Thanksgiving 2021

by Jon Sullivan - 2021-11-29 - Food

<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>

Thanksgiving is my pole star. All things revolve around an insane stunt of cooking and drinking. It's dumb. But it's mine.

This year's Thanksgiving was wonderful. On a planet rushing towards it's "dominant" species' end time, it was the joy I needed. It was so much happiness it wouldn't stay inside me. Beyond the walls of my cozy hobbit hole, beyond the drawn curtains... beyond the bubble I prefer to live in, there are bad things and bad people. But this Thanksgiving had none of that. It was the joy I needed and nothing can take that away. I am thankful I have that. And so so so thankful for those who shared it with me. You all made me very happy.

For those out of the loop on "Jon's Thanksgiving thing" - Every Thanksgiving I make up a crazy hard menu of delicious food, and then race through the day trying to cook and eat it all. It started decades ago when an ex-wife left me, and left me in a very bad state. I needed something to rescue me and lift me up. Something that was all mine. Something that no one could take away. Facing a Thanksgiving with little to be thankful for, I decided to cook myself a great feast. The most delicious food I could imagine. And I would eat it alone. And no one could ever take it away.

Most years I did it by myself, just me. People seemed to think that was sad. But I saw it as proper. Just me and my kitchen, eating fantastic food and cooking with selfish joy. Sometimes, like this year, I'd do Thanksgiving with friends or family.

I didn't take many photos this year, but all the ones I do have are here.

There was a first this year, as several other cooks helped. And I'm thankful for that. Couldn't have done it by myself.

The black bean sauce was a big hit. I'll post the recipe for that later. But I need to experiment and figure out what the ingredients are. As is typical of this event I sort of made it up on the spot.

There were many special vignettes. Cooking blackened halibut out on the lawn with Mike and Iris. The life changing treats Raymond brought. The surprise 8th course a guest brought that we all loved. The "blender incident" that could have brought it all down, but didn't. The mysterious Hanukkah-like flame that made the last dish possible.

And now I plan next year's Thanksgiving.

<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>
Jon Sullivan
2021-11-29 15:39:41 : 6am - Duck liver pate, brie, crackers, champagne.
8am - Crispy skin salmon with black bean sauce and mustard gremolata
10am - Herbed fresh pasta with scampi shrimp
12pm- Blackened halibut with tomatillo salsa and mushroom butter
2pm - Pork tamales with green mole and sun dried tomato cream
4pm - Dijon and Guinness Beef pot pie
6pm - French toast with port marinated berries and sweet goat cheese

Jon Sullivan
2021-11-29 15:53:01 : Oh.... I get that all this can come off as wasteful and ugly in a self-indulgent way. Rest assured - I also donate to groups feeding the homeless as part of this.

With Google To Leave a Comment:
<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>
Eugene weather
53.78 degrees F, Rain (light rain)
Min: 52.7 ,Max: 56.35 ,Humidity: 93, Wind: 8.05
Eugene, OR - Best Restaurants
Eugene, OR - Things to do
Eugene, OR - Fish reports
Oregon road conditions
Recent Posts
- The grand tour
    The move to Oregon was supposed to include many regular road trips. It hasn't. But there was this one.
- Jon is an idiot
    For 4 minutes, out in the Nevada desert, there will be an eclipse in two days. Against odds, I hope to will be there.
- Jon is a failure
    When I look back over my 60 years, the things that I remember most are my failures. And what I worry about most for the future.
- Seasons
    One of the most confusing things in my life right now is seasons. I lived without them for 27 years. They are very inconvenient.
- Baseline
    Our two year journey to deconstruct and understand the concept of existential happiness is over. So what have we found?
- Jon is not crazy
    The crazy is gone. Now we tidy up after the mess two years of crazy has left behind. Or Not.
- New Jon vs
    I was caught off guard by the folks disappointed that I was moving on from "New Jon" posts.
Food I Cooked
Old School Blogroll
Home of fine hypertext products.
A community weblog.
A Chicken Is Not Pillage
You forgot his exclamation point! It defines him. He put it there for a reason, to show how in! your! face! he is.
abada abada - twenty years of jessamyn
Matt Haughey
A Whole Lotta Nothing
Heater, Mother Of Lance
Anil Dash
A blog about making culture. Since 1999.
Some Bits
Nelson's weblog
Everlasting Blort
proud member of the reality-based community
This machine mocks fascists
Scripting News
It's even worse than it appears.
Short attention spans in a world full of flowers
mimi smartypants
Seriously, though: what's with the penguins?
Montreal City Weblog
Stupid Evil Bastard
What the fuck is wrong with you people?
Idle Words
brevity is for the weak
Making Light
Say what you mean. Bear witness. Iterate.
50,000 Monkeys at 50,000 Typewriters Can't Be Wrong
Justin Hall
Growing & breaking down since 1994
Mike the Mad Biologist
Helping idiots who desperately need my assistance by calling them fucking morons since 2004
AKMA’s Random Thoughts
Ruminations about hermeneutics, theology, theory, politics, ecclesiastical life… and exercise.
things magazine
An occasional weblog about objects, collections and discoveries
Miscellaneous Heathen
Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.
where it's always Virgo Season
Recent Trips
Getting it ready for you.