I know, I've been kind of absent lately. To be honest, I haven't had much recipe inspiration lately. The past few times I've had to make my weekly grocery list, I've spent various hours browsing my cookbooks, my bookmarked recipes, and magazines. And it's been a flop. Also, seeing as I will be going home in a couple of weeks, I don't want to stock up too much.
What I have been making: Two apple pies (YES!!!), one for Gustavo and his family and the other for a friend. From the awesome King Arthur Flour Baker's Banter blog. Let me just say, best pie crust recipe ever. I pondered whether to post my small adaptations of the recipe here, but decided their detailed descriptions and photo guide are superior. I made chocolate chip cookies last week which got fought over in class. Dulce de leche brownies with a friend of mine. This superbly yummy eggplant flatbread pizza (I added quite a bit of modifications, and goat cheese!) from Bon Apétit. Banana walnut pancakes that taste like banana nut muffins in a griddle cake, topped with an orange-honey-butter sauce (blog post probably coming soon). And currently I have two loaves of Peter Reinhart's overnight technique sandwich loaves rising on my counter.
Ok, I didn't forget it was Thanksgiving, actually, I kind of did until Gustavo sent me a message wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving around 11:30. This is my fourth or fifth Thanksgiving that I haven't spent at home, so I guess you could say I'm kind of out of the loop. And as you all know, I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving munch. Besides the pie (remember I made pecan pie back in August for my birthday? I could eat it every day). Yesterday as I was explaining to Gustavo what Thanksgiving was all about (historically), he jokingly asked me if I was a pilgrim or a Native American. I said I thought I was a pilgrim. He thinks he's a Native American.
In light of this wonderful holiday, which after all doesn't have to do all with food, here is a list of some of the things I am most grateful. Remember, don't just count your blessings on Thanksgiving!
- My dad being able to recover from his health problem, and the miracle of him feeling much better!
- Love: from friends, family, Gustavo, God, myself.
- My good health, which is worth more than gold.
- Summer just around the corner.
- Always having a roof over my head and food to eat.
- Being able to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste (oh yes, taste!)
- Going home for Christmas to be with my family, including my adorable nieces.
- The gift of cooking and baking.
- The gift of laughter and having a good laugh.
- Almost being done with this semester and my degree.
- Growth, forgiveness, and the ability to change if you want to.
What are you thankful for?