Every year I pick a theme for our Thankgiving feast. Previous menus have included Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala, A Thanksgiving Menu, inspired by the historical novelist Crystal King; A Claudia Rodin-Inspired Thanksgiving Menu: Arabesque; A Feast from the East, featuring dishes with Asian flair; a menu with a Literary Twist; Thanksgivukkah, when Thanksgiving and Hannukah collided; and more.
Inspired by this bizarre year when we have all be sheltered-in-place as the coronavirus rages on, I have a somewhat grim outlook on the holidays. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather we all stay home so that, in the future, we are all still around. But it's mentally grueling to celebrate yet another holiday without friends and family.
I miss cooking for my circle. I miss the people crowded around my dining room table. I miss the laughter as the kids run off into the other room and shoot Nerf guns or have a pillow fight. And I miss hugging my parents. Since March we have only seen them at a safe distance and fully masked. Still I am grateful that they have their health and we are all learning to connect virtually.
'Grim' (with one 'm') isn't about just my less than sunny disposition this Thanksgiving, Jake and I have also been streaming the television series Grimm (with two 'm's) about a homicide detective in Portland who is a descendant of hunters who track down supernatural creatures. So, I have been revisiting the Grimm's fairy tales on the side. They are definitely not for children!
As I share the recipes on my blog, I'll give a synopsis or, at least, a quotation from the fairy tale.
And, if you're asking why I am pairing this with a bunch of pink wines from France, I received a care package from Kobrand Wine & Spirits. And I thought to myself, "Why not?!"
Here are the hyperlinked recipe posts (this will be updated as they go live!). Stay tuned...
Snow White & Rose Red Cheesecake +
The Seeker 2019 Rosé