Sunday, November 25, 2007

Skyline Chili......for Thanksgiving???

So, Thanksgiving in a foreign country is a bit of a challenge! This was my first time to not be in the USA for this holiday and only the second time to not be with my family!! It was a bit sad, I must admit. We thought about attending a thanksgiving dinner at a hotel but opted not to because it was too expensive.

So, what did we do? Well, we ate Skyline Chili!! Let me just start by saying, it was a taste of home for us and that was important! For those who know not skyline chili, let me first say, I am so sorry! Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati, Ohio delicacy! If you have ever lived in Cincinnati, you should know what I am talking about. It is a very famous restaurant in that area of the US! To prove my point let me tell a story. Two summers ago when we were in Israel, we were in McDonald's (we ARE Americans) and a young man heard us speaking English. He came over, asked us where we were from, told him Oklahoma and he said he was from Cincinnati. Brent looked at him and said, "I can prove that to be true or not with two words, Skyline Chili!". Well this guy goes crazy! He begins listing all the protocols for eating Skyline Chili. And I think I even saw his mouth begin to water. You need to know that he had been in Israel for nine months and I think was missing home a little. So Brent bringing up something from his home was very therapeutic for him.

So, what's the deal with Skyline Chili? Well, it's nothing like Texas chili!! First of all, it has a completely different taste! It's hard to describe but I think it even has cinnamon in it. Second, you serve it over a bowl of spaghetti noodles. Then after drenching the noodles in this somewhat runny chili, you pile mounds of cheddar cheese on top. You also add oyster crackers to the dish. Of course you can add onions and beans too! Yeah, it's so not healthy!

All this to say, Thanksgiving for us in Israel was a little unorthodox! However, don't fret too much for us. We are having the other Americans from our Hebrew class over this Tuesday for turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving food! In fact, the turkey is thawing in my fridge right now! I get to cook it and I hope it turns out alright; I've never cooked a turkey before!

So, that was our Thanksgiving in Israel! I hope you all had a great day with family and friends! Bottom line, the day is not really about the food, it's about being thankful and being with those we love! So, wherever you are in the world, you can still celebrate with a thankful heart!

p.s. if you want to know more about Skyline Chili you can check out the website. The site is listed in my links. :-)

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