7 Foods For Which I’m Grateful

What is your favorite holiday? In our family we have two: Día de los Muertos and Thanksgiving. For our annual fourth-Thursday-in-November celebration, we invite friends to share a meal. I cook the turkey, gravy, and quinoa stuffing (see recipe below). Our friends make creative, traditional and non-traditional sides; cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, humintas(corn dish), pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, and a great salad.

I am grateful to the First People of the Americas for the foods they discovered, developed and taught the European settlers to eat:

  • turkey
  • sweet potatoes
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • quinoa (stuffing)
  • cranberries
  • pumpkin (pie)

Would this US holiday exist without them? I’m referring both to the people bearing the gifts and the foods they shared. Please write me a note below the stuffing recipe about your favorite holiday food. Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco. Olé! -Rebecca

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Rebecca’s Quinoa Stuffing

Mix in a bowl:

  • 2 c cooked quinoa (2:1 / chicken broth or water to quinoa)
  • 1 c chicken broth (to keep stuffing moist)
  • 2 T sage, 1T basil, 1T dried parsley, 1 t black pepper, salt to taste

Saute in 2T of your oil of choice:

  • 1-2 minced onions, caramelized (cooked until brown)
  • 1 t garlic (cook a short time and add next ingredient to the pan)
  • 1/2 c chopped celery
  • 1 c mushrooms (last in the pan, saute briefly)
  • Add sauteed ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

Place in a 9 x 9 covered dish to bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Food safety tip: Bake stuffing in the bird only when placing it in Tom turkey immediately before cooking. : )

Happy Thanksgiving!

Article revised from the 11/16/18 Fake Flamenco post.

Rebecca Cuningham

20 thoughts on “7 Foods For Which I’m Grateful

  1. Apart from turkey and potatoes, which we’ve had in the UK for a long time – and corn, to an extent too – the rest are recent additions here. I can certainly live without turkey and quinoa, but I enjoy the rest. Hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. We had a great Friendsgiving with our local group of friends. Both turkey and quinoa can be bland or interesting depending on what they are combined with in the cooking. 🙂 Potatoes have been around the British isles for so long, that as a child I thought they originated from there!

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