I thought and thought about what event in history I would like to have witnessed and there were so many my poor little brain was reeling like a slot machine so I went with my gut. Literally.
No, I’m not kidding. Wouldn't it have been awesome to sit at that table and break bread with these hardworking English settlers and Wompanoad Native Americans? I'm not discounting their hard work and I mean no offense to anyone, but I would have done it a little differently.
What qualifies me to say that? Well, I can hold my own in the kitchen
and spend many, many hours a week cooking, baking and sharing the fruits of my labors--but not always my recipes. <g>
First off, they served way too many varieties of the main
dish.At our house, we stick to ham and turkey for the showcase
items.At the first Thanksgiving, they served swan, goose, duck,
deer, bass, cod, clams, eel, lobster and turkey. Have you ever
anxiously stood in a buffet line behind little old ladies or finicky pre-teens who can’t
make up their minds when all you want to do is fill your own plate?Seriously, too many choices slow the table
traffic down to create a dining room bottleneck of nightmarish
For sides, the pilgrims served cornbread, corn
pudding, dried beans, squash and turnips.What about mashed
potatoes and giblet gravy?The homemade noodles and green bean
casserole? Cranberry salad? Candied sweet potatoes? Dressing?
My kids would have made a run to McDonald's before they'd eat corn pudding and dried beans for Thanksgiving. Everyone in my family has their favorites and I don't dare dissapoint them.
It's been written that the pilgrims had run out of sugar by this time so their desserts
consisted of fruit and nuts.Now I like fruit and nuts as much as
the next gal, but come on, really? I like them IN THINGS, not sitting lonely on the plate. I'm pretty sure my family would stage a demonstration if there wasn’t at least one pecan or pumpkin pie, chocolate cake or homemade whipped cream to slather on top. So tell me, do you like to cook and what are your favorites dishes? Hugs, Theresa Jaye
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