Friday, November 19, 2010

Thoughts on Thanksgiving: Part 2

In response to the question

What do you think is the most important thing to put on a Thanksgiving table?  

I have two words: 
Fresh food.

At Thanksgiving especially, I strive to make sure everything on the table is homemade and make a point of using only natural ingredients. No margarine, no cranberry sauce in a can, and no instant gravy. This meal is as much about the time, effort, and love it takes to prepare as it is about the actual eating of it.

Growing up, I remember my grandmother made every single Thanksgiving dish from scratch. If you don’t know where to start with from-scratch cooking, you don’t have to look much farther than two generations back. Refer to old family recipes from your grandparents’ generation, before ready-made, instant food became widely available. During that era, there was nothing but homemade.

A Thanksgiving made with fresh ingredients from nature instead of from a can make for a meal that has something special. The extra effort and mindful attention to detail set this dinner apart from the everyday meals. The long hours in the kitchen are something to take pride in and to cherish. Cooking, after all, is one of the most basic and intuitive expressions of love.

This Thanksgiving, I encourage everyone to make their holidays as fresh as you can —

Not organic,
Not green,
Not eco-friendly,

just fresh.


Rowaida said...

love your post Rosanna! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family! God bless you all.
I am going to London to spend it with our kids who are studying there and so excited.
I would love to buy some of your products while there, where can I find your product there, Kindly advise.
Thank you

Best Regards,
Rowaida Flayhan

Rosanna Bowles said...

Hello Rowaida,
Thank you for your comments. You can find our products in London at John Lewis department store, Selfridge's, and Lakeland.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Rosanna Bowles said...

Rowaida,There is another great store in London that carrys Rosanna,Heals in Chelsea on Kings Road and on
Trottingham Rd.
My favorite is the one on Kings Rd.There is a John Lewis store there too!
Happy Thanksgiving!