Did you know that there are several other thanksgiving traditions around the world?
- Germany celebrates Erntedankfest, which takes place in October. This has been celebrated for over 90 years and is an all day celebration including a church service, parade, dancing and feasting on harvest foods.
- Japan hosts a annual celebration of the first harvest in which they offer their crops to the Kami. After WWII, this celebration became known as Kinro Kanahsa No Hi and would be celebrated on November 23. In addition to the harvesting, human rights and rights in the workplace are celebrated on this day.
- India celebrates Pongal, which is a four-day celebration! Day one, known a Bhogi Pongal includes an offering to the king of gods, Indra. Day two, Surya Pngal is honored with a delicacy known as sarkkarai pongal. Day three, Mattu Pongal is celebrated by giving thanks to the cows and bulls. The last day, known as Kaanum Pongal is very much like our American thanksgiving in that the people visit their families and give thanks for the harvest.
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches we want to take a moment to thank you, our loyal customers for your patronage. The spirit of Thanksgiving is one of friendship and grace. It is a time of reflection and introspect. We give thanks.
So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are all the reasons we give thanks.
We are thankful for:
*your patronage *your support *your shopping *your appetites *your enthusiasm *your wallets *your tenacity *your fearlessness *your positivity *your love for us *your children *your laughter *your cravings *your feedback *your sense of adventure *your kindness *your loyalty *your compassion *your affection *your charm *your determination *your fabulousness *your friendliness *your smiles
But most importantly, we are thankful for YOU! Without you, our existence would cease to be so thank you for being you.
From our family to yours, please enjoy your thanksgiving!
A few family favorites
Macaroni and Cheese
1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
2 cups milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon onion salt
2 (10-ounce) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
1 cup soft plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Set aside. Place milk, flour, and onion salt in a quart jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously 1 minute. Stir together flour mixture, 3 1/2 cups cheese, and macaroni. POUR macaroni mixture into a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish or 2 (11 inch) oval baking dishes. Sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs and remaining 1 cup cheese; drizzle evenly with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Oven Roasted Cauliflower
1 medium head cauliflower (about 2-1/4 pounds), trimmed and cut into florets
3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine cauliflower and garlic in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Transfer, in a single layer, to a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast at 450 degrees F for about 25 minutes, stirring once. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately Yield: 6 servings.
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Cooked white rice
Cream of mushroom soup
Sliced Onions and mushrooms (optional)
Sauté onions and mushrooms in butter. Once done add cooked broccoli, cooked rice (2 to 1 broccoli to rice ratio), can of cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well. Mixture should be moist, but not too cheesy (based on preference). Transfer mixture into light buttered baking dish and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake covered at 350 for 20-25 min.