Special Dinner: November

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Once a month, Mr. E cooks something a little fancier than our regular fare, and I set the table.

We’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for Mr. E’s family this year. That means two big dinners to cook, but Mr. E didn’t mind. He loves cooking. 🙂 So, on Saturday we had a warm salad with roasted apples and squash to start with. The starter was followed by scallops, rice, and dandelion greens with snippets of bacon. For dessert we had a pumpkin cheesecake.

Nov 2011 Dinner

Quite possibly the most delicious meal so far! The salad had crushed cashew nuts on top, and with just a dab of dressing, it was perfect. Perfect.

In the U.S., November seems to be considered a fall month. In Finland, however, it’s most definitely a winter month. The nature has settled for the winter. Most of the leaves are gone. Days are shorter. There might not be snow, or if there is, it won’t stay. That makes November a very hard month, though – it’s so dark, and there’s no snow to brighten things up.

Since – unusually – Massachusetts got its first snow already, I’ve had winter in my mind. We’ve had a fire and some candles going a few times. Even though it might not be typical for the time of the year here in the U.S., snow and candles nevertheless inspired this table setting.

Nov 2011 Table

Nov 2011 Setting

I love candles; don’t you?

Nov 2011 Table Mashup

Thank you, Mr. E! I loved this month’s special dinner.

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