Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Prep

Growing up in an immigrant family, holidays were never a huge deal for my family. We sent Christmas cards, but never had a tree. We had "Thanksgiving" dinner, but there was always a lot of roast duck, soy sauce chicken and char siu in place of turkey.  It's just the way we grew up with Chinese parents navigating themselves in a new culture and family.  However, when Chris and I got married, we decided that we'd be a little more traditional when it came to the holidays.  For our first Thanksgiving, we were invited to my aunt's home for Thanksgiving. Our second year, we were planning on hosting at our home with a full on Thanksgiving dinner, but my nephew was sick in the hospital and we were spending a lot of time helping my brother's family my taking turns at the hospital that we were too exhausted to do anything.

So, this is the year...except that our baby is due and we may have JUST gotten out of the hospital when Thanksgiving rolls around.  We're going to try our best and although it won't be a perfectly homemade Thanksgiving, it'll be the closest thing to it with a newborn. This is the reason why our mantle is also already decorated for Christmas. I do NOT do well when I'm sleep-deprived so I had to start all the holidays early so that we have SOME Thanksgiving and Christmas to celebrate. 

Anyhoo, here are some yummy recipes we've collected over the years for Thanksgiving!


Monkey Bread I Recipe

Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Dessert Squares. Photo by the_amynator

Mmm, I'm getting hungry!


  1. I'm also from an immigrant family, so our holiday dinners definitely looked more like an amalgam of cultures. My dad always got a turkey from work, so my mom would dress it, bake it and make it the centerpiece, with beef curry, pancit, sinigang, kare kare, and biryani all around it. Hardly anyone, except the kids ever touched the turkey, and my mom would make soup out of it the next day. I married a white guy so his family has a much more traditional Thanksgiving. It will be a while until we enjoy our own semi-traditional Thanksgiving, but I'm looking forward to making the things we actually want to eat!

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  3. i'm sorry to say but i get the feeling you won't be having your traditional thanksgiving dinner this year either b/c of the flu. :( NEXT year though...

  4. Thanks giving dinner seems to be perfect. My niece is arranging a party for her friends and I have suggested one of famous venue New York to book as there I went last week for a birthday party and it was amazing. She liked it and will book it in a couple of days from online.