After Halloween I switched my laptop's background wallpaper from the Edward Gorey piece to the following photo I found online of the Ford Mansion's kitchen:
The Ford Mansion's kitchen.
I have visited the Ford Mansion several times and have always enjoyed each trip, learning something new every time. And I love old, colonial kitchens with those large, working cooking fireplaces with ovens and all sorts of pots and gadgets. The Ford Mansion is colloquially known here in NJ as "Washington's Headquarters" (link for more information) and it was here that I purchased my copy of The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook.
When I plan my menu for our two separate Thanksgiving dinners, I use this book along with a couple of others, as my historical guide into recipes that may not always date as far back as the first Thanksgiving.....(though some do), but at least lend a special Colonial flavor to this very American holiday.
In the past I have had Thanksgiving dinners in many homes of various ethnicities, and marveled (usually disappointedly) at the lack of culinary imagination often displayed. An example to help illustrate my point was when I used to go to one family's home many years ago who were Italian. Thanksgiving dinner there was essentially a typical Italian Sunday dinner.......along with a turkey that didn't even make its appearance until like the third course. Rosa has told me that Hispanic families are very similar, and celebrate with rice and beans, often with NO turkey at all.....again no different from any other dinner.
My point is this: You have 364 days to eat your usual fare, why not make Thanksgiving uniquely American? Would you eat pasta and meatballs on St. Patrick's Day too?
Anyway, my focus has been on entertaining lately. And I am a bit baffled by my inexplicable lack of libido. Things are fine between Rosa and me. Finances are not any worse than usual and are at the very least stable. I am not depressed. I am not sick. But I just don't feel particularly sexy. I am hoping that something will trigger a change. (it's happened before as readers here may recall.)
I also wonder if age is playing a stronger role? Not long after Thanksgiving I will hit 60. The thing is I don't dread it. And I don't feel OLD. I mean I do have increasing aches and pains. My arthritis is more noticeable. My back....well, my back hasn't been good in years. But despite all that, I don't feel decrepit or ugly......just sexually neutral.
I wonder...................what if I make a historical oyster stuffing?????? ;-)