Pause, Cook, Enjoy

If I’m thinking straight, Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of the year, make course corrections and give thanks for the good fortune of family, friends, work, a home, and a generally optimistic outlook, which can help with the things for which one isn’t thankful.


A walk before or after dinner is always good–either to work up or work off. My guests would not be arriving until the afternoon, but another friend escaped the kitchen for a walk on Roosevelt Island. I wasn’t taking pictures on this junket, just talking, listening, and looking, so the photos are from a prior walk in November.


Afterward, I went back to my kitchen and started work. My brother called while I was stuffing lemons and apple slices in the chicken, so I put him on speaker and kept working. I had five people coming, so I did the fat chicken (alas, while I like turkey, the quantity left over from six people would pall over the coming week), a squash, some beans and the dressing.


Other goodies coming were an array of hors d’oeuvres, au gratin potatoes, rolls and wine. Glad I had that walk before! And then there was the gravy. Yummy it was: salty, sweet, apple infused and every last drop licked up.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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38 Responses to Pause, Cook, Enjoy

  1. Dina says:

    Looks absolutely yummy and sounds very good. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Warm greetings,
    The Fab Four of Cley,

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  2. So glad you got out into that beautiful landscape Lisa – that is a beautiful photo of your taking a breather on the fallen tree. Maybe this title could be your mantra for the twelve months – it seems like a good way of tackling the vagaries of life to me. xoxo

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like a delicious feast! A walk on this day is a must to help balance the caloric intake. πŸ˜‰

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  4. Sylvie G says:

    Happy thanksgiving! The photos of the forest are beautiful! The meal looks so good, butI would definitely need a walk after.


  5. Allison says:

    Oh Lisa! I can just visualize you working away in that beautiful new kitchen!! Fun!

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  6. I’m sure you created a wonderful day


  7. Brenda says:

    I hope the day was as good as it looks!


  8. Laurie Graves says:

    Always so much fun to see what other people cook for special feasts. All a little different but always made with love and fellowship. The food you made looks so scrummy.

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  9. Robin says:

    It all looks so good. I didn’t think I’d want to look at food again after our Thanksgiving feast with family, but I was wrong. πŸ˜€

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  10. LB says:

    Gravy is the best part of Thanksgiving. Are there any bad parts? Not for me, anyway. I LOVE this holiday!
    So how did your new kitchen hold up to the big holiday? Did it flow well for you?
    I’m sure that everything was delicious!


  11. Mary Tang says:

    I would have been happy to help with the leftovers πŸ™‚ We don’t get a holiday here but I give thanks everyday.

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  12. KerryCan says:

    Au gratin potatoes–now we’re talking! SO much better than mashed, in my humble opinion! It sounds like a perfect day, Lisa!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Kerry. It was! And I figure if someone wants to make me au gratin potatoes, I’m going to welcome it. Yum. (though when we were kids, my brother and I called them hog rotten potatoes; guess we didn’t like the sharp cheese my mother used)


  13. It sounds like a lovely feast, all prepared in your new and improved kitchen. I bet that was fun.

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