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Venison for Thanksgiving Dinner, anyone?

Ok, apparently we’re eating the wrong stuff for Thanksgiving. According to Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621: “we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor.” More can be discovered at the History Channel website.

I have to say, I’m not one who enjoys cranberries. What do you like/don’t you like for Thanksgiving?

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8 comments on “Venison for Thanksgiving Dinner, anyone?

  1. My turkey-eating days are over since I gave up meat (I’ve had Tofurky and it’s not bad at all 🙂 ), but I love stuffing and mashed potatoes, as well as very fluffy dinner rolls. And then pumpkin pie for dessert.

    Ah, MH, you’re making me homesick! Can’t get stuffing or pumpkin pie here. Or Tofurky. What the heck am I doing here? 🙂

  2. No meat? Wow! I can’t stand tofu, or soy burgers.

    I did try to be a Vegetarian 5 days a week for about 6 months, but my wife got tired of trying to figure out meals without meat, so I ended up bagging it.

    I was in Virginia about a month ago, and had my first experience with sweet potato pie. I thought it was pumpkin pie (it looks practically identical), and I have to say it was very good. I love the fluffy dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, and stuffing too.

    Yams have to be properly prepared (with lots of brown sugar), or they can gag me. I love just about every pie (except mincemeat.)

    I remember spending Thanksgiving in Vancouver about 10 years ago. Of course, Canada celebrates on a different day, but they did have turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings for us, which was real nice. I was there for a hockey game with the Canucks.

  3. Yeah, I’m into animal welfare, so I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was. 🙂 Actually, I had wanted to go vegetarian pretty much all my life, but didn’t really do it until a couple of years ago. I still eat a bit of fish though, so I’m technically only a semi-vegetarian. Ever since I can remember, I’ve never liked the idea of animal slaughter and many of the farming and slaughterhouse practices that are common disturb me greatly. Soy burgers and dogs have gotten much better. I tried some amazing ones last time I was home, with soy “bacon,” and they were the best ones I’ve had yet. Tofu can be really good, but it has to be prepared correctly, otherwise it tastes as boring as it looks. 🙂

    Yes, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving the first Monday in October. Other than the time of year, it’s pretty much just like the American version with all the same trimmings.

    I’m impressed that you’ve been to a hockey game! Must have been cool to see the Canucks live. Hockey was my life when I was a teenager. Never played, but followed it religiously. 🙂

    I’ve yet to try sweet potato pie, but my sister-in-law from North Carolina apparently makes a mean one. If it’s anything like her mac and cheese, I’m sure it’s amazing.

  4. I do like hockey. What was funny to me on my visit to see the Canucks play, was to listen to the Canadians talk about hockey the way Americans talk about football. Also, it was interesting to hear them say “eh” at the end of the sentence. “It’s nice weather today, eh?”

    I worked during the Olympics here in SLC at the E Center for the hockey. The Canadian fans were fun to be around–painted Maple Leafs on their faces, and were much more raucous. The gold medal game was good, and I was slightly disappointed the Americans didn’t win, but felt happy for the Canadians. I’m actually a pretty big Boston Bruins fan, and it was nice to see them finally make the playoffs last year (for the first time in forever.) Also, they did stretch Montreal to 7 games, before succombing.

    Where is Bobby Orr, Ray Borque, and Gary Cheevers now? Those were the good old days….

  5. According to Wikipedia,

    Bobby Orr:

    Subsequent to his playing career, Orr served briefly as an assistant coach for Chicago, and as a consultant to the NHL and the Hartford Whalers, spending the bulk of his retirement years as a Boston-area bank executive. He is currently a player agent in Boston. For a number of years, Orr coached a team of top Canadian Hockey League players against a similar team coached by Don Cherry in the CHL Top Prospects Game.

    Ray Bourque:

    Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, the first season he was eligible. His uniform number #77 has been retired by both the Bruins and the Avalanche; he is one of only six players (Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Patrick Roy) whose jersey has been retired by more than one club. His birthplace of Saint-Laurent named the Arena-Raymond-Bourque in his honour. He still lives in the Boston area, remaining active in several local charities, and was named a Boston Bruins team consultant on November 3, 2005. He is also the co-owner of an Italian restaurant called Tresca in Boston’s North End.

    I couldn’t really find anything about Cheevers, so I don’t know what he’s up to now.

    I was a huge Red Wings fan. You’d think Toronto or Montreal would have been my team, being Canadian and all, but my dad was a Wings fan so I became a Wings fan. I loved Steve Yzerman but Sergei Fedorov was my favourite until he turned strange. I think his quickie marriage to Anna Kournikova corrputed him. 🙂

    I’ll never forget that Canada-US Olympic game. So you got to see it live? I bet there was hardly a TV set in Canada that wasn’t glued to that game. It was a matter of national pride. 🙂

    Yeah, ending sentences with “eh” is a Canadian thing. You Americans are missing out! 🙂 I say it all the time, I don’t even realize that I’m doing it. It’s one of those really convenient words that you just can’t replace.

    LOL, I just googled “eh” and it has its own page on on Wikipedia. It’s interesting.

  6. Make sure you let us know whether you were able to squeeze in any football today. 🙂

  7. My Bruins are in first place again–perhaps we have some new Bobby Orr on the team…. One can only hope. (I keep running into Red Wings fans–I don’t know why….)

    I spent Thanksgiving with my family so there was plenty of football to be seen.

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