1974 Thanksgiving is sort of a blur. We had moved to
and besides cooking our Thanksgiving meal I also cooked some side dishes for clients. We still were not quite settled. Bethany
1975 was a very sad Thanksgiving. We all struggled with Marc’s illness (cancer) and though we all were hopeful it would stay in remission, it was not to be. Marc’s Birthday is November 20th and I decided to do a very special romantic dinner just for the two of us. It was the last such dinner we had.
This Thanksgiving I call
home. Actually for the last 13 years I have entertained my family and a neighbor who has no family close by for a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. Not all my children and family can be here every Thanksgiving but the consistent ones are Heidi, Rodmond and Neal when he lives in town such as now. Walter and family live in Sonoma County . No visit this year. Steven and family reside in Boise Idaho . He and his family visit about every 3 to 4 years. Paul’s family lives in England Phoenix and and Paul himself lives in LA. Connecticut
I am grateful to have family that cares and loves their Mom. I am also fortunate to have a home in beautiful
. Semi retiring here almost 14 years ago with the help of my son Rod was a smart move on my part. Sonoma County
I have made good friends and a very special friend named Josie. I also worked during my first few years here. Now I take on a spotter project or write a training manual for a Hotel Restaurant’s when needed.
This Thanksgiving let us all be grateful for our families and friends and neighbors. Pray for peace in the world and prosperity for all.
It wouldn’t do without a recipe for Thanksgiving from my portfolio. This is my maternal Grandmothers red cabbage recipe:
4 quarts water
1 large red cabbage or 2 small ones
2 strips of bacon (fat from a goose, duck or chicken is even better)
Red wine Vinegar to taste
Sat and Pepper to taste
Sugar to taste
Remove outer leaves from cabbage and remove the core. Chop cabbage into medium to small pieces. Rinse; in a large pot put the water the cabbage, apple and onion with salt and pepper and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer about 30 minutes. Drain, set aside. In the same pot fry the bacon or melt down the duck/chicken fat on medium high heat. Remove the bacon strips. Set aside; now add the cabbage to the fat and stir for about 5 minutes of and on. Add some vinegar and sugar, (start with ¼ cup vinegar and 4 tablespoons of sugar). Stir and taste after a few minutes off cooking. Increase the vinegar and sugar to your taste; simmer cabbage for about 10 more minutes.
Makes 10 to 12 servings
Here is our Thanksgiving Menu, it has not changed except for few updates this year, this is one holiday when I do follow everyone’s tradition. The family expect it, ha, ha.
Thanksgiving Menu 2011
Crudities with smoked salmon and onion dip
Cold boiled Shrimp with a horseradish dip
At the Table:
Clear Mushroom Soup
From the Buffet:
Turkey Sausage Stuffing
Grandmother Schweders Red Cabbage
Green bean casserole
Mashed Yams with blue cheese and Pecans
Dessert: Pumpkin Pie and Apple Grape Pie