November is here and to me that means the start of the Holiday Season. The anticipation that sets in each year at this time is like clockwork as I ready my wardrobe and my calendar for what’s to come. This year began promptly with the roll out of ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner. A group of friends and I headed east of the mountains to my family’s cabin for a truly magical weekend of friendship and food. The group was comprised of passionate perfectionists who when given the task of creating a Thanksgiving meal, would settle for nothing less than what Martha or Ina would do. The bar was set high. For many, this was our first real ‘go’ at cooking a turkey, perfecting the stuffing or finding the best mashed potato recipe that fell gracefully between tried-and-true and new-kid-on-the-stove-top. With so many cooks in the kitchen, it could have been a disaster but in true ‘Friendsgiving’ fashion, it was pure bliss. From the decadent meal, lovely tablescape and festive fashion the ‘Friendsgiving’ experiment was one for the record books. My heart was so full of thanks for the beautiful setting and incredible company. It makes me smile knowing how much people enjoy ‘the cabin’ as much as my own family does. It is such a symbol of the holidays for me and I think that’s exactly what my grandparents had in mind when they built it – it’s a place where family and friends can gather. Cheers, the Holidays are here!
Left to right: Butternut squash w/ pancetta prior to being made into soup; fixings for chocolate chip pumpkin bread; assorted harvest flavored handmade macarons; individually handmade cheese crackers; table setting; the table; friends by the river.