Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

When I first came to the Netherlands, I quickly began to miss many of the wonderful things of home, and few more than Thanksgiving. There's something wonderful about sitting at a table with friends and family, and getting completely stuffed on wonderful home cooking. I mean, there are other, better holidays out there, but the Netherlands celebrates them too. But Thanksgiving is uniquely American, and I missed it.

Well, Bee couldn't let her pooh be said in November, so she made it her mission to bring me Thanksgiving, and we've celebrated it every year, and our friends always pester us to know when they'll be receiving their invitation.

Bee always does the turkey, and she's managed to roast it every year with stuffing, and never undercook it or dry it out. She wraps it in bacon, and after it's done cooking, we take all the bacon/turkey grease, and make a great gravy out of it (with chicken broth, garlic and lots of black pepper). I've added candied yams to the list, which went over very well this year, and macaroni and cheese at the request of a friend. Bee finally mastered jello salad, and I quit enjoyed it myself. We also had mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

For desert, home made pumpkin pie (again, all Bee), homemade chocolate cake (Bee) and apple pie (store bought, alas).

So here's some shots of pretty food, friends and family:


  1. Bone Gnawer -

    Ok, so I'm wondering what your European friends think about our 'Feasting Tradition"!

    Do they enjoy it? Critize it? Have suggestions?

    Have you always made it a point to include only american style food or is there a bit here and there that Bee sneeks in for everyone not familiar with what we regard as "thanksgiving Dinner"?

    just wondering! ;)

  2. They say "When is it going to be? Can I be invited!!?"
    And also
    "Holy crap I'm full!"

    And no, Bee keeps it very traditional. She used to make pumpkin pie from actual pumpkins, in fact, because she couldn't get pumpkin pie-filling around here.

    I have introduced a non-traditional dish here and there, like macaroni and cheese or spicy mashed sweet-potatoes, but mostly because I was in the throes of learning to cook and I wanted to show off. This year was very traditional.


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