Thankful.

It’s funny how things work themselves out sometimes.

While I am not the religious type, I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Even though that reason may not immediately be clear, things come to fruition one way or another.

I have found myself surrounded and blessed with people who are not only mentors in one way or another, but who have also become and will be, life-long friends. I am learning new things from different people every day and am pinching myself constantly to ensure that this all isn’t some very, very, very weird dream.

Things have certainly not turned out the way that I “planned” them, but they are turning out none-the-less. One of the amazing and jaw-dropping experiences I have been fortunate enough to partake in happened recently: A dinner for 12 guests in Big Sur, at what has got to be one of the most spectacular houses I have even been to.

The view from the deck.

The view from the deck.

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With views like that and food like this, there is plenty to be thankful for this holiday season.

Passed Appetizers: Brioche Crouton with Whipped Creme Fraiche, Soft-boiled Quail Egg, and Caviar; Black Rice Cracker with Wild Steelhead Trout Tartar; Sunchoke Chip with Herb Goat Cheese

Passed Appetizers: Brioche Crouton with Whipped Creme Fraiche, Soft-boiled Quail Egg, and Caviar; Black Rice Cracker with Wild Steelhead Trout Tartar; Sunchoke Chip with Herb Goat Cheese

View from the kitchen.

View from the kitchen.

With the holiday season fast approaching and plenty of cooking coming my way, I’m spending ample time reviewing recipes and ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party. A chance to show and share appreciation for the people in my life who have stood by me, put up with me in so many different ways, and who have shown me nothing but patience and a belief that I can cook. It might not always be the best food in the world, but it is always made with a love and passion for the ingredients at hand.

Edible Lanterns.

Edible Lanterns.

Piping Whipped Chocolate Cheesecake.

Piping Whipped Chocolate Cheesecake.


Dessert.

Dessert.

I anticipate a great deal of change coming in the remaining last two months of this year, and welcome the waves of energy, excitement, and anticipation that are sure to come with it. Using the energy I am finding in every-day adventures and the culinary challenges coming to me from all over, I welcome the changes and am learning more and more to simply go with the flow.

A note about the photos: These photos were taken in terrible light by my friend Laura Nicola. It was more about the food than the photos 🙂

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