On such a day as this, I have to say I’m thankful for those irreplaceable things in my life: The love of God and redemption from Christ, the warmth and companionship of friends and family, good health, food in my belly, a roof over my head, living in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I wanted to do something a little different, too. Since this is a food column, I’ll mention a few kitchen-specific things I’m grateful for:
• Chocolate. Need I say more?
• Leftovers. Cook once, eat for days.
• Microwaves. How did people live without them?
• Herbs and spices. More flavor!
• Cookbooks with photos. Recipes are more interesting when I see the goal.
• Dinner and conversation with the crew at the home of my friends Dia and Joe. It’s family without matching genes.
• Parents who prioritize eating dinner as a family. It’s still important.
• The times my brother and I made chocolate chip cookies — and ate the dough without fear — as kids. The time I opened a bag of chocolate chips with too much force and launched them into the air was particularly amusing.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.