Last year my Thanksgiving was spent in Chisinau with about 80 other volunteers. I was on a cooking team and we prepared all the mashed potatoes and stuffing for everyone. Due to some budget cuts earlier this year the space we had previously used was not available and the country-wide Thanksgiving that a group in Peace Corps Moldova put on was not able to happen. Instead volunteers put on regional events.
I was invited to the one in Balti (a city about 40 minutes from where I live). I offered to help cook, and went down Friday afternoon (we celebrated on Saturday so teaching volunteers could come) to start prepping things. We started off taking a trip to the grocery store to buy supplies then we started baking. We made several desserts and finally went to bed around 4 AM. The next morning more volunteers started to arrive and we got up and began more cooking. Most all the classic foods from Thanksgiving were present including turkey (very fresh, killed and plucked 2 days prior), stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Other foods included corn casserole, sausage balls, mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes and deviled eggs. In total there was about 25 people at the Thanksgiving dinner, and we had plenty of food leftover for the next day.
The next day I went back to Riscani to celebrate my host mom’s birthday. Per usual their was lots of delicious food and drinks.