Happy Thanksgiving week!

As an expat, I have embraced Thanksgiving as one of my favorite American holidays! The focus is on gratitude, great food and wine, not to mention it is socially acceptable to go for seconds, and thirds and leftovers are all the reason for overcooking! To be honest, I still don’t get the marshmallow and sweet potato thing, but… Everyone seems to be in a good mood and it feels like the official kick off to the Holiday season.

My fairy godmother S and I are hosting what started off as a smallish Thanksgiving dinner, has now turned into 15+ of our dearest and closest family and friends and I am loving every bit of it…we’re calling all the shots on the menu and wines…like I said, my idea of heaven! I guess you can say, I am finally an adult. The day you host your first Thanksgiving is the official crossover to adulthood!

We are doing a fairly traditional Thanksgiving dinner of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cauliflower cheese gratin, cranberry sauce, gravy, lima beans, apple pie and never-ending list of appetizers. As you might expect, wine will be flowing, but we asked each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Perhaps I am more excited about the wines than the dessert.

Needless to say, I will not be getting up for any Black Friday shopping but I will indulge in the leftovers, probably my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. Here are a few of the recipes that I would love to try…

Turkey-Bacon-Avocado Grilled Cheese

Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast “Burritos”

Next-Day Thanksgiving Pastries [probably my favorite]

Three cheese turkey cranberry and sage quesadilla

Leftover Chicken or Turkey Pasta Skillet

 Leftover Stuffin’ Muffins