I’ve had some private requests for more food blogging, now that Thanksgiving is nigh upon us and those of you who haven’t ordered or purchased a turkey yet may be S.O.L. if you don’t get to it soon. But, quite frankly, I’m a little frazzled this year. I’m laboring away on an essay that’s (at this point) a week overdue, and will need the rest of this week to make it shine. So this is what would probably be on the Thanksgiving menu at Chez Historiann this year, if I could get ’em. (There’s probably a mouldy old box down in some forgotten fallout shelter, don’t’cha’think? It seems like the kind of fake food that would be as good today as it was on the day it was manufactured.)
Did Don sign off on this? (H/t to Assistant Professor Andy for the funny link, and to Fratguy for the funny line.) Isn’t it interesting to see what became a children’s novelty processed food marketed to mothers as though it were a perfectly nutritious thing? (Actually, when you look at the box, it’s not far from the way that energy bars are marketed today.) Back in the day, mothers used to tell their children what they’d eat, not the other way around, which is why advertising aimed at children now emphasizes the pleasure, the coolness, and even the rebellion of consuming a particular food item.
As for Thanksgiving: fortunately, Fratguy and a family friend have volunteered to have a dual turkey grill- and smoke-off in the backyard and other friends are doing the veggies and other sides, so all I have to do is produce a few pies, a pan of dressing, and a whack of cranberry sauce. So here’s your 2010 Thanksgiving recipe for cranberry sauce: combine 1 pkg. cranberries, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 or 10 minutes, set aside to cool, and there you go. Straight off the back of the cranberry bag, friends! Add 1 cup of toasted broken walnuts before serving, if you’re feeling elegant.
If some of you are looking for inspiration, or just want to enjoy some edible ghosts of Thanksgivings past, here’s a roundup of some of my Thanksgiving posts (with recipes!) from 2008 and 2009:
- November 23, 2009: Thanksgiving blogging redux: How Not to Cook a Wolf
- November 27, 2008: Thanksgiving blogging, part III: recipe open thread
- November 25, 2008: Thanksgiving blogging, part II: ‘beat all smartly together‘
- November 24, 2008: Thanksgiving blogging, part I: ‘this depends intirely on the goodness of your fire‘
- October 17, 2008: Autumn receipts: An umble pie, and some humble thoughts on food and technology