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A Moveable Feast

After our long hot summer, I know we all were ready for fall with the cooler temperatures and all the activities that come with it. There’s a crispness in the air that is so energizing! I just want to sit out on the patio and enjoy the little fire in the chiminea and count my blessings.

Speaking of blessings, Thanksgiving is in two days!  I know many people will be getting together with family and friends for fellowship, fun and of course, FOOD! Turkey seems to be the traditional Thanksgiving food, but it is really unclear whether the Pilgrims and the Indians ate turkey at their feast in 1621. They did lobster, seal and swan on their menu though!

Here’s another piece of Thanksgiving trivia for you to “chew” on. A Thanksgiving mix-up inspired the first TV dinners. It seems that a Swanson employee accidentally ordered 260 tons of turkeys. To get rid of them, one of their salesmen was inspired by how prepared food was served on airlines and got the idea to fill 5,000 aluminum trays with turkey and all the fixings, making what became the first TV dinners. They were a hit, and the rest is history! This is just one piece of quirky trivia I found on the Good Housekeeping site. Click here to see them all.

A Moveable Feast

For the last 13 years we have traveled to Houston to be with my dad for Thanksgiving. I would cook turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy here in my kitchen, and turn it into a one-dish moveable feast to be transported to Houston. I used a large rectangular casserole dish and layered the whole dinner in it. The first layer would be about 2 inches of dressing followed by slices of turkey to completely cover the dressing. Then I put a thick layer of mashed potatoes on top of the turkey. The final layer was the gravy which sealed everything very nicely. It travels beautifully!

Sadly, my father passed away last year so we no longer have to make the trip to Houston, but I’m SERIOUSLY considering continuing my moveable feast tradition! I wonder where I can take it this Thanksgiving?

How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? Please comment below.

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