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Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo of thanksgiving turkey for blogpost, "Happy Thanksgiving," by author of "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T," Charis Freiman-Mendel.

What did you cook for Thanksgiving?

I hope all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving! My dad and second cousin, Bill, are in charge of the turkey, which they decided to roast with bacon. This year, my dad ABDICATED his position as side dish-chef, and now I am helping them by making a CORNUCOPIA of sides, including, roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green beans with red peppers and mashed potatoes. After dinner, we are heading over to a friend’s house for a dessert party. I love the traditional pecan and sweet potato pies, but this year, I decided to make a blueberry pie to ACCOMPANY home-made brownies. I know blueberries are not very seasonal, but every summer, I freeze freshly-picked berries for moments like this. Please stay tuned for a guest blog by one of my best friends, Sofia!

Happy festivities,

Charis

  • ABDICATE = to give up (position)
  • CORNUCOPIA = an abundant supply
  • ACCOMPANY =  provide something to complement

Pictures From France

Photo of Monet's garden for blog, "Pictures From France," on www.SATgourmet.com, a blog by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of cookbook, Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T.

First stop: Monet’s Garden. Me, Ross and my dad among the ANGELIC lily pads.

Photo of Gold Beach, Arromanches, France for blog "Pictures From France" by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of cookbook, "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T."

On June 6th, 2012 we visited Arromanches to COMMEMORATE the events that occurred on D-Day, ironically, June 6th, 1944. Me, my mom and brother in front of Gold Beach, one of the numerous beaches invaded by U.S. soldiers decades ago.

Photo of cod dinner at Au Bouillon Normand, Honfleur, France, for blog "Pictures From France" by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of cookbook, "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T."

Cod served with whipped potatoes, vegetables and an ETHEREAL sauce at Au Bouillon Normand in Honfleur. All of the ingredients were “du marche,” meaning, “of the market.”

Photo of McDonald's in France for blog, "Pictures From France" by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of cookbook, "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T."

McDonald’s, the ESSENCE of America, chez France.

Photo of Kitchen at Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, for blog, "Pictures From France," on www.SATgourmet.com, by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of cookbook, "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T."

In the kitchen at Château de Chenonceau, baking bread was a QUOTIDIAN activity.

Photo of French riverside picnic, for blog, "Pictures From France," on www.SATgourmet.com, by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of cookbook, "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T."

HONING your inner French self made easy with riverside picnic.

Photo of stevia leaves growing in gardens at Château de Chenonceau, for blog, "Pictures From France," on www.SATgourmet.com, by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of cookbook, "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T."

I LOATHE the artificial sweet taste of stevia leaves.

Charis

  • ANGELIC = divine
  • COMMEMORATE = remember
  • ETHEREAL = heavenly
  • ESSENCE = spirit, nature
  • QUOTIDIAN = daily
  • HONE = sharpen
  • LOATHE = hate