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.