Are any of these on your Thanksgiving menu this year?
They were in 1621, when the Pilgrims held their first feast, which lasted for three days:
wild turkey
other vegetables
wild roots
herbs and spices introduced by the Wampanoag
They might have had honey or maple sap for sweeteners.
No sweets, such as pies, cakes and other desserts – no sugar available for that.


Some of this was recorded in journals written by people who were there; some of it is conjecture, based on general information about the time period and location.


So what’s on your shopping list?

Bon Appetit!

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I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.


  1. “Ugh” to the seafood, for my taste. But if I’d experienced what those men and women had been through, finickiness would not have been in order, no doubt! We owe it to present-day pilgrims (similarly displaced by war and suffering and prejudice) to live (and eat) simply so that we have more resources to share with them. Voice of the Martyrs is one of our favorite deliverers to our persecuted family around the world. Thanks, Hannah, for this reminder of the humble celebration of our predecessors!

    1. Hi, Vicki, well said. It is so easy to get caught up in the material parts of holidays: Having the most gourmet meal, bigger gifts at Christmas…, until we miss the point: We are well blessed; let’s share.

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