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Dinner 8: Jim and Page's

A Dinner in February

1 Comment 08 March 2011

Contributed by Hairee Lee

Buffet with Jars Ceramics Tourron charger plate, rectangular dish, and serving bowl and Simon Pearce Belmont serving bowl

Laura's spread of winter pear salad, cornbread, carrots and fennel, and cheese-crusted squash

For this late February dinner party, we prepared a delicious meal featuring winter vegetables (read the recipes here) at our friends’ Jim and Page’s beautiful Cambridge home. See more pictures on our Flickr.

February is ghastly month. It’s cold without the heart-warming effect of Christmas. There’s the memory of January and the dread of March (and April, and probably May) ahead. There’s Valentine’s Day that brings out the Vitamin E deprived anti-Hallmarkers. There’s the post January get-fit frenzy leaving off and the pounds from comfort food going back on. February is miserable. Or it can be miserable.
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Dinner 6: Thanksgiving

The Perfectly Delicious Dinner

No Comments 01 December 2010

Contributed by Hairee Lee

table with simon pearce cavendish dinnerware, corinth wine glasses, chilewich mats, match pewter, and libeco home linen

Our Table: Simon Pearce Cavendish dinnerware and Corinth wine glasses, Libeco Home Vence tablecloth and Fjord tablerunner, and David Mellor Classic flatware

This November, in observation of the holiday, we decided to put together a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for some friends, before the in-laws show up. View more photos on our Flickr, read the recipes, or read more about the table setting.

Thanksgiving: the most American of holidays. More than the Fourth of July even, because it’s more personally ritualized, rooted in familial tradition. It’s a conspicuous marker for many American’s individual histories and their annual schedules—the temporal and spatial orientation of their lives, and a reminder of their mortality. And what better way to celebrate these bonds of love and the past and our hopes for the future than to sit and eat together, almost as if you’re taking into your belly love and past and hope to digest and make into a part of your material self? But I digress.

This Thanksgiving dinner takes place at Andrea’s beautiful home. Andrea, a writing instructor at Harvard University, completely renovated the previous “crap hole” of a house. Where there used to be black encrusted floors, now lie gorgeous wooden floors the color of a fine cognac. Where the ceilings were lowered, the original vault ceilings have been restored. The rooms are sparingly furnished with pieces carefully chosen and deeply personal. Like her dining table from William Henry Furniture, Andrea’s first piece of furniture that is entirely her own, not something passed down by relatives or picked up second hand. But rather something she found, chose, and brought into her home. It means, for Andrea, a declaration of independence. Her home. The size and its central location in her house gives it a symbolic resonance that is the perfect (secular) alter for giving thanks.

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Dinner 6: Thanksgiving

So many choices: Wines by an Oenophile

No Comments 24 November 2010

Lower Falls Wine Company Thanksgiving wine selections

We're connoisseurs of variety

For this Thanksgiving dinner, we benefited from the oenophillic expertise of Phil Minervino, of the Lower Falls Wine Company in Newton Lower Falls. Here are his selections.

Left to Right:

  1. 2009 Clos de la Roilette Red Beaujolais
  2. Argyle Brut
  3. 2007 Bedell Chardonnay
  4. 2009 Fürst Müller-Thurgau
  5. 2004 R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo
  6. 2008 Grand Vin de Bourgogne Rully
  7. 2006 Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti

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