Being from Massachusetts and a descendant of John White, who came over on the Mayflower to avoid religious persecution in England, I am very nostalgic around Thanksgiving. I wonder what really happened in those early days of escape to a new world but what I do know is this. After a late fall start, the Mayflower set sail from England and landed at Plymouth Rock, in Plymouth Massachusetts just before Christmas on December 21, 1620. There is an actual holiday to celebrate and commemorate this great day called Forefathers Day, which is largely celebrated in New England but only first celebrated in 1769, a long time after the landing of the Mayflower. Such a magnanimous event needed celebrating and I am one Pilgrim ...
Yes, it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere (you Aussie’s and Argentinians readers can save these recipes for next July!) and we are chilled to the bone, yes, even in Florida. There is nothing quite as cozy and soul nourishing as a good cup of Hot Chocolate. Rich? Fattening? Yes, but you don’t have to drink a vat of it ...
I will not apologize for deviled eggs.
Just let me say this, these deviled eggs are AWESOME! Easy – tasty – and almost everyone loves them. These little devils are not just relish, mayo and yolks anymore. However, they are still easy and a great way to get put your Christmas ‘love’ in the food. Needless to say, these are inexpensive to make.
Being a Pilgrim myself, (what! you say?) Yes I have Pilgrim blood in me. My fathers relatives where right off the Mayflower. John White and his family are related to me. that's probably why every time I went to Plimouth Plantation I felt at home. Growing up near there we went all the time. What do think was my favorite area? You guessed it, I would kill to have a kitchen like that now, lol. What I could do with the bread oven alone, my gosh! I have done a tremendous amount of research on what traditional Pilgrim Thanksgiving would have been. I have put a twist on everything to bring it into the 21st century. They would have served fish and seafood of course, but I save that for Christmas and New Years Eve.
My Thanksgiving Prayer and the things I am Thankful for.
I am thankful to have so many wonderful friends. Friends that I call family. Thanks for being there always. I am Thankful for all the new friends I have made on Twitter and my website, you are becoming a part of my extended family and I look forward to seeing you all everyday. I am thankful for our Armed Forces and their bravery that protects my country and all of us everyday so we can be free to live our lives, though it is threatened daily. Raise your glass to them this Thanksgiving and remember they wish they could be home with their families, but duty calls. My wish is that people would stop hating, that gay kids didn't fear for their lives that they take their own first. That people could just live side by side and be free to worship the way they please without it causing a war and hate. I don't believe that any God or spiritual leader condones hate and killing. After all isn't that how this holiday even started, people left their homeland for religious freedom? From 1620 and before till present times have we not learned anything? Sometimes it seems like we have not. Be thankful this Thanksgiving and be safe. Cheers to you all my friends old and new, Happy Thanksgiving 2010 !!!
Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Gorganzola & Roasted Pear Bruschetta
Big Butz Bar-B-Que Chicken Wings
Manchego & Chorizo Bruschetta
Spicy Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup
Turkey Two Ways:
Traditional New England Style Slow Roasted with a Sage Stuffing
& Bar-B-Que Turkey Breast by Hanneke158
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries & Pistachios
Medley of Roasted Squash, Turnip, & Carrots with Crispy Shallots
Sauteed Green Beans & Red Bell Pepper
Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Chili Powder & Lime
Home Made Cranberry Sauce
Mixed Bread Basket
Mini Corn Muffins
Home Made Zucchini Bread
Parker House Rolls
Orange Cranberry Bread
Home Grown Pumpkin Pie
Fresh & Local Apple Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Home Made Tapioca
Chocolate Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise