One of the things I’ve always loved about Thanksgiving is knowing that almost every single American is eating the same things on that day. Sure, regional differences, family favorites, but for the most part, you know that there is a whole lot of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, wine and rolls being consumed.
And pie. Lots and lots of pie.
And we also watch the same things:
So let’s see what was on the table for my family in 1966:
wine (at table)
sweet potatoes (Mrs. Conant) (this was my Uncle Bob’s mother-in-law)
cauliflower & cornflakes
peas & carrots
2 mince pies – Mary Ann (my Uncle Bob’s wife)
2 pumpkin pies – me
Dad was about the only person I ever knew who liked mince meat pies – but they must have been pretty popular back then as Aunt Mary Ann brought two of them. I think it was an Ennis/Mueller family recipe. But, if they were already past the point of making it from scratch, with real beef and brandy, then maybe they used a recipe like this. I know in later years Mom only used None Such.
And oh yeah, that “cauliflower & cornflakes” business – another favorite of my Dad’s. Mom would steam the head of cauliflower whole, and meanwhile brown some butter in a saucepan and then add cornflakes to toast them a bit. Put the cauliflower on a platter and top with the buttery cornflakes. Actually it was pretty delicious.
That is, the buttery cornflakes were. The cauliflower, meh.