spent my tenth thanksgiving in walnut creek with family friends, making this easily my longest running consistent holiday tradition. cooking was accompanied by cocktail exploration where we made great use of our rosemary-honey, and the spread of w types of two kinds of stuffing, two preparations of potatoes, two kinds of gravy, sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga, and more was incredible. i made my usual bake brussels with shallots and prosciutto (or not, for the vegetarians). and the turkey was easily our best effort yet! brined overnight in a homemade veggie stock with herbs, peppercorns and a cup of captain morgans, before being cooked with garlic, fresh herbs and lemon until falling apart tender. and lets not forget the dump cake or vegan chocolate pecan pie.