Thanks. Giving.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. In addition to being the only holiday that is really ALL about food, it incorporates two of my favorite concepts into its title: thanks and giving.

If I were limited to only two values I could instill my children, it might be those two. To be thankful. And to be giving.

One of the most valuable things I can give is my time. And often I do that by cooking. When friends or loved ones come for a meal, they are not merely chewing and swallowing. They are being honored, served and cherished. And they are sharing in my small effort to make the world a more slow, thoughtful, beautiful place — one meal at a time.

People can taste love and time in your food. Don’t skimp.

Every year at this time, there are many food-related things I am thankful for. Here are some of what I feel grateful for this particular season:

Teeth. My father has no teeth left. He eats a lot of soup.

Salt. I ate an unsalted vegetarian “harvest soup” at a biodynamic farm recently. Enough said.

Autumn. Warm soups, red wine by the fireplace, duck confit, wild mushrooms.

Sonoma. How lucky to have a mother who lives in Sonoma, where we get to spend every other Thanksgiving.

• Refrigeration. I like salt cod, potatoes and canned preserves. But I wouldn’t want to have to eat them all winter long.

• Friends. We eat. We drink. We laugh. We share.

• Wine. I wish I could hug that first guy who squashed a grape into a glass and then forgot about it for awhile.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leo
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 17:42:01

    That’s a great post and list Sean…although you left out bacon. Thanks for your friendship and for this blog.


    • scolgin
      Nov 27, 2011 @ 23:36:07

      I didn’t want to insult all the other pork cuts by including bacon. 😉 Thanks Leo, you are a good and cherished friend, and I am thankful for you.


  2. Greggie
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 19:30:04

    What a wonderful sentiment for this Thanksgiving morning. Thanks and giving are important values and even sweeter (and sometimes saltier) combined with good food. Happy Thanksgiving to the whole Colgin/Morris clan.


  3. paul
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 14:41:54

    Thanks to you and folks like you Sean that make this world a better place for all of us. Hope we get to work in the kitchen together again soon. 8^)


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