I never know what I'm going to find when I type a phrase into google. I was looking for the lyrics to the Pointer Sisters' song, but up pops the Tenth Doctor. What? What? Who?
Well, it so happens I am excited because of the weekend. Weekend before Thanksgiving, which means it's time to go shop for the majority of ingredients. I love food shopping this time of year. I love the smells of cinnamon and spit-roasted chickens and bread rising in the bakery.
Saturday of this weekend the Magic are playing the new, Lebron-less Miami Heat, and Rob and I are going to Amway Center to watch them. Maybe we'll win; we've got a pretty strong team this year, with Nick Vucevic, Tobias Harris, and Victor Oladipo.
I'm excited that I tweaked the Thanksgiving menu again. Forget the cranberry mold, I'm going to make Ree Drummond's recipe for cranberry sauce. Fresh cranberries, fresh oranges, and real maple syrup. And I am going to spatchcock the turkey before roasting it. No maple ginger glaze this year.
And I can't help being excited that it's only 15 days to my next cruise. Carnival Sunshine to Aruba, Curacao and Grand Turk. New ship, new itinerary, old husband. Very nice combination. Heh heh.
Today is National Adoption Day, and although I have had a number of adoption finalizations throughout the year, I have four today. Each of those were hard-fought cases to insure the children's well-being and permanency, and I could not be happier. Big happy ceremony at the courthouse, with so many children (my four are only part of the total) finally, legally becoming part of their forever families.
But best of all, Friday night I am meeting up with some very dear friends from my New Paltz days, my freshman year, College Hall. I couldn't vote or drink, but I was living away from home for the first time, and independence felt sweet. Over the years, I have gotten to see them all - Barb and Lynn and Kathy and Mark and Sandy - but never all together at the same time. Maybe someday.
Finally, I am excited because I am sending you a double dose of inspiration today. Here's a recipe I created back in 2011, and it involves clams and some crabmeat, and today is Friday:
4 slices bacon, diced small
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
4 stalks celery, medium-diced
3 carrots, medium-diced (about 15 baby carrots)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (1 1/2 teaspoons fresh)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2-8 oz. bottles clam juice + the juice reserved from the drained clams
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 drops Tabasco sauce
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup milk, heated in the microwave
3-6 1/2 oz. cans chopped clams, drained, juice reserved
1-6 oz. can lump crabmeat, drained
1/4 cup sherry