Tomorrow USA will celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
Do you know why they chose this name?
To thank God for what is been gave during the past year.
Don’t you think is a nice meaning?
During the beginning of the 17th century, a group of Pilgrim Fathers ran away from their native land because were persecuted and they reached North America.
102 pioneers, of which 32 children, boarded on the Mayflower, arrived on American’s coasts in 1621 after a tough travel through the Atlantic Ocean.
Once arrived, the Pilgrim Fathers found a wild and inhospitable environment, lived just by native Americans. Pilgrims brought from England different kind of seeds that sowed in the ground. The harvest wasn’t enough to feed the entire population so most of them died during the cold winter.
The same situation would have happened the year after if the native Americans wouldn’t help. They showed the new arrived which products grow and which animals raise. Corn and turkeys.
After hard work, Pilgrims dedicate a day to thank God for the received plenty and the success of the first harvest.
The colonies invited to the party also the native Americans, thanks to which they could face the first difficulties of the adaptation in the new environment, laying the foundation for a prosperous future.
In the menu of the first day of Thanksgiving there were dishes that became a tradition during this festivity: turkey and pumpkin with white meat, deer meat, oysters, clams, fish, cereal pies, dried fruit and peanuts.
In 1789 George Washington, first President of United States of America, declared the Thanksgiving Day a festivity day for all the states.
Since the middle of 19th century Thanksgiving Day was widespread all over USA and celebrate by every social classes. From rich to poor people.” (Wikipedia)
After Halloween, houses are decorated waiting for Thanksgiving Day. In USA is the most important holiday of the year.
Significant are lunch/dinner during this day, because I’ve been told that the tradition wants it to be late for lunch and early for dinner. Some eats after the football game.
For us this will be our second Thanksgiving Day. Last year, I didn’t know where to start, so helped me a lot my friend Alessandra Agabiti Braghelli that been living in USA for long time. Below the inspirational post for the Thanksgiving menu:
Thanksgiving: 10 rules for a perfect thanksgiving lunch
Last year, I found on the williams-sonoma.com website the recipe for Herbes de Provence Roast Turkey.
The Roasted Turkey came with Cranberry-Port Chutney and stuffed turkey with dried figs: a pleasure to the tongue!
Here is the link with the recipe of the stuffed turkey and the variations http://unamericanaincucina.com/2011/11/stuffing-ita/.
As vegetables side we decided to do boiled green beans without lot of dressings and Mashed Potatoes with Parsnip and Horseradish.
For dessert Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie, dried fruit or peanuts. Oh, I forgot! Everything accompanied by good wine 😉
This year, in hindsight, I don’t feel like deal with the preparation of the turkey, even though we chose a small size turkey it weighted almost 11 lb. But mostly was the cooking, almost 4 hours…
We want to enjoy this day as much as we can, so we decided last minute that for this year the magic word will be no hard work in the kitchen, just easy recipes like this one:
The vegetables sides won’t be missing and not even the Apple Pie. We’ll put the festivity table cloth and sipping good wine!
We’ll be glad and thankful to live here, to have two adorable daughters, to love each other and to keep going even though the difficulties that (also) this year we faced!
Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo and Element5 Digital.
Post translated by Alice Perego.”