Expat Sat: Holidays: Eat, Drink, and Make a List

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It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving here in the U.S. As you read this, I’m most likely eating pumpkin pie for breakfast and planning a vigorous walk to burn off a few of the gazillion calories I’ve ingested during the Thanksgiving eating extravaganza.

In addition to eating, do you know what holidays are good for?

Making lists!

And lists are great tools for writers. Expat writers. Repatriated writers. All writers.

So, as I stuff one more forkful of my mom’s incredibly delicious pumpkin pie into my mouth, make a list of traditional foods you eat during a holiday in either your host country or your home country.

I’ll start.

Here’s a list of foods we in the United States like to eat on Thanksgiving:

  • turkey
  • stuffing
  • gravy
  • mashed potatoes
  • cranberries / cranberry sauce
  • pumpkin pie

In addition, because every family does Thanksgiving a little differently, here are a couple of dishes our family always puts on the Thanksgiving table:

  • zofric peas (These are peas–canned peas–prepared with a roux. It’s a Croatian thing that my gramma always made and that my sisters & I L-O-V-E-D when we were little. We still love them, as do all of our kiddos. Zofric isn’t spelled right…I don’t think…but it’s close. And besides, spelling doesn’t matter. Having them on the table matters.)
  • Pillsbury crescent rolls (which we always burn)
  • apple pie
  • chocolate meringue pie (my favorite!)
  • sweet potato mashed potatoes

That’s all for now. I’ve got pumpkin pie to eat. Happy list making!

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