Thanksgiving recipes: we’re talking pies

There may be as many Thanksgiving pie traditions as there are families. “Tell me where your grandmother came from,” wrote 20th century cookbook author Clementine Paddleford, “and I can tell you how many kinds of pie you serve for Thanksgiving.” Whether your family’s tradition includes mince, key lime or sugar cream, chances are you’ve got …

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A nut as American as pecan pie

April might be National Pecan Month, but the nut is most coveted during the winter holiday season, when pecans add crunch to savory side dishes and fill pie crusts across America. Pecans are a natural for Thanksgiving dinner since they are the only major tree nuts indigenous to North America. Native Americans have eaten wild …

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Thanksgiving recipes: chestnuts sweet and savory

The American chestnut was once king of the forest. One of every four hardwoods in Eastern woods was a chestnut. Just around Thanksgiving, the fruit of the tree was ripe. Hence, chestnut stuffing, chestnut puree, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. By the 1950s, a lethal fungus pretty much wiped out the American chestnut. We’ve been making do …

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WWI food shortages changed American eating habits

Meatless Monday are nothing new. The same term was used during World War I to encourage Americans to eat non-meat proteins in response to food shortages in Europe. Red meat was considered the most desirable animal protein. Home economists put together cookbooks with meat alternatives such as milk, cheese, eggs, fish, legumes and nuts. (Poultry …

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