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Catalogue: Thanksgiving, 2021

‘headed home’…

Ten years ago, I flew with my wife and dog Duncan out West to Allie’s childhood home in Piedmont, California for Thanksgiving. I remember, early morning, as we drove to the airport in the dark I knew: I was heading home. Once we boarded, Duncan settled in long before Allie and I were squared away… then, a little airplane nap…

On an adventure on Thanksgiving(?!), a time I strictly spent on the North Shore of Long Island at Fairview Street in my childhood home with my mom.  Where?  Why?  Love is a tricky (and really special) thing.  It makes the least intuitive action the most natural.  And, could I have been happier?  Of course not.  Newly married, I was so eager for everything on the other side of the flight, far away.  

…Allie’s childhood house smelled so unbelievable.  So fresh.  So settled.  Perfect.  All homemade from handwritten recipes.  Unthinkably delicious.

In the quiet after our delicious holiday dinner, Allie told me that growing up, whether visiting a friend, or on vacation, or away anywhere, even for one night, she and her sister always called wherever they were sleeping that night ‘Home.’ …

And, there I was: HOME (indeed, 3,000 miles away).  How did she know?  How did we get ‘there’…together(?).  But, we did.  

Ten years later, in the face of pandemic, we’ve painfully stayed away from these feelings and delight...  This year, I’m ‘headed home’ again…I am going to return to love and hugging. My cooking is back-to-basics, my focus is simple: what is absolutely delicious?  In my deeper wee-hour and late-night personal work I seek clarity and value my instinct above all else.  Head home.  At last, share this very special time your family.  You’ve earned it.

All love,

JZS, Thanksgiving 2021

 

Please Note: This and all featured items in our Catalogue are excluded from our "CASE10" 10% discount due to the special pricing we offer here and exclusively on these featured items. XOXO, Team Dog

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