Saturday, December 4, 2010
Of course this post-Thanksgiving Garden to Table Challenge post would involve turkey leftovers. One of the greatest benefits of hosting a dinner which involves basically 2 full days of cooking is the plethora of leftovers to enjoy. I'm talking a week's worth of a happy tryptophan fog. Does anyone really dislike leftover turkey?! In the garden, there's not much going on except for some gorgeous Swiss chard and lots of herbs. This week, I basically added a selection of leftovers (vegetables, turkey, turkey gravy) to the slow cooker and 1/2 hour before dinner, mixed up some dumplings (biscuit-type) with fresh rosemary to top the stew. I was very stingy with the rosemary because though I love it, I think a little goes a long way with the family palate. Anyway, comfort food to the max. I LOVE this stuff.
Below, you see the reason for the ONLY time my friend Samantha has ever been late in meeting me out for dinner. What looks like oatmeal raisin cookies are actually savory thyme, cornmeal, and black currant cookies. This recipe (actually Martha Stewart's), is really different. Since Samantha was a baking-induced tardy, she was kind enough to bring me a cookie warm from the oven. I thought they were delicious and different enough to be really special, but yet not too different to weird out any straight-laced people at the work function where she would bring these cookies.
This week, the letter 'G' goes to Meemsnyc for her use of spinach in last week's link to the Garden to Table Challenge. She and Ricki (who received a letter the week before for her use of butternut squash) are both one step closer to winning the prize of 1/2 my seed order. See here for complete rules and join me next time if you can!
I would like to ask a totally unrelated - but somewhat timely question, prompted by one of Julie's posts. What are your thoughts on the holiday letter? Do you write one? Do you receive them? Do you like them? Hate them? Have you ever read any good ones? To be fair, I'll share my feelings. I do write one - I started a few years ago. I really try to keep them light, funny, silly, entertaining (hopefully). I try to avoid sounding too obnoxious. However, sometimes I think they're just inherently obnoxious. I am lucky to have a happy family life and sometimes I feel guilty sending them to family members or friends who may not be as fortunate. I have only ever received letters from 3 people. 2 have been from shallow braggart people and I have disliked everything - from their holiday letter to their family photo (I know, ouch.). 1 has been from a family I like, and I hang on every word and love the photos attached. What do you all think??? Please speak freely - you won't hurt my feelings.