One single eyewitness account of the 1621 harvest survives, in a letter written by colonist Edward Winslow to a friend. This letter reveals that they most likely ate deer.
This book, called "giving thanks" by Kathleen Curtin and Sandra L. Oliver and Plimoth Plantation, has a lot of interesting information in it, and if you can find it at your local library I hope you take a look. The History Channel also has had a few good shows about our Holiday. I think most of us just enjoy the day off from work to be with our families, and if we are fortunate enough..... to be able to share some good old fashioned fattening food. Probably one of the best meals of the year in my family, because the stuffing cooked in the bird is just better, and we only cook turkey one day a year. My problem comes from cooking tooooo much, and this year, since we are only having immediate family, I really need to watch it.
My side of the family ate different desserts than my husbands side of the family. Pecan pie was always served, as was mincemeat and blackberry, apple and cherry. My Dad wasn't very fond of turkey or pumpkin pie, but we still had them. Did you know there are 500 calories in one piece of pecan pie? I used to love that pie until I heard that.
This book also has a recipe for Sweet Potato Pie that sounds really good, and I may try it after a week or so when we have eaten all the ones that my family likes. One of our grocery stores has a signature cranberry orange relish that is really tasty and I am pretty sure the one in this book is similar to it. If some on these new recipes I try turns out good , I may have to revive my Recipe Blog with them. That poor blog has been very inactive for a long time.