The Colors of Thanks

Photo by Chris Janos

There’s no better time of year to celebrate my love for all things handmade. Rich with color and taste, our holiday spread was packed full of slow-cooked, hand-rolled, perfectly chopped, tenderly seasoned and precisely prepared dishes.

This was the first Thanksgiving for the newlyweds and I had some big shoes to fill. After our wildly hectic year of travel and wedding shenanigans, we opted to just stay put on this year’s Turkey Day. However, Thanksgiving would not be complete without the taste of Mema’s delicious dressing and amazing chicken and dumplings. After a few phone calls and a list of ingredients scratched out on paper, I set out to attempt the impossible.

Photo by Krista Janos

The secret’s in the broth. I started with two organic roasting hens and proceeded to build the dishes with memories of both taste and smell. I have watched Mema make these meals many times and can still remember sitting on her counter when I was knee high to a grasshopper and helping her slice the hand-rolled dumplings.

Photo by Chris Janos

Lots of the things in our lives that bring smiles to our faces are just little glimpses, a snippet of a memory gone by. Time spent doing things the old-fashioned way, a renewed appreciation for traditions of the past.

Stay tuned for details from Chris’ lovely Apple Crumb Pie…

Posted 11/29/09, Topic: Blog

  • Gina
    December 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm |

    So happy you have finally jumped into the bloggy world and etsy, too with your craftsy self! Watch out world! This blue-eyed wonder from yonder is amazing! Love you!
    P. S. That Thanksgiving meal looked perfectly divine!

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