I love Thanksgiving, like really love Thanksgiving. Every year, I eagerly await the arrival of the November issues of my favorite food magazines, then I hoard them until I'm ready to give them my undivided attention. I also save them (obvi), so after I've gone through the new ones, I can go back through my old ones.
Friday night I was finally able to sit down & go through all of my new magazines. There's good stuff in there, people. Good stuff!
In preparation for the Boulevard Bolt on Thursday, I ran a practice run early Saturday morning with Heidi & Allison. Afterwards, we warmed up over coffee & complex carbs. The Belle Meade Bread & Company makes a mean breakfast bagel, btw. Who knew?!
My best friend since middle school / college roommate recently moved down the street from me. She moved to Japan when I moved to NYC & we've lost touch over the past 5-6 years, but we're back, baby! We met for lunch at Korea House & then we spent a long time back at my house going through old pictures & re-living our youth. Sigh...
On Saturday night, we met Sarah & Adam to see Lincoln. Sarah has all of these ridiculous, but hilarious things that make her cry. In addition to "athletic achievement", "Lincoln" is also on the list. She brought a package of Kleenex & I daresay she used them all. It's an amazing movie though. I cried, too. Highly, highly recommend seeing it. Daniel Day-Lewis, as always, you complete me.
Yesterday was the day I decided on my Thanksgiving menu, made a shopping list & braved the pre-Thanksgiving crowd at Publix. By looking at this table, you'd think I'm feeding an army, or at the least, a family. Nope. I have a big family & we all gather for lunch on Thanksgiving. There's already more food than we can eat, but I can't not bring anything, so I bring things.
Some years, people like what I bring. Some years, not so much. I'm looking at you, last year's shredded brussel sprouts with pancetta. This year, I'm sticking to things people like (baked cheese grits & pumpkin pie) & only adding one new thing: Billy's Reid's buttermilk-lemon chess pie a la last year's Bon Appetit. We'll see!
Yesterday was the 2nd annual Mayor's 5K Run/Walk Challenge in downtown Nashville. I ran it last year & had a blast. This year, my parents wanted to join me, so we walked it. They reversed the course this year, so it wasn't all uphill, which was way better. It was a lot of fun! And the weather was gorgeous!
Last night, John & I re-visited an old favorite that we never make anymore: chicken enchiladas! So good! I forget how much food this is though. We'll be eating these babies all week. Jealy?