I have a new love. A crush, really.
It’s one of those crazy things that make the whole world seem shiny and new.
He leaves the room and you’re anxious. Will he return?
He comes back and you can’t help but smile.
He’s a little unpredictable, but not dangerous. Not really.
He doesn’t let on if he has any doubts. He has a silly grin plastered on his face - all the time. And I don’t even mind.
I really want him to stick around. I want this to work. But I’m just not sure we travel in the same circles.
And he travels in SOME circles, let me tell you.
I met him the day after Thanksgiving, through our friend next door. Even though I only saw him for a short while, I kind of miss him already.
But the cat was not so sure.... (scroll down)
See what I mean?
That's Copper on the left and my crush on the right, Roomba.
So the robotic vacuum was sort of fun to watch. We're seriously considering getting a refurbished entry level model just to keep up with the dust and hair. He's not going to jump up and do baseboards or move furniture himself, but still, we could keep the sneezing down in between serious vacuums, right? Thanks to Nehal for this new flirtation.
Now on to Giving Thanks...
Orphans, Refugees and Procrastinators Thanksgiving 2010
This year's Thanksgiving was for me, the best in a long while. I love it every year but this year, we had wonderful friends, mostly new and many new to each other, join us. We were part of precious little Zander's first Thanksgiving ever (he's just 2 months old!) and I got to do some serious cooking. You just can't make a dozen sides and two pies and truffles for four people. Well, you can, but they get a little frightened and that's not a nice thing to do to your guests.
To find out why I call this the McGee bird, please read here: Tips for Roasting a Holiday Turkey.
I don't know if any photos of the whole table were taken and I have a vague recollection of one of the turkey being taken, but I distinctly recall thinking about getting up to grab the camera. Deciding against interrupting the moment, I just took in the feeling of a heart full of gratitude. Happy chatter, clinking glasses, laughter and yes, a few compliments. I've been asked to share the menu and I will.
Thanksgiving 2010 Menu
Thyme-scented pecans (v)
Smoked salmon dip w/red bell pepper, jicama sticks, endive leaves
Kim’s Chard & Lentil Shepherd’s Pie w/onion gravy (v, gf, oops)
Killer sweets (v)
Kick-ass Cranberry Sauce w/persimmon (v)
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Green beans w/shallots, lemon (v)
Brussels sprouts, radicchio ribbons w/balsamic glaze (v)
Carrots & Parsnips w/cardamom cream
Dale’s Corn w/bacon salt
Salad - mixed greens, fennel, celery persimmon, orange (oops)
Taza Guajillo/Mexican chocolate w/Kahlua and Bourbon/orange/pecan chocolate truffles
Quady D eviation, Elysium, Turtle Creek Late Harvest Zin; Coffee
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And our Thanksgiving 2010 - Wines
Sparkling Wines: Dale Cruse AKA my personal champagne sherpa brought these:
Bollinger - Special Cuvée Brut 60% PN, 25% C, 15% PM
De Chancey - Crémant de Loire Brut Méthode Traditionnelle 70% Chenin Bl, 15% Chardonnay 15% Cabernet Franc
Delamotte Blanc de Blanc Brut 1999
Schramsberg Brut Rosé 2006 Méthode Champenoise
Gruet Demi Sec - Méthode Champenoise
You can find Dale at DrinksAreOnMe.net.
Still Wines - Doug “it’s not a party without a magnum” Cook brought these:
Verduno Perlaverga DOC 2009, Comm. G B Burlotto
Moulin-a- Vent Domaine Diochon, Cuvée Vielles Vignes 2007
Elan de Ros Coucou Blanc 2006, Vin de Pays du Marmandais
Lucein Crochet La Croix du Roy Sancerre
You can find Doug at AbleGrape.com.