What’s on the Thanksgiving Table in your Home State?


My Blog’s Second Year Anniversary

Two years ago this week I wrote my first blog post.  My purpose was to collect, clarify, authenticate, preserve, and publish all relevant genealogical information intended as a legacy to my family.  I want to leave them with as complete and accurate an accounting of our family’s past; to honor those who came before us; to remember loved ones who have passed on; and, to spiritually ground me through a greater sense of ancestral identity and history.

On this my blog’s second year anniversary, with nearly 200 posts behind me, and hopefully many more to follow, I thought I’d go back to my second post Our First Thanksgiving in Plymouth and bring it full circle to how we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families today.  As it would happen, just as I was preparing to sit down to write, a New York Times Facebook post appeared on my Facebook page “The United States of Thanksgiving: 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico), 52 recipes.”  The narratives include historic information about the people and foods of the area and the interactive displays include a drop down so readers can easily navigate to their favorite state to see what’s hot for Thanksgiving there without weeding or scrolling through all of the recipes.  The recipe windows are initially displayed in their minimized form, but when you click on the + sign the recipe window expands to include a picture and a link to the New York Times Cooking section that includes their article’s full narrative for that selected state and the recipe section’s full tools and options.  So I concluded, what better way to include my family’s cultures in our traditional Thanksgiving celebrations than to highlight The Times narratives and recipes for the primary states of our ancestors origin!

Colonial Settlements of My Immigrating Ancestors

Of my nearly 11,000 documentedImmigration to America ancestors, the first ones immigrated primarily from Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe West. Upon their arrivals, they settled primarily in five of the first 13 colonies: i.,e., Jamestown, VA; Plymouth and Boston, MA; New Haven CT; Raleigh, Wake County,NC and Southern MD.  So, I will provide links to each state’s recipe page that I discovered in The Times Facebook post.

  1. Virginia:  Corn Pudding
  2. Massachusetts:  Clam and Chouriço Dressing
  3. Connecticut:  Quince with Cipollini Onions and Bacon
  4. North Carolina:  Sweet Potato Cornbread
  5. Maryland:  Sauerkraut and Apples

I believe my favorites would be Maryland’s Sauerkraut and Apples and North Carolina’s Sweet Potato Cornbread.  I’m going to give them a try for this Thanksgiving with our extended family of about 30.  I’ll let you know how well they are or aren’t accepted.  You know, most everyone is at least somewhat reticent to change–but I’m gonna give it “the old college try”.

3 thoughts on “What’s on the Thanksgiving Table in your Home State?

  1. The traditional sweet potato cornbread muffins (NC) and the sauerkraut and apples (MD) recipes turned out perfect. As suspected, only a few of the 30+ thanksgiving dinner guests chose to try them out. Both our daughters-in-law (fellow family cooks) liked the Sauerkraut and Apples. Our 3-year-old great grand children loved the muffins and even took some home in sandwich baggies. Their second favorite was the watergate salad, which became a tradition when our daughter-in-law Penny joined our family. Our millennials chose to go with the family’s traditional sides and desserts.

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