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Culinate Newsletter November 4 09

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 A few weeks ago, Deborah Madison wrote to us about [/columns/deborah/aseriouspotluck?utmsource=NL20091004&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=Impromptupotluck&utmcampaign=Socialtime "an impromptu potluck"] she'd had with a few friends. (Well, maybe it wasn't so impromptu; someone made Julie Child's beef bourguignon, which takes hours to cook.) 

 Here's a little of what Deborah said about the evening:

 "My neighbors — three of them — and two of us had dinner together the other night, because we all needed cheering. I took special care setting the table, pulling out big white linen napkins, using the best wine glasses, and the non-dishwasher dishes, as if it were Saturday night, not a Monday."

 I appreciated this piece for a couple of reasons. First, Deborah and her friends felt glum and so they did what they knew would gladden them: gather around the table to eat some good food. Second, they did it on a Monday!

 Too often we relegate social time around the table to weekends — but sometimes pulling out the stops with a fancy dinner at home during the week is a wonderfully jarring thing. In fact, it [/columns/kitchenlimbo/thehostesswiththeleastest?utmsource=NL20091004&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=thehostess&utmcampaign=Socialtime "doesn't even need to be fancy"] to be celebratory.

 Here's to gathering together during the long wintry evenings ahead.

 Kim Carlson
 Editorial Director

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