Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
This week seemed extra long because of the holiday, but I’m not complaining. It was good to see family and friends and eat until I felt like I was going to explode. I went to two Thanksgiving dinners, one at my mom’s house and one at my boyfriend’s house, and then I had dinner with my best friend and her family on Friday. I also met up with my aunt and my cousin. It was a week full of reunions and food, two of my favorite things.
It’s always difficult to get back to a routine after the holidays, so I’m savoring the last day of my weekend. I’m curled up on my new couch with a cup of tea, writing this post and taking it easy. I’m glad that I had some time off last week and this weekend. It’s always good to take a minute, breath, and reassess.
Perhaps to no one’s surprise, this week’s Dimanche is full of Thanksgiving-themed articles and recipes. I’m going to post my recipe for bourbon cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie later this week, so stay tuned for those. In the meantime I’ll leave you with links to the recipes I used, plus some unrelated articles about gelato in New York and a video about the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
As I mentioned before, I did a little cooking for Thanksgiving and I was proud of what I made. I made bourbon cranberry sauce using Jessica Koslow’s recipe, and then I made a pumpkin pie from scratch. I bought little leaf stamps to use for the crust. It was a crowning moment (pun fully intended) when I put them on the edge of the pie. Stay tuned for blog posts about both recipes this week!
Centre Pompidou made a promo video and I’m *very* into it. For those of you unfamiliar with Centre Pompidou, it’s a modern art museum in Paris. It often gets overshadowed by other museums (read: Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre), so it made a tongue-in-cheek video about why people should stop by. Check out the video via Twitter.
A story about the pumpkin capital of the U.S. caught my eye earlier this week. Morton, Illinois, the self-declared pumpkin capital of the country, once produced 90 percent of all canned pumpkin in the U.S., and the majority of the people who made that possible traveled from a small town in Mexico. Read more about the town and the workers in this Reader article.
I’m loving this article about multicultural Thanksgivings. The writer, Malaka Gharib, asked five immigrants and second-generation Americans to share what they eat for Thanksgiving, Check out the interviews and photos in this NPR piece.
The best gelato maker in New York keeps a very low profile. Meredith Kurtzmann, a longtime resident of New York City, has made gelato for some of the best restaurants in town using a recipe she created based on her time in Italy. Kurtzmann retired recently but her gelato legacy lives on. Read more about her in this Eater story.
Last but certainly not least, there are few people I love more than Jeff Goldblum. I have a lot of admiration for his acting but also, he just seems like a genuinely good person. In this New York Times Magazine story, he weighs in on the recent synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh and talks about his musical background. Check out the full interview in NYT Mag.
Enjoy your week! Here’s a song to get you started.