Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Here are some easy dinner ideas for your Thanksgiving holiday.

| Winter 2015

Roasted Turkey

Roasted turkey takes center stage on the Thanksgiving Day table.

Photo by Brian Chase

Spending time with loved ones and celebrating all the things we’re thankful for is what Thanksgiving is all about. Of course, a delicious feast is something we’ve all grown accustomed to – and something we eagerly anticipate.

It’s believed that the first Thanksgiving, held in 1621, saw the Pilgrims and Indians feasting on seafood, fowl and deer, along with fruits and vegetables. That first celebration, in honor of a successful fall harvest, wasn’t the beginning of what we know as the annual holiday, though.

In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday November 26 the first national day of Thanksgiving, calling it “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.”

Even after Washington’s declaration, however, Thanksgiving still didn’t become an annual holiday.

In fact, it was some 74 years later, in October 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November a day of “thanksgiving and praise,” that Thanksgiving officially became a national holiday.

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, we’ve put together a simple menu – though a bit different from the first feast – that’s sure to please everyone.

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