November 23, 2005
Blogging in Real Time


One of the advantages a cookbook has over a food blog is that you can consult it in the run-up to a holiday. For the last few days I've been scattering books around the flat, making and remaking decisions. Oyster stuffing or traditional sage and onion? (Do I dare? Do I dare?) What to do with that lovely butternut squash in the corner? Although I'll probably start cooking tomorrow night, I won't be writing about the results until after the table has been cleared, the glasses washed and everyone has gently (or heartily) belched. I don't want to give away any surprises for our 10 cherished guests. And in our case, the delay is increased further by the fact that I live in a country that doesn't recognize Thanksgiving as a holiday. So while our American readers are sitting down to a heaping plate of turkey and stuffing, I'll be slogging away at work as usual.

That makes me feel sad, knowing that I'm far away from my vast extended family on my favorite foodie holiday.

On the other hand, I have so much to be thankful for that I'm actually ashamed of myself when the sad feeling hits me. Although my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins are a couple thousand miles away, I have my new precious immediate family here. This is the first Thanksgiving for our baby, and the timing of his birth is such that I can actually look forward to feeding him some of our feast. We have enough to eat every day. We have thousands of readers who are interested in reading what we eat every day. We are very lucky. So Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I'll be thinking of you all tomorrow as I trudge to work. And I'll be thanking my lucky stars profoundly when we say grace on Saturday.

And in case you too are desperately looking for ideas for your Thanksgiving tables, read on for a list of some of our fall and holiday posts from the past. Maybe you missed one or two gems...

Barrett's Chestnut Dressing

Meg's Thanksgiving 2004 stuffing

Barrett's Stuffed Acorn Squash

Meg's Spicy Squash Soup

Barrett's Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Grandma Kehoe's Cranberry Rolls

Up next week: 1001 Things to Do With Leftover Turkey.

Until then, may your table groan with the weight of delicious dishes and your waistband be expandable and large. Bon ap'!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at November 23, 2005 2:02 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

Cheers to you and everyone here! I'm going traditional, boring but just what I'd like to have. Then, just cause I wanted something 'more', am going to toss a whole duck in the smoker, oh yeah.

Cheers again,


Posted by Dr. Biggles on November 23, 2005 at 5:47 PM

It's ironic. Here I am in the US finding it difficult to conjure up any feeling for Thanksgiving because culturally it means nothing to me, and there you are, stuck, with the opposite probem in Paris. If you'd told me sooner we could have done a swap for the day. I would even have gone to work for you (for payment in Pierre Herme currency, bien sur!).

Hope you enjoy the cooking and the hosting. You have a very lucky 10 guests!


Posted by Sam on November 24, 2005 at 12:14 PM

Sam, i think Thanksgiving really strikes a chord with Americans for a lot of good reasons: it's pretty much a-political (unless you count the somewhat romanticized story of its origin), and non-denominational, and despite the best efforts of Hallmark cards and their ilk pretty uncommercial. Add on top of that the fact that it's an opportunity to cook up a storm and you have the makings of a very good holiday. If I were back in the US, or you were here, you would certainly be invited. And I think you would begin to see the draw.

What doesn't work is eating in a restaurant for the big day - I've done so a few times out of nostalgia when I didn't have the means to entertain and it's sadder than nothing at all. Our office is having a Thanks Giving (note the odd space) lunch tomorrow and personally I just think it's WRONG. Either you do it right or not at all.

Anyway, next year we'll try to work this out more sensibly!

Posted by Meg in Paris on November 24, 2005 at 3:03 PM

I did end up having a great dinner yesterday thanks to some kind friends. Not a pumpkin in sight!

Posted by Sam on November 25, 2005 at 5:15 PM

Sam, glad to hear you enjoyed it! I also think it's kind of nice that there is a holiday where we are meant to stop and think about reasons to be thankful. For the Internet and the friends we meet through it, for example!

Posted by Meg in Paris on November 29, 2005 at 2:06 AM
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