Archive for November 25, 2009

Uncommon Autumns and Simple Pre-Holiday Fare

   I don’t know if you ever do this, and I probably shouldn’t admit to it, but I occasionally find myself totally at sea as to where I am on the calendar.  For example, I’ll be making out a check in early July, but I start to write “September” as the date.  Even when I stop to think about it, it may take a few seconds before I’m back in touch with the reality that we did, in fact, just celebrate Independence Day, for heaven’s sake. 

Following an early-October snowfall that left us quaking at the prospect of having two extra months of winter tacked onto the front end of the season, we Twin Citians now find ourselves finishing off a November which will go down as the second warmest in recorded Minnesota weather history. So as I walk the neighborhood on my daily constitutional in 50+ degree temps, I look down to see rusty tree leaves damming up the street gutters, and up to see Christmas wreaths and crèche scenes slowly rising around me as neighbors take advantage of warm weekends to install decorations before our weather luck runs out.  It’s another calendar disconnect.

To confuse things even more, I decide to do a holiday-style dinner two days before the 26th, and bake a nice, plump lean Boneless Ham or Turkey Breast to serve with Mashed Potatoes and Squash, Steamed Broccoli with Roasted Red Pepper Strips, a Four-Fruit Medley, and Amaranth Date Muffins.  In anticipation of feast day later in the week, no indulgent dessert, just a nice big slab of Queso Fresco to complement the fruit and muffins.  Heck, that is dessert – if not ambrosia, then at least a heavenly combination of  flavors.  And with the amaranth being a good source of manganese, iron, magnesium, and phosphorous, I am hopeful that this high-quality fuel will keep my neurons firing efficiently and perhaps strengthen my grasp of where I am in time.  (more…)

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