Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family back in the states. My Thanksgiving didn't include actual Turkey this year but I didn't let that hold back my enthusiasm for the culinary king of holidays. Thanksgiving ranks the highest on my list because it encourages you to express your gratitude by partaking in a major feast. This is serious business in the Carter family. My dad's family (which holds our Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday so the men can go hunting on Thursday) is so large that we have to eat in shifts. As one group migrates to the living room to slouch on the couch with their belts loosened, the next group sits down behind them. This happens two, or three times, until everyone has gotten their chance to eat. This ritual extends the meal well past an hour which I find to be fitting for a celebration of gratitude and abundance. In honor of this holiday I thought I would post a few random Chinese Thanksgiving facts.
1. My coworkers explained today that the characters for Turkey are Fire and Chicken. Just hearing this made my mouth start to water.