Continuing the monthly tradition, The Speckled Palate’s The Potluck: February 2022 includes household items, a book, a dog-related memento and more. Come see my love list and tell me what was on yours for February.
Welp. February has been a strange month.
Why? The weather has been all over the place, in typical Dallas winter fashion.
But also, Lucy died, and it has been the biggest gut punch as we navigate life without her. (And I navigate adulthood without the pup who has been by my side since I was a 23-year-old new graduate starting her first “real” job.)
The cancer that showed up in August came back in one of her hind legs. She went from perfectly fine at the beginning of the month (and somehow navigating ice on three paws like a pro) to in terrible pain in the span of about a week.
We put our sweet girl to rest on Friday, Feb. 11, and our house has felt strangely quiet ever since.
Let’s Discuss February Highlights:
Honestly, this month has been HARD. Saying goodbye to someone you’ve known and loved for more than 13 years is HARD. Having to make the choice to say goodbye is impossible, but it was the right thing to do for her.
BUT there has been some good, and I’d love to highlight that because it’s not all bad.
- Kindness. Our vets’ office (shoutout to Lakewood Vet Center here in Dallas) rearranged their schedule so that one of the vet techs and our vet of almost 10 years were the ones to be with Lucy at the end. The tech, Devon, called me the morning of to see if we’d be OK in changing our appointment time so they could do this. I was so touched that she wanted to be with Lucy at the end, and I was also touched that another tech came in to say goodbye when we were there. Thinking of their kindness just brings tears to my eyes because that’s what we needed, and it’s also what Lucy deserved, and they knew and made it right for all of us.
- Love. February is the month of love, after all, and even though we didn’t do our usual Valentine’s date night at home, we sure felt the love from our friends and family members near and far. One of our sweet friends took our girls with her the afternoon we had to put Lucy down. And then after Lucy died, we received two gorgeous floral arrangements from dear friends. We also received several books for our girls about saying goodbye to beloved pets. And though this time HAS been hard, we have been loved fiercely.
- Family visits. We’ve been lucky enough to have all three sets of grandparents in town during the last month, and we’ve had a ton of fun with each of them. Really thankful for vaccines and science making these visits possible.
Black History Month:
Did you know that February is Black History Month?
“This year’s Black History Month Virtual Potluck features more than 30 Black culinary creators who were invited to share dishes inspired by the theme “Afrofuturism Through Food.” A philosophical concept that emerged in the 1990s, Afrofuturism explores the Black diaspora via the intersection of imagination, culture, future, technology, and liberation. These inventive recipes stretch the confines of traditional Black diasporic ingredients, both celebrating the culinary ingenuity of our past and progressing us toward an innovative culinary future.”Food52
I got to be a taste tester for Aline’s Bobó de Camarão (Brazilian Shrimp Stew), which I highly recommend. And I wanted to take a moment to highlight some more recipes from this collaboration that I want to try ASAP because they sound utterly delicious:
- Smothered Okra and Tomatoes
- Sorrel Martini Popsicles
- Sweet Potato Biscuits
- Shrimp Po’ Boy Salad
- Collard Green Hand Pies
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart with Candied Peanuts
Which ones do YOU want to try?
Now Let’s Talk About This Monthly Love List…
To recap, my potluck, as defined by the folks at Merriam-Webster is:
the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made… a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively ; whatever is offered and available in given circumstances or at a given time.
Now who’s ready to see what ended up on my list for February 2022?!?
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