After a five day weekend in Sonoma, it was a real treat to get an unexpected five day Thanksgiving weekend holiday. ((Love my team’s “offsite” the day before T-day – where the invite was for an offsite that was to be spent at home iwth our family.))
Day 1 – Wednesday lazy (and cleaning)
I addition to be lazy and tackling little cleaning, I was to plan and prepare a simple dinner combining:
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Roasted Califlower
Day 2 – Turkey Day
A day with family, of course. The girl was anxious to get there and hang with the cousins. Luckily, we contributed wine, champagne and a ham. Speaking of wine, we opened the jug of Portalupi. A red table wine from the Sonoma Valley that may need to be replenished soon. and may be served the big day.
Day 3 – More cleaning
(Deep, deep cleaning & unruly Goodwill pile gone). Time to pull out the “recipes to try” pile and tickle the pallet with new flavors (enough cleaning, enough). Found options that made my mouth water. Drew Tiana’s Spaghetti Gravy from the pile and focused on the shopping list. Luckily we didn’t need much – and we had the perfect bottles of wine to pair with it.
Day 4 – Dinner with J&T
To complete the holiday weekend, today included dinner with friends. And showcase more recent purchases. The menu included:
- First: Potato Soup paired with Zina Hyde Cunningham 2011 Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)
- Next: Pork Chops (another serving of our piggy) with Hazelnut Sherry Sauce from Portworks
- Served with Beet and Satsuma salad and J. Lohr Gesture 2009 Zinfandel.
- Dessert: Pear tart with late harvest gewürztraminer – the tart and the glass.
Day 5 – Rest
Because we deserved it.