November 30, 2013
A Thanksgiving Feast
When very pregnant friend offered to host a Thanksgiving get-together for a few Americans living nearby, I got a little excited. Okay, I got a LOT excited.
With her permission, I emailed all the expats I know near Encarnación (I can count them on one hand) and invited them. Then I dug out those things I'd tucked away in suitcases for "such a time as this" and started planning the meal. I have to admit that in the states, I'm that family member who shows up with paper plates or 2-liter drinks or napkins or something else than can be picked up at the gas station on the way there. Not this year, my friends. I was determined to be a contributing, kitchen-savvy member of the clan.
I found the packet from Aunt Sandy of that yummy spinach dip seasoning that goes with the Hawaiian bread (one of the things my mom always brings to parties), and we made our own sour cream to mix with it. Ken brought home beet greens which substituted for spinach quite nicely. We even found little rolls that were a bit sweet, and there was
spinach beet greens dip for all!
I called Granny a few days before, to be sure that the block of cheddar Ken's mom had sent back with us would not be wasted. That happened once before, when I messed up the recipe, and I'm sure you can imagine the tears that resulted. Well, there was some really yummy, oven-baked mac and cheese on everyone's plate this year!
I even found a recipe for turning this squash sort of vegetable into a sort of pumpkin pie empanada. I'm no pumpkin fan, so I can't tell you if it was close or not, but folks ate it.
Our hosts found someone with a couple pet turkeys and we dug up a recipe for cooking yard bird. Not bad at all!
How did you spend the day?