Brace yourself, Thanksgiving is coming!!

Brace yourself, Thanksgiving is coming!!

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Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal and a time for many people to be thankful for what they have

The story of Thanksgiving has its roots in colonial America of 1621, when a group of pioneers left England on board of The Mayflower to cross the ocean and arrive on America’s coasts. They arrived in a barren and inhospitable land, with the winter season approaching, they tried to germinate plants with poor results.In many died, only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring . The situation would have gone from bad to worse over the following years if the Native Americans had not come to the rescue by advising the pioners what to plant and cultivate.

In November 1623 pilgrims invited the Indians to celebrate the good harvest and in this very first Thanksgiving dinner, the celebratory dishes that we still cook today were introduced: the most famous examples being turkey and pumpkin!

It was the President Abraham Lincoln that, in the midst of the Civil war, decided to declare every fourth Thursday of November as the day of Thanksgiving. In 1941 thanksgiving finally became a National Holiday.

Today Thanksgiving is an important moment for families to gather around a beautiful meal, because of the big size of the united states: families are often scattered all over the country and separated from each other by long plane rides. Thanksgiving is a beautiful way to unite all of the family for a beautiful meal. The most important part of the diner comes when everybody has to talk about one thing he or she is Thankful for :a beautiful moment of sharing between family members.

What do you eat for Thanksgiving meal?

On all America table you can find a turkey, cooked in different ways…(40 millions of turkeys are cooked every year during the Thanksginving week end)

on epicurious you can find the different ways to choose, prepare and cook a turkey like a chef!

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Cooking a good turkey is really not as simple as it seems, just to buy a turkey can be complicate since you have a huge choice in shops and supermarkets: free range, organic, kosher, heritage….and it is important to understand what you buy and cook! You can find both fresh or frozen turkey. If you prefer to go for a frozen turkey it is better to start in advance to guarantee a good defrosting(2-3 days ). Last but not least the size of your turkey might be a real challenge, on the market you have a lot of different sizes and if you don’t want eat turkey for one week be really careful when making your choice! For the recipes you have a huge variety: stuffed turkey, with Italian sausage, apples and cranberry, or just with bread and celery for an easy stuffing recipe (let bread slices air dry for 1 to 2 hours, then cut into cubes.

 

In a Dutch oven, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Cook onion and celery until soft. Season with poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir in bread cubes until evenly coated. Moisten with chicken broth; mix well.

Chill, and use as a stuffing for turkey)

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you can just cook a simple roasted turkey (Mix smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle some of the spice rub inside the cavity of the turkey. Separate the skin from the breast meat with your fingers, starting at the top of the breast and sliding to the right and left, then working down. Massage some of the rub onto the meat under the skin. Sprinkle the remaining rub on the turkey’s skin. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight
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reheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Place the turkey in a roasting pan. Drizzle the outside of the turkey with a few tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the turkey about 3 hours, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F. Transfer the turkey to a platter, cover loosely with foil and let rest 30 minutes before carving).

And serve with a backed cranberry sauce (fresh or frozen cranberries, 1 cup of chopped pecans, 1 cup of flaked coconut, 1 cup of orange marmalade, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water, combine all ingredients in a baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cranberries are tender. Serve warm or cold)

and what can you cook as side dish?A sweet potato casserole (4 sweet potato , 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 brown sugar, 2 eggs, pecans, 1/3 cup flour, butter, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 tbs vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Put sweet potato in a saucepan with water to cover and cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash. Mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a baking dish.

In a bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown)

 

but if you prefer to just enjoy your thanksgiving with family and friends, and not to pass the day cooking turkey, you can find a long list of nice restaurants with special thanksgiving menu!…restaurants peninsula

 

Events for Thanksgiving

November 23/24 Christmas in San Francisco Crystal Fair

Fort Mason Center is hosting a great gift-buying celebration. Vendors from Asia, Europe, and Africa (as well as California artisans) will have awe-inspiring gifts for beneath the tree.

Minerals, gems, beads, jewelry : an amazing array of merchandise

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is a wonderful way to start the holiday season at 6:00 pm on the Sunday night following Thanksgiving. The parade features floats, several high school bands, and characters in costume.  The parade route starts at State & 2nd and then goes down Main Street

November 28 in San Francisco Golden Gate Park come and see turkey trail trot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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