We’re sixteen days from Thanksgiving glory—a world of time to put some thought into your Thanksgiving strategy. Everything seems possible. Brine a turkey? Deep fry it? Stuff it with a duck inside a chicken? BRING IT ON. To aid in your dreamy dreams, I’d like to point you to Judy’s Chickens, a blog that this very day celebrates its first anniversary.
Our friend Judy Wright dazzles us on a regular basis. She has knitted four bed-sized mitered square blankets. She grows a Nashville garden so beautiful that it has brought tears to my eyes. She does in fact raise suburban chickens. And she cooks with a curiosity and love that is utterly contagious. When she announced last year that she was starting a blog exploring food and garden (and the occasional chicken), my instant thought was: This is going to be good.
What I didn’t anticipate is how adventurous it is. She’s not prissy—she’ll recommend a Trader Joe’s pie crust or minced garlic. What makes Judy’s Chickens a blessed antidote to the chaos of most recipe sites is the fact that she is a fantastic storyteller. You’re right there with her, diving into not only the how-to but the why. One section of her blog, Farming, takes you on visits to local farms. She’ll go deep into sorghum making.
She takes you to a canola field.
Here are a few Judy’s Chickens posts on my mind for our family’s Thanksgiving table.
1. Cauliflower Three Ways. A cruciferous odyssey.
2. Mom’s Pumpkin Pie. Judy’s mom was the best. As is her pie.
3. Italian Ricotta and Lemon Cookies. Rich yet light. How can this be?
4. Marion’s Crazy Good Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips. This stuff will tame the most challenging of relatives sitting at your breakfast table.
While you’re browsing, here are some Judy adventures from the MDK archives. This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to adventures with Judy:
That time when we started a knitting circle.
That time when Judy’s friend came to the knitting circle.
That time when Judy showed up in our driveway in a Model A.
That time when Judy took my sweater home because she looked great in it.
Happy blogiversary, Judy! Hey everybody, the best gift you can give a blogger is a Follow. I think you’ll enjoy Judy’s Chickens.
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