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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2008

Here is an interesting article on the history of Thanksgiving and what kinds of food were consumed back then. It includes a menu of what they would have eaten. It was kind of a forced local and seasonal Thanksgiving back then with no supermarkets.

Our modern Thanksgiving repast is centered around the turkey, but that certainly wasn’t the case at the pilgrim’s feasts. Their meals included many different meats. Vegetable dishes, one of the main components of our modern celebration, didn’t really play a large part in the feast mentality of the seventeenth century. Depending on the time of year, many vegetables weren’t available to the colonists.

The pilgrims probably didn’t have pies or anything sweet at the harvest feast. They had brought some sugar with them on the Mayflower but by the time of the feast, the supply had dwindled. Also, they didn’t have an oven so pies and cakes and breads were not possible at all.

Regardless of what we eat, we celebrate this holiday as a day of giving Thanks.

What am I thankful for this year?
for the great country that I live in
for Mr Chiots of course (and Lucy and the cats, Samson & Sofie)
for my family and our friends
my health and the health of my family
the local farmers that spend their time growing healthy veggies and raising healthy meats for us to eat
and all of my blog readers of course!

What are a few things you’re thankful for this year?

3 Comments to “Happy Thanksgiving”
  1. Kelly on November 27, 2008 at 8:29 am

    I posted a list on my blog:)
    By the way…I showed Charlie all of you canning foods -he is SO impressed with you….um and I think I little discouraged by OUR pantry :)

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  2. Jesse on November 27, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Awww, I posted a list of the things I’m grateful for too… I love your blog by the way, this is my first visit here and I’m hooked on your beautiful pictures. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Susy on November 27, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I’ll head over and check out your list!

    When we come visit this winter I’ll bring some canned items. Any requests?

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