WanderFood Wednesday: Thanksgiving Edition

by Lauren Van Mullem
( November 20th, 2012 )

A Wander-Full Thanksgiving
My mother-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving this year, and she emailed me last weekend to ask if I had any ideas for an appetizer. My first thought was my recent Sfiha recipe – the lamb-pomegranate-mint mixture is delicious mounded on 3” rounds of pizza dough. Perfect finger food, especially if paired by a full-bodied red wine.

But then I thought to myself, “No, Thanksgiving is as American as pumpkin-pie, so for once, let’s stick with tradition and make something with mayonnaise.” I’m still a little torn by that decision. But the fact is, I spend every day thinking of foods from the far corners of the world, and weekends hunting for ingredients not found at Ralphs. For Thanksgiving, I’m ultimately thankful for friends, family, continuity, tradition, and yes – living here in America.

And it’s not like American regions are lacking in culinary variation. Check out my friend Nealey Dozier’s Southern Food Blog, Dixie Caviar for collard green dip, cornbread dressing, and Wassail and Whiskey punch.

In fact, even Lonely Planet got in the game with a list of “Regional Thanksgiving Foods of the US” – which, I may add, has the best sentence ever on Jello salad: “let’s be honest, they all end up looking like whipped alien guts.”

Well, you know how the song goes: “Mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”

Thanksgiving Feast

I leave you with a photo of my family’s Thanksgiving table. Don’t ask me what pickles are doing there. I have no idea.

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On November 20th, 2012 at 11:17 pm, Alana - Gen Y Wanderer said:

My grandmother always put those little (crystal!) dishes of pickles and olives out too.. I think it was a ‘50s/’60s thing!

On November 21st, 2012 at 2:03 am, Nealey @ Dixie Caviar said:

Thanks for the shout out, Lauren! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

On November 21st, 2012 at 1:32 pm, Lanee Lee - WanderLush Diary said:

Growing up in the land of jello molds at every potluck, I have to agree: “let’s be honest, they all end up looking like whipped alien guts.”

On November 21st, 2012 at 1:54 pm, Sarah Shaw - WanderShopper said:

I’ve seen a lot of pickles as part of Thanksgiving spreads. You are not alone!

On November 21st, 2012 at 1:56 pm, wanderfood said:

I know, isn’t that a great line? Wish I’d thought of it. I remember my aunt making jello salad – it was green with fruit in it. I tried making a vintage 1960’s shrimp mold from my grandmother’s recipe for my birthday once (my parents had been raving about it for years), and once it finally came out of the copper fish mold, it became the Birthday DARE to try it. Looked disgusting. I think it was gelatin, shrimp, and like canned tomato soup or something, with olives for eye-balls. It was nasty.

Times, they are a-changin’!

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