An Italian Thanksgiving- My favorite holiday!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is busy getting ready for the Christmas now! This is a little insight into how my family has done Thanksgiving and why it is one of my favorite holidays! 🙂

ITALIAN THANKSGIVING
When I was a kid growing up, Thanksgiving was a day to reflect on what we had to be thankful for and to see my family together.
After this peaceful moment, of no one screaming at each other, it was time to eat!  ANDIAMO!
Now Italians do it all little bit different than the rest, but what else is new.
First we start with:
ANTIPASTO
then LASAGNA  or
MANICOTTI (depending on what you had last year) with
MEAT IN THE GRAVY
Then Soup

Now we get to the Meal:
TURKEY
STUFFING
ROASTED POTATOES
BROCCOLI RABE
and / or ESCAROLE
ROASTED RED PEPPERS
SAUTEED MUSHROOMS
SAUTEED STRINGBEANS (picked from the vine in the backyard garden)
 THE BREAD (that nonna made)
and GOD FORBID YOU FORGET THE SALAD!!!
(picked from the backyard garden with homemade wine vinegar)
To wash it all down, we had:
HOMEMADE WINE
and 7 UP (IN THE GLASS BOTTLE)
 
Then after the men had a 2 hour nap and the woman cleaned all the dishes, we had:
CHESTNUTS
 
MIXED NUTS
FRESH FRUIT
 
DRIED FIGS
 
and FINOCCHIO
 
Then we started the dessert:
ITALIAN COOKIES
SFOGLIATELLE
 
CANNOLIS’
 
and ITALIAN PASTRY (just in case we missed something)
 
During this feast we enjoyed a nice EXPRESSO with
MARIE BRIZARD ANISETTE or
 
ROMANA SAMBUCA
 
Then after that we needed a little something for DIGESTIVO
 We went straight for the BRIOSCHI!!!
 
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful season filled with health happiness and lots and lots of good food!
xo
Jess

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