WHAT WASN’T ON THE PILGRIM’S TABLE: Besides the big bird, there are lots of other foods that have become traditional for the Thanksgiving meal. But you might be surprised to know that many of those foods were not on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims would have been surprised to see any of the following foods on their table:

  • Sweet potatoes, potatoes, or yams — These hadn’t yet been introduced inNew England.
  • Corn on the cob — What the Pilgrims called “Indian corn” was only used to make cornmeal.
  • Cranberry sauce — Although they had cranberries, they didn’t have sugar.
  • Popcorn — “Indian corn” could only be half-popped, and wouldn’t have tasted very good.
  • Pumpkin pie — However, they probably made a type of pumpkin pudding, sweetened by honey or syrup.

What you might be surprised to know was on the menu at the first Thanksgiving was fish and seafood, which was plentiful in coastal New England, including cod, bass, eel, clams and mussels.

PILGRIM CLOTHING MYTH: The image we all have in our heads of Pilgrims at the time of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 is that of men and women who dressed only in black and white with big buckles on their shoes, hats and clothes. That idea of Pilgrim fashion is a myth. Buckles didn’t become popular until later in the 17th century, and black and white clothes were usually worn only on Sundays and at formal occasions. Instead, women usually wore red, earthy green, brown, blue, violet and gray, while men wore clothing in white, beige, black, earthy green and brown.

TURKEY TRIVIA: Here are some facts about the turkey you’ll be eating on Thanksgiving:

  • Scientific name: melegragris gallopavo
  • Plumage: bronze, dark brown and black on wild turkeys with 3,500 feathers at maturity
  • Turkeyslive in flocks, roosting at night in thick tree trunks.
  • Male turkeys are called “gobblers” or “toms” and female turkeys are called “hens.”
  • Turkeysare polygamous — one male has a harem of females.
  • Toms attract hens by gobbling and strutting.
  • Hens lay about 12 eggs at a time, which hatch in 28 days.
  • Turkeyscan fly at speeds up to 55 miles per hour and run at around 12 miles per hour.
  • Turkeyshave 27 calls besides the gobble, including the “kee-kee,” the “purr,” the “yelp,” the “whine” and the “cluck.”

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Wednesday 11/23/11

“Thanksgiving Meal with all the Trimmings”

Hours:  6pm
Location:  Heart Rock Cafe, 1 S. Washington St., Sonora

ChristianHeightsChurchand the Heart Rock Cafe will host their annual “Thanksgiving Meal with all the Trimmings”, a free community dinner on Nov. 23rd, beginning at 6pm, at the Heart Rock Cafe,1 S. Washington St.,Sonora
Free Annual Thanksgiving Dinner-Wednesday November 23rd.
Hours:  6.00pm – 8.00pm
Location:  Jamestown Community Hall

Presented byJamestownYouthCenter & SierraBibleChurch. This annual event will take place in the Jamestown Community Hall,Main Street,Jamestown at 6.00pm. on Wednesday November 23rd.  A Thanksgiving Dinner with all the Trimmings. Fellowship and Food open to all the community.

For information drop by theJamestownCommunity Centeror call 984-4188.


Thursday 11/24/11

SonoraAlano Club Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner

Hours:  12:30pm
Location:  19421 Village Drive in Sonora

Starts at 12:30pm at theSonoraAlano Club. (BehindSearsShopping Center)


As mentioned on the Star Morning Show. You are going to be the hit of the Thanksgiving dinner with these little gems. You’ll have them begging for more, or find yourself eating alone next year.  Happy Thanksgiving – Justin Flores

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!

Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off.

If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? Their age!

What happened when the turkey got into a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him.

Why can’t you take a turkey to church? Because they use such fowl language.

What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called? Turkey feathers.

What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving? The turkey trot.

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Absolutely — a building can’t jump at all.

How can you make a turkey float? You need two scoops of ice cream, some root beer and a turkey.

What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? Plymouth Rock.

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? The outside.

What key has legs and can’t open doors? A turkey.

Why didn’t the turkey eat dessert? Because he was stuffed.

What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children? If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy.


Are you in charge of the turkey this year? Here’s a timeline that may help, from

  If you are using a frozen turkey, put it in the refrigerator to start defrosting NOW. Since the average 12- to 16-pound bird takes three to four full days to thaw it should have probably gone in Sunday, but if your bird’s on the small side you’ll be OK.

  Tuesday: Check that you have all your cookware, serving pieces, utensils, etc.; make your shopping list.

  Wednesday: Do your shopping the day before so that your produce is fresh. The cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pie can all be made ahead. Remember that the turkey will take up the oven for about three hours on Thursday.

  Thursday: Roast the turkey. While it cooks, do your stovetop cooking and setup. When the bird comes out to rest, put all your premade sides back in the oven to warm up. Do the gravy last, as well as dressing a salad or heating bread if you’re serving it.

November 19th is National Thaw Day

According to the professionals, thawing a turkey, especially a big one, takes some time. I listed the recommended thawing methods and times below. Gobble Gobble – Justin Flores

Refrigerator Thawing:

  • Thaw breast side up, in unopened wrapper, on a tray in the refrigerator.
  • Allow for at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.

Cold-Water Thawing:

  • Thaw breast side down, in unopened wrapper, in enough cold water to cover it completely.
  • Change the water frequently to keep the turkey chilled.
  • Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per pound for a whole turkey.


Menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner dropped 4% this year. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner, this year’s feast for 10 is $42.91, a $1.70 price decrease from last year’s average of $44.61.

… The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.

… The cost of a 16-pound turkey, at $18.65 or roughly $1.16 per pound, reflects a decrease of 3 cents per pound.

… Milk, at $2.86 per gallon, dropped $.92 and was the largest contributor to the overall decrease in the cost of the 2009 Thanksgiving dinner.

… Other items showing a price decrease this year were: a ½ pint of whipping cream, $1.55; a 12-oz. package of brown-n-serve rolls, $2.08; a 1-pound relish tray of carrots and celery, $.72; and a 12-oz. package of fresh cranberries, $2.41. A combined group of miscellaneous items, including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (onions, eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk and butter) also dropped in price, to $2.50.

… Items that increased slightly (less than 5 percent) in price this year were: a 14-oz. package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.65; two 9-inch pie shells, $2.34; and a 30-oz. can of pumpkin pie mix, $2.45.

(From Justin): That’s it! I’m hungry. I can eat a Thanksgiving dinner every week, how ’bout you?



The folks at Butterball have opened up the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for another year of advice. And this year they’ve added a Twitter feed and Facebook page.

… When the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line opened 28 years ago, six home economists responded to 11,000 phone calls in the first year alone.

… These days, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line employs more than 50 professionally trained, college-educated home economists and nutritionists, who respond to more than 100,000 questions each November and December. They’ve answered calls regarding how to cook for a whole firehouse, how to impress the in-laws, and how to serve international students their first American Thanksgiving dinner.

(From Justin) : The Holiday’s are here. Have you ever called the hotline? How did it turn out?