11.30.2009

Thanksgiving, Report, Over And Out


BEGINNING THANKSGIVING REPORT:

The Smiths, who graciously provided the house and the bird, are immigrants of the Swiss nature. So, Switzerlandian. Then there are the Webbers who are invited as well and are made up of one-part Canadian to one-part Czech (marvelously heavy accent and all). Also invited are Lloyd's graduate engineering students, one from Iran and one from India.

The Holbs and the yours truly are bringing up the American contingent to this American holiday all on our lonely, which is quite the responsibility!

Este had asked me to bring the sides, and so here I am, literally and directly representing my country, the entire thing, coast to coast, through food. Such a task!

Naturally, I chose mainly orange dishes. Thanksgiving is a very orange holiday.  Here is a sampling of how my afternoon of foreign feasting fared:

IRANIAN ENGINEERING STUDENT
So . . . is this pumpkin?

AMERICAN FEMALE
Oh, that's squash. Like pumpkin. But, squash.

IRANIAN ENGINEERING STUDENT
Skwashhh??

AMERICAN FEMALE
It's a gourd?

IRANIAN ENGINEERING STUDENT
(looks confused)

AMERICAN FEMALE
Would you like to try this instead?

INDIAN ENGINEERING STUDENT
These are pumpkin?

AMERICAN FEMALE
No, these are yams.

INDIAN ENGINEERING STUDENT
Oh. This is cheese on top?

AMERICAN FEMALE
Those are marshmallows.

INDIAN ENGINEERING STUDENT
(blank stare)

AMERICAN FEMALE
Sugar?

INDIAN ENGINEERING STUDENT
(look of understanding, then of concern, followed by waving of hands, international sign for no thanks, weird American.)

Cultural taste buds aside, I think it is safe to say my sides were a hit! Well, I liked them anyway. I kind of felt like a hero, an American hero! Where's my purple heart!

Because I am a smart cookie, I made enough sides to assure us of leftovers for the rest of November and on into December, leftovers being the best part of Thanksgiving after all, and then on Saturday night I received from the Heavens a stroke of genius and decided to cook us up a baby turkey. 

While Mr. Baby Turkey roasted up I reheated the sides, whipped up some stuffing (FROM A BOX!), and made a little gravy too. And then suddenly it was Thanksgiving again! So, we rolled with it. (I did not make any rolls.) 

Thanksgiving The Second:

Afterward we sat back and stared at each other,  shocked by this turn of events. It turns out, I can cook! Who could have seen that coming? 

And then I pulled out the Christmas tree. Lovin tradition.


The end.

22 comments :

  1. I love this post! I'm very proud of your cooking skills, it all looks amazing! I'm also proud of your cute little tree. Is it really white or is that an effect? Kat :)

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  2. Very happy ending, if I do say so myself!
    Laughing about introducing the food to everybody else!

    Wish you luck with thanksgiving dinner next year!

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  3. Isn't it great when you realize that you can cook a turkey dinner, and it's not that hard (just time consuming). It's another "epoch in your life," as Anne would say. We did Cornish hens this year instead, and I managed to roast them upside down. *shakes head*. They looked nice, we just had to eat them standing on our heads. hehe.

    I liked your choice of candy corn as a side. My kind of vegie!

    Seriously, your meal looks wonderful, and I know you did America proud!

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  4. Oh! I love the white Christmas tree! Beautiful photos Nat!

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  5. I too was amazed at how easy it actually is to cook a thanksgiving meal (this year was my first), even though my stuffing came from a box as well, why mess with what works?

    I love your tree, it is so beautiful :)

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  6. Loving the feathers in the tree.

    I too stumble into my office first thing each morning--even before going downstairs to eat! But my office is less a creative space than a place where I get all my Pharma admin accomplished. A productive bummer. (Think on THAT why dontcha?) Viva la dedicated space!

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  7. First of all...your studio...your place...I too someday hope to have that little nest in my home...it seems to move to different locations such as the dining table, kitchen table and the computer is central in the house...I do my best in some sort of privacy (?)...don't know why...
    Your Thanksgiving sounded quite fun with the International Flair and then your's with the hubby...all looked so good! I am partial to the Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows...Lovely shot of the tree...I think I will do some decorating today...Christmas music too!

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  8. Delighful post! I greatly enjoy my several minutes of avoiding "work" while i read your blog. Your Post Thanksgiving Leftover Dinner looked wonderful!

    Can you explain to me the big pink balls hanging from your ceiling? I feel as though there should be something of the same in my house...but i need the recipe of creation! Did you make them? Did you buy them? Did you just take them from a friend house? Please share!!

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  9. Heidi, they are from the Martha Stewart kit at Michaels. So, I made them, but I also bought them. Martha made them, and I helped. :)

    Allegria, thank you for that "epoch in our life," that is exactly what I was going for. Oh but Anne always knows, doesn't she?

    Kat, it IS a white tree! The Walmarts special! We've had it going on three years and she hasn't let me down yet. One of those fancy aluminum trees, you know.

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  10. Glad it was all good. Everything looked perfecto (thats for the Italians)

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  11. Totally cute. Believe it or not, your awesome pics are making me hungry. And I swore just yesterday that I could never possibly fit another sliver of food in my stomach. Go figure.

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  12. Lovely - good post as usual.

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  13. I like me some turkey. Thanks for reminding me. You always have a way of bringing taste, or smell or some sort of seemingly real feeling to your posts. Tjis time it was the flavor and the smell in the house of turkey and the whole Thanksgiving deal. Thanks Nat, I'm pleasantly full now.

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  14. Last year was my first real, live American Thanksgiving in Chicago. It was served by Japanese friends. I'm English, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I'm fairly certain pumpkin sushi is not the most traditional of thanksgiving dishes...

    However, we did eat the thing with marshmallows on the top and although I'm loathe to say it...it was unexpectedly delicious!

    Thanks for your blog Nat, I really enjoy reading it!

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  15. Your Thanksgiving feast: part 2 looks absolutely delish. Seriously, it made me hungry :)

    PS. Way to represent the good ole USofA on Thanksgiving

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  16. Amazing cooking skills! It's a lot of work, isn't it? I love the Christmas tree picture with the book and tea cup in the background. Perfect!

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  17. Love the idea of the cozy, take two, dinner. All the best for your whole family attempt next year! I look forward to reading about it in 2010.

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  18. oh, yams w/ marshmallows! that is what was missing from my thanksgiving table. le sigh. i'm going to have to make some this weekend now, just because. i can't believe i forgot them! thank you for sharing your table, and for reminding me!

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  20. Ohmie, ohmie!
    I appreciate all you guys on Nat the Fat Rat you are really doing a great job. keep it up. quite interesting we celebrate a similar feast over here in Nigeria. but it is call Harvest Thanksgiving.
    Wishing NAT THE FAT RAT and all her fans a wonderful and glorious X-mas.

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