And as part of that strategy we spent a lovely Thanksgiving at Dick and Dorothy's home in Douglas, MA. For some years now they've been opening their home to a variety of family and friends to come, sit, swap stories, and share a traditional (and traditionally delicious) meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and a variety of fall vegetables.
This year friends Barbara and Andrea rejoined us and brought along both a soup and roasted Brussel sprouts for sides. Friend Lee, who has been helping out in Susie's shop and who had just returned from tackling the basic pastry program at Le Cordon in Paris, came along with us and brought a couple of bottles of sparkling. Uncle Frank, Cathy and Mieke also joined us; it was nice to have Cathy's wit and Mieke's smile with us once again.
The event kicked off about 2pm and we all paced ourselves throughout the afternoon until we sat for the meal -- good food paired with good wine and lively conversation. One could hardly have planned a better way to spend a holiday.
It was dark, crisp and cold by the time we rolled out to our car and cruised back to Providence, satiated both in body and spirit.
|father and daughter sharing a moment of laughter|
|Dick documenting a moment and Andrea contemplating an idea|
|Barbara works on her soup while being amazed at Dorothy|
|Dick staying on top of the dishes|
|Dorothy and Barbara putting the finishing touches on the meal|
|the unveilling. . .|
|I was tasked with carving -- not a pretty picture|
|Dorothy wondering if everything is ready|
|root vegetable soup|
|the French Tarte|
|I kept my focus: beans, turkey and mashed potatoes|
|Lee and Dick share a thought|
|mother and daughter: Barbara and Andrea|
|Mieke takes charge of the dishwashing|
|desserts compliments of the French Tarte: a ricotta tart with raspberry sauce and a pear cornmeal cake imbibed with rosemary infused syrup topped with chantilly cream|
|mother and daughter: Mieke and Cathy|