loving this wednesday

The day before Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days.  I get to organize groceries (and Banjo Man) and make big messes and cook tons of food and listen to music all day long.

Heaven.

My newest favorite Pandora station is “Laurie Lewis”, a California folk singer.  The best singers pop up on that station.  I write down the songs I love–I keep a notebook by the computer–for future purchases.  Yesterday afternoon I almost knocked over the iron twice while leaping from the sewing machine to the computer to see who was singing those beautiful songs.

I did eventually move the iron and the darn cord that kept tripping me.

And I bought three cd’s.  But don’t tell Banjo Man.  My song addiction is becoming too obvious.

So many songs, so little time…

Anyway, back to the pre-Thanksgiving festivities.

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Sarge arrives tonight.  He might drive home right after work or he might take a nap and then drive home in the middle of the night.  We never know.  But in case he is hungry when he arrives I have made one of his favorite meals:  beef and pepperoncini.  Two chunks of beef roast, one large jar of pepperoncini and a container of beef broth go in the crock pot.

Cook on high for hours.  Or whatever.

If I make it the day before, I refrigerate the broth separately (after cooking) and skim the fat that has risen to the top.  But there isn’t much fat in this dish so I don’t worry about it too much.  If I have the time I will remove the stemmed tops of the peppers.

It can be served open-faced on toasted sourdough rolls, topped with cheese and broiled.  With the “au jus” on the side.  Or in a sandwich piled high with pepperoncini.  Or just in a big bowl of beef and broth, with bread for sopping up juice.

I’ll let Sarge decide.

I’m really looking forward to this Thanksgiving.  Sarge’s Pictionary skills are unrivaled, the usual friends gathered around the table are hilariously competitive when it comes to the post-dinner games, and daughter NancyK and husband Mike will join us this year (NancyK got the day off, hurray!).

I’m grateful for all of it.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!!

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