I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I enjoy all the anticipation that goes into the meal, the research for just the right recipes, the emails back and forth to “round out the menu”, the reflection of all we have to be thankful for, and of course, the delicious food we stuff ourselves with.
Our Thanksgiving meal included local, pasture raised birds from Pasture Sensations Farm, garden grown mashed potatoes, Bloody Mary’s with canned dilly-beans from the garden, locally caught and home-smoked salmon, sweet potato biscuits, two kinds of stuffing, and three delicious desserts!
Because we had so many leftovers we didn’t do a lot of cooking this weekend. Our Dark Days local meal for this week came mostly from our backyard hens. Friday morning we had egg sandwiches on sweet potato biscuits with bacon and cheddar cheese.
biscuits– not local flour, but homemade by Tyler’s mom
Bacon – Hempler’s
The biscuits lasted two days so Sunday morning we had to use the bread that was in the fridge and instead of bacon we had venison sausage that Tyler’s Uncle Rob gave us from this year’s (local) hunt. We also opened a jar of plum-apple jam that our neighbor had given us made from apples and plums from her tree.
All in all it was a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. Four days away from work really helps rejuvenate me. Hope you all enjoyed your weekends as much as we did.
Also, I forgot to mention in my first post some of my “rules” for the Dark Days Challenge. I’m considering local to be within 150 miles from Everett, WA. I will try to cook within this boundary for our Dark Days meals, but if I include something that’s not local, I’ll source it accordingly and try not to beat myself up. The bottom line is: this is a challenge and I won’t consider a meal a failure if I can’t find every single ingredient within a 150 mile radius. I’m also making exceptions for spices, oils, and vinegar.