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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving gathering today at our home with just a few of us and a LOT of food. The menu was incredible. It was seriously the BEST Thanksgiving meal I think I have ever had. (Great job Amanda...) Here was our menu:
Hot Cranberry Cider A selection of fresh Italian and Greek olives Antipasto salad with Italian cured meats and cheeses Pressed Herbs and Spices Turkey Breast Pumpkin-Zucchini Muffin stuffing with Chipotle Gravy Cornbread and Andouille Dressing Mama's Fried Cream Corn Baked Sweet Potato Gratin Oven Baked Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Butter rolls (from Harners Bakery - the BEST!) Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with homemade whipping cream And a bunch of other things...
And now I shall repent. But FIRST...
My first annual "50 Things I'm Thankful For" - some BIG, some small - but all things that I truly am thankful for. (And in no particular order except for numbers 1 & 2.)
I'm thankful for...
My wife Amanda. (I would be in big, big trouble without her.)
My 2 little angels. (Elise & Julia)
Grande coffee in a venti cup every morning at Starbucks.
My wife's patience as I learn how to be a better husband.
What God seems to be doing in my heart these days.
For what's ahead.
I could keep going... There's so much, but I'll save those for next time.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well. And I want you to know that I really am thankful for all of YOU (except the anonymous people who are too chicken to leave their name in the comments section...) But for real - why so many of you are interested in reading what's jigglin' around in my nugget just blows my mind. But thanks. You help make me smile.
This past weekend, Amanda and I had the privilege of dining with our friends, Ted & Kathryn Egly, at one of Chicago's finest and most unique restuarants - Tru.
Without a doubt, this was one of the most wonderful dining experiences I've ever had! Everything from the unique flavors and presentations to the service and fine attention to every detail... It was all done so well. We all had the chef's tasting menu made up of 8 or 9 courses. Before we left, we were even given a private tour of the kitchen. Impressive...!
Here are a few pictures:
A few of our entrees: Selection of Japanese Sashimi-Grade Fish, Complementary Garnishes Millbrook Farms Venison Saddle, Zinfandel-Huckleberry Essence, Ginger Snaps, Pear Chocolate orange mousse dessert (INCREDIBLE...) Petit Fours Cart (MORE desserts...)
Oh, and by the way.... It was Ted & Kathryn's 5 year wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary guys!