Culture, Recipes

Thanksgiving Dinner

This year I celebrated Thanksgiving a few days late.  It’s on the 4th Thursday in November in the US, but in France it’s just a normal day, so we moved Thanksgiving to Sunday instead.

So today I wanted to share with you some recipes for the different dishes we ate.

Click the photos to find the recipes!

Of course the main dish was a big, delicious turkey!


Inside the turkey we put a stuffing.  There are loads of different stuffing recipes with all different ingredients.  Every family has their own tradition.  Here is the stuffing we made this year, with leeks, celery, granny smith apples and chestnuts.  It was delicious!


For the side dishes, (like the stuffing) they vary from family to family.  This year we made sweet potato casserole, with a cruncy brown sugar and pecan topping.  It was a hit!  I definitely recommend trying this one if you haven’t tasted sweet potatoes before!


Another dish that we always make for my family Thanksgiving dinner is a green bean casserole.  This is a very simple dish, but it’s a tradition that I grew up with, and Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without it.


So after we stuffed ourselves with all of these delicious dishes we moved on to the dessert!  We tried two typical desserts.  The first one is the pecan pie:


And the second was the pumpkin pie:


Next year I’m tempted to try this recipe for a pumpkin pecan pie, combining these two traditional desserts into one:


Let us know if you try out any of the recipes, and what you think about them!!


Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

I made this dessert yesterday for the first time and everyone loved it!  The great thing is that it is so easy to prepare and you can’t mess it up!  You just cut up some apples and mix with sugar and cinnamon.  For the topping you mix flour, sugar and butter.  Put the apples and the topping in a pan and put in the oven for about 30 minutes.  Add a little vanilla icecream or some carmel for extra flavor.  You can also add some nuts like pecans.  It’s delicious!!!



Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

One of the things I miss the most from the U.S. is the breakfast.  French people seem appalled when I tell them I eat eggs, ham and toast for breakfast.  Salty breakfast??  Yuck.  And it’s so much!  I can’t eat that much when I first wake up!!

But our schedules are a little different in the U.S.  Of course it depends on the job, but I think we start a little earlier in the morning.  Here where I live, there is no one on the road at 7:30 in the morning.  But at 8:30 it’s busier.  Even in school, when I was a child I started my lessons at 7:10 in the morning, and I often arrived by bus even before 7am!  In France the children seem to start between 8:30 and 9am.  Then there’s the question of the lunch break.  In France people often have a 2 hour lunch break!  And for the people that work close to home, they often go home and cook a nice meal for lunch.  In the U.S. children have 30 a minute lunch period and they eat in the school cafeteria only.  They can’t come and go as they like.  Same in companies.  It depends on the job, but many people have 30 min lunch breaks or maximum, one hour.  No one I knew back home in the U.S. ever went home for lunch.  But a lot of people just snack at their desk and don’t stop working at all.  So lunch is often a small meal for us.  A sandwich, a salad, some leftovers that we microwave…This is why breakfast is more important for us.

But of course we don’t have time to make a giant breakfast every day.  We don’t wake up every morning and eat eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, potatoes… etc.  My usual breakfast on a week day was just an egg cooked in a pan with some toast, an egg sandwich.

But sunday breakfast or “brunch” with the family was great.  It’s a really nice memory, waking up together, cooking, talking, laughing.

So this breakfast dish is a little strange, especially for French people 😉  It’s called a breakfast burrito.  Now you can find “tortillas” in the foreign food section, as Mexican food is making its way into France.  So just grab some of those tortillas and some eggs, sausage (chair de saucisse) potatoes, onions and peppers and maybe a little cheddar cheese.

You mix up all the ingredients and then put them inside the tortilla.  It’s a quick and easy breakfast that children and adults can both enjoy.  Not a fan of a heavy breakfast?  Try it for lunch instead!



Baked Raspberry Cheesecake

Baked Raspberry Cheesecake

^ Click to find a recipe for a Baked Raspberry Cheesecake!

Cheesecake is famous American dessert made using cream cheese.  Now we can actually find Philadelphia Cream Cheese in the supermarkets, so you can try making this typical dessert for your next dinner party!

Cheesecake is a dessert consisting primarily of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese, eggs and sugar; often on a crust or base made from crushed cookies or graham crackers or pastry. It may be baked or unbaked. Cheesecake is usually sweetened with sugar and may be flavored or topped with fruit, whipped cream, nuts, fruit sauce and/or chocolate. Cheesecake can be prepared in many flavors, such as strawberry, key lime, pumpkin or toffee.