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Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Here’s hoping everyone had a great Turkey Day yesterday and is enjoying a long, relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. Our time together is fleeting, and should always be cherished.

Kathy and I spent a quiet day together that began with a lovely brunch of smoked salmon, bagels, cream cheese, capers, red onion and fresh fruit. This, by the way, paired wonderfully with a bottle of 2016 Heath Sparkling Adoration. The rest of the day was filled with memories, laughter, a few tears and the smell of pie baking and turkey roasting.

Jeff’s Corner

Howdy, Howdy, Howdy

It’s great to be back in my Corner again after some really good chill time in Santa Fe and Colorado visiting Kath’s sister Kerry and her hubby Bill. We’ve been close for forty years, and it’s always special when we get to share time together.

Kerry likes bubbles in her wine, so before we left we sent her a box of Heath Sparkling, and we showed up on their mesa with an iced-down bottle of ’16 Adoration. The sun was going down, the moon was rising (almost full) over the mountains, and all was perfect.

Then Kerrs said, “Check this out guys, it’s pretty cool” and she broke out a jar of wild Hibiscus flowers in a barely sweet syrup. She said to drop it in the flute, and when we did the rising bubbles opened the petals of the flower and they danced like a sea anemone.

Now, I’m usually way too much of a traditionalist for a flower in my wine, but this was really cool. Visually it was mesmerizing, the hint of sweetness was delightful, and the flower was really good to eat when the wine was gone. I liked it a lot, and the sisters agreed, it had a unique texture and flavor they had never before experienced.

The website for this product is www.wildhibiscus.com, and they have all kinds of really interesting flower products for food and beverage. It’s definitely worth checking out...

Finally, here’s a big thanks to Kerry and Bill for all the great hospitality, love, and friendship. You’re an amazing cook, Ker, and no-one can wash and dry dishes quite as well as we can, Bill.

Cheers!

Photo Cred: @gusherphotagraphy

Jeff’s Corner

"Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.”

These are some very scary lines from Hamlet that send chills up my spine every Halloween. I hope they spook you as well...

On a more serious note, I haven’t heard from my dear friend Mr. Pumpkin (head of the Pumpkin Family) in a few years, and this is very disconcerting. I have no way to get in touch with him, and fear the worst. I read the other day the demand for pumpkin pie filling has increased tenfold over the last three years.

Let’s hope for the best, however, and reminisce over better times in a post from exactly five years ago in Jeff’s Corner on October 31, 2014:

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