Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Day After

The feast is over, all fourteen guests have gone home, including our friends Cyndi and Danilo, who stayed an extra day to spend a little more time in Macerata with us (and help out with clean up! Thank you guys!). Even with all sixteen of us, there was too much food, and what we had worried was a small turkey (12 pounds) was way more than plenty--all of the leftovers stuffed in our fridge are proof of this. While our Italian guests seemed to enjoy the meal quite a bit, and were especially thrilled by the idea of eating cranberry sauce with turkey (who knew it was so exciting?), they still only took small bits of everything, probably not exactly sure where to start. And, since we almost forgot about both the quiche and the green bean casserole, they were surprised to find suddenly more food on the table, after they had assumed the meal was almost over. Still, all in all, it was a good Thanksgiving, and after I explained some of the history and Antonello carved the turkey, everyone was happy to partake in what was for many, their first Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanks to all of our guests for coming, and thank you again to Cyndi and Danilo for all of your help! Paul and Mom back in the states--thank you for your answers to last minute crazy calls from me ("what exactly IS basting?") and for your endless patience. This Thanksgiving was truly something to be thankful for!

We've still got plenty of dishes to do, and Antonello and I are drawing straws to see who has to start first. So, as I'm most likely to draw the short straw, I thought I'd leave you some photos from our dinner:

Prep work for the apple pie

Samuele and Fabrizio

Cyndi and Danilo

More pie...this time sweet potato



At 8:28 PM, Blogger sognatrice said...

Sounds and looks so lovely! Thanks for sharing, and good luck with those dishes. I hate dishes :(

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

We had T-day here on Friday, and I had every dish of the house dirty...11 people in our tiny apartment.

I just finished washing all of them and I have pruney hands - I recommend putting on a movie as a works!

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Paul said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time, and the pictures are great! i'm glad it went so well. what are you going to do with all the turkey?

At 1:24 AM, Blogger Texas Espresso said...

WOW - that is quite a production! Sounds like a wonderful time =) It's nice to share something very American with Italians I think!

Hope you got everything done - I'm exhausted for you. hehe

At 6:39 AM, Blogger The Passionate Palate said...

Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving in Macerata!

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Stelle in Italia said...

Thanks everyone! It was a wonderful meal. Still more dishes to do though!

Paul: not sure yet what to do with all of the turkey ... we ended up not giving ANY away!

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hey it sounds like you had a lot of fun. I totally applaud the choice of sweet potato in the pie. After having a terrible time with watery fresh pumpkin, I went for sweet potato in my dessert too.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger erin said...

looks like a wonderful day (and meal)! I (as always) love the photos...and I voted for you on Snapped :)

At 10:10 PM, Blogger traveller one said...

Oh I am SO jealous! You had Cyndi and Danilo with you-- poooooooo! They're soooo sweet... I miss 'em. Waahhh.


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