I had the last week off from work. It was a nice time off, mostly spent relaxing. For Thanksgiving, I made dinner for the first time in my life. It was made for four people (me, the wife, and her parents), but I made enough food for at least 10. The meal included: two tofurkeys, garlic mashed potatoes, mashed squash, peas, carrots, corn, stuffing, cashew-based mac & cheese, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls. The real excitement came Thanksgiving morning. I had planned to host at our house, however the in-laws had a pet-emergency and we got a last minute call asking if we could have dinner at their house. It took a few minutes to re-organize my plans for cooking, but we pulled it off, throwing everything into the car..all of which was at various points in the cooking process. Despite the change of locale, the dinner went off without a hitch and everything turned out AMAZING. Making an awesome Thanksgiving meal kind of felt like a rite of passage.
Today is the last day of my time off from work, so I’m enjoying some beer and football. Allagash Hugh Malone, a Belgian IPA, is in my glass at the moment. For a 7.3% ABV brew, it goes down CRAZY fast; I nearly finished the bottle while typing the above paragraph. It’s a very solid beer for the style and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. It has a great balance of Belgian spiciness (clove, banana) with piney hoppiness. As indicated by the label, the beer is best enjoyed fresh, so if you’re going to give it a go, make sure you get a bottle hot off the line.