For many years, Thanksgiving was the one day out of the year that I was nostalgic for the U.S. Perhaps because it was just another day for my friends in Paris and I knew my family was getting together like everyone else in the States for a time of sharing. Then too it wasn’t as it is now in Paris where American restaurants have Thanksgiving Day menus and specialty stores have American products that it’s quite easy to get all the ingredients to make your own Thanksgiving dinner.
One year, back in the early 1980’s I decided to make Thanksgiving dinner for a bunch of my French friends; they still remember that first Thanksgiving! It was like going on a wild goose chase hunting down what I needed! The year before, I had tried to purée the pumpkin myself, which had turned out to be a disaster, so that year I went in search of pumpkin in a can! The only place that sold it was chez Fauchon on the Place de la Madeleine. A can of pumpkin that you got at that time in the States for probably around 40 cents, ended up costing me 72 francs! Roughly $12 for a can of pumpkin!, I bought it! Afterall, what’s a Thanksgiving dinner without pumpkin pie?!
This year it’s not going to be the traditional Thanksgiving menu of turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, or pumpkin pie; not when you live with a French chef who use to own a 4 star restaurant! I’ll be lucky to get stuffing (my favorite) as part of Thanksgiving dinner! From the shopping that Patrick has done, we will have a Salade de Chèvre Chaud (a hot goat cheese salad) Patrick makes the best with a semi-sweet Porto sauce! He also makes his own terrine and a white wine pâté; he bought Cornish Hens, (that he’ll hopefully stuff, maybe?) baby potatoes, Brussel sprouts (which he sautées and then roasts in olive oil and they’re delicious) plus I’ll make a pear tart for dessert. He wanted to make a traditional Tarte Tatin since he’s from Normandie, but I like pumpkin pie and he doesn’t…..so we compromised with the pear tart! Kir Royals and some nice bottles of Bordeaux wines will top it all off! Mmm!….can’t wait!
Maya Muses: Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! There’s so much that I have to be thankful for!
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