22 November 2010

Holladays, Approaching

Right now in Portland, Oregon, it is snowing. The ground is not frozen yet, instead it is wet and muddy. The chickens are confused, the dogs are restless, and I am coming down with a cold. In short, the holidays are here! Despite my list of seemingly complain-y things, I couldn't be much more excited this year. I am thrilled that it is snowing! I heard Christmas music on the radio today and I turned it up! 

Part of the reason I am so excited is that my brother and his girl are coming to visit for thanksgiving. The other part is all the cooking and being together that I know is about to take place. I love the idea of christmasy cheer and decorations but really it's thanksgiving that holds my heart. No pressure, just eating. No wrapping paper, just pie crust. I need to dig out my eatin' pants.

This year I am making: 
-Roasted cauliflower salad with beets, pomegranates and a broken olive vinaigrette
-Mashed celery root with lemon
-Sparkling sherry punch 
-Ants on a log

and Kevin is making:
-Turkey stuffed with chanterelle and sweet potato biscuit dressing (I'm hoping he will include chestnuts) 
-Boozy pumpkin pies 

I know these dishes are in the works from other family members: 
-Cranberry bread
-Creamed oninos
-Grilled turkey
-Apple pie
-Butter beans done up southern

I'm on tenterhooks wondering what else we will have.

What are you having?

1 comment:

MuffinCastle said...

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday as well. Simple and delicious. My parents are coming down to the Bay tomorrow! We're having T-Day at my uncles. And then Friday I'm making butternut and spiced-sausage soup, nut and pear salad, and pumpking chocolate chip cookies for my parents and Joe's family (first meeting!). Love you and miss you!