In My Kitchen… it’s time to CELEBRATE!
This was our Thanksgiving dinner “for two” — lemon & herb roast turkey breast, smoked ham slices, and his ‘n’ hers dressing. His was “Stove Top” — by request — but I always throw in sautéed onions, celery, and homemade stock. (What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him!) Mine was homemade with gluten-free croutons, the aforementioned additions, “Craisins” and pecans. The Man Of Few Words isn’t real wild about cranberries, but I simply must include a few in “my” holiday menu.
I also dolled up some sides (can’t help myself!) — mashed Yukon gold potatoes with cream gravy, sweet potatoes laced with maple syrup, and pumpkin pie topped with whipped white chocolate ganache and orange-glazed pecans. I love combining flavors! I’m also looking forward to “thinking up” something special for Christmas dinner.
In My Kitchen… things are crystal clear. (Most days, ha!)
My sweet friend, Marla, gave me this set of faceted glassware (originally from Canada) and I feel compelled to bless others with her gift of graciousness.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtfulness, Marla, xo.
In My Kitchen… is an assortment of table linens — from practical to whimsical to sentimental — courtesy of my lovely friend, Ally.
Life (and dinner) are SO much more fun with this colorful selection to PLAY with. :)
They were tucked between another “Ally gift”… a 48-pound box full of cookbooks!
In My Kitchen… are dinner ideas for days and months to come!
(Truthfully, there were so many cookbooks they didn’t all fit in the picture.)
Thank you very much, my friend, xo. This gift will last all year, and then some.
In My Kitchen… there’s always coffee. (And recently, a coffee-inspired trivet.)
It adds a lil’ pizzazz to our coffee counter, don’t you think?
Whether you’re a java junkie or tea aficionado, a “cuppa” offered with a smile is the perfect warm welcome for impromptu celebrations.
In My Kitchen… (in the background of the previous photo) are white chocolate chip pecan cookies — made with Oklahoma-grown pecans.
The cookies are long gone, but I don’t think I’ll run out of pecans any time soon…
I brought home five pounds. (Let the holiday baking begin!)
In My Kitchen… is an 11-quart stockpot. (Yay!)
I’ve been making do with a 6-quart, but it just wasn’t “roomy” enough. This one is suitable for stewing a whole chicken or mega-batches of veggie broth — and, its arrival was most timely — it’s getting chilly here!
Come to think of it, a good-sized batch of chili would simmer nicely in it, too.
In My Kitchen… (in the aforementioned 6-quart stockpot) some spuds are simmering for another batch of potato salad.
Although potato salad is considered a “summer” food here, TMOFW loves it year-round. (Me, too!)
Potato salad = PARTY!
Last, but not least, In My Kitchen… is a “recipe box” … of sorts!
I was looking for something to house my printed-off recipes and this was the perfect size for file folders — plus, the beautiful carving and patina caught my eye — yes, another thrift store find. Do you have a recipe box? (Or remember writing recipe cards?) Whether you use old-fashioned means or the latest technology, cooking for your loved ones (or YOU) is cause to celebrate!
Please pop in and visit other kitchens around the world (or add your own festivity by the 10th) at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, hostessed by the ever-welcoming Celia.
Enjoying hearth and home… and holiday dinners,
P.S. The next two weeks are “musically crazy” for moi… 3+ evening rehearsals, dress rehearsal, the performance, and a side gig. If I don’t respond immediately (or in a timely fashion) I WILL get back to you after that! Thanks ever so much for visiting my kitchen… I’m looking forward to visiting yours. Happy Holidays!