I'll be honest with you: I wasn't horribly excited about Thanksgiving this year.
Maybe it was because the food wasn't particularly new or exciting -- with the exception of one dish and the dessert, we were having the same menu as last year.
Or maybe because it was another holiday without my sister and brother-in-law and niece in California. We all miss them.
But once we gathered around the kitchen, and the pie crust was rolled out and hands were covered in butter and the sizzle of garlic hit the pan, all the excitement came back.
Because how could you not get excited about a holiday that focuses merely on comfort and company and one large, relaxing meal to kick of the chaos of the holidays?
And so it begins.
[For non-food food photos of my Thanksgiving, visit my photo blog, Simply Jack. For all of my Thanksgiving photos, visit my Flickr.]