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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today I Wish I Had My Own Barista

I like to read Dianne Mott Davidson's Goldy mysteries not only because of the great recipes included in each book, but because Goldy is a caterer with a kitchen that includes an espresso machine. That seems to be the height of luxury. Need a pick me up? Just make a cappuccino!

But I will raise her one, because what I really want today is my own barista. He'd be a laid back surfer dude in flip flops and shorts, t-shirt optional. He wouldn't be a big conversationalist because I have work to do. His job would be to make me artistic coffee drinks like they have at Kean Coffee in Newport Beach, Martin Deidrich's little mini-coffee empire he created after Diedrich's and Gloria Jean's.

So why do I want my own barista? Well, today is a busy day since tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We will start our engines today, cooking and preparing ahead for a big feast tomorrow. I am missing a few ingredients which requires a drive to Mora. Gotta brine that turkey and where's that extra box of Kosher salt I thought I had? And how the hell did I forget onions?

So a cappuccino is in order for starters. Then an almond milk latte, and maybe some Mayan hot chocolate or an iced tea drink. I would share the surferdude barista with MBB since she is cooking, too.

Here's what's on the menu. I'm writing this to force myself to focus.

Celery and Carrots with Onion Dip
Green Salad (Starring a Survivor Lettuce from the Growing Dome)
Cider Brined and Glazed Turkey
Fig/Cranberry Compote
James Earl Coots' Famous Mashed Potatoes
Turkey Gravy
Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Sauteed Green Beans and Red Peppers with Pinenuts
New Mexican Apple Pie
Baked Pumpkin and Sour Cream Puddings

What's on your Thanksgiving menu?


  1. Oooh, my mouth is watering. The New Mexico is made and waiting for lunch later on. The green beans and red bell peppers sound great and I still have some pine nuts so I'm going to have to try it. I've been putting coconut concentrate in my coffee and love it. Wish that I had my own barista too and a trip to Newport Beach where my daughter lives would be so fun, but their little place just doesn't invite the mom and dad--I wish she could sell a few houses and be a bit more secure financially, but like many others she struggles--but that's another story. Have a great day and be sure to stop and smell the coffee!

  2. Whoops, I meant New Mexico Apple Pie is made!

  3. Oh my, I forgot that I've broken the bread for the pumpkin stuffed with everything good--only I'm using sausage and a hubbard squash like we did before and I can't wait to taste it again. Thanks again for your yummy recipes!

  4. Wouldn't we all love our own barista - and yours sounds fairly attractive to me! I just had to comment because my daughter worked her way through college at Kean's and Dietrichs! Now we have more in common than just the Virgen de Guadalupe quilts! - Melissa


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