Re entry to the world after a terrific vacation is never easy… and this time it has been especially tough. Besides all the usual craziness (laundry, groceries, 4 inches of papers that needed grading and oh, BTW, the router is out and my printer is giving me fits) I was greeted by the news that not one but two people who are very near and dear to me are facing life threatening illnesses…
It’s enough to send a girl right back on a plane to France where the biggest concerns of the day were where to have a “sit and sip” and “hmm… should I have white or red?”
To say that “food and cooking” hasn’t been the first thing on my priority list would be an understatement… and for me to say that.. well, you know things are seriously out of whack.
But a girl has gotta eat… comfort food. Roast Chicken and Mashed Potatoes, Meatloaf.. and Pumpkin Peanut Soup. I know, I know your are thinking “Pumpkin Peanut Soup comfort food? Really?”
Rich, soul satisfying and ridiculously easy to make (no measuring!!) and fairly nutritious to boot (because ahem after all those “sit and sips” the system needs a nutritional boost, y’know?). And did I mention it would make a great little starter for Thanksgiving? … which brings me to my next point (getting up on the soap box here).
In case you missed it, Thursday is Thanksgiving.. a day where we, as a nation, focus on food.. and football. For foodies, it becomes a near obsession – and normally I’d be right there in the thick of it with them… my head whirling with all the new dishes I’m going to make while still keeping enough “classics” to please everyone.
But not this year.
Never fear… I will still be cooking. The turkey and gravy and all the trimmings will all be there. But the emphasis won’t be on the food… it will be on those who are gathered around my table.. and how much I truly have to be thankful for. So for those of you who are stressing about your turkey, or are worrying about having lumpy mashed potatoes… relax. Be thankful that at this moment, if that is your biggest concern you are truly, truly blessed. Take the time to fully enjoy the day, hug your family and your friends… and count your blessings.. and that I think, is the best recipe of all for Thanksgiving.
So, from my Table to yours, I wish you all a truly happy Thanksgiving!