Thursday, November 22, 2012

Or in Turkish "Şükran günün kutlu olsun!"

For Americans, today is a time for feasting and celebrating with friends and family members.

We give thanks for everything that we are blessed with in our lives. People tell stories. We make new memories. Today is Thanksgiving Day.

Although today is just another normal day in Istanbul, our place is anything but normal. Our living room has been converted to accommodate extra tables and chairs for tonight's dinner. Our kitchen is stacked full of ingredients, pans full of toasted bread cubes for stuffing, desserts on the side and dishes galore to clean. Napkins need to be ironed and the table needs to be set with plates and wine glasses. (Maybe I'll save this job for hubby later after work.)
Thanksgiving Day desserts: American pecan-bourbon tart, apple-frangipane tart and pumpkin tart with whipped cream.
Tonight, we will celebrate this traditional American holiday with our expat and Turkish friends just like we have the previous two years here. Our friends call it the "event of the year." I'm happy to share it with them.

It doesn't matter where you are in the world. What matters is having the people you love close to you.

And now my friends, I must get back in the kitchen.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

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jaz@octoberfarm said...

have a fabulous thanksgiving eating turkey in turkey!!!

BacktoBodrum said...

Lucky lucky friends for celebrating Thanksgiving at your house. I think you should warn them that they won't experience quite the same culinary delights if they get invited elsewhere.

Joy said...

@Joyce, Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

@BacktoBodrum, LOL. Lucky indeed. One friend asked if I made my own tart crust. Of course, that's what I do. ;-)Pie/tart dough doesn't come in the freezer section here.

Unknown said...

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday - it's my favorite! It's nice that you share the traditions with your friends in Istanbul. Your pies look delish - Happy Thanksgiving!

Joy said...

@Turklish, Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too! Cooking is what I do best so I enjoy sharing it with all our friends here. My favorite holiday of the year too!