According to the U.S. Census, Americans come from more than 125 countries around the world.
One of the many advantages of coming from another country is the integration of a new culture into our current traditions. For years, immigrants to the new world have incorporated their foods and spices into our current holiday recipes. For example, Grandma’s secret gravy recipe may have the base ingredients of a traditional holiday recipe, but Granny may have incorporated her own spices or foods from the old country.
A perfect example of the integration of culture into holiday recipes is the beautiful state of Hawaii.
In Hawaii, the Thanksgiving meal is always potluck. On Turkey Day, you will see local Hawaiians (also known as kamaʻāinas, pronounced ka-ma-EYE-nas) gathered at a beach mid-day. At the Hawaiian Turkey Day celebration, you will see foods and holiday recipes from Portugal, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines and even Mexico.
One of my favorite holiday recipes is stuffing with Portuguese sausage. This stuffing recipe gives this holiday recipe a special kick. Here is the link for Portuguese sausage stuffing recipe: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/14/142305954/thanksgiving-from-americas-melting-pot.
Traditional Thanksgiving holiday recipes generally include turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.
The average holiday turkey weighs 15 pounds. In the south, they tend to deep fry their turkeys versus baking the turkey in the oven.
According to the National Turkey Federation the average American consumed 16.4 pounds of turkey in 2010. The Federation’s website also revealed these factoids about turkey:
• In 1970, 50 percent of all turkey was gobbled up during the holidays
• Today, more than 31 percent will eat turkey during the holidays
• Since 1970, turkey consumption has increased 102 percent
Every now and then, we may need a break from slaving away in the kitchen preparing our favorite our holiday recipes. This year, The National Restaurant Association estimates more than 14 million Americans will visit a restaurant for a Thanksgiving meal.