Let's Talk Turkey

If there is ever a time that I feel a bit homesick for the States, it is during Thanksgiving.  I love Thanksgiving!  It is my favorite holiday of all. 

In the 9 years that I have lived in Mexico, I have celebrated Thanksgiving 4 times.  Not because I don't want to, but because Hubby and I have a niece whose birthday often falls on Thanksgiving.

The few times that I have celebrated Thanksgiving, a very important element has been missing.  Turkey!  Not a frozen turkey in sight!

One year, Hubby drove me and the kiddies an hour away to Tepatitlan, our nearest "city", to hunt for a frozen turkey.  My search was somewhat successful, because I did find a turkey, but it wasn't the kind of turkey I wanted.  It was a smoked turkey.  Forgive me, but I like to add the flavor to my turkey.

Another year, Hubby and I were talking with one of our neighbors about Thanksgiving. (FYI, these neighbors lived in the U.S. for many years and celebrate many of the customs.)  During the course of our conversation, I mentioned my yearning for a turkey.  My neighbor, kindly offered me one of the turkeys from his ranch.  A live turkey!!!  All I had to do was kill it, pluck it and clean it.  No, gracias!  I want a turkey, but not that bad. 

Finally, last year, I got to eat some turkey.  The above-mentioned neighbors invited us to spend Thanksgiving with them at their ranch.  It was one of the best Thanksgivings I've experienced.  And not because of the turkey. 

With Love,
Leslie Limon
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6 comments

  1. One advantage of living near both Canadians and Americans in my small fishing village by the sea is that I get to celebrate two Thanksgivings -- with turkey. I had a great Canadian Thanksgiving meal before I left to The States, and I will now have dinners on Wednesday and Thursday for American Thanksgiving. See. I do have some advatages where I live.

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  2. You are a very lucky man, Steve. I do have one request...enjoy an extra slice of turkey on my behalf!

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  3. Oh Leslie I wish you all could come here. The lady who is throwing our Thanksgiving went to Guadalajara and got a Turkey. Maybe if you all felt like coming up over the weekend I can save a few plates of it for you. Just say the words.

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  4. Here in Xico it is not difficult to acquire a pavo. A couple of years ago there was even a roadkill version nearly in front of our casa ;-)

    Surely you could have found a poultry butcher who could have finished off that bird for you?

    However we are vegetarians (that roadkill did not go to waste I learned).

    The Calypso's hope the Limon family have a terrific Holiday!

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  5. Leslie, we should organize our own Thanksgiving dinners in Mexico when this great holiday rolls around next year. I'm fortunate to be celebrating this year with my family in the US, but I have a feeling 2010 we may need to start something. What do you think?

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Leslie! We also find most of the turkeys in Sonora to be smoked. But some friends have brought one down from Tucson and we plan to be first at the table! LL

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