A Season of Giving – Our Holiday Favorites
I’m not really the biggest fan of Halloween. Its not that I dislike it really, but as someone whose birthday falls just before the holiday, I have already had enough ghoul and goblin themed parties to last me a lifetime. But I do love the end of October, not just because my birthday falls neatly into the month end season of beautiful turning leaves and crisp weather, but because the end of October means that November is right around the corner. Now you might be wondering why I’m all excited to see the calendar page turn to November – so I’ll tell you. In case you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks I thought might point out that Holiday Season is officially here. And my favorite holiday of all, of course, is Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that seamlessly combines two of my all-time favorite things, cooking and traditions. This second word may come as a bit of a shock to some who know me as, perhaps, not the worlds most traditional person. But I love that Thanksgiving is one day of the year when most of America, many of whom cook a meal this elaborate but once a year, cook a classic English style family roast consisting of a set of traditional side dishes which revolve around a beautiful turkey centerpiece. Families prepare recipes which have often been passed down through generations, compare notes on cooking and shopping techniques, and team together to pull off this amazing meal. In my opinion it is a great time to get a family working together towards a common end goal and spend time as a group collaborating on strategies and laughing at mishaps.
My secret to success? A positive can-do attitude, a jolly sip (or three) of wine, copious planning, and, of course, the right tools for the job. And speaking of the right tools, I want to share with you some of my favorites. Gadgets that make the holiday rush run smoothly (or perhaps just a tad more smoothly.)
1. Rösle® Stainless-Steel Digital Oven and Meat Thermometer 2. OXO Adjustable Potato Ricer 3. Emile Henry Artisan Ruffled Pie Dish 4. Revol Belle Cuisine Covered Cocottes 5. Brining Bags (Set of 4 From Williams-Sonoma) 6. Simplehuman Bamboo-Trim Dish Rack