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Dinner With TCR: Thanksgiving Edition. November 30, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Dinner with TCR, Love and Death.

I was doubly blessed to have Thanksgiving twice this year, firstly on The Day with my neighbors, Frau B. and Muz Lu(mena.)  That was as “traditional” as it gets, sitting around the wood cook-stove chowing on a big stuffed turkey and a week’s worth of veggies, slow-cooked to perfection.  The wine flowed, the company was wonderful, and I’m still full from it.

Thank you, Ladies!

Then this Saturday we had a Family Reunion here at Chez Runt, with Pagan Sphinx, our two daughters and our new daughter-in-law.

It was so, so nice.

Dinner started with a coconut-curried butternut squash soup with a dollop of yoghurt and a pinch of cilantro:


Then a tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil, kalamata olives and red onions from my garden, spritzed with balsamic vinegar:


And a main course like you’d figure, to paraphrase Jonathan Richmond – turkey, dressing (by request,) mahogany rice* with dried cranberries, mashed turnip, little organic golden beets, and from my garden, kale with fresh garlic and baby Brussels sprouts:


Champagne courtesy of Pagan Sphinx.  🙂

And of course, pie. Pagan’s Pumpkin Pie, to be precise.  With coffee:


It was a really nice day, with lots of love being felt and shared.  My daughters are growing up and going their own ways, and it’s not that often that we all get together.  And our daughter-in-law is coming into our lives just in time to move away after graduation, which makes me sad.  She’s really nice, and the obvious love between her and Elder Progeny is something I’m most thankful for.  Sure is gonna make watching them move across the country a lot easier to take.

And SG2, who is very much out of town these days, is such a good buddy to me when she’s here – thanks, Gurrrl!!

Much love to you all, and to any who read this.

*  Oh, and Tengrain asked about the mahogany rice.  I’ve been using this stuff, Lundberg Black Japonica:


…from Lundberg Family Farms, a neighbor of yours, Ten (well, an hour north of Sacramento.  It ain’t China, is what I mean.)  They’re into sustainability and natural farming, which is admirable at least.  I’ll bet you can get it locally.  ‘Tis guuud!


1. Sylvia Kirkwood - November 30, 2008

I’m so glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving with all your family. Know it was fun for the daughters and daughter-in-law. The food looks heavenly as always — fortunately I did eat rather well this evening so I’m not licking the monitor screen! My son and I had a lovely Thanksgiving with good friends and that’s always cool.

2. littlebangtheory - November 30, 2008

Yes, it is. It’s a good time to connect with what makes us thankful, and family and friends always seem to top the list.

3. Tengrain - November 30, 2008

Oh, I’ve had that (and have a bag of it on the shelf) – it makes the best salad with some bitter dressing and dried cranberries. I never noticed the “mahogany” part on the lable, d’oh!



4. littlebangtheory - December 1, 2008

Cosmic – I’ve been putting dried cranberries in this stuff since the second time I had it (first time I used golden currants, but they didn’t have the sack for it!) And both sunflower and pumpkin seeds add depth, as well as completing the protein.

5. DCup - December 1, 2008

Looks wonderful, C.R. The presentation for photos is perfect. I’m glad you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

6. Heather B. - December 1, 2008

ohoh! We just got a bag of that rice for our holiday gift from mia madre!! So exciting.

I am jealous of your meal. My family did their traditional carbo fest. The only veggie was a mashed rutabaga, which I adore, but there was not another veggie in sight. But my family has resisted any attempt to change this; its gotta be taters and stuffing and turkey and buns and pie.

7. littlebangtheory - December 1, 2008

Heather, that’s an excellent way to eat… twice a year!

I’m sure you’ve learned to “eat it ad smile,” the company of family topping the hierarchical pyramid and all.

Lisa, same here. Sometimes when we lose the material trappings of our lives we see more clearly what’s important on a deeper level. Best of luck to you and your family as this unfolds (and a hug for RE – I changed schools between eighth and ninth grades, and even at that age it was rough. But she’s a cutie, and smart and talented, and she’ll be popular in no time. Besides, with Facebook and texting and such, her old friends will still be there for her.

8. Steve - December 1, 2008

Oh yes! I get it immediately! Leaving out most of the larger rock gouges to left and right means all the focus is on that cutting edge between them, and the contrast with the top.

And more… I think leaving out the two side formations allows the imagination to fill them in, and I suspect we fill them in larger than they even were in real life. At least that’s how it works for me.

I recall seeing one of Morris Louis’ drip paintings in Chapel Hill, NC. It was a big canvas, about 12 feet wide by 8 feet high, and it had a drip pattern that almost resembled your photo = a shape on the bias, corner just cut off at the bottom, though. I stared at it a while from across the gallery, wondering why it seemed so riveting, and then I had it! As big as it was I realized my mind KNEW that the painted area was just the tiny bottom corner of an enormous shape, something that was probably half a mile high. I stood breathless for several moments as the certainty overtook me, and I experienced the piece’s true scale, then the moment passed.

9. Minneapolis artist - December 2, 2008

MMMMM! Looks delicious

10. littlebangtheory - December 2, 2008

MinnArt, ‘Twas, thanks! Still is, as a matter of fact – my daughters had long travels back to school and didn’t take much with them, so I’m charged with dispatching the leftovers. Good thing I like this stuff!

And Steve, I’ll bet this is a bit confusing to anyone who hasn’t been to Two Scoops, but I’m so glad you commented.

Thank you for your conceptualization of the importance of what’s implied but not shown. You’ve explained something which I felt but hadn’t found the words for!

I’ve only just come to appreciate the primacy of context over my subjects, thus eliminating some of the hit-or-miss aspect of my photography, and now you’re stretching me to think in terms of implied context!

Man, keep coming by, I need that kind of access to visual ideas!

11. The Pagan Sphinx - December 3, 2008

Oh, I’m so sorry to be late to this post. But late I am. Not too late, I
hope, to mention how nice it was to share in that lovely meal with you and our Girls.

Everything was yummy. The pickled stuff was amazing; with those beefy mushrooms in it. But I had to limit my portion because I knew from the first yummy, spicy bite that it would not..urr..go over well with my digestive system.

I loved the golden beets. I really must get a hold of some. I think you told me where you got them but I’ve forgotten. From your garden?

One last note. It appears very important to the Girls that we continue to have these get-togethers a few times a year. We may not be able to live together but we can enjoy each each other’s company and our girls’. It’s been well worth the work we’ve put into making this a reality and not just lip service to still being a “family”. I’m kinda proud of that.

12. TheCunningRunt - December 3, 2008

Me too.

Hey, the beets were from the coop, though I might try growing some root crops next year, so who knows?

Christmas will have almost nothing from my garden, but I’m sure we’ll find something to eat.

I’m looking forward to having you all back over! 🙂

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