Mountain Home Ranch
3400 Mountain Home Ranch Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515


Mountain Home Ranch Thanksgiving

the first sitting is for 80 guests
followed by a sitting of 40 for family
guests always eat first

the whole family cuts, slices, and dices on stainless steel
tables in a commercial kitchen whose oven will hold
five 25 turkeys at the same time

10 pound of chanterelle mushrooms picked from the neighboring canyon
are washed

there are no idle hands
there is no idle time

it takes more than 24 hours to prepare over 300 lbs of food

the joy of watching families with laughing children consume
this meal together at the dining room tables

has no comparison in this life


Contributed by: Forrest Pasky, a electrical engineer in the Silicon Valley. He spent 10 years in his 20-30’s as a freelance writer/artist/cartoonist for such publications as Hallmark Cards and King Features. Mountain Home Ranch is a 340 acre family-owned bed-and-breakfast ranch at the top of the Napa Valley. It has been in continuous operation as a get-away/retreat since 1913.

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  1. Forrest Pasky

    November 16, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Wow Donna!

    I’m so excited…

    You did a great job with this and family with absolutely love this in coming week and when we are all up at Ranch for Thanksgiving.

    Thank you again so much for opportunity and honor of working with you.

    Forrest 🙂 🙂

  2. randyjw

    November 16, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Thanks to Give

    This cozy place
    that sure looks great
    Thanksgiving’s grace
    besides our plates

    Our families seated
    Our hands are clasped
    The portions meted
    The meanings grasped

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  4. Anthonyinuk

    November 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    What a brilliant idea, dine-out reviews in verse! You make me want to move to Chicago or the Lebanon. I am torn between Alhambra Palace and Casino Kraitem.
    Thank you for your like on my blog Donna I am enjoying yours. I’m tempted to send in one from Scotland – the research should be fun.

    1. Donna Chlimon

      November 27, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I would love to hear one about a restaurant in Scotland. Hope to hear from you soon 🙂


    December 1, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Excellent poetry and so yummy of its atmosphere.

    This poem is absolutely incredible. 🙂

  6. pennydanger

    December 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I enjoy your writing and photos. Thank you!

  7. Aspiring Mountain Mama

    January 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    The Mountain Home Ranch looks like a lot of fun! So much food! I love it! The Poem is beautiful!

    1. dineANDrhyme

      January 23, 2017 at 3:01 am

      I agree! That food looks just about right for Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by!

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