Turkey. Stuffing. Cranberries. Baseball? Of Course There’s a Parallel!

Cooking is magic, holiday cooking especially so. You start out with piles of basic ingredients, many of which frankly don’t seem like they will play well together. You chop, mix, sauté, caramelize, roast, bake and so on…

Behold! Proto stuffing!

More proto stuffing/proto tartletts: apples and sage and thyme. Oh. My!

Pretty bird, pretty bird. Nom! Pretty bird. Seth outdid himself this year. :)

…and eventually something truly amazing and greater than the sum of its parts emerges. Kind of like a baseball team, no? Or, at least, every season we certainly hope that this will be the case.

Just remember, a holiday that's all about eating is also all about cooking. Friends, family, the Loons have got this one covered. You know the drill. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 2. Dinner at 4. Don’t be late and come hungry.

So, as I was doing my fair share of the chopping, sautéing and so forth…

Ever feel like that scene in Julie & Julia?

 

You want to stop caramelizing the onions right about now...if you're a wimp! Come on, tease that dragon.

…it occurred to me that there is another baseball/Thanksgiving parallel. Yes, there is a baseball parallel for everything. Sometimes several. It’s baseball. It’s magic like that. Why do you ask? Anyway, as I was saying, there are a lot of folks whose efforts go into putting that delicious Thanksgiving meal on the table, each with their own talents and assigned tasks.

The cranberry tart experiment started out a bit watery...but no worries, no swords were thrown in the course of baking it, and it got bet'tah.

But, unless you’re one of them, you have little to no idea what steps go into the process, how long it’s going to take and what tasty goodness is going to emerge from the kitchen until it’s placed on the table in front of you. All you know is that they’re in there working at that hot stove, so to speak, and eventually something has to emerge from the kitchen…or from your local pizza parlor, I suppose, if all of those kitchen efforts end in disaster. All you can do is wait, hope and salivate…and can I just say that on the baseball side of this parallel, salivating for some news, any news, especially for weeks on end is really undignified…um…yes, I’m speaking metaphorically…of course I am…*nods*

Putting the tart in...well...tart with a cranberry confection and an extra spiced pumpkin pie. No sugar bombs at Casa de Loon.

At any rate, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there in the blogosphere…coming at the end of the day for the Americans and a month late for the Canadians, of course but, hey, it’s the thought that counts. ;)

Roasted butternut squash and fried sage crostini, pea mint pesto, apple, onion and brie tartletts and other things to nosh while we wait for the trukey to do it's thing.

8 Comments

Ummm…. wow? Who knew the Brown Footed Loon was such a culinary sparkle train!?!? ME LIKEY!!!!
–Jeff

Thanks Jeff! The kitchen is one of natural environments in which a Brown Footed Loon feels most at home. Male and female alike, these loons are quite adept with all manner of culinary tools and styles. ;)

– Kristen

Wow, all that food looks fantastic. Maybe the kids and I will have to take a little trip to the coast next Thanksgiving….Sure beats ‘Chalie Brown’ dinner that I serve!
–Mike

Thanks Mike! We can sling the hash pretty well around here but I doubt even our holiday fare would be one of Esquire magazine’s meals worth flying for, let alone worth driving all that way, LOL. I’m sure your kids love what you do for them and will drag out warm fuzzy memories of your “Charlie Brown” Thanksgivings when they’re grown up that will make you smile. :)

– Kristen

That cranberry tart looks amazing….Mhmmmm…
Happy Thanksgiving!
The Manoman

http://manoman.mlblogs.com

Thank you, kind sir! I hope your holiday was fun and restfull too, Manoman.

– Kristen

AWESOMENESSSS HAS BEEN HAD… well done. I had only a few people ova this year so i just stuffed my breast with rosemary, garlic and thyme. Then i made some turkey…

Hahaha, so you provided dinner and a show and became a festively scented centerpiece? You totally win in the hosting department! Thanks for dropping by my blog Johanna, and thank you for the compliment. :)

– Kristen

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