Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

By: Kajsa Sabatke, Interpretive Projects Coordinator
Happy Thanksgiving! The staff at The Farmers’ Museum will be celebrating with our families and friends and then heading back to work for two days as the museum opens for Thanksgiving at The Farmers’ Museum. What foods are important at your Thanksgiving celebrations? I asked some of my coworkers what other dishes, in addition to turkey, are essential to their families’ Thanksgiving meals. Not surprisingly, many of them responded with pies: apple, apricot, chocolate, and pumpkin pies all made the list. Stuffing made the list several times, although every family has its own “right” recipe. Some staff mentioned food made by their mother or another relative. Erin’s Thanksgiving includes Under the Sea salad made by her grandmother. Cranberry salad, cranberry relish, applesauce and yams, oyster stew and sweet potatoes with marshmallows are also favorites. I can personally attest to the delicious addition of marshmallows to sweet potatoes or squash as someone who was banned from marshmallow duty after my zealous quantity of marshmallows overflowed the squash and covered the oven racks. My marshmallow incident, which happened when I was about 11, is a story my family still loves to tell – or at least tease me about – every year. Another favorite Thanksgiving tale comes from the first time I hosted dinner, in an apartment near some railroad tracks. The rumbling of the trains helped the oven unplug itself sometime between the turkey going in and about 30 minute later when I realized that the turkey wasn’t cooking. Luckily, the problem was easily remedied after we pulled the oven away from the wall and plugged it back in. Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving stories, dishes, or recipes? Please share them! And stop by to visit us on Friday and Saturday.

1 comment:

Emily said...

The Paul Revere House staff would like to know what era that illustration of the Under the Sea Salad dates to... can you illuminate us??

Thanks for sharing!

Our favorites:

Green Bean Casserole
Pies: Pumpkin. Pecan, Apple, and Blueberry
and
STUFFING!

~Emily Holmes

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