Thanksgiving International Potluck

THANKSGIVING POTLUCK 2015 On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving students brought their favorite home-made dishes from their home country to share with the others! We had a great turnout and everybody had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with each other. The students even tried the American holiday favorite- Pumpkin Pie! We are now gearing up for the Holiday International Potluck on December 18th. We will be decorating cookies, making holiday cards, and enjoying delicious food. What a great way to supplement English Classes in San Diego!

1 Day and Counting: Thanksgiving Facts

Just one day left to go! While everyone is running to the grocery store to pick up last minute cider and pie, we’ve compiled a list of fun Thanksgiving facts. ECSD, did you know that… Sarah Josepha Hale convinced Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale also wrote the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving in 2012. A turkey typically has 70% white meat and 30% dark meat. White meat has fewer calories and less fat than dark meat. While turkey contains tryptophan (a natural sedative), there’s not enough of this amino acid in the meat to make you sleepy…You get drowsy because your body is working to digest all of that food (food coma). 50% of Americans put stuffing inside the turkey.  The first Thanksgiving menu: wild goose/duck, wild turkey, deer, flint corn, shellfish, fish, eels. Pilgrims probably wore earth-tone colors, not black and white. They also didn’t wear buckled hats. Yams and sweet potatoes are completely unrelated. Now that you’re a Thanksgiving buff, you can show off your knowledgeable self at the dinner table with friends and family. Have a very happy Thanksgiving, EC San Diego! 🙂  

ECSD Is Thankful For…

During the Thanksgiving holiday, EC San Diego encourages students to participate in the holiday by expressing what it is they are most thankful for. Students, teachers, & staff fill out a feather and attach it to ECSD’s “Thankful Turkey” (see photo above). And our turkey is growing! Read below to find out what ECSD appreciates most. “I am thankful…” …for my family and San Diego weather. …for fun students! …for the opportunity [to be] abroad for 7 months, and having my friends and family who I can always rely on. …for Saleh and our classmates and Nick and Rebecca. …for all the love in this world. …for awesome co-workers and happy hours! …for EC One Love. …for the wonderful teachers at ECSD who help me and for the great students I have met. …that ECSD hired such nice people. …for my family and friends. …for Melissa, one of the best teachers ever. …for the beach and the sun and the waves. …for my family and friends. …for my family and friends, good health, having hope and faith. …for Love, Friendship, and Humanity. …for Lykai Nash – she has the best smile! …for our great students – like Mohammed ! …for having such fun & crazy roomies. …for this great time with my classmates in & out of school – FCE2 you are the best! I’m gonna miss you. …for my family, I love all of them. …for my wife, my son, and for the fact that I work with wonderful people at ECSD. …for Daniel’s help. …for having had this experience at ECSD. …for learning the cup song, meeting lovely teachers, escaping my family, and having a good time in San Diego. …for an unforgettable time in San Diego. …for having lived six months I will never forget. Every day, … Read more

Thanksgiving: It’s All About…The Food! (ECSD Recipes)

Halloween has its costumes, Christmas has its presents, and Thanksgiving has its food. Who doesn’t love a satisfying, fun, and relaxed meal with loved ones? Yes, Thanksgiving is the celebration of a historic moment in United States history, but nowadays it is also the time of year when family and friends come together over…a meal! Our EC San Diego family especially loves sharing this annual celebration with students. We throw a “Thanksgiving Gathering” the day before the feast, where students can sample traditional American desserts associated with Thanksgiving dinner. For ESL students who are both familiar with & completely confused by the US holiday of “Thanksgiving”, here are some amazing recipes to try out this month…or whenever you like! And, of course, cooking new recipes is always a fun & effective way to improve English skills. 1) “Herb & Onion Stuffing” (Because you will not be able to stop eating this!) Ingredients 6 tablespoons butter, plus more for the baking dish and foil 1 large loaf crusty bread, cut into 3⁄4-inch bite-size pieces 6 medium onion, chopped Some salt and black pepper 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 large eggs, already beaten 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves Directions Heat oven to 375° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place bread on 2 baking sheets and bake bread until it is dry and crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, about 1 hour. Add the wine and cook until evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes; transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Add the bread, broth, eggs, … Read more