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Five Questions

November 21st, 2012 by KM Wall

Erin Blasco with the Smithsonian blog O say can you see? had five questions for me -


Elizabeth Warren(the 1627 Elizabeth Warren) and Richard Warren her husband - arms akimbo and in Washington, D.C.

What are the top food myths about what was on the table for the “first” Thanksgiving?

What did they really eat at the harvest celebration in 1621 (the phrase folks at Plimoth Plantation prefer to “Thanksgiving”)?

How do we know what was on the menu then?

Who did the dishes?

If I want to serve a pilgrim-inspired dish this Thanksgiving, what do you recommend?

You’ll have to click to find out my answers.

What are your Thanksgiving questions?


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4 Responses to “Five Questions”

  1. Vickie says:

    My click gave me on oops! Is it me/my machine or is it the link???

  2. Paul Courchaine says:

    I clicked and got to the Smithsonian site.
    I’m not sure I agree about wild turkey being the centerpiece. They were (and are) lean and rather tough. I vote for the venison, which the colonists knew about but were ill-equipped to obtain. Most were not good woodsmen. In England, venison was a dish reserved for the upper class and royalty.

    • KM Wall says:

      I agree, Paul – I think the bird was on the table, but I don’t think it was THE centerpiece – you’re absolutely right about the venison. It was sooooo much more important to them – both the English and the Wampanaog then it is to us.

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