Ah, Thanksgiving! It’s one of the most anticipated holidays of the year and marks the start of the holiday season that involves eating lots of turkey for dinner. Now, we might talk about the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving, but let’s face it, most of us are after one thing and one thing only: stuffing our beautiful faces with delicious home-cooked meals!
Crispy oven-baked bird meat, roasted golden potato-thingies, steaming stuffing, bucketloads of gravy, delicious cranberry sauce, and grandma’s Thanksgiving pie. Mmm-mmmmm! It can’t get better than this. One person who agrees with the importance of cooking is Imgur user Interstellarbootybounce who couldn’t help themselves and created a whole bunch of memes about their love of Thanksgiving food, involving Imhotep from ‘The Mummy.’
After you read this article, go have a look through Bored Panda’s post about people sharing weird Thanksgiving recipes. Let’s just hope they don’t ruin your appetite. And be sure to scroll down for our interview with Professor Nathalie Cooke from McGill University about the history of Thanksgiving food!
One internet user loves Thanksgiving food so much, they made these memes
Bored Panda reached out to Professor Nathalie Cooke from McGill University to talk about Thanksgiving food and its history in detail.
“In Georgia, in 1732, Thanksgiving dinner involved 8 plump turkeys as part of the feast. But turkeys weren’t necessarily the centrepiece of early Thanksgivings: some served goose for example, Americans included ham on the menu.”
“In 1855, Canadian settler Catharine Parr Traill noted: ‘Pigeons are best for table just after wheat harvest: the young birds are then very fat.’ And ‘the dinner’ itself took on greater form (as two courses: turkey and dessert) and focus in the latter half of the 19th century,” the Professor explained.
“Before that, many Thanksgivings were celebrated (note the plural), likely duplicating elements of the British tradition, including Harvest Home, that new settlers wanted to retain in the Americas.”
Professor Cooke also noted why we’re used to eating turkey on Thanksgiving: “Why turkey? Likely because the Thanksgiving meal we now see as iconic was birthed in the Americas and featured bounty of the so-called ‘New World:’ turkeys, cranberries, foods derived from the three sisters (corn, beans and squash) so cornbread, pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes, succotash.”
The Professor also revealed to Bored Panda that her favorite Thanksgiving food is cranberry sauce. “Homemade, cranberries boiled in water, but with no sugar at all!”
The Imgur user’s memes are simple but made us smile and reminded us of a time long-past when similar memes were considered to be the epitome of good humor. It’s a real blast from the past.
Even more so when you realize that ‘The Mummy’ was released in 1999. That was 20 years ago, even though it feels like just a few years ago for some of us. [Panics that time’s passing too quickly and eats some leftover turkey to calm down]
The New York Times took a very interesting approach to Thanksgiving dinner and broke it down to its essential elements. Naturally, you have the essentials like turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, as well as potatoes in some form or other.
But there are other essentials, too. Such as pie (or rather pies because one’s never enough!), some sort of ‘green and snappy’ vegetable, and ‘something orange.’ That something orange can be yams, squash, or even mac and cheese. What I wouldn’t do for some mac and cheese now. [‘Accidentally’ gains 30 lbs]
There are dozens of ways to prepare each dish and we’d love to know your favorite recipes, dear Readers! Share them with all of us in the comments below. Unless they’re a family secret that your great-grandma made you promise to keep quiet about. In that case, could you give us at least one little hint?