Our Thanksgiving

December 5, 2011 at 5:21 am (food) (, , )

One of the best things about being American in Canada is having two Thanksgivings!  (I’ll admit, before moving here six years ago, I didn’t even know Canada had its own Thanksgiving Day.)  So, having gotten the taste for too much turkey and stuffing out of systems in early October, we decided to make a truly personal harvest celebration out of the American holiday.  Besides, my very unfussy in-laws were staying with us and it was nice to share with them the fruits of our labor.

The feature of this year’s big American Thanksgiving Day meal was spaghetti bolognese, made with our own oven-roasted heirloom tomato sauce and seasoned with dried and fresh herbs from the garden.  Just minutes before dinner, I picked a salad of crisp romaine and arugula (both of which are quite cold tolerant and still hanging in there despite a few mild frosts to date).  For dessert, a classic pumpkin pie, made from scratch using the Maw-Maw pumpkin that we grew.  I don’t know what variety it was; Maw-Maw gave me the seeds and said they’d grow a good eatin’ pumpkin–and they did!

That our Thanksgiving meal contained so many ingredients from our own garden made it feel like a true harvest celebration!  Oh, and, I gave thanks for my family, especially the newest member’s trouble-free beginning.

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