Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

Nope, still no vacation pictures…

But, we hope everyone had a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving with lots of family and friends around. As usual, Roger proved himself the gourmet and put on quite a feast. The menu…

-ARUGULA SALAD WITH, ORANGES, POMEGRANATE SEEDS, AND GOAT CHEESE
-PORCINI-RUBBED TURKEY WITH SHIITAKE-MADEIRA GRAVY
-ARTICHOKE, SAUSAGE, AND PARMESAN CHEESE STUFFING
-ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES WITH THYME AND MARJORAM VINAIGRETTE
-CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH ROASTED SHALLOTS AND PORT
-HONEYED CHESTNUT CORN BREAD
-FENNEL-SCENTED MASHED POTATOES
-PUMPKIN AND PECAN SEMIFREDDO WITH CARAMEL SAUCE
-VINO, VINO, VINO

Did we mention vino? As usual, our very good friend Carolyn dipped into her amazing cellar and graced us with several lovely wines. One of the wines she brought was among the best, if not THE best, we’ve ever had. This is no small claim, given we routinely have 70+ bottles in our wine fridge and spend an embarrassing percentage of our take home pay on wine and trips to Napa/Sonoma to seek out really tasty wines. We say this not to make you jealous (well, maybe a little), but to show just how much Carolyn loves us. It was a 2003 Flowers Grand Bouquet Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. To our great sadness, you can’t buy it anywhere. It was a gift to Carolyn from the Flowers’ themselves (they’re neighbors).

Another good friend, the other half of the “faux dates”, Kristen, came to our house directly from the airport. She was back from her umpteenth vacation to Europe this year. Despite the jet lag, she hung there with the rest of us winos all night. Last, but by no means least, a couple we met on the cruise joined us for dinner too. Shawn and Randy live near LA, but were taking a week’s vacation in San Francisco. They mentioned this to us on the cruise and we thought it would be fun to have them over for T-Day. To our delight, they showed up!

Anyway, onto the pictures. Here’s one of the table before the crowd showed up. I picked out the tablecloth all by myself. I’m very proud.

table

And speaking of the crowd, here they are. (From L: Randy, Shawn, Kristen, Carolyn and Roger (showing off his purple wine teeth)):

But don’t think all I did was drink wine, take poor quality photos and eat. No! I was on leftovers patrol:

After all was cleaned up, more than a few 007 movies were watched on the Bond-A-Thon (love that Spike TV), and the hangovers slept away, we got in the spirit and decorated the “Stairway to Christmas”. It looks pretty festive. But, the coolest thing is that, due to the double-height corner picture windows in our living room, you can see the purple glow at night from like three blocks away. The fresh pine scent is kinda nice too (it’s 35 feet of pine garland if you can’t tell from the high quality photo).

Anyway, I’m leaving Saturday for Denmark for a weeklong business meeting. Roger’s gonna be a bachelor that week, so somebody better keep bail money handy…

One Response to “Thanksgiving Wrap-Up”

  1. PjS Says:

    Enjoy Denmark and remember that Lewiston Schlax girls like postcards or at least cool stamps…
    The dinner sounds outstanding. You are invited to our home Thanksgiving 07.

    We can get some Boone’s wine for you to try.