Thanksgiving 2012

This post is arriving a little late, but not too late, I hope. I thought I still might share a few moments of the little Thanksgiving Day I had last week.

I made my 28th bread from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice (percentage complete: 50.91%): a cranberry walnut celebration bread. I think it turned out rather well. I am looking forward to baking more braided breads throughout the holidays — mostly because braiding is so much easier than I first had assumed …

I also cooked my first Thanksgiving Day turkey. Granted, I didn’t make a whole “bird.” But, baby steps, baby steps. This recipe is taken from Krieger’s The Food You Crave (52nd completed dish; percentage complete, 24.88%): turkey roulade with apple-cider gravy.






Below are sweet potatoes, two ways: mashed sweet potatoes with orange essence and honey-roasted sweet potatoes. Both dishes are Krieger’s (53rd and 54th completed dishes; percentage complete, 25.84%). The honey-roasted sweet potatoes already have become a staple in this kitchen.






And that, well, is that. Until next time, all.

beet salad with watercress drizzle

I enjoy eating beets any time of the year, but roasting beets around Thanksgiving seems especially appropriate. These little gems are dressed up with toasted almonds and a light watercress drizzle, made with buttermilk, goat cheese, white wine vinegar, and watercress. This was my first time eating watercress, and I have fallen in love with its spicy sturdiness. If I had had a real food processor, the drizzle would have been a bit smoother — but I thought it was still lovely.






This represents my 51st completed dish from Krieger’s The Food You Crave. Percentage complete: 24.40%

Tuscan vegetable soup

For those of you who don’t know, I have a thing for soups. And this Tuscan Vegetable Soup taken from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave delivers precisely what it promises. It is hearty fare, made quickly. This soup is brimming with carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach. Processing half of the beans before adding them to the soup provides just enough thickness. I had garbanzo beans on hand, although Krieger calls for white beans.

But the real key to this soup is the sage, which adds an earthy astringency …

I now have only 3 more soups to complete in Krieger’s book. Perhaps focusing on smaller accomplishments (only 3 more!) might allow me to tackle these books more easily. I now have completed 47 recipes from this book. Percentage complete: 24.87%

And just for the record, I have completed 7 of Krieger’s 10 soup recipes. Percentage complete: 70%

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I presented a paper at a conference in Denver last month. This marked my first presentation at a national-level conference—and I had been, admittedly, somewhat nervous.

About an hour before my presentation, I checked my email to find that thesinglegourmetandtraveller had nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

While not alleviating my nervousness entirely, of course, this notification did prompt me to set my jaw; it allowed me to focus my attention clearly on the task at hand—in part, because I knew that I had something else.

That is, something—and particularly, some form of writing—is mine that is not my work. This.

Thank you kindly, Kay. Be sure to check out Kay’s beautiful blog, thesinglegourmetandtraveller

The rules of the award are:

1.  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2.  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.

3.  Share 7 random things about yourself.

4.  Select 15 blogs for the award.

5.  Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

7 random things about me:

1. I ate duck breast for the first time in Denver. Here is a photo:

2. I live in something of an attic — but it works fairly well, for the most part.

3. I probably spend too much money at coffee shops. I am sitting at one now, in fact.

4. I abhor mice.

5. I do love pens. And yellow legal pads.

6. And data. Data is fabulous. Data offers the illusion of control. Like narratives.

7. I am horrible at growing herbs indoors — but I am determined to get the hang of it eventually.

15 blogs for the award: 

I read these blogs regularly. They have influenced me over the past five months in so many ways. Thank you!

1. Putney Farm

2. Five and Spice

3. omeletta

4. lattes and leggings

5. Bewitching Kitchen

6. Love and Lemons

7. Eat.Plants.Live

8. Cooking in Sens

9. Not Without Salt

10. sweetlab

11. Frugal Feeding

12. The Yellow House

13. Simple Provisions

14. local kitchen

15. Blissful Basil