We are pleased to have Marge Perry back again as a guest blogger this week. Marge is the publisher and author of the blog, A Sweet and Savory Life and her food writing appears frequently in Cooking Light, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Self, and more. She writes the daily Ask the Expert column for MyRecipes.com and is a long time newspaper columnist. Visit her blog and learn more about Miss Margie.
I was traveling in India on a trip of a lifetime with my Dad when Hurricane Sandy hit; I watched CNN from across the world as I trolled Facebook for word of friends and family.
Finally, the New York airports re-opened and I made my way back home. As we drove from the airport to my house, I was stunned by the landscape. It was eerily dark; trees formed barricades across streets and yards; wires swooped low to the ground and huge areas were draped with yellow police tape.
Over the next week, crews of public workers and technicians made their way through the streets, removing downed trees and re-attaching dangling wires. A few miles from me, a friend waded through gasoline-tainted water to try to save her restaurant. Offices were closed and people were stranded. There were no landline phones and gas for cars and generators was in short supply. Power was restored to homes bit by bit; I was lucky, but half a block from my house, a friend was without power for nine wearying days. And there are people who lost their homes, and with that, precious love letters and photos of their children as babies.
This year as we sit down to our Thanksgiving meal, I am profoundly grateful that I have lights and heat and the comfort of a soft bed; and for the good fortune of having my family all together.
I will serve turkey, of course, and stuffing. But the real star of the table is my bowl of nearly luminescent roasted root vegetables. They celebrate these last few weeks; these humble vegetables remind me that what truly nourishes us is simple and basic. But when I toss them in browned butter, it is as though I have turned on their magical internal lights and power: their flavors and colors and textures buzz with excitement.