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Time flies, one minute we are in a blizzard that leaves my house without power for Halloween and the next minute I realize Thanksgiving is next week and I have given no thought to the holiday whatsoever.

How did I realize this?

Monday night, I went to an event at Harvard Law School which is most likely the only time I will sit in a classroom at the law school for an event called Heirloom Thanksgiving.   I listened to panel discussions on sustainable and responsible food production and the production of Heirloom Thanksgiving which will be airing on PBS in the very near future. Check here for a listing of times the show will be airing near you.  I also got to see a screening of Heirloom Thanksgiving and the opportunity to meet many that were involved with the production including Carole Murko , the voice and face of Heirloom Thanksgiving who in four months made this show a reality.

What did I learn from Heirloom Thanksgiving panel discussion and from watching Heirloom Thanksgiving?  I learned the importance of making food from scratch, how food is a great connector as well as the importance of tradition: one’s heritage, one’s family and their cooking traditions.

I knew the first Thanksgiving did not serve turkey but I did not remember it was called the Harvest Festival and started in 1621.  They weren’t talking turkey in 1621 but venison, seafood, and vegetables to name a few things they served.  Turkey and pies were not on the menu until 1845 where they still remain to this day.

Each Thanksgiving I feel I should not make the same Thanksgiving meal but after watching Heirloom Thanksgiving I realized that maybe I should!  There are so many new recipes I come across that I want to try but how many side dishes can one eat? It is so hard for me to plan my Thanksgiving Day meal, what to add? What to delete? It is very stressful to make these decisions.  But I guess I must!

So for today this will be my menu, but by tomorrow, it could all change!

Thanksgiving Day Menu

Brie en Croute

Mushroom Soup

Turkey with all the trimmings

Corn Pudding

Cipolline Al Forno

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel

Corn Bread

Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Bourbon Apple Crisp with Ice Cream

Time to get the shopping list ready!  Will share recipes soon!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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