Vegetables make Thanksgiving better
Move over turkey, because, the real stars of Thanksgiving are vegetables.
What did you expect? I'm a vegetable farmer!
But it is a fact that the idea of having a celebrated meal consisting of potatoes, parsnips and turkey was cooked up by a certain Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, in the early 1800s, nearly 200 years after the infamous first thanksgiving in 1621. Unfortunately, Hale didn't think to commemorate First Nations people along with her trendy spread, but I digress.
When you actually think about it, trends aside, the importance of Thanksgiving is to lead "guests anone Unto the kitchen room, ne spared for niceness none." (Spenser)
So we fuss, hopefully not because we fear judgment, but rather because we mean to provide our guests with a lovely meal.
We wish to let the feast speak for us, to say, I love you, my kin, and the effort I have placed into this meal is for you.
This is exactly what we feel when we grow the vegetables you are about to prepare. Similarly, it is also our way to say that we love you, and that this love is what fuels our work.
This is the trend that I want to bring home. The trend of caring for an ingredient so that it might translate in the care for a person, or a group of people.
With that in mind, here are some meal ideas that, for me, evoke love and caring.
So regardless of whether you opt to serve a kale gratin, or the latest fresh alternatives to Thanksgiving, one must remember that it is, above all, a celebration for the ones we care about.