Sunday, December 18, 2011


By some miracle we got the old dining table up the stairs. A couple days later, our living room looked like a dining room by the time the place settings were done. And what a wonderful celebration with food! On November 24, 2011, I went a little nuts and cooked everything in the house -- almost. The menu: Turkey, lathered with butter, sprinkled with salt and pepper; Sage Dressing with chopped walnuts and mushrooms that were sauteed in butter; Macaroni & Cheese with 3 kinds of cheeses, diced ham, onion, and green pepper; good ol' cranberry sauce from a can; Steve made the glorious Giblet Gravy; there were Roasted 'Taters (Bakers cut in half, dipped in oil and flour, then roasted for an hour to a golden brown); a wonderful Green Salad by Mary Rose with mesclun greens, avocado, and other salad delights; Green Beans baked in an Italian casserole, by Silvia and Don; Rummy Yams with Brown Sugar; angle-sliced, steamed carrots in a maple syrup and butter sauce; Sonya brought a non-gluten pumpkin pie with coconut on top; I made a Pumpkin-Pecan Pie; and for the chocolate portion of the dessert, I made Dark Chocolate Mousse in glasses with chocolate pieces on top. Our friends Noelle and Greg were there, and we all had a fun time, with plenty of loud, intense conversation, drinking of wine, some electric guitar playing downstairs, the CD player going all evening at a reasonable volume, oohs and aahs and full stomachs over the amassed tonnage of foods. We are so fortunate to have so much. Blessings to all -- and have great holidays this year and into the new year.