Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Thanksgiving Flavors across the U.S.A.

What's your Thanksgiving tradition?
What’s your Thanksgiving tradition?

“On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment — halftime.” ~author unknown

I found this article in the New York Times fascinating. They provided 50 dishes with recipes from the 50 states + DC and Puerto Rico…the United States of Thanksgiving. Let’s see.

I grew up in Ohio…OMG…English Peas & Onion Salad. I don’t think so. Sounds like something we might have made in high school home ec class that nobody ate.

As I travel through the 50 recipes, a few things catch my eye…pecan pie bites with gravy (yes, turkey gravy)…certainly an unappetizing combination from Colorado. According to the article, “Stoned people gravitate to more extreme flavors.”

But here’s what’s on the menu that made my mouth water:

Garam masala pumpkin tart (D.C.) – a fragrant exotic twist, move over homey nutmeg

Lobster mac & cheese (Maine) – Who needs turkey with this lobsterpalooza?

Slow cooked red chile turkey (thighs) (New Mexico) – While I was born in the Midwest, I definitely have a Southwest soul.

Cranberry sauce with chile (Arizona) – Picture this spread on leftover turkey wrapped in a tortilla.

And while Florida is one of my less favorite states because of the high preponderance of dog racing tracks with their lack of humane regulation, their Thanksgiving menu is downright inviting — Caribbean-inspired Mojo turkey, black beans and rice, and key lime pie.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

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