I was sitting in the dentist chair a few mornings ago, trying to find my Zen place as the hygienist plunged Medieval devices of torture into my mouth. I was feeling thankful that I only had to do this twice a year. Although these days, all things in the world considered, there are a lot of worse places I could be.

Saltimbocca-style turkey

Saltimbocca-style turkey

“Maybe if you re-branded teeth cleaning as a kind of ‘spa day’ for your mouth,” I said to the dentist, “people would be less apprehensive about it. You could call it a ‘denticure’.”

The dentist liked that idea.

“I am thankful for you!” my son’s guitar teacher, Dan — who also happens to be a friend — emailed me the other day.

We have much to be thankful for, not least of all friends and loved ones. May we remind each other with urgent frequency.

I am thankful for modern medicine and the additional time it gives us with those friends and loved ones versus, say, a hundred years ago — when the median life expectancy might’ve already had me tucked comfortably into the dirt.

I am thankful for the promise of dumplings and oysters on the half shell in San Francisco’s Ferry Building in the coming days.

I am thankful for the country, culture, people and cuisine of Mexico.

I am thankful to my family for entrusting me with Thanksgiving dinner, and giving me the latitude to add my own stamp to the meal — oyster and biscuit pie, turkey saltimbocca and confit, wild mushroom risotto, deep fried brussel sprouts… (Early in our relationship, my wife’s family entrusted Thanksgiving to me. I cooked a German feast, with roast duck, spaetzle and wild mushrooms, sauerkraut… I couldn’t be sure they were thankful for me that year, but I was thankful for them.)

I am thankful for butter.

I am thankful for beer.

I am thankful I survived the foolish choices of my youth, so that I may now warn my own children against the very same things.

I am thankful to the people who figured out that  if things sit for awhile and ferment, they often become even better things.

I am thankful for all of you, my readers, for sticking with me through months and years of culinary musings. Hopefully you have been rewarded with a moment of levity here and there, or a new recipe added to your repertoire.

Happy Thanksgiving!

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nadine Watt
    Nov 27, 2015 @ 08:24:31


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser
    Nov 27, 2015 @ 14:52:18

    Love the Denticure Sean…LOL, Cheryl.


  3. Greggie
    Nov 28, 2015 @ 00:12:34

    And I am thankful for you and Leslie’s friendship over the years and for your terrific blog. I hope your kids are thankful for the wonderful life you are giving them.


  4. Michelle
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 23:02:38

    Hope you had a lovely holiday!


  5. Michelle
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 23:03:22

    Oh, and P.S., the German Thanksgiving sounds grand. I did a French one once. I’m not sure my family really liked it all that much, but I did.


  6. Jessamine in PDX
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 04:23:26

    I am drooling over that turkey – good god, it looks delicious! Sounds like quite the feast you put out. Also, I fully support your thankfulness for the people of Mexico and their cuisine, as well as beer and butter. I’m personally very thankful that I have good friends who convinced me that sitting alone watching TV while my husband was working was no way to spend Thanksgiving. Instead I ended up with a group of 20-25 people, drinking shots of homemade plum brandy and trying to choose between 5 different stuffings. And, as I sip a boozy cup of cocoa while cuddled on my couch, I’m thankful for posts like yours. They remind me how much I’ve been missing my WordPress friends and that I need to get back in my kitchen to cook!


    • scolgin
      Nov 30, 2015 @ 17:31:16

      Been missing you too, J! 😉 Glad to know you’re still out there. Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving as well. Here’s to a wonderful year of food and friends ahead! 🙂


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