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maeyan's sister-in-law, who is hosting Thanksgiving for their family this year:

Theme: time-warp! 19th-century style Tday, with all the fixin's they had back in the 1800's (minus the A/C and/or heating of course )

Here's the deal: We make the main menu as follows:

Roasted Wild Turkey with dressing
Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Brandied Cranberries (....yes...real brandy....)
Stewed Peaches
Batter Bread
Thanksgiving Pudding w/Hard Sauce (as in MORE BRANDY!!!WWWOOOOO!)

Up for volunteer-grabs are the optional, 21st century goodies...


viveydoll, maeyan's sister: We can bring some pop. (Or as they called it in the old day, "What's this? This hasn't been invented yet!?")
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2004-11-17 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)

They had soda pop, and root beer, in the 1800s.

Did so.


2004-11-17 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Yup; I knew that, and wondered if I should mention it as an aside. (Did so -- there's root beer in Thomas Aldrich's Story of a Bad Boy). But it's still funny, regardless of, those pesky 'fact' things. :-P


2004-11-17 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

you should track down some sarsparilla and give them all an authentic taste-treat!

that sounds like fun (a lot of work, but fun) - have you perused any old household/recipe books for possible side dishes? they made some cool sounding things.


2004-11-17 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

The sarsparilla is a possibilty (though probably not a likely drink for a thanksgiving dinner?) We, however, Do Not Cook. Insofar as the kitchen isn't currently equipped for anything more than throwing something into the oven or microwave, and only if it requires no preparation. So side dishes from our house are likely to be on the order of chips, drinks, and random storebought-goodness.

It's not that we *never* cook (or rather maeyan does, and I smile-and-nod and hide in the office) but that the kitchen's in a rather advanced state of disrepair (plumbing problems, among other issues) at the moment, so we've been mostly Fast Food City for a while now.