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Thanksgiving and Other Celebrations

Posted by berkeleyscot on November 22, 2007

I try very hard to not get caught up in the Holiday whirlwind.

I could mark each celebration individually: Thanksgiving, St. Andrew’s Day (November 30th), Christmas, Hogmanay (New Year in Scotland,) and Robert Burns’ Birthday (January 25th).  That’s just too exhausting, so this year, I’m doubling up the celebrations and combining Thanksgiving with St. Andrew’s Day. We’re going to dine on haggis and neeps and tatties (mashed rutabagas and potatoes). That’s typical Scottish fare served at a St Andrew’s Day dinner, and also on Burns’ Birthday. I’ll have to get another haggis in January.

We order the haggis from the Scottish Meat Pie Company in Dixon, a farming community, which is very close to Sacramento and drive up there to collect it.

The Thanksgiving haggis is a sturdy wee thing and survived last year’s kitchen renovation. I had to play bagpipe music (on a cd) at it, to entice it to come out from the depths of the freezer.

For dessert we have a rhubarb pie from Walker’s Pie Shop, an Albany institution.

This will all be paired with our favourite champagne, Marie Stuart.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, Happy St Andrews Day! Slainthe Bha! Good Health!


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