Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I wish my family and friends in America and American expats around the world a joyous and bountiful holiday meal, and may it be a day of blessings given for the many blessings received.

This big turkey lived at Heifer Ranch (www.heifer.org) in Arkansas. I worked and lived there as a volunteer from 1996 to 2002.
My last Thanksgiving dinner was at the Ranch in 2001.
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The Thanksgiving Day in November is not a holiday in Israel, although I've heard that many Anglos living here celebrate it, with all the traditional foods.

Here is one reason we can't bake a whole turkey. Look at the size of my oven!
That is a 12-inch ruler I put inside to show you the smallness of it.
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However, our small ovens do not stop Israelis from being the world's Number One turkey consumers. I mean, consumers of turkey. More per capita eaten than in the U.S.A. even!

I think we eat turkey more in the form of sliced white meat for shnitzels, ground turkey for burgers, cut-up pieces for shwarma, and necks for soup.

But still, I will miss the stuffing and cranberry sauce . . . .
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22 comments:

Robin said...

When we redid our kitchen a few years ago "an oven big enough to roast a turkey" was on my must-have list.

I'm not hosting this year but we generally divvy up all the leftovers afterwards. If there's any stuffing or cranberry sauce left you're welcome to join me for lunch next week. (It won't be as old as it sounds, we don't do Thanksgiving until Saturday, it's too hard on a day when everyone has to work.)

I'm glad the blessing resonated with you. I hope your friend's back heals quickly. She's lucky to have a friend like you nearby to help.

Gallow said...

Thank you. That's a great photo of a Turkey. The colors are fantastic. Usually I see them, and they're all black in the wild, or all white when the are domestic.

Dina said...

Gosh Robin, you're so sweet. I didn't mean to whine (much).

Gallow, oi, I forgot to say my friend Kristine took the picture.
Here in Israel the white turkeys are raised. So the wild ones are black?

cieldequimper said...

No Thanksgiving for us... it's a shame that the old traditions of harvesting end have all but died.
Cool post, Dina!

jeannette stgermain said...

Had no idea Israel loves turkey! Thank you Dina for the thanksgiving day blessing:) Sorry your oven is so little!!

Dimple said...

Hi Dina,
Boy, that's a small oven!
I have some pictures of wild turkeys, there are many around here. I will do a post of them for camera critters this time.

Leora said...

When I lived in Israel in 1980, I remember eating a lot of turkey! I was on a kibbutz that grew turkeys. They had no idea what a cranberry was.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Katie said...

Wow, that is a small oven! I'm going to contact you for recipes for all our leftover turkey (if there is any), as it sounds like you sure know what to do with it. Yum! Happy Thanksgiving from California to you and yours!

Pietro said...

Israelis are the world's Number One consumers of turkey: it's interesting, I would never have thought it.

Sara said...

Thank you for the good wishes, Dina.

It's a good thing turkey also comes sliced and diced and pressed, etc, etc....if all the ovens are that tiny.

Hope you find some cranberry sauce. Or those dried cranberries (called craisins); they are really good on a turkey sandwich!

Cloudia said...

Aloha & Happy Thanksgiving, Friend!


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Kay said...

That's really a surprise about you guys eating so much turkey. Wow! Well, I think we just eat a ton of turkey on Thanksgiving but not as much the rest of the time. I think chicken is more popular.

Have a peaceful, happy Thanksgiving, Dina.

RuneE said...

No Thanksgiving here either. We (meaning my family) have a turkey for New Year's eve, our oven is "limited" to 6 kilos (or maybe less, since we have just bought a new one).

But then, six kilos gives us dinner for a week :-)

B SQUARED said...

I have one more thing to be thankful for;a large oven.

Reader Wil said...

I don't know if you celebrate Thanksgivng yourself even if your oven is too small, but I wish you a peaceful day . In Holland this celebration is unknown, but it sounds great!

Mama Zen said...

What a tiny oven!

Louis la Vache said...

In Paris, on rue-Saint-Paul in the 4 eme, there is the "Thanksgiving" restaurant, owned by American ex-pats from Louisiana. They offer Americans in Paris Thanksgiving dinner and sell out each year. You can find Louisiana cuisine at this restaurant year-round.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Dina!

Leif Hagen said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dina! I knew that turkey couldn't be in Israel unless in a zoo! Great photo! Might I suggest cooking a turkey breast in your small oven! Ha! Blessings to you

FA said...

Wow! We have two large ovens and two large turkeys going in them. Yes, when so many people are going hungry today we have an abundance.

Dina, I am making homemade cranberry sauce and Brother B is making stuffing. If you were nearby you would be welcome at our table. I'll remember you at prayer and while I am over-indulging.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Thanks Dina!
I could see that a whole turkey wouldn't work in your oven. How about a turkey breast.

kristines said...

Great photo!! Thank you for the thoughtful Thanksgiving message. I remember those wonderful Ranch Thanksgivings!!! This holiday is truly my favorite .... yesterday we had 14 at our tables including numerous international college students who have been attending our church and several entertaining youngsters ... I think our black lab had the best time of all .... only day of the year he gets turkey, too!! Thinking of you!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Isreal bing the #1 turkey consumers? Whow, who would have thunk?