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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of my favourite time of year. I love the crisp air, warm sunshine, richly coloured foliage, bountiful food, and cosy comforts. I did not grow up with Thanksgiving and only had my first turkey dinner in my twenties when we moved to Canada, but I have fallen in love with both the holiday and the feast and firmly adopted it as a tradition of my own. I love how relaxed the holiday is and that it brings two of my greatest joys, food and family, together.
With the holiday in mind, I have gathered together a few bits and pieces to share:
First up is a little reading about the origins of Thanksgiving from thecanadianencyclopedia.ca.
Ever wondered about the differences between American and Canadian Thanksgiving? A few thoughts from Mental Floss:
Curious about how many turkeys Canadians consume at Thanksgiving? See the stats from turkeyfarmersofcanada.ca
Brit.co has some lovely ideas for setting the table.
If you need inspiration on the eating front, foodnetwork.ca has 40 Canadian Thanksgiving recipes to share.
To end on a sweet note, my favourite Thanksgiving desserts are Nigella’s Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies (I add a 1/4C shredded coconut to the cookie batter and I sometimes substitute almonds for pecans) and Dutch Apple Pie (I reduce the white sugar in the filling to a 1/4C and add a pinch of ground cloves. To the topping, I add 1/2t cinnamon and 1/4 t nutmeg).
Wishing you a happy and delicious Thanksgiving!