Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This year, we decided to go a non-traditional route for the first time ever (Keith *loves* traditional Thanksgiving) and did a Spanish-y tapas style meal.  We built our menu around a wonderful cured Berkshire pork leg from Edwards of Surry, VA.  It is America’s answer to Italy’s prosciutto or Spain’s serrano.  Recommended by Eric Ripert no less.  It was a lot of fun and not too much cooking.  The night before our celebration, I put together the colorful paper lanterns we were going to use for a summer party that never happened and hung them inside the house.  Instant Spain.



Roasted Garlic & White Bean Soup

Bone-in Surryano Ham

Sea Bear Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon (Sockeye, King, Pink)

Conservas de Cambados Sardines

Crab Cakes

B’s Deviled Eggs

Tortilla de Patatas (with sweet red peppers & smoked paprika)

Hummus & Veggies

R’s Bacon-Wrapped Cheese

Assorted olives and pickled vegetables


Mixed baby greens (with aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing)


Rush Creek Reserve

Little Darling

Avondale Truckle

Black Truffle Gouda

served with assorted crackers, Challah bread, E’s bread, and wild plum jelly

A’s dates (stuffed with goat’s cheese, pistachio, and orange zest)


Pimm’s & Death’s Door Gin Punch (with blackberries, apples, tangerine, lemon, and lime)

Mr. Tippy Top’s Pear Cider G & T (cider made with 10 types of pears)


black grapes





B’s baklava

C’s pumpkin pie

Fudge brownies

Apple tart

Wow, I almost feel full after I’ve typed everything above.  It was definitely a satisfactory feast and we were so glad to have shared it with great friends and family.

On Saturday, once we were finally hungry again, Keith and I took a sunset drive and ended up in Galena for dinner.  We went to one of our favorite comfy spots, Procento’s.  It is a great place when you are craving Italian-American food.  I usually get the spaghetti and meatballs with the basil-cream sauce.  Keith likes the manicotti or lasagna.  Both are served with a side salad and garlic bread.  Jack, the owner usually goes around and talks to everyone.  When he noticed that I hadn’t taken my coat off, he turned the heater up.  What a great guy!  After dinner, we decided to stroll around a bit.  It was a bit chaotic with the police sirens going.  We were curious and decided to walk down the street a bit more and saw that a parade was just about to start.  It was just adorable.  It started off with a madrigal choir, then we saw gingerbread men, huskies instead of reindeers, elegant black horses, plus Mr. & Mrs. Claus of course.  A kid behind me complained to his parents because Santa didn’t wave back at them.  After that, we ended up at the Kandy Kitchen.  We strolled a bit more while munching on some gummy bears and malted milk balls.  Happy Holidays. 🙂



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