in a perfect world of yancies: As Holidays Approach

27 November 2013

As Holidays Approach

Couple of guys in fleece hoodies, bravely facing the brightness of the coming holiday season:
Winter Stroll
Thanks to Pete for the photo!

Lot of cooking to be done this week. Franklin got in some good practice the other day:
Peeling the Onion
Emily was out of town and it was way too cold to go out for a walk, so we made black beans together. He peeled the onion himself, helped me rinse the beans, and helped get everything into the pot.

Onions for Black Beans
He also really likes adding salt, but tends to get a little, well, excited...

But hey, they tasted great, so I'll take it!
Onions for Black Beans

And now we're on to Thursday's feast. First step: roasting some pumpkin for our pie:
Pumpkin Pie, Step One
Going to try the recipe on the Times' cool Thanksgiving page.

I may have said this before, but Melissa Clark is awesome.

You know what? See for yourself—here's the video:

Pumpkin Pie, Step One

Meanwhile Emily was working on the advanced preparations for one of the most important parts of the meal: spiced vermouth for the Holiday Manhattans!
Spiced Vermouth

All right, I should run. Little more work to get through before the rest of the cooking. Speaking of work, my Greek reading group met yesterday, and I discovered this wonderful line by Plato:

ἅπτει γάρ πώς μου τοῖς λόγοις τῆς ψυχῆς, ὦ Σώκρατες
somehow you touch my soul with your words, Socrates
(Ion 535a)

I mean, that about sums it up!

So, back to the words... and I'll see you soon with more food.

Happy Thanksgiving reader!