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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving Recap

Perhaps it's being in rome; perhaps it's just the holiday. Perhaps we just got lucky. But dinner yesterday went without a hitch, a feast for nine of us that was lovely, delicious, lengthy, and fully enjoyable. the turkey was cooked to perfection, tender and moist and delicious; the dressing rich and tasty, with chunks of roasted chestnut; the potatoes light and wonderful, the beans crisp and fresh, the gravy rich and hearty and smooth. For dessert the pumpkin and pecan pies were delicious, and the chestnut cream cake was sweet and startling. The wines were elegant: a Vino Novello di Toscana, a California Pinot Noir, a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and a capper of Bonny Doon Vin de Glaciere Muscat. I went home at 9:00 p.m. feeling warm, happy, and sated.

A few food notes: The pumpkin pie was made with fresh roasted Italian pumpkin, not american goo from a can, and you could tell. The turkey, slow cooked for 3.75 hours, with no more than the stuffing inside it and a dash of salt & pepper & olive oil on the outside, was perhaps the best I've had in years. I had worried about both the pie (the crust was a bit dry when I was rolling it out), and the turkey (haven't cooked one in a while), so the fact that everything came out so well was an extra boon. Everyone happy, another year down.