Monthly Archives: November 2014

Puritan Pumpkins: ‘Fruit of the Lord’

Pumpkin pie will grace most Thanksgiving tables this week, including mine. Yet at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, the pumpkin would likely have been stewed, not baked. Advertisements

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C is for Concord Grape Jam

As a pre-school teacher at the Grace House community center in Richmond, Virginia, my mother taught a whole generation how to distinguish a circle from a square, how to count to 10, and how to do the “Hokey Pokey.” At least … Continue reading

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Shrimp Creole: New Orleans via North Carolina

My grandmother, Bertie (pictured above), grew up in coastal North Carolina, where hush puppies made a regular appearance on local menus. I’m not sure where she found this recipe for shrimp Creole.

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In My November Kitchen

This Japanese maple in my yard shows the season in New England right now – the opposite of some readers, but that’s what makes this monthly forum, started by Celia of fig jam and lime cordial, so much fun.

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A Tart Native American Taste of Cape Cod

Cranberries, the tart, red fruits essential to Thanksgiving feasts, grew on Cape Cod long before Americans turned them into a sugary accompaniment to turkey. The Wampanoag Native American people called the berries sassamenesh and used them as dyes. They also … Continue reading

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