It's beginning to look a lot like ... Thanksgiving!
Rumor has it that my mom has purchased the turkey for our family's feast on Thursday. This makes my husband soooooooooo content. Just the knowing that it's oven-countdown is fast approaching! I'm making pecan pie as well as mashed potatoes because said husband can't have Thanksgiving without it. When I was growing up, we'd have baked mashed sweet potatoes mixed with brown sugar & orange juice topped with marshmallows. Can you guess which was my favorite part? :) So, we didn't have mashed potatoes that I remember and that soon changed when I got married to my New Englander guy, who deems it a traditional side dish. We all have our own traditions and warm cozy feelings of nostalgia, don't we? Did you listen to yesterday's podcast episode's ending thought?
While making my grocery store list for pie ingredients and such, I was re-acquainted with one of my cookbooks called Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie. Mom gifted the book, autographed, to me in 2005 when she was at Plimoth Plantation. The cookbook is such a treasure trove for the history-loving foodie; it's filled with recipes from earlier times and converted to modern kitchen know-how. There are many familiar Thanksgiving recipes like Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie and Classic Karo Pecan Pie!! If you enjoy collecting cookbooks and love holiday foods, then you must get this book.
Did you know?
"There was not a single eating fork to be found in Plymouth in 1621. Both the English and the Wampanoag People ate with knives, spoons, and fingers. Knives were used both to cut and to convey 'gobbets' or morsels to the mouth. In New England, no eating forks have been found on any archaeological sites predating the early 1700s, and significant numbers don't appear until a few decades later."
"Sarah Joseph Buell Hale was born in New Hampshire in October 1788. Mrs. Hale lobbied hard from 1847 through 1863 to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. New Englanders and their descendants, wherever they settled, tended to observe an annual Thanksgiving. Mrs. Hale felt that the celebration brought out the best in people, and possibly under the influence of her own fond recollections of the day and a rising awareness of America's uniqueness, she began to advocate a national observance."
-Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie by Kathleen Curtin, Sandra L. Oliver, and Plimoth Plantation