Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tuscany: Day 3 (Thursday November 26, 2009 - Thanksgiving!)

Chimney 1

Amazingly, we didn't actually take any pictures on the day of Thanksgiving! But then, it really wasn't a traditional American Thanksgiving at all. So, instead of photos of our meal, I thought I'd post some pictures of the interesting chimneys of Campiano. Apparently, in this area of Tunscany there is a local custom wherein the architect (or perhaps it is the brick mason) gets to design the chimneys of a house that is being built or remodeled. They are encouraged to be creative, and the chimneys don't actually have to match each other. Campiano is a good example of this tradition. There are 5 chimneys (although I only captured photos of 4 of them - not even very good photos actually) and each chimney is different.

Chimneys 2 and 3

Chimneys 2 and 3 again

Chimney 4

Chimney 4 again

Since the oven at the house was out of working order, we decided to go out for Thanksgiving dinner. Thankfully, turkey is a meat that is not too difficult to find in Tuscany and, after a brief chat with someone at the restaurant earlier in the day, he agreed to be sure to have some turkey on hand for dinner.

The dinner itself was a very quiet and peaceful affair compared with most Thanksgivings I've experienced. There were just four of us around the dinner table and we didn't have to do even a tiny bit of cooking. They gave us the option of a lemon or a white wine sauce with the turkey and we went with the white wine. The turkey came in slices and was grilled instead of roasted. It tasted very good but not very much like real Thanksgiving turkey.

I did miss cooking the customary Thanksgiving desserts (always 1 chocolate cheesecake and at least 5 pies - in fact, I think this is the first time since 1993 that I haven't baked a chocolate cheesecake!) So I think I might need to make up for that with lots of Christmas baking. Really though, with all this traveling, 2009 is turning out to be the most unusual holiday season!

Next year I hope to be settled somewhere and plan to roast a large bird, make classic stuffing, stew cranberries, and bake batches of pies! I can't wait! (Maybe we'll have to have a make up Thanksgiving next Spring!)


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