Nothing brings more joy than to see the fall cooking magazines arrive in the mail. The incredible opportunity to delight not only my family but my extended family with new finds and tasty deletable delights. And they vary for everyone which is even better because it is not making just one new dish but that opportunity to explore as many as I like.
Which one of us would not like to try our hand at making this Warm Focaccia with Sweet Roasted Squash, Thyme & Honey featured on the cover of Food & Wine this month? I am completely sold on this bread with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon. Then on food network magazine this month, my all-time favorite Chef Ina Garten shares her holiday table in A make-a-head Feast.
In our family my cousin was asking back in August where Thanksgiving would be this year. We love to gather at my mom’s house out on the large covered patio, circle and say grace. We have a room of aunts, uncles, first and second cousins, husbands, wives and kids; maybe even a few friends crowded in for the warmth of food, friendship and love.
As we enter into this holiday I am ever mindful of what brings us together: the food and it is a holiday? No, it is that circle of grace the one that gives and takes and builds lasting memories. Memories you stretch back to as an adult and remember your grandmother or the hope of the future and the joy it can bring.
I will start devouring these magazines and many others and return with my new dishes to surprise and hopefully delight my guest and share with you this holiday season.
Happy cooking ~