Last night was Thanksgiving menu-planning time with my dearest Baltimore friends, Robert and Jan. Each year we sit down together and review Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and other cutting edge foodie magazines to come up with a Thanksgiving meal that scratches our creative itch to engage in culinary extravagance as we make plans to feed family and friends. To accompany a cider-brined turkey with star anise and cinnamon, some possible side-dish options we are considering this year include Kobach puree instead of sweet potatoes, glazed Hakurei turnips instead of traditional root vegetables, a roasted beet and carrot salad, and perhaps a potato and celery root gratin, among other delicacies. Yum!
For our "working supper" last night, I chose to forego a vintage look completely and instead wear a comfortable tunic and leggings, both by Macy’s house brand Style & Co., with platform pumps by Call It Spring from JCPenney.com. The tunic and the leggings were gifts from my best friend Kari’s mom, Joyce, to celebrate my weight loss when we got together in Las Vegas in May. I love the brass and nickel colored studs on the leggings and the tunic, and paired them with a gold and silver metal choker necklace and matching earrings from Tina’s Antiques & Jewelry, a quirky but fabulous little shop at 237 Main Street in Reisterstown, Maryland (410-833-9337). My gold and silver-colored metal bracelet watch is from CountryDoor.com and I found the gold and silver-colored metal cocktail ring in Las Vegas.