Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re spending the day cooking with family up the coast. But, just in case you need a few last-minute Thanksgiving ideas (and didn’t see anything you liked earlier in the week), here are our favorites from last year:

  1. Bourbon Cranberry Compote
  2. Green Beans with Bacon Fat Vinaigrette
  3. Creamed Spinach
  4. Spicy Baked Spaghetti Squash
  5. Ancho Chile Pumpkin Pie
  6. Brie and Chive Buttermilk Biscuits
  7. Sage and Sausage Stuffing
  8. “Thanksgiving Nightmare” Sandwich

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for (and in no particular order):

Jillian: I am thankful for the house we live in and every object in it, for my health and the baby’s. I am thankful that I didn’t get super fat and act like a lunatic, and for cheeseburgers. I am thankful for Nia and my ability to dance. I am thankful for inspiration and The Kinks radio station I just created on Pandora. I am thankful for my family of origin, I love them more every year, and for the family I inherited with Malcolm; they are bizarre in a way that makes sense to me. I am thankful most of all for Malcolm himself, who is kinder and sillier and more generous than I could have imagined the day we met, when he got drunk and propositioned me awkwardly in college. I am thankful for gravity and good vodka and laughter, my friends, who are everywhere and right here when I need them. I am thankful for the “like” button that validates my neediness. I am thankful for seasons, especially this one, when we pause to think and thank with grateful intention, and light candles and eat much too much and celebrate one another and this beautiful life we share.

Malcolm: Mike and Tom Eat Snacks. The chicken salad sandwich at Clayton’s cafe. Used children’s books on Amazon. The Wintertime twin lobster special with a glass of Macallan 18 at DiMillo’s. Maseca. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Amato’s. Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Bread. Eddie Bauer. The grilled cheese sandwich with potato chips and a side of baked beans for $3.90 at Morse’s Lobster Shack. Longview Farm. IKEA. Chorizo. Rizzoli and Isles, the twin 14-year-old geriatric Nigerian dwarf goats who live in our backyard. Rizzoli and Isles,  TNT’s smash-hit police procedural drama starring Angie Harmon, the streetwise, straight-shooting (but still sexy) detective from Boston, and Sasha Alexander, the sweet forensic pathologist with the heart of gold. Habanero peppers. Brinkmann. The food trucks of Brunswick. Fruit trees. The Cheese Iron. Mayonnaise. Tin buckets of steamer clams. Diffused lighting. Wiley water. The support of friends and family who, though they may not quite understand how it is we make a living, still think we’re pretty cool. For the little girl that I haven’t quite met yet, but that I just can’t wait to get to know. For Jillian, who temporarily gave up a year of red wine, her sense of balance, and soon, 95% of her sleep, to turn our dynamic twosome into an extraordinary threesome.

And for our readers, who keep coming back each day to see what we’ve eaten last. Thank you so much for your continued support, your insightful comments, and your suggestions. We hope you’ll continue following along…it’s about to get good.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the taco-centric blog "Eat More Tacos," and the junk food-centric "Spork & Barrel." His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.

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