It's beginning to look a lot like move day...
Evvvvverywhere you look!
I sure hope you sang that to the tune of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" like I did.
2 days until we move and I'd say that we're about 30% packed. Fantastic. And here I am blogging. Priorities, people.
Noted: Moving during the holidays is not the best idea. Or when the husband has finals (he's a student in the MBA evening program at the University of Washington). Or when I'm putting together curriculum to give nutrition classes at my family's church. Or when I'm about to start my first career job. We like to keep things interesting over here.
Thank goodness there has been an abundance of good food around to keep us moving (pun most definitely intended). How was your Thanksgiving holiday? Lovely, I hope. I celebrated twice, so no complaints here. And each year I am reminded that life is good. There is so, so much to be grateful for.
The husband and I spent all morning in the kitchen putting together our arugula salad with orange vinaigrette + manchego and a honey polenta cornbread for the occasion. We joined his family for a wonderful gathering and a delicious feast. Two turkeys for seven people? Don't mind if we do.
The next day, we spent Thanksgiving with my family for more feasting. I got to spend a lot of time with this little guy:
My 10-month old nephew, Austin, is always up for a good time. He loved the beans from the haricot vert with white beans + shallot vinaigrette dish that the husband and I made. We also whipped up some mashed root vegetables with a simple bacon vinaigrette, which was a huge hit with the family. If you haven't tried kohlrabi, parsnips, rutabaga, celery root, or turnips, it's best time you get to it. Maybe for Christmas? Or dinner tomorrow night? I am quite certain that they are the most humble vegetables you will meet. I adore their earthy flavors.
The dish was inspired by this recipe from Bon Appetit. Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit as well, seeing that I completely forgot to photograph my Thanksgiving dishes! (Cute babies and vintage wine may have distracted me.) I changed things a bit by tossing in a sweet potato or two and roasting the root vegetables for a bit before steaming them to develop their flavors more.
What were big hits at your table this year?
My mom made creamed truffle corn, which was over-the-top amazing. I've been dreaming of it ever since. And the husband's stepdad, Mark, made me a gravy-believer for the first time ever. Back in the day, my sister and I skipped the gravy and created "corn mountain". It consists of scooping a pile of mashed potatoes on your plate, making a Mount St. Helens-like divot on the top, and filling the crater with corn. Fancy, I know. I may have truffle corn and gravy now, but I'll always love my beloved corn mountain.
Best get back to packing. See you on the other side!