This was our third thanksgiving in Garrison New York with our friends from Brooklyn. It's really fun to share a little old American tradition with our friends, who are all expat Brits, Dutch and German. And even better, it's fun to share the kitchen with them. Everyone seems to be a cook in some way or another. And some really different dishes get thrown in from the customary Thanksgiving meal, to create a more worldly thanksgiving feast. There was red cabbage from German, Brussel sprouts from the Dutch, Devil on Horseback and Cauliflower Cheese from the Brits, and of course Turkey, roasted carrots and cranberry from the Americans. The desert didn't miss a beat either. We skipped the traditional Pecan and Pumkin Pie for a more gourmet set up of an Apple Strudel Pie with mystery spice and Cranberry cheesecake from the Dutch lady, and amazing chocolate soufflé from the Brit.
We shopped, we cooked, we baked, we laughed, we photographed the event, we sat, we ate, we lay down, we ate more, we lay down more, we played ping pong, guitar hero, and backgammon.
It was an event to remember. As I get ready for my move abroad to Germany, I will have so many fond things to remember from this past year. I'm so thankful to all my friends and family. I hope they take a leap of adventure and come visit me when I'm abroad.
Cooks in the Kitchen
|everybody chips in|
|roasted carrots, with an eager customer at the shrimp|
|the boys chop while listening to tunes|
|Success is only 5 minutes to boiling|
|checking on Turkey Tim|
|The mash with carmelized onions and cream cheese, cheese brocoli, brussle sprouts|
|salad, grilled shrimp, stuffing and cranberry|
|the ol' lemon tart|
|the children wait eagerly|
|the adults await patiently|
|even the horse get's a treat|
|the mistress and mister of the manor|
*Black and White Photography by Mark Warfield. Colored photos (besides the apple surprise and lemon tart) by Jelle Wagenaar.