The colonists at the first Thanksgiving definitively had venison, and the fowl also could have been wild turkey, but if so, it was a very distant relative of that bird in the supermarket case today. The wild birds (Heritage Turkeys are similar domestic birds) are firmer, and have a rich, intense flavor since they are mostly dark meat. If you decide to go wild here, why not add the produce of the forest floor to the Thanksgiving table? Foragers have been out gathering wild mushrooms and the flavors are perfect for your Thanksgiving Feast.
What exactly is a heritage turkey? It's a naturally mating bird with a slow growth rate (taking 26-30 weeks to mature) that spends most of its long life outdoors. In a Bon Appetit taste test, the Heritage turkey won, 4 out of 5 tasters preferring the Heritage. Learn more about why these turkeys are better and tastier than commercial turkeys.
Comfort foods take many forms, but using game as the main ingredient adds that unique twist for an even more enjoyable meal. Here are some comfort food ideas using game to consider.
f your cooking has been accused of having "no game" (ie: no character) perhaps actually adding game to your ingredients will easily enhance your culinary rankings. Add to those ingredients the fabulous fall flavors from fresh figs, winter squash, late season vegetables, wild mushrooms and other fall classics and you become a real star.
Here are recipes for Quail, Rabbit, Pheasant, Duck and Wild Boar to put on your list of menus to consider. Happy Fall!
Much of the foods prepared and served at Jewish Holidays are symbolic of specific themes. Food, in general, in the Jewish tradition is an integral part of the religion and if themes and Laws of Kashrut (Kosher) are followed, meals become a daily ritual of reminding the observant of good and evil, right and wrong, self control and Jewish practices.
The tradition at Rosh Hashanah is to eat symbolic foods meant to help ensure a good new year. All items appearing on the Rosh Hashanah table contain an ancient significance for happy prosperous days to come. Yom Kippur break fasts are notoriously epic — all manner of smoked fishes and delicate pastries.
Growing across a huge swath of what is now the eastern United States, pawpaws, North America’s largest native fruit, were once a critically important source of food for both Native Americans and early European settlers. When allowed to ripen completely, pawpaws develop complex nuances of flavor with notes of tropical fruit, vanilla, cloves and other exotic spices.
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