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November, 2010

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season.

Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November since 1863, annual tradition brings families and friends together for a feast of thanks. Originally a thanks to God by the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony who survived a brutal winter safely, the first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days and provided food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. Today’s Thanksgiving feast has many similarities in the foods that were served: berries, fruits, pumpkin and squash.

Cranberry Sauce
Melissa’s has some delicious serving suggestions to enhance your current day Thanksgiving feast; Start with some fun appetizers like simple Melba toast rounds topped with Melissa's Sun Dried Tomato pesto mixed with cream cheese. Everyone will love it and it is fast and simple to make. Prepare your turkey early in the morning and cook it all day to get the aroma in the air. Use a turkey "bag" to insure a moist turkey and it basically takes care of itself (no basting). You can even toss your veggies in the bag with the turkey. Use plenty of fingerling potatoes, baby carrots and even pearl or boiler onions to serve as a tasty side dish. Melissa’s new steamed carrots are delicious served sprinkled with cinnamon and a dash of sugar. Fresh cranberry sauce and fresh mashed potatoes will be perfect sides, along with the green bean casserole that everyone loves and looks forward to every holiday season. Make is simple and easy, but tasty and filling.

Hanukah is right around the corner this year… the first night of Hanukah is December 1st, so get ready!