Plates and bellies are full. Once empty chairs are now occupied with out-of-town familiar faces. It’s Thanksgiving, and good food and great spirits are abundant. The candle flickers and the hum of conversation buzzes from across the table. Slowly, as it always does, the chatter will begin to soften and excess food will be packed into plastic or wrapped in foil. Friends and family embrace and kiss and sing, fading into the dark of the night where they will return once again to their homes.
The art of the simple leftover. Not to be reinvented, complicated, or taken for granted. How lucky we are to have tangible reminders of our hours of labor, laughter shared and those that we’ve missed so much. The stroke of the knife. The aroma of warm coffee shared over pie. Another year passed and memories made; torn photos pasted into scrapbooks and the chill of winter. These true symbols represent the very essence of family: meals created in the home with the sole intention of gathering together.
Leftovers are fervent opportunities to be immersed in warmth and gratitude for the food before you. Nostalgic reminders of the beauty that is the every day. Beautifully simple and familiar.
So long are the humdrum days of the holidays.
Today, we celebrate the mundane.
Have a wonderful holiday with you and yours.
Read past Back to Basics posts here!Words & Photos — Kate De La Rosa Logo Illustration — Katie Michels