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November 2008

Angel Hair Pasta with Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Spinach

Normally we don't post recipes that a) are not ours, and b) we have not tried ourself.  We're breaking this rule for this recipe, which looks fantastic - and, knowing what we know about the source, it probably IS fantastic.... we'll be trying it soon. :)

Laurie's Kitchen is one of our vendors; we order dips and soup mixes, cheeseball and dessert mixes, rubs, and more from them.  We have YET to find a product that didn't live up to their superb quality, which is why we're excited to share this recipe with you.


If you haven't yet tried a Laurie's Kitchen product, you're missing out.  Time short for you during the busy holidays?  Try a soup mix - the flavor is phenominal and they're easy to make.  Going to a party?  The dips, desserts, and cheeseball mixes are to die for (ask any of our customers who have tried a sample at the store...)  Anyway, you can check out all their products at http://www.theweedpatchstore.com/ - and I'd urge you to do yourself the favor and take a look right now!


Thanksgiving 2008

Our Thanksgiving this year was a very relaxed affair, held here at our home in Everett.  My parents, and grandparents on my mom's side, my brother, the two of us, and (of course!) Benjamin were our full house, and while we very much missed our friends who we usually see on or around holidays, it was very nice to have a calm day.

Janene and Elaine (Chris' mom) planned and cooked a symphony for dinner.  Janene got to cook her very first turkey - a 24lb beast that she seasoned with fresh herbs that literally fell off the bone.  Accompanying the main course was a green bean casserole (I requested this, and really - what family gathering is complete without it?), pumpkin gnocci, brussel sprouts, homemade stuffing (janene made this with ground turkey, which was lovely), a jello salad to die for, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, homemade rolls, an olive and pickle platter, fresh fruit, sparkling cider... the tastes literally exploded in your mouth, it was exquisite!  For dessert Janene made a pumpkin pie cake (HOLY CRAP it was good!) and we had a berry pie - I can't recall what kind, because it all kind of runs together....

We ate at my grandparent's table (my dad's parents), on our china and using grandma's crystal goblets.  Grandma also gave us a gorgeous (I'm a guy, I'm not supposed to say this...right?) lace table cloth and sterling silver candleabra which we used as our centerpiece.

There was much eating, laughing, and (after dinner) crashing on the couch.  It was pretty perfect.... here are some photos.

Chris and Ben
Chris & Ben goofing off...

The Dinner Table
The Table

Fruit Platter
Fruit Platter

Great Grandparents and Ben
Great Grandparents and Ben

The Olives
The Olives

Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad

Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

Jon the Carver
Chris' brother Jon, looking to carve...anything!

Pumpkin Gnocci
Pumpkin Gnocci

Homemade Stuffing
Homemade Stuffing


Where HAVE we been?

November has simply flown by, even more quickly than usual.  Chris was out of town for 10 days overseas, working on laying the groundwork for our new wholesale division.  [Are you a retail shop with a valid UBI / EIN?  If you are interested, you can email us at wholesale@theweedpatchstore.com to get on our list for when we release our products].  We're extremely excited about this project - there's a lot of fantastic products under development, many of which are already in the shop for our wonderful customers to purchase - so everyone is a winner!

Thanksgiving was both hectic and a joy.  Benjamin tried everything on the table, and loved most of it.  It was a very low key, relaxed holiday for us, which was exactly what we needed.  We'd love to hear about your thanksgiving - what you cooked (recipes are ALWAYS exciting, especially if you have photos!), your new and fun memories, and those quirky little stories that make life worth hearing...  drop us a note or leave us a comment!

We are truly sorry that things got moving so quickly that we couldn't blog, release our eNews, or stay in touch - but we promise it will be worth it!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled life!