We learned our lesson the first time: plan well in advance. There is no such thing as a megastore with all of the ingredients that you need, and we wouldn’t have any way to carry them even if there were.
This year, there were sweet potatoes! Okay, there probably were last year as well, but we had just moved here and had no idea where to look for them. We also had no trouble finding a turkey, compared to last year when we were told “Sorry, no turkey til Thursday” at our regular grocery store. On Monday.
Another plus? We found a large enough turkey that we only needed to buy one. This meant that I only had to do one round of disgusting turkey-related tasks, including (but not limited to) neck removal and inappropriate massage. I used this method and roughly the same recipe, and it came out really tender.
The turkey seems to be the gift that keeps on giving: I also made a large batch of stock from the bones and other fun bits, which is especially valuable here since I don’t believe they sell stock in the stores.
Hope other expat American readers had a great Thanksgiving, and that their foreign friends got to experience the traditional American pastime of marathon eating.