Dear foodie tribe,
Whether you are spending it alone or with immediate/extended family, I hope my two cents could be helpful in handling this big holiday meal.
In the short video below I am sharing all the Thanksgiving lessons I’ve learned the hard way over the last twelve years.
I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, one year after I was a naturalized American.
It was fairly stressful to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for the first time, on my own, to American guests who perfectly know the tradition.
For what it is worth, I hosted that first daunting Thanksgiving dinner in Paris, where I was living back then. The lack of some of the holiday staples made the mission all the more challenging, but not impossible.
I vividly remember the side dishes I cooked that day. Some failed miserably and the rest were OK, yet, the turkey (cooked in a roasting bag) was a big success. It came out juicy and so tender.
From that year on, every Thanksgiving dinner became easier and more enjoyable.
No one can claim perfectionism when it is comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Eventually, some dishes will outshine others. That said, the secret of a successful Thanksgiving dinner goes beyond the food.
A heart full of gratefulness and an inclusive dinner table that goes beyond our skin color, political convictions, or our faith differences is what makes Thanksgiving a merry American holiday.
Wishing you all a happy THANKSGIVING!
I would love to read your personal experiences with hosting Thanksgiving dinner below in the comments.