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November 26, 2015 / JayMan

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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Food for thought:

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Passeth the cranb’rry sauce! The medieval origins of Thanksgiving

How and why did the dishes served at Thanksgiving dinner come to be so fixed?

Many assume that most of them were simply eaten by the Pilgrims during the first Thanksgiving. For this reason, they continue to be eaten today. And it’s true that most of the ingredients are American in origin: the turkey, cranberries, pumpkin, sweet potatoes – even the green beans in the casserole and the pecans in the pie.

Yet we only have one firsthand account of the “first” Thanksgiving – a brief paragraph by Edward Winslow that doesn’t mention any of these foods. And it’s been shown, time and again, that the idea of a unique culinary tradition originating from a feast between the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors is more advertising myth than historical truth.

But maybe there is something, nonetheless, that’s very traditional about this meal.

In fact, there may be a very good reason these particular dishes – and even the way we eat the meal – came to be strongly associated with Thanksgiving. The first Americans simply mimicked or adapted the traditional fare, flavor combinations and rituals of Europe, using them to fashion the popular dishes we continue to enjoy today.

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  1. Anonymous / Dec 12 2015 2:34 PM

    Hey Jayman,

    Seeing as you have a Star Wars Thanksgiving picture up there, and you talk about differences in peoples, I thought you might like to see the new Star Wars poster for China:

    http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com/2015/12/more-sjw-racial-problems-for-star-wars.html

  2. Anonymous / Dec 17 2015 5:38 AM

    Hey Jayman,

    When do you think you will do a post about your readers poll?

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