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Pressing Thoughts 
 
Nov. 6, 2009 12:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2009 2:00 pm
A couple of weeks ago--before November slammed into Seattle--some dear friends invited us to an apple-pressing party at their home. They asked us to bring apples, so we raided our old tree and brought a basketful to add to the hundreds of apples headed for the press. Some, like ours, were homegrown. Some were store-bought. All were cut, cored, and lovingly crushed to produce the most intensely apple-licious nectar I've ever sipped. Okay, chugged.

And the food! Homemade pizza from the wood-fired oven they'd built by hand in their wildly beautiful garden. Fresh clams cooked in I don't know...beer? Wine? Broth? But so savory and succulent I wanted to snatch up the bowl and run away with it. But had I committed such a crime, I might have missed the Italian fennel sausages fresh from the oven, simply roasted and sliced and finger-scorchingly delicious.

These simple pleasures--pressing apples, sharing food, and soaking up the mild autumn sunlight in an October garden--lifted my heart and gave me memories to smile about when Monday returned to weigh me down with its burden of daily routine.

So now I want to hear what's making you smile these days. Thanks for visiting, and happy November to you.
Freshly pressed apple juice.
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Even little guys got into it.
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A wild garden in the heart of Seattle.
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Wood-fired pizza oven. Every backyard needs one!
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Homemade pizza - someone couldn't wait until the photo was taken.
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Roasted Italian fennel sausage in all its juicy goodness.
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Fresh clams in a wicked good broth.
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Comments
Nov. 6, 2009 1:43 pm
That sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. It made me smile and wish I had friends like that in NYC!
 
Nov. 6, 2009 4:15 pm
Your blog really makes me wish I'd been there.
 
Tao,RN 
Nov. 6, 2009 6:40 pm
Thanks for visiting!!! Please come to visit again...I just updated a recipe which was on my other cooking blog. I will continue to move my recipes over here...
 
Nov. 7, 2009 6:47 am
Wow, that sounds like such a great time, and the food looks amazing! Your writing really makes me hungry! The thing making me smile most these days, honestly, is knowing I am losing my dreaded 9-5 job sitting behind a desk all day.
 
Nov. 7, 2009 8:49 am
i have always wanted a wood-fired pizza oven. that one looks awesome!
 
Nov. 7, 2009 3:55 pm
You always have the best adventures and obviously the best friends around. I love that pizza oven. In my dreams........ the sausages and clams, I do think I can smell them.
 
Nov. 13, 2009 2:00 pm
I'm grateful for such adventurous friends who do things like build ovens and press juice. They certainly make my quiet life more interesting. Thanks for dropping in - it's always nice to see you.
 
 
 
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Vanessa Greaves

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