Gratitude grows like an English popover, it spills over in a explosion of warmth and flavor and requires very few ingredients. I thought about that yesterday during our Thanksgiving dinner, which was missing some of our favorite people but still full of rich, buttery food and joy. We were thankful for moments -- a vigorous [...]
This year I’m thankful for persimmons
This year, I am especially thankful for persimmons and all they represent. My particular persimmons arrived unexpectedly, hand picked, dried and packaged from a brand new friend's backyard tree. They looked like little wheels of sunshine, all seeded and eager to please. "Hello there, little guys," I said as I opened up a little packet [...]
Thanks for nothing 2020!
Tomorrow, I will set the table for the smallest Thanksgiving dinner I've ever hosted on a family heirloom that still reels from the indignity of its life as a desk. Oh, 2020, you emerged with such promise and so quickly became a four-digit curse. Thanks for nothing...and thanks for everything you've taught us about what [...]
A View of the World Through Midwestern Glasses (A Guest Post By Tara Heaslip)
My family’s typical Thanksgiving involves about 15 family members in a New Jersey dining room. This year, tradition was thrown to the wayside when my sister moved to South Bend, Indiana to work for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. We’ve been excited to visit her for months, but with a family’s worth of crowded schedules and [...]
Sometimes, the best parts of a holiday meal are the leftovers. If you're having another slice of turkey or pie, it means you're still with the people you love, either at the table and chatting over cups of coffee or tea, or in spirit and reminiscing over the melded flavors of memories. This year, because [...]