Thursday, November 26, 2009


We are tired and full, relaxing, watching Elf on TV. Our favorite new classic holiday movie.

Anuj is passed out on the couch as if we did have turkey and wine with dinner. (We of course did not.)

Avinash is having a pretty good time poking him in the face.

It is amazing how quickly Thanksgiving goes by. I spent one hour getting groceries on my way home from work, the parking lot was nuts. Another hour prepping all the vegetables last night.

Twelve hours at work running around. At least one more hour at home to cook everything. Amazingly, the meal came together pretty easily, preparing the night before really helped.

We had a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings, minus the turkey of course.

Buttermilk mashed potatoes. Buttered corn fresh off the cob. Gingered cranberry sauce. Roast carrots and parsnips with rosemary. And celery, leek, sage stuffing. Definitely the highlight.

Chop three large leeks, half a thing of celery, a small handful of sage and chopped red onion, and a cubed french baguette. Saute the vegetables in half a stick of butter with salt, pepper and a dash of mustard powder, until everything is tender. Add a splash of white wine, then add 1.5 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to simmer and stir in the bread cubes. Place in a buttered baking dish and roast at 425 for 10 minutes until the top gets nice and crusty.

And, after about one minute saying what we are thankful for.

Mostly thankful that we are all together! And that Avinash looks so cute in his wolf pup onesie. I love our family. I love our little family dinner, small but so dear and so much fun.

We scarf down the food in about fifteen minutes. Then crash on the couch for the rest of the night. This feels perfect.

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