A Very German Thanksgiving

The Scene: an apartment in a small town in Western Germany

The Year: late November 2011

The Time: 20:30 (or 8:30 pm)

The Cast: 3 Americans, 6 Germans



By the Numbers


Cooks in the Kitchen: 2

Cooks Willing to Gut the Turkey: 0

Times Cooks Made It Up as They Went Along: …95% of the time

People Who Wished They Were Cooks in the Kitchen: 3

Bottles of Wine Bought: 5

Additional Bottles of Wine Bought: 4

Trips to the Store for Forgotten Items: 2

Appetizers Burnt: 2

Times German/American Music Was Shared in iphones: too many to count


Homemade guacamole + chili chips


Garlic Veggies (which tasted 10x better than they looked)


Simple Salad


These Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes deserve to be set in a dark, wood-paneled room...


Sweet Potato Fries turned into Caramel-Glazed Sweet Potatoes


Sweet Onion Bread Stuffing


Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon and Orange Peel


The German Turkey


No room in the inn for the salad...


"Cherry Surprise": An Improvisation


Veni, vidi, vici, and I left thankful for being American.


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