From the Thanksgiving Front


I’ve read that Thanksgiving could be awkward in some households, due to the recent presidential election.

I’ve heard that some people hesitate to change their guest list and de-invite such or such cousin or uncle or neighbor.

That would be too bad to ruin the one day when America hits the pause button and eats. Around a table.

As my husband and I were deciding on our 2016 Thanksgiving menu and later running errands, I couldn’t help but remember our first Thanksgiving (s).

My very first Thanksgiving blog post still echoes my feelings about this unique American celebration.


At my home the menu has evolved, reflecting our children’s age, the number of guests, our culinary talents. I always add a new dessert for Thanksgiving. A challenge when old favorites are still requested. But this year one had to go. This is our 2016 menu:

Scallop Soup

Roasted Turkey and its Cornbread-Sausage with Apples Stuffing

Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree

Garlic and Herbs Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans and Slivered Almonds

 Molded Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Chai Pots de Creme

Pumkin Pie

Cranberry Ricotta Cake

My mouth already waters when I think of the leftovers desserts I will polish as I do the dishes.


The last months and last weeks have had a toll on many people and relationships. Yet on Thursday when America will sit down and rejoice we will all be American people.

I wish every one of you a Happy, safe and peaceful Thanskgiving.


  1. Sounds delicious! I am eager! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  2. This will be the first year in many, many years we won’t be hosting dinner. Instead, my son is cooking and we are guests. I have to admit … I’ll miss the leftovers, but not the work. I’ve been doing this holiday for just about 50 years. I think it’s time to pass the torch 🙂 And best of all, he just lives a couple of miles down the road.

  3. Mais quel festin ! 😀

  4. Happy thanksgiving, Evelyne, what a beautiful post and important message. And that menu of yours made my tummy rumble 🙂 xx

  5. Perfect message for the season Evelyne. And what a delicious menu. I’ll bring the bubbly 😉 We have talked many times of our shared experiences of our American ‘firsts’, and this time of year I particularly turn my heart towards my happy memories of Thanksgiving in California. Of course, I am already looking forward to our Christmas family feast, always a mixture of traditional English with a flavour of American family favourites thrown in like green bean casserole and ‘Crazy Grandma’s’ turkey ‘giblet’ stuffing – without the giblets! I hope the same as you my friend, that families everywhere iin America can sit down together at the table tomorrow and put their differences behind them, enjoying a peaceful and joyous celebration together. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family my friend..have a wonderful time! 🙂 xo

    • Thank you so much, Sherri for your wise kind words. My husband and I like to cook and host dinners. And eat too! I like your British touches to the American Thanksgiving dinner. The Crazy Grandma’s dish sounds fantastically funny!

      • Hugs Evelyne…have a superb celebration! I will think of Crazy Grandma and my many happy memories of family Thanksgivings that once were 🙂

  6. Thank you for these warm wishes, Evelyne. The menu sounds delicious. Thanksgiving is also about survival. Whichever way the election went in people’s minds, they should know that we will survive as a country. Hopefully, the good we’ve heard about will happen and the bad things people fear, will not. sending wishes for a great day to you, yours and all your readers.

  7. We’ve been working on mending fences. 🙂 Thanksgiving is a good time to do so, Evelyne. Fortunately, most of my relatives have a sense of humor. Your menu sounds delicious. Where’s the invitation? 🙂 –Curt

  8. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Evelyne, the menu sounds delicious!

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