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The first Thanksgiving menu

by Michael Polzella

Let’s take it back nearly 400 years ago to the first Thanksgiving. When the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth in 1621, their table looked a little different than ours do now. While no records exist of their exact menu, we know turkey was served…alongside wild hens, seafood and venison.

Instead of a bread-based stuffing, the birds would have been filled with herbs, onions or nuts. Fruits and vegetables would have been plentiful, but we wouldn’t have seen heaping bowls of the sweet cranberry sauce, green bean casserole or sweet potato pie we’ve come to love today.

Katie Cline, 360 Media, Inc.

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