The first time I ever cooked Thanksgiving dinner, I was living in a studio apartment in Manhattan, a small room with one (short) wall dedicated to the kitchen. My furniture consisted of a bed, a futon couch and a coffee table — that’s all that could fit. Still, eight of us (or was it ten?) crowded into the apartment — all 250 square feet of it — perching on the edge of the bed, sitting cross-legged on the floor, to talk and laugh and sweat (it may have been November in New York, but the oven made it hot and stuffy), and eat (and eat and eat). There were friends — notably my dear Scottish pals, who had never before experienced Thanksgiving — and cousins of friends, and friends of friends’ cousins — the strays that a holiday creates. The evening went on long and loud and may have ended with too much whisky at a bar on Avenue B. I still remember it as one of the best Thanksgivings ever.
Wherever you may be, I’m wishing you a wonderful day, chers amis. Among so many other things, I am grateful for YOU, for the time you take to visit my blog, for your funny and heartfelt comments. I wish I could pull a giant turkey wishbone with each one of you. Instead, I wish you a lovely weekend — and if it includes a little relaxing internet surfing, here are some links I love:
–I can’t wait to make these boat place cards tomorrow while the turkey is roasting. And if I’m lucky, maybe I’ll have some little hands to help me!
–This year, I’ve been entrusted to make the Thanksgiving pies. I’ve already made this pumpkin cheesecake, which smelled absolutely heavenly in the oven, all spicy and gingery.
–And I’m super excited to bake this apple and chili pie with a cheddar crust, although instead of wimpy Hatch green chilies, I’m using jalapeño. Spicy, sweet, savory with a punch of heat… wow, just wow.
–Speaking of baking, if you’re making Christmas treats this season, The Misanthropic Hostess has a trove of recipes that are far from cookie cutter (ha ha).
–If you take one minute, 35 seconds to watch this video your day will be better. Promise.
–Finally, the holidays can be the worst, most difficult and isolating time of the year. But thanks to SOS and their daily hotline, Anglophone expats in France always have a sympathetic ear. This Friday, the venerable organization is raising funds with a jazz evening at the British Embassy Residence in Paris (more details here). And, as always, if you need to talk or vent, information on SOS is available here.
As for me, I’ll be back next week with another Tuesday dinner. Until then, may your turkeys be moist, your family gatherings peaceful and your travels safe.