Oh Thanksgiving, the ways we celebrate you. Today I was talking to Bülent and realized that this was our 5th Thanksgiving by ourselves. All of which one I cooked. If we had been living in the US within a five hour drive of my parents, I would have been a guest, and had been a Thanksgiving Virgin.
However, after I graduated from college I moved to the West Coast, and then to Turkey.
So there is a Thanksgiving Timeline.
2006: Just the two of us! Small Turkey!
2007: My BFF (since age 5) joins us with her husband. Thanksgiving and the Beach! Yay for vacation!
2008: Bad Ass Barraford Thanksgiving. My cousin Hilary joins me on the West Coast (LA) and we have a rocking Thanksgiving with a party of 12 and clubbing after dinner!
2009: Arrive in Turkey, guests at a co-workers home. Lovely dinner, great introduction to the world of NO SHORTCUTS cooking. Want stuffing? Buy a loaf of bread, cut it up, spice it and make it into stuffing. Forget anything out of a can, jar or box. Delicious but time consuming.
2010: Awesome fun but crazy hard. Read above. Cooked for 18. 18! With Colitis! Ouch!
2011: We have decided to go for a more intimate Thanksgiving. I have decided to include one of my favorite recipes before the dinner. My friend and I have also decided to make it a more intimate Thanksgiving. When living abroad, some of your friends transcend boundaries and become family, as my kanka (blood sister) has. I am looking forward to this Thanksgiving, enjoy the prep, the cooking, the eating and the drinking. There will be just six of us, so it should be relaxing. As one of the guests of the 2010 Colitis debacle, my friend from upstairs said “ Tell me what to make…or I am not coming!” Yay! Here is a list! Let’s all have fun.