Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in Italy and maybe because of the already daily emphasis on food and family, they don’t really get the point. I miss it, and this year I’m celebrating with various book events, including one dinner where I get to cook for 30 people! Problem: where to find all those important Thanksgiving ingredients? I did some scouting and came across cranberry sauce and pumpkins- essentials yes, but the fare stopped there. No need to panic, however, for:
I received the best care-package of my life yesterday.
Fortunately, I planned well-enough in advance to request some of those indispensable and unavailable-in-Italy Thanksgiving supplies. My parents put together an adorable and heart warming package of goodies that was a joy to receive and contained all the essentials to recreate a Texas Thanksgiving in Milan.
- 4 bags Texas pecans (for stuffing and other treats)
- 2 bags dried cranberries
- 1 bag brown sugar (essential)
- 1 bottle Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
- 1 can Chipotle peppers
- 1 box graham crackers (for pie crusts)
- 1 shaker of Allspice
- 1 can condensed milk
It was better than Christmas, everything we pulled out of the box was accompanied by squeals of delight: “Oh! Oh look! BROWN SUGAR!!… and what’s this? Woooowwww!!! ALLSPICE!” It was a dream come true, the promise that Thanksgiving could and would happen for me this year. I would like to start off the season by officially giving thanks for my parents, for understanding my spirit, and sending me Thanksgiving in a box.