I'm not one to freak out about Thanksgiving. Having hosted two traditional American Thanksgiving dinners in Germany were very good prep. Back then I was working from a tiny kitchen equipped with a tiny fridge and range, very limited cook and serveware, and no big supermarket. I learned that planning ahead is the greatest single step for throwing any dinner party. That and knowing your limits. The first year I couldn't even find a whole turkey, so I had to cook turkey parts instead. The second year I couldn't find puff pastry, so I ditched my dessert plan instead of making it from scratch. Somehow it all worked out, and both dinners went off without a hitch. I wasn't even stressed. Yes, copious amounts of beer and wine were consumed those nights, but still.
This year E and I will be guests at the in laws', so I don't really have that much to do. It feels kind of weird to just show up with a few dishes, but I'm going to enjoy it (plus, I have a good feeling I'll still get stuck in the kitchen!). So, I'm sort of planning an imaginary menu for Giveaway Blogs' Plan it, Blog it! Thanksgiving 2010. I will be making a few of these things, but the rest of our meal will be at the hands of others. Pray for us. And then leave a comment on this post so I can win :P What? Each comment counts as a vote! Please and thank you!
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