Knowing full well, that you will be in the throws of cooking, entertaining and eating tomorrow, this week’s post is coming out a day earlier than usual. But before I tell you what is on my mind, let’s get a few housekeeping items out of the way. As you might have already noticed, we have launched a new look-and-feel to the site. It is more dynamic, colorful and puts emphasis on pictures. Hopefully this appeals to you. I’ve also added a “Why We Cook” and “What We Cook” page so that you can peruse all of the previously posted information in an easy to browse fashion – and there is tons of it! Inspiration is what drives my new set-up. It’s also time to let you all know that my fearless co-leader Jessica has decided to step out of our project, focusing on her own career. While she will no longer be actively involved – and hasn’t really for quite some time – Jessica will continue to be by my side as we define the strategic vision for this site. I couldn’t have done it without her! Come and cook with us!
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what we have. And while we are usually super excited to see our family, often it is also a time of stress, particularly when it comes to cooking a substantial meal, with many dishes for a large crowd! That in itself can make someone’s heart pressure rise. While it’s easier said than done not to worry about this, I’m also aware that there are things we can do to make it easier on all of us. Keep the menu simple, don’t go overboard with new recipes that you haven’t tried before and take people up on their offer to help. Most of all, try to stay positive and take any setbacks with a grain of salt and a lot of humor. One year, our oven broke and the turkey never made it to the dining table. We laughed it over and enjoyed all the trimmings instead. With that in mind, I wish you all a relaxing, fun and special time with your family and Thanksgiving feast dinner guests. Let me leave you with a timely message on safety tips in the kitchen during the holidays from the Mill Valley Fire Department. Gobble gobble. Come and cook with us!