The Taste of Thanksgiving

IMG_2714IMG_2509Thanksgiving has arrived and as we are being consumed by the hectic craziness of the holiday season, time appears to be a luxury that most cannot afford. Days have become frenetically involved with meetings; taking care of Heath or testing savory dishes to serve over the holidays. But, today we are going to stop for a few moments to give thanks and appreciate the company of one another.

Last week after an extremely late meeting I came home to relax by walking several miles. This is a necessary step to help clear my mind after a hectic day and while walking my thoughts wandered. As I moved through the neighborhood I began to think of all for which I was grateful, when all of a sudden I was back in second grade…. {don’t laugh} remembering a story our class read called Nail Soup, which goes like this:

A beggar stops at a cottage that belongs to a grumpy old lady, hoping to scrounge a bed for the night. The woman offers him the floor and insists there’s no food in the house. “In that case,” declares the traveler, “I’ll have to share what I’ve got with you.” He pulls a rusty old nail from his pocket and starts to make — nail soup! All it needs is a garnish or two. The woman’s neighbors stop by adding vegetables, meats and spices to the pot. And, before the end of the story everyone has contributed all the necessary items to make a delicious pot of soup.

I would read this heart-warming tale over and over thinking how clever this beggar had been to bring people together over a meal for which they could all be thankful. 

Have an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving holiday!







Thanksgiving Prep

IMG_0854 IMG_2714{French bread to be toasted in oven for dressing and herbs from the garden; rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and parsley to make gravy and dressing}

The cooler weather, festive decorations have me excitedly anticipating the holidays! Although, I still have our pumpkins on the front porch along with colorful leaves spiraling the stairwell, I prefer to enjoy the fall and keep the Christmas decorations put away until after Thanksgiving.

IMG_2719{A few dahlias remain in the garden, which I hope to pick for decorating the holiday table}

Over the last few years I partake in a few annual traditions that are a must to feel the season is well underway. The Friday before Thanksgiving, NPR’s Susan Stamberg does her yearly rendition on how to make “Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish” and another local radio station begins playing seasonal tunes, which are great to cook meals by or to wrap gifts.

Preparations have begun at Heath for a very quiet Thanksgiving dinner. Our big family meal is going to be during Christmas when the entire group can come together for nostalgia and holiday hilarity!!

Recipe for Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish Recipe from NPR
2 cups raw cranberries
1 small onion
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons horseradish
Grind the cranberries and onion together. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Put in a plastic container and freeze. An hour before serving, move the container from the freezer to the refrigerator compartment to thaw. The relish will be thick, creamy, and shocking pink.

Makes 1 1/2 pints.

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