Friday, November 24, 2006


Well! Don't ask how much we gobbled down last night at Rena's huha Thanksgiving Dinner. Between the turkey (with extra skin), stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish (to die for), regular cranberry there are no fresh cranberries in Israel and they had to be imported by a friend just for this meal...,cornbread, sweet potatoes, regular mashed potatoes, little baby peas, brussel sprouts, pecan pie and apple pie.

The woman outdid herself! And cooked like a crazy fiend for two days! And the twelve of us did serious damage to our diets as we gobbled down everything.

Like locusts we began to swoop up all the food on the table. I was amazed that even I was chomping, chewing, chomping, chewing. I don't usually eat my meal quickly. But last night we tripped over each other as we reached for more.

Later, I realized that it wasn't just that the food was so fabulous...and trust me it was...but it was food from the Old Country. Food that we only eat once a year, and then only if we are lucky enough to be invited to a Thanksgiving feast. Even Rena wouldn't make that meal for just one or two people. So, everyone there knew how special it was, which added another element to be grateful for.

When I moved to Israel there was no such thing as Coke...oy there was some sweet yukky Tempo thing, but not ice MacDonald's/Wendy's/Burger Ranch/Burger King/Kentucky Fried Chicken.

So, whenever I went back to Candada, that was the food I ran to eat. My kids used to look at me like some meshuggeneh lady. Once, I sneezed and Bubbie Chanah said, 'Bless you.' and my then nine year old piped up, 'And Baby Jesus, too!' I looked at the kid. What did he know from Baby Jesus? Didn't I move away from all that so they wouldn't have to deal with Baby Jesus?

'Honey, why do you think that Baby Jesus will bless me?'
'Imma! Look at all those goyisheh hamburgers you are eating.'
'Ah, honey. I guess it would be like, if you lived here and then ten years from now went back to Israel and found felaffel.'

He looked at me as if to say, YAH RIGHT.

Today the only food I chap down is MacDonald's/Burger King/Burger Ranch...and Rena's fabulous Thanksgiving feast.

I hope your meal was as full of good food/good friends/good fun as ours was. Thank you Rena!

Like my dearest Maeshey said, 'Finally a holiday without Yoshkeh/Moisheh/and anyone trying to kill us.'

Nu, so for that I'm thankful too.

Shabbat shalom.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 3:59 PM, Blogger Val said...

YUM! It all sounded great. Glad you had such a nice day.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks and the turkey are stuffed...well, you know what i mean...a sweet shabbat to you and yours...stay safe

At 6:53 PM, Anonymous joan said...

all that said... locusts have very few calories (unless you deep fry them
Love you and am thankful for you and your great writing. XX Joan

At 6:54 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

love you too joan...and we did a serious damage to the diet...sigh...shabbat shalom...stay safe

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Tim said...

Yah, I'm twenty pounds on the not so light side just from yesterday's holiday. Well, it's better than missing such a feast.


At 3:27 AM, Blogger Houston said...

Thanksgiving is to Americans what the Passover seder is to Jews. It doesn't matter where we are we try to create the Thanksgiving Feast of our myths. I've had it in Paris, Puerto Vallarta, and Prague. My mother drove up from Santa Cruz (80 miles) and my roommate cooked a turkey with dressing. Since there were only the three of us, I kept the table dressing to a minimum. We did use the good silver and china, but not the good crystal.

Have a peaceful Sabbath.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom houston!!! thanks for sharing...and you are absolutely right...thanksgiving is one of the nicest/best/holidays in the world...and everyone has their set menu...i'm glad you had a nice holiday...ahhhhhh the good china :))))) stay safe my friend

At 1:00 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

ahhhhhhhhh tim...but wasn't it worth it??? yummy yummy...a sweet shabbat shalom to you

At 5:37 PM, Blogger cheated are the clouds said...

You have nade me so so hungry, sweet potatoes and peas, with pie, sound absolutely delicious, glad you had a great time

At 5:46 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

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At 5:48 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hey cheated honey...listen, how about next year you come to jerusalem and i make sure you get an invite??? stay safe my friend and thanks so much for dropping in

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every year I hope to get at least turkey schnitzel or turkey shwarma for Thanksgiving but I never do. At least we did have turkey for Shabbat evening dinner. I do not know if I am correct or not but turkey seems to be much more expensive here than in America.
I noticed on your profile that you like oldies rock and roll. I am considered to be one of the more knowledgable people in Efrat on this subject.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom anonymous...i have heard about you...ahhhhh those oldies but goodies...and yes i think turkeys are much more expensive here...thanks so much for dropping in...wanna sing a little? stay safe

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband carries two passports; U.S. & Canadian so we have always celebrate American Thanksgiving with all the fixings. This year, we had a new addition on his side of the family, 5 month old Aiden, #1 grandchild to John.
It was a beautiful day- almost balmy for November and we cooked our hearts out and were treated to the awesome smell of turkey drifting through our palace!Did I mention that we ran over to Detroit to buy our bird. At 39 cent a lb., we felt that they were almost giving them away.What a dealconsidering they were listed at $2.29 lb. on the Canadian side.
The kicker however was that, this month we were unable to purchase fresh cranberries in Windsor! Being told that they would be available in a couple of weeks was unbelieveable. We could have purchased lichee fruit or any other weird and fancy veges, but lo and behold, the poor cranberry, we learned has no status as a year-round commodity! Again, thankful that I had made a big enough batch of cranberry sauce during Canadian Thanksgiving, a couple of weeks ago, we dug into that and spooned it out like gold.
The most important ingredient of the day however was being together and sharing the love we all feel for one another.
Thanks for the recipes in the comments.. I have filed them away for my next turkey dinner. They sound yummy and easy to prepare.
Take care and be happy!!!!

At 6:25 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear anonymous...mazal tov on the baby...windsor has given up on cranberries!?! oy...glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving and thanks so much for dropping in...stay safe...


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