No matter what your feelings about the origins of Thanksgiving – it did NOT really start with the Massachusetts Pilgrims post-1620 – and the impact of the English settlers in North America or Sarah Josepha Hale’s influence on Abraham Lincoln, today’s holiday has more to do with re-enforcing family ties and culinary traditions often far removed from English recipes.
The photo above portrays two traditions of early America: wheat bread and cornbread. Both originated in what is known as “farce,” “forcemeat,” “stuffing,” and “dressing.”
So, I say to you, “Happy Thanksgiving.” Gratitude goes a long way in making this world more tolerable, for us and for everyone else around us … .
© 2015 C. Bertelsen