Thanksgivign is an American tradition celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November. Americans in the US and also those scattered all over the world  gather for a day of feasting, football and family. It is a very special day for them, however, the celebration has changed over the years and it bears little resemblance to the original 1621 harvest meal. Although there have been some updates to the original pilgrim’s menu,  it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table. And that fact reminds me of all our Galician celebrations (and Spanish ones too): they are always an excuse to gather around a table full of food.

Here we have the differences in the menu: what everybody tradicionally knows as  “The First Thanksgiving,” celebrated in 1621, contained waterfowl, wild turkeys, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin and squash.

Nowadays the typical Thanksgiving menu looks like this:


Dry-Brined Spiced Citrus Turkey                                       Classic Butternut Squash Soup 


Crusted Green Bean Casserole                                                    Basic Gravy


Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips                       Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

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             Orange-Cranberry Sauce                                                           Pumpkin Apple Pie