This year I got to bring back from Florida:
- Fresh pecans to bake into a superb pecan pie using John Thorne's recipe in Richard Sax's "Classic Home Desserts." They really do make a difference.
- Key limes for a chiffon key lime pie. A perfect feather light ending to the meal.
- Kumquats that I boiled in a syrup and tossed into roasted sweet potatoes.
In return I am coming back from Pennsylvania with half a bushel of magnificent empire apples from Soergel's to share with our student employees.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My family seems to be coping fine without me, my move to the Olin Library has proved to be very professionally rewarding, and I am enjoying becoming part of the Rollins community.
Next year I hope I can be thankful for the Miller-Hicok clan being together again and happily esconsced in sunny Orlando.