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Showing posts from November, 2014

Thanksgiving at the barn...

We arrived early enough to enjoy the sun, ate well enough to be filled with gratitude, laughed heartily, slept heavily, and woke up to a misty morning that beckoned a run through vines and oak trees. 
Thanksgiving was very good. 

Dinner before THE Thursday

Re-posting my Thanksgiving Eve dinner post from last year, because I'll be repeating the recipe at my home tomorrow...

I do my Thanksgiving grocery shopping the Sunday before The Big Day.

Every year I become a wee bit hysterical thinking about what I'll cook for dinner the days leading up to Thursday.

Both space (fridge packed with turkey fixings) and cooking time (I'm working on relishes, sauces, sides) are ultra limited during these pre-holiday days.

This year, I say: Hurrah for Carbonara.
Bacon, egg, Parmesan, pasta: AWESOME. 
Toss in some leftover butternut squash and roast off a cauliflower: FANTASTIC.
Pour a glass of Acacia 2012 Pinot Noir: AMAZING.

Acacia's 2012 Pinot Noir's velvet soft nose is full of rose with whispers of vanilla. The wine's earthiness and solid acidity are just right with the rich flavors of the pasta.

Spaghetti alla Butternut Squash Carbonara


5 slices thick cut bacon (cubed)
12 oz cooked butternut squash
2 egg yolks
1 cup Parmesan …

Giving thanks – and wine recommendations

Gratitude is soul food and among the many things that I am grateful for, I'm thrilled to share my Thanksgiving wine recommendations... 

(written for the Los Altos Town Crier)  

I’m thankful for my family and my children’s limitless curiosity that insists I experience the world anew. I’m thankful for my husband’s laughter because it fills our home with playfulness. I’m thankful for the telephone because it allows me to speak with my mom on a daily basis and for the smallest of reasons.
I’m thankful for my friends, for the ones I’ve had since kindergarten and those I’ve made this year. I’m thankful that I enjoy cooking – when my hands prepare food that feeds my loved ones’ bodies and souls, I am happy. And I am thankful for wine – for the conversations I’ve had over it, for the celebrations I’ve toasted with it and for the way it is a living thing that changes with time. I try to give thanks year-round, but on the last Thursday of November, our grand celebration of gratitude takes place …