We will soon have a full house for Thanksgiving. Richard and Russell (and a very shaggy Russell at that) are home and the rest of the extended Webner/Hartnett clan will be arriving shortly. The kitchen table is groaning with an assortment of cheeses, nuts, meats, and fruits. For dinner itself we will be serving two turkeys, mashed potatoes, yams, corn bread, pies, and three different kinds of stuffing. (I’ve been motivated by Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods — after all, they both attended Vassar — so I cooked up the hearts, kidneys, and livers of the two turkeys and made a special stuffing with them. We’ll see if anyone else is interested in giving it a try.) We’ve got wine and beer galore, and Kish decided to have a special “signature drink” for Thanksgiving, which will be a pomegranate martini.
We have many reasons to be thankful this year. Everyone who wants to be working has a job, and everyone is in good health. Kish has enjoyed her job and is continuing her quest to read virtually every book reviewed in the New York Review of Books. Richard graduated from Northwestern, likes his job as a project assistant and his downtown apartment living, and is looking at law schools. Russell is doing well at Vassar, enjoys his art, and has joined the rugby team. Penny has had her puppies. And the Buckeyes have once again beaten Michigan.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!