Thanksgiving in the Presidio
This year we were invited by Liz and Jan to join friends and "farm family" for Thanksgiving in the Presidio in San Francisco. Formerly a military base, the homes in the presidio are nestled in the woods along the coastline of the bay.
As guests arrived, the tables and sideboards filled with handmade pies and side dishes. When you feast with farm family, you're bound to enjoy the best of what the season has to offer. We brought oven roasted vegetables including acorn squash that cooked a little too long and set our smoke detectors off on Thanksgiving morning. I may have assembled the squash in the pan with the charred side down to hide our squash shame but it was a hit slathered in fresh aioli.
Once everyone had arrived, we enjoyed our meal outside in the early evening light. There was talk of a post-feast stroll through the woods but we queued in front of the table of pies first, adding dollops of Lorraine's yogurt-whipped cream with honey on top of each piece. Evelyn strummed a guitar she'd picked up in the house and gave an impromptu concert to those who wandered away from the pie table. After pie and coffee we strolled through the woods to a vista point overlooking the bay where we watched the sun dip in the sky and then returned for games, hot tea, and a movie before heading back home.
This Thanksgiving, our last in California, was truly the best we've had here.