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A Dose of Thanks

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As George noted last week, Thanksgiving is finally here!  And I can hardly believe it – feels like it was NYE 2011 just the other day!  Regardless, it’s great for me because Thanksgiving is, by far, my favorite holiday.  Any day that I can eat delicious food to my heart’s content, spend time with my favorite people and drink amazing wines is a great day by me.  This year, I’ll be attending two Thanksgiving feasts which is pretty much double the fun.  I’ll really have to pace myself, that’s for sure.

This year, I’m really looking forward to dessert (which probably comes as no surprise to those who know me).  I’ve found a scrumptious Paula Deen recipe laden with cream cheese, pumpkin and sugar that I’m hoping will take top prize in the annual dessert competition.  As a bonus, it’s an homage to one of my best friends (and college roommate) who used to bake a traditional St. Louis-style gooey butter cake every time she went home for the holidays – and brought back the ooey, gooey, goodness when she returned to school each January.  Needless to say, that cake was always devoured within about an hour after her arrival back on campus…it’s just THAT good.  Now I’m trying my baking hand at it with the addition of pumpkin.  I fully expect that to tip this dessert off the charts.  Wish me luck in the competition.

As for the wine?  Guess it’s time to raid the cellar and pick out a few special bottles.  It’s always a treat to open those bottles that I’ve been saving for a special occasion – what better occasion than a fantastic feast with family and friends?

So this year, this Thanksgiving, I’m incredibly thankful for the people that make me laugh and smile each and every day and an opportunity to have them all together at one dinner table.  Of course, I’m also thankful for great wine and the occasion to break out those special bottles and for Paula Deen and her indulgent sweets!  I can barely wait for Thursday.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones.  Open that special bottle and enjoy!


 

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George Blanckensee

An expert event planner and an avid basketball and sports fan, George can tell you about all the best off-the-beaten path eateries.

Kali Clark

A Napa Valley native, Kali returned to the area after a stint on the East Coast and can be found documenting the latest happenings at the Chateau. When not behind the camera, she likes to experiment in the kitchen, travel, and enjoy the outdoors