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Thanksgiving: thankful for friends, family, and good cooking - Zer Netmouse
November 28th, 2010
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Thanksgiving: thankful for friends, family, and good cooking
We had a nice, relatively quiet thanksgiving week. Mom and dad are off visiting my brothers' families (especially the three great-grandkids they hadn't seen in person yet), but we decided to stay home in Ann Arbor. Wednesday night we went over to my high school friend Jane's for dinner with and her husband and some friends of theirs, one of whom turned out to be an old friend of mine from my coworking days here, in a neat small-town moment. Thursday we stayed home and had a friend over, and Brian cooked up a delicious feast for us. Friday night we went out to Grizzly Peak to meet up with some other Community High Alumni from my graduating class from in and out of town, then left and headed to another friend's house for a mild impromptu birthday gather for our friend Dan.

Combined with going out to dinner Monday with friends who are soon moving away, it was actually a really social week, and generally Rosie took it really well, but that last night was a stretch so she was in meltdown mode each time she had to sit still in the car and yesterday she stayed up late and was hard to put to bed. But around people she was really good and her usual mild, smiley and inquisitive self.

I wanted to mention, three foods I particularly liked that we made. For Wednesday's dinner I made sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pineapple, which were well-received, and Thursday Brian made a Joy of Cooking Sweet and Sour Beets recipe that involved orange marmalade and was quite tasty. Finally, Bri also made a pumpkin-banana custard in a graham cracker crust that was especially tasty.

The rest of Thursday's feast included a roast duck, a roast chicken, potatoes, parsnips and carrots under the duck to catch the drippings, a cherry-pecan-cornbread stuffing, cooked both in the chicken and on the side ( and tasty extra corn bread for afternoon snacking), a side of brussel sprouts, rolls, leftover sweet potatoes, and a light salad w. Mandarin oranges and avocado.

We'll have to do the beets again. And after dinner Chris pulled up Alton Brown's Good Eats episode on Beets, which was fun to watch, too.

All in all a nice week. Besides being social, Brian's been working hard on his dissertation --his defense is December 14. I've been catching up on laundry, taking care of Rosie, and trying to finish reading Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death in time to review it for the next issue of Drink Tank.

Nothing like an intense fantasy full of people treating each other badly to make you appreciate having friends and family who treat each other well. :)

Does make me want to meet some camels though.

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