Thanksgiving Day 2012


Butter-Rubbed Roast Turkey  |  Giblet Gravy  |  Sausage & Sage Stuffing with Wild Mushrooms  |  Skillet Green Beans with Fried Shallots  | Carrot Pudding  |  Cranberry Fruit Conserve  |  Pumpkin & Bourbon Mousse

Thanksgiving morning…Michael & I pour ourselves a coffee and join the kids, each one enjoying the first mug of eggnog of this holiday season, watching the kick-off of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  New York was once our home, so watching this parade is a bit of nostalgia…we don’t watch long, usually signing off after the Rockettes do their thing.  Boys are happy to switch the channel to the first football game of the day, girls are off to the barn to take care of the horses & I head to the kitchen.  The festivities will begin around 2 with dinner served at 4:30.

Perhaps the World Ends Here


The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.
We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.
It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.
At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.
Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.
This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.
Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.
We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.
At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.
Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.
Happy Thanksgiving 2012!
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