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“How long have you had these symptoms?” the doctor asked me.

“A week or two,” I answered.

“About a month at this level. Decades at a reduced level.” Suzen was contributing to my diagnosis. I did not appreciate the “decades” bit.

“So,” the doctor continued, “your issue is confusion.”

“Yes,” I said.

“YES,” Suzen said. I really must remember not to bring her next time.

“Who is the President of the United States?” the doctor asked me.

“You don’t want to get into politics with Brian,” Suzen remarked quickly. You know, she does serve a purpose.

“What month is it?” the doctor continued.

“November,” I said. “But it seems endless to me. I just received more emails saying our blog has not put up any Thanksgiving recipes.”

“And?” the doctor asked.

“Well, I figured Thanksgiving had to be over already.”

“Why?” the doctor probed.

“Because Christmas decorations and store displays have been up for six weeks now. We have to be way past Thanksgiving,” I argued.

“Thanksgiving is next week, Brian,” the doctor corrected me.

“Yes, Brian.” Suzen concurred.

“Oh, dear,” I slumped back. “What can I do?”

“Well, I think you need to publish some Thanksgiving recipes on your blog,” the doctor began. “And then you might consider moving to a society that is less commercially oriented. I hear Iceland is a very mellow place.”

“Oh, great,” Suzen was staggered. “Can’t you just give him a prescription?”

So, we are six days from Thanksgiving 2011 and you may be wondering what to do. In the coming week I will, of course, supply you with some new holiday ideas. Fortunately, this blog is already flush with great menu ideas, from appetizers thru dessert. Here’s a table showing the blog titles for several wonderful recipes. And, I’ve included the word to search on, using the blog’s search feature, so you can easily isolate the recipe.

I’ll say that the Arrows Roast Turkey recipe is now our standard. We’ve done it for five or six years running and it has become a tradition. Nick’s Cranberry Sauce defines Thanksgiving for Suzen. Dorie Greenspan broadened everyone’s food horizons last year with Around My French Table. The stuffed pumpkin is directly from the book and Suzen created a stuffing recipe, sans pumpkin, as an alternative.

Here you go. I’ll be blogging more after my next doctor’s appointment. I’ve never been to Iceland.

Blog Title


Search Word
Arrows Roast Turkey Arrows
Nick’s Cranberry Sauce Nick’s
Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good by Dorie Greenspan Pumpkin
Thanksgiving Stuffing 2010 with Thanks to Dorie Greenspan Stuffing
Pumpkin Chiffon Cake for Thanksgiving Pumpkin
Apple and Jalapeno Tailgate Pie Tailgate