Interesting Trivia For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Day. Thanksgiving Day. A day where you eat too much and watch plenty of football.

However your Thanksgiving looks, here are some interesting facts about this oh-so-American holiday:

  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
  • 1796 was the first year a pumpkin pie recipe appeared. It was featured in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons and was called ‘Pompkin Pudding.’
  • The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a staple — it first started in the 1920’s.
  • Believe it or not…turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • An estimated 254 million turkeys were raised for slaughter in the U.S. during 2012 – US Department of Agriculture
  • Food that was thought to have been present at the first Thanksgiving feast: Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese.
  • This year, the beginning of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving falls on the very same day.
  • At one point in American history, the turkey and bald eagle were considered to serve as the national symbol of America. You can guess which one won…
  • Age is a determining factor in taste. Old, large males are preferable to young toms (males) as tom meat is stringy. The opposite is true for females: old hens are tougher birds.
  • Wild turkeys can run some 10 to 20 miles (16 to 32 kilometers) an hour and fly in bursts at 55 miles (89 kilometers) an hour.

Sources: WHVS.com, Chicago Now, Infoplease.com, National Geographic

Thanksgiving Is All About The Side Dishes!

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away!

If you don’t quite have your recipes laid out, here are some delicious side dish recipes.

Roasted Cipollini Onions With Sherry Caramel: Now, this recipe sounds fancy, but it’s not all that complicated. “This recipe for glazed onions uses a quirky sherry-vinegar caramel that has myriad applications,” says Leather Storrs, chef-owner of Noble Rot restaurant. “It holds well in a squirt bottle at room temperature and is excellent for basting meat while roasting, or to pretty up a plated composed salad.

Apple Almond Quinoa: The salad is the perfect side dish for a turkey, with the nutty flavor of the quinoa playing with the almonds and offset by the sweet tang of dried cranberries and apple. If you like, you can add browned sausage to this salad with the onions, craisins and apple to make more of a meal. When I do that, I always serve the quinoa with a spinach-garlic salad to green up the plate. This serves two as a light meal if you add roughly 3 ounces of diced sausage.

Double-Stuffed Potatoes: This is mashed potatoes taken to a whole new level. Your family and guests will be impressed and satisfied!