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Joels Host Early Thanksgiving

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Joels Host Early Thanksgiving

Published on October 20, 2008 with No Comments

Rocker Billy Joel and his chef wife Katie Lee are such big fans of America’s Thanksgiving holiday they’ve already celebrated – over a month early.

The couple had their Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and friends, at the beginning of October – because Joel will be on tour in Australia at the end of November, when the official Thanksgiving Day is celebrated across the US.

Joel’s wife said: “We had a Saturday free and had a little Thanksgiving party with friends.”

She admits the holiday has become a big deal for her and Piano Man Joel – because she’s had her best and worst experiences in the kitchen over Thanksgiving.

She explained: “My biggest disaster meal was probably about six years ago when I did a Thanksgiving dinner. Billy and I had just moved into the new house. There were still boxes everywhere and I invited 15 people over. Because it was a new house I hadn’t used the oven because I only lived there a week, so the oven wasn’t properly calibrated.”

She added: “I had taken all this time to make homemade rolls from scratch; they were black on the top and doughy on the bottom. The turkey breasts burned but the legs were raw and I burned myself. Now Thanksgiving is my favourite meal to cook. I love to make turkey with maple syrup, orange juice and chicken broth basting every 30 minutes because it really caramelises the skin. But it’s a quirky holiday for us because we never celebrate it on the real date because a lot of times my husband is on tour so we’ll have Thanksgiving a couple of weeks before.”

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