Portuguese Thanksgiving

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In Portugal we call Thanksgiving "Dia de Ação de Graças". It is celebrated on the same day, the last Thursday of November. However, it does not have the same importance as in America. In fact, as it is not a holiday, most Portuguese will go through the day without even realising what day it is…
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We all know how important this day is for Americans, how embedded it is in family tradition and how meaningful it is historically…

OH beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain…
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

Though far from American traditions, most Portuguese-"Americans" that live in Portugal celebrate Thanksgiving in one way or another. We do not always celebrate it on the precise date, but we tend to cook something around these days that will, somehow, be our way of giving thanks to friends, health and family. Our way of paying tribute to life as it is…
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Very recently, a dear friend cooked the most heartwarming Thanksgiving dinner…besides the delicious appetizers, she treated us with a classic thanksgiving menu: Portuguese cooking goes American!
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The roasted turkey was undoubtedly the centerpiece of the meal, the stuffing was flavourful, rich, but not overpowering…it delicately sided the dish as it should, letting the turkey be king…
…the holiday side dishes truly made the meal memorable: from creamy mashed potatoes, peas, the classic gravy to cranberry-relish…everything tasted heavenly…(like always, I must say)…
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A delicate pumpkin pie and a rich pecan pie topped with whip cream completed the holiday treat…and rice pudding, and lemon danish pastries…and…
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Thanksgiving is about friends, family and togetherness. It is also about giving thanks and appreciating what really counts. It should also be a moment to treasure how fortunate we really are…thank you.
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