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Thanksgiving in Taiwan

Check out this roasted chicken with the head still attached! Isn't it gorgeous? This was baked by my new friend, Yvonne, for our church Thanksgiving potluck, two days after the actual holiday. It was the most traditional looking item that was brought to share and I wanted to be sure to photograph the full chicken image, since we Americans are more accustomed to headless chickens at serving time. Yvonne did a great job and it was very tasty.
This is a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but was also not on the actual day. I had two friends over for dinner, Anneke from the US, and Nilsa from Paraguay, for a pre-Thanksgiving meal so I could practice cooking a turkey in my little oven. I was really excited when I found a frozen turkey at Costco, since turkeys aren't very common in Taiwan.
Nilse, Anneke, and I also made a peach cobbler, but I wasn't too crazy about this recipe and will attempt another one the next time I whip up a cobbler.
Here's my second turkey to cook in Taiwan, right after putting it into my mini oven. On top of the oven, you can see the bottom of my microwave, since I have limited counter space. It was fun using the rotisserie for cooking.
The results were impressive and I really like cooking a turkey this way, but it would need to be somewhat small to fit inside here. This bird was under 11 pounds, but sufficient for feeding all whom I invited for the actual Thanksgiving meal at our home on November 25. Kelly had work and Christopher has school that day, so we didn't have guests arrive until after 7.
In addition to the turkey, I baked some Lion House rolls, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, pictured above.
It was such a surprise when I cut open the watermelon and saw that it was orange inside. It really caught me off guard. It looked like a cantaloupe, but tasted exactly like a watermelon, but was just not red or pink. We also had some ham, corn on the cob, broccoli, pumpkin pie, mini chocolate chip muffins, green and black olives, and deviled eggs. Everything was delicious.
Our company was a family that has lived here for five years and is moving back to the States next week, plus one guy who lives and works here in Taiwan while his family, a wife and five kids, are home in Idaho.
I shipped my lovely turkey plates over here since I knew we would be here in November.
Alex and Rachel and their three children, Abigail, Eliza, and brand new Gabriel, were fun to have as our guests.
Michael was happy to be here with us too and we all enjoyed an evening together, wrapping up the evening with each person naming a few of the blessings in our lives that they are grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving!


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