Driving south with fellow Stanford-ites.
The view over Pacheco Pass.
--Scenes from Los Angeles--
I got in late Tuesday night after a long drive down Highway 5. On Wednesday morning, we hit up the wonderful Santa Monica Farmers' Market (was too busy shopping for food to take any photos) and then planned our Thanksgiving menu over delicious bowls of pho.
That's Jessi, whom I've known since fifth grade! ^
Then, I cooked Thanksgiving dinner in under five hours. I'm quite proud of that fact, especially since I had no clue what I would make before going to the farmers' market that morning. Granted, I had numerous helping hands, without which I could never have pulled this one off! (We had Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, since people usually have other plans on Thursday.)
--Scenes from the Thanksgiving kitchen--
Thanksgiving Menu 2010
Jerusalem artichoke citrus mint salad
Jalapeño cornbread with garlic chive goat cheese spread
Lemon rosemary pepper trout
Garlic and herb-ed chicken legs
Roasted crabapples wrapped in prosciutto and thyme
Haricot verts with fresh cranberries
Caramelized rainbow carrots
English peas with mint
Garlic mashed potatoes
Pomegranate-ginger cranberry sauce
Roasted delicata squash with sage, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil
Roasted figs with fresh ginger honey syrup and salted pistachios, over vanilla ice cream
Dark chocolate "thing" with pumpkin mascarpone cheese, vanilla whipped cream, and caramel
Suffice it to say that the food all went over terrifically, and we ended our night with delicious roasted ginger figs, chocolate pumpkin dessert, and hilarious moments of Apples to Apples.
Thanksgiving morning = post food coma food coma
chili cheese homefries and whipped cream waffles
Thanksgiving day dinner: Doing the "Asian" Thanksgiving
kimchee, banchan, and rice in K-Town
Then, on a plane, homeward bound....
Just because I had a whirlwind of a Thanksgiving doesn't mean that I didn't have time to seriously reflect on what I'm truly thankful for this year: the incredible and unbelievable support that I receive from the wonderful people in my life. If there's anything I've learned from this past year, it's how unspeakably lucky and fortunate I am to have the support, faith, and encouragement that I do, how I have people to fall back and rely on when things get particularly rough and life starts throwing massive amounts of s*** your way. The amount of gratitude that I feel for these people who stand by me can hardly be properly or fully expressed in words, and I'm deathly afraid that I'm not really doing them any justice in this clunky "thank you" paragraph...!
Anyways, I hope that you all had a great, relaxing, and yummy Thanksgiving! Now, onto the holiday season! Tinsel! Christmas lights! Hot chocolate! --Here. I. Come.