Hands down, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. In fact, I love Thanksgiving so much I now have more than one. Of course, I don't call all of these Thanksgiving parties by that formal title, they aren't on the third Thursday of November and I don't always serve turkey, but in spirit they are same. These meals have become known by my friends and family as "the fall feasts". They take joy in all the bounty of the season; from the table settings to the menu to the pleasure of the company. I especially like to have these gatherings after a day spent enjoying the outdoors. We go apple or pumpkin picking, take a drive just to see the changing of the leaves or build up a real appetite by raking the front yard which is graced by several stately maples that while are a sight to behold, in the autumn create the beginnings of great fitness class. When the day turns to dusk, we gather on the front porch for warm cider (and wine) and a platter of cheese with a variety of sliced apples and also some crusty bread. For our meal, I favor something roasted. Whether it be a turkey, chicken or leg of lamb, I always make sure to add lots of root vegetables with olive oil and rosemary. For me, setting the table is the highlight of the fall season! The variety of flowers and produce seems an ever flowing autumnal rainbow. From the rich crimson dahlias to the branches of leaves, it is a feast for the eyes. At Thanksgiving, nothing gets a better smile than the chocolate place setting turkeys or the pilgrim costumes! To me, Thanksgiving (and the fall feasts) is a way to reconnect, to friends, to family and to the earth and for that I am grateful.