Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving in Paris

Thanksgiving is a holiday we celebrate every year in Paris with a calm enthusiasm. To what do I owe this tranquility - Judith at Thanksgiving in Paris. Don't you know that most Paris apartment kitchens, ironically called "les cuisines américaines", are too small to adequately cook even a humble traditional Thanskgiving meal, let alone a turkey, be you so lucky as to find one. As if that turkey could fit in your miniature sized oven anyway. Luckly, Judith does it all for you with her Thanksgiving catering menu. I know what you are thinking - that's cheating. Well so what! The kids were in bed and I sat down for an amazing turkey dinner with friends and enjoyed every minute of it. And the kids got the best part - the leftovers for lunch the next day. Everyone was happy. That's gratitude for you.

Tips for sharing this meal with your French friends: No French person can even feign an appetite before 7pm and generally dines at 8pm or even later. Every get together begins with an apéritif. We generally serve Champagne. Also, choose a wine that pairs nicely with your meal. We chose Chateau Fourcas Hosten, a red wine with a subtle fruity flavor hinting of cassis perfect for turkey and cranberry sauce. American desserts tend to be pretty heavy for the French. I found that Peacan pie is generally enjoyed by all.

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