Holiday Foods – Thanksgiving

My Family’s Traditional Feast



November – Thanksgiving


Roasted Turkey

Cornbread Chestnut Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Yams, Mashed or Candied with Nuts

Succotash (corn and lima beans)

Mama’s Creamed Pearl Onions

Mixed Squashes, baked, maybe w Tomatoes

Poppy’s Cranberry Pineapple Relish

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Relish dish of Radishes, Scallions, and Olives

Fresh Baked Bread / Rolls and Butter

Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie

Ice Cream or Whipped Cream

Eggnog and Mulled Spiced Wine


*Maybe over time I can post a few recipes with pictures.

What are some of your Traditional Thanksgiving foods?


The First ‘Harvest Thanksgiving’


Our 9th great grandfather George SOULE arrived 1620 with the Mayflower Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, and was a signer of the Mayflower Compact, the first proclamation of self-government in the New World. The “Mayflower Compact” was signed on 11 November 1620 onboard the Mayflower, shortly after she came to anchor in Provincetown Harbor.

As we gave thanks for all our Blessings, and the multitude of foods available to us, We, as a family, would reflect on the foods available for the ‘First Thanksgiving’.

  • Turkey, they hunted wild fowl.  They foraged woodlands for plentiful Nuts.
  • They grew corn/maize, beans, squash, pumpkins.  
  • Thus our Menu: Turkey; Cornmeal & Chestnut Stuffing, they did have Nuts.  –they would have made cornmeal porridge or a pottage with cornmeal in it.
  • They would not have had potatoes, mashed or otherwise, nor yams.
  • They did have Succotash (Narragansett sohquttahhash)
  • They had onions, they grew them and foraged wild onions,                              but they would not have been creamed. 
  • They would have had squashes, but not the tomatoes.
  • They did not have cranberries, pineapples, radishes, and olives.
  • They did not have wheat, so they did not have bread, rolls or pie crusts.       They could have had a flat cornbread. They had no butter or cream.
  • They did not have Pumpkin pie, but stewed pumpkin.


I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,              and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle


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