MOM's Thanksgiving Cornucopia
Submitted by Monica Theis:
The harvest celebration of 1621 by the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native American Tribe is recognized as the “first” Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until 1863 however, that the fourth Thursday of November was established by President Lincoln as a national holiday after being convinced by Sarah Josepha Hale that the country needed a day of unity following the Civil War. Whether celebrating a successful harvest, unity or simple gratitude, food has always played an important part in this celebration as we gather with family and friends.
Here in Wisconsin the traditional Thanksgiving menu includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and (of course) pumpkin pie. This is a far cry from the menu of 1621 which likely included venison, wild fowl, seafood, corn, and porridge (or “hasty pudding”). Food traditions continue to evolve as cultural influences, food trends and dietary preferences drive what each gathering prepares. A plant-based focus, for example, may showcase a “turkey” made from tofu (soybean protein) or seitan (wheat protein). Tamales and Flan may grace the table of Mexican American gatherings.
Regardless of your traditions and food preferences, the food pantry at MOM offers an abundance of ingredients and products for your unique and special celebration. On Monday, November 22, from 11:00 to 6:30 p.m. MOM clients who registered previously have an opportunity to Choose Your Own Thanksgiving. In addition to traditional items of turkey, potatoes, green beans, cranberries, and assorted pies, tempting and tasty items such as wild rice, coconut milk, collard greens and much more will be available. This year's program serves a record number of people. Thank you for your support that made it possible!
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