The first turkey I made was in college, at the second apartment I shared with my then-boyfriend, now-husband. Mr. Bliss and I named that turkey Fred, and he was delicious.
Our Thanksgiving meal was completed with side dishes of mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and garlic green beans. The dessert was tiramisu, because neither of us were huge fans of pumpkin pie. And yes, that is sparkling water in those glasses instead of wine. Also: I'd like to proudly point out that I've been taking photos of my food since WAAAAY before Instagram and smart phones, thank you very much.
Cooking with and for others has always been an important part of my life, but especially around holidays. For me, it's never been about how perfect or pretty the food is, but about how much my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing by the end of the night, how tight the hugs are, and how kind the words are that are shared.
Holidays for me are about the love that is transmitted through the creation of nourishment for others, for those important people on the other end of the serving spoon.
Today, I'd like to give special thanks to all of you, who sit on the other end of the serving spoon via this blog. I can't tell you how much it means to me that you stop by this little online home of mine, try my recipes, trust my restaurant, winery, and travel recommendations, and leave the sweetest comments a blogger could ask for. Because of all of you, I get to spend my days and nights doing what I love: exploring and adventuring and learning so that I can share all of it with all of you. This blog is my year-round virtual Thanksgiving table, and it is a true honor and pleasure to serve each of you every day.
Thank you, dear readers. You have my absolute gratitude, and my heart. I wish you all a sweet Thanksgiving full of love, light, and an abundance of good food and wine.