuits/muffins as well as the signature cocktail. I do love to cook, but I especially enjoy organizing tables and dishes and centerpieces and trying to be sure the house is all tidy and arranged for comfortable socializing ...
Which is why I have all these lists!
Speaking of lists, I'm also working on my Advent plans this week because the season comes up rather quickly once Thanksgiving is over. Lots to think about, much to plan ... but I will talk more about that subject next Monday when we gather for tea.
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Thursday ... see you here again very soon!