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Nov 23 2011

Hurrah For The Pumpkin Pie!

by Joseph M

Unlike some other holidays, there aren’t many popular traditional songs associated with Thanksgiving.  In fact, the only one that I can think of is “Over the River and Through the Woods”.  It was composed by Lydia Maria Child (who is best remembered for being creator of the piece despite her other work as a writer and social activist) and was originally published in 1844 as a poem in her book, Flowers for Children, Volume 2.  DCPL doesn’t own that title, but we do have several illustrated versions of the poem, as well as a collection of her letters.  Click here to take a look at the catalog listings.

As the title of this post suggests, I’m ready for some pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin pie covered with whipped cream is quite possibly my favorite traditional Thanksgiving food.  What meal component are you looking forward to the most?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Dea Anne M November 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Well, we practice a pretty non-traditional holiday at my house but I will have to say that my favorite part of the feast is the Sirracha glazed roasted duck that I make…or maybe the turnip gratin.

Veronica W November 23, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Let’s hear it for stuffing!

Greg November 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I have to go with the troika of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. All three can be slathered with gravy and all three taste great when you combine a bit of one with a bit of another. I didn’t realize that “Over the River” was a Thanksgiving song, probably since the holiday isn’t mentioned until the third verse. Up to that point, the sleigh going through the snow with bells ting-a-linging make it sound more Christmas-sy.

ROBBIN P. November 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

With our family all the staples of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey w/ gravy, dressing , collard greens, baked macaroni & cheese, cranberry sauce, oh yeah string beans, mashed potatoes & gravy. As long as all these food items are on the menu any additional dishes are welcome. As far as desserts …. my favorite is Mincemeat pie ala mode & a good cup of coffee. YUMMMMM

Ken November 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

For many years, my mom’s baked chicken and dressing was always something I anticipated. (Mom and Dad don’t like turkey, so we usually didn’t have it.) I still love it, but it’s now a New Year’s dish, so I’ll have to wait.

I’m also the only one in my family who loves pumpkin pie, so I always look forward to that. It’s funny how many people I’m met who say they don’t like it. That leaves more for me (and therein lies a problem).

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