Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanks for the Food

感謝 (kansha) - Thanks, gratitude

Last Thursday was the first time in five years that I was in America for Thanksgiving. To be honest, Thanksgiving has never been that big of a deal for me. My mom is an awesome cook and puts together big family dinners pretty frequently, so the whole giant turkey dinner thing never really got me particularly excited.

Still, I felt like I should do something for the holiday given how long it had been since my last proper Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, my poor student budget didn't have room for a trip back home, especially considering I'll be going back for Christmas in less than a month. So, on my own here in Berkeley, I decided to take a shot at making my own Thanksgiving dinner.

I invited over a couple of my international classmates for there first Thanksgiving and we had a good time and good conversation, all over far too much food. I'd never cooked any of the turkey day staples myself before, so I was a little anxious to see how everything would turn out. In the end, the pumpkin pie was phenomenal, the mashed potatoes were great, the gravy was solid. and the turkey was a little overcooked. Given that pretty much aligns with my values for what's most important in a Thanksgiving meal, I'm going to go ahead and say that all in all dinner was a success.

As a bonus, it was a fairly aesthetically pleasing feast, which means I can leave you with these shots of the food:
Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Pie Mashed Potatoes Roast Turkey Thanksgiving dinner

1 comment:

  1. Yum! Great shots, making my mouth water. But - where's the stuffing, actually?