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Eating My Way Through American Thanksgiving

Last weekend, I celebrated Thanksgiving, a very American holiday that we don’t have in Belgium. Thanksgiving is about expressing what you’re thankful for with your loved ones. My American roommate, Leslie, had already been very excited about this throughout the whole semester. Jumping around in excitement for two days, I was very happy and thankful to be able to celebrate this amazing holiday with my roommate and her boyfriend, Tyler, who is also in D.C. with TWC this semester.


On Wednesday, she got off work early and already started to make pies and cakes. Yes, pies and cakes, in plural, as we made 4 big desserts in total for only three people: pumpkin pie, chocolate chestnut pie, lemon cake and apple crumble. Yes, you counted right, we had more desserts than people. I got off work early, too, after we figured out that that was allowed. Nobody was really in the office the day before Thanksgiving, except for like 4 people and the interns. Around 3:00 pm, another intern came to us and asked what we were still doing there, as the office had already been closed for a full hour. Life.


From the time I got home at 4:00 pm, to about 9:30 pm, we spend time cooking desserts and other things for Thanksgiving. As you already know, I am not a cooking expert (at all), but I did make one dish myself: deviled eggs. So, let’s be thankful for the fact that I accomplished a making a dish for once and managed not to poison anyone.



Next to the all the desserts and my famous deviled eggs, we also made baked macaroni and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes and roasted marshmallows, green bean casserole, corn cream, mashed potatoes, yeast rolls, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and, of course, a very good turkey seasoned with garlic, apples and apple cider. Next to all this, there was also a Watergate salad. I thought; yes, salad, something healthy! And indeed, it was a green salad, but without salad. It was a mix of pistachio pudding, cool whip, crushed pineapple and marshmallows, which turned out to be better than I thought, even though the concept of salad was missing in a Watergate salad.




Together with the three of us, we had a very good time (and a very delicious dinner) and they managed to let me understand the concept of Thanksgiving: eat until you basically die, then take a nap, and then start eating again to then die again. Afterwards, I also went to another party with a bunch of other friends where we did a potluck: everybody made food and brought it with them so we ended up with a lot of food, baked by all different people. I, for example, made three pies with an American friend of mine. Yes, I made something, again! When I texted the results to a friend of mine; she texted back: "Who are you?" Just to show that people don’t really associate me with cooking, ever. Eventually, we noticed that the potluck was more an attempt of a bunch of international people to make a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, but it turned out to be very delicious! And yet again, the message was to eat as much as you could. I think that after that day, we basically had to roll each other back home because everybody had eaten until eternity.


At first, I was a little skeptical about the concept of Thanksgiving, but it turned out to be an extremely good weekend, with a lot of fun and eating among friends. This whole weekend, I have been eating Thanksgiving leftovers, and I feel ready to hibernate. Also, I think I have had my Thanksgiving food for the next 20 years in Europe, as that is how much I ate.


Your ever-thankful European,



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