An Artful Thanksgiving

 

Shallots

“We live in a very tense society.  We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together…. I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.”

-Helen Hayes

With the furious completion of my MFA Thesis/Portfolio (a 225 page document reflecting upon my past 2 ½ creative years) and following the busiest week at work of the year, I decided to have a solo-Thanksgiving.  I have been reading several inspirational food blogs lately, and though my blog is part of a larger artistic framework within my website, the use of food as subject matter is evident.  Posts regarding meals, local agriculture, and food preparation are as important to me as posts advertising art shows and displaying new paintings.

In fact, the precise attention to food and to health, are what permit me to paint, draw, and create.  Both aspects of my life inform each other.  So much of what I articulated in my Portfolio addresses the complexity and integration of relationships (food and art, art and health, health and local agriculture, food photographs and writing reflections, etc).  Spending a day painting, writing, doing yoga, preparing and eating delicious, local foods, and listening to music, was a gift…regardless of the date being Thanksgiving Day or just another Thursday.

I roasted local butternut squash from Rockville Market Farm, with local shallots from Orb Weaver Farm, and local maple syrup from Fresh Tracks Farm.  I toasted local walnut oat wheat bread from Klinger’s Bakery and topped it with local mustard from Northeast Kingdom Mustard Co., organic cranberry sauce (from a can…yes), local spinach from Pete’s Greens, locally smoked turkey meat from Misty Knoll farm, and a thinly sliced fig (organic but definitely not local)…and I loved. Every. Last. Bite.

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

-Henry David Thoreau

 

Preparing to roast

One of my favorite local savory breads

 

Spinach, fig, and cranberry sauce

Simple, yet delicious



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