by Jennifer Maiser, editor
Are you looking for inspiration for an Eat Local Thanksgiving around the country? Below, find some links to blogs which have covered Thanksgiving cooking in the past. I tend to agree with Anita from Married with Dinner who writes that cooking locally for Thanksgiving is one of the less challenging projects in the year of a locavore:
"Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is one of the few times each year when Americans eat with the seasons, whether they’re aware of it or not. But to me, planning a locavore Thanksgiving celebration isn’t just fun, it’s also pretty simple."
What are you planning on making this Thanksgiving?
Southern Michigan. Dragonwood, Life in the Garden made local chicken live pate, a mash of potatoes, leeks and parsnips, quince-cranberry sauce, and pumpkin cheesecake.
Traverse City, Michigan. Notes from a Country Girl Living in the City made acorn squash, potatoes Dauphinoise (using homemade feta), cranberry sauce and corn on the cob (frozen in the summer). For drinks, they had a local sparkling pear cide, milk and cider they pressed themselves.
Tennessee. Crafty Kim made a mostly local Thanksgiving dinner that included a delicious sounding sweet potato gratin and bread stuffing with potatoes. I particularly love that, while they wanted to make green Jello salad (traditional for their family), they at made it semi-local by using local cream and local pecans.
Connecticut. Sophie at Late Bloomers Farm in Connecticut wrote about an eat local meal that included pickled carrots, chicken soup, cornbread stuffing using local ingredients, and local cranberry sauce.
Takoma Park, Maryland. LifetimeReader at The Purloined Letter made ameal which included home-ground corn meal. Because she couldn't get local cranberries, she made a relish of cherry preserves (canned in the summer) with horseradish.
Oregon. Amy at the Our Home Works blog outlines an eat local meal that was made with a group of friends. Her mother's wild rice dressing looks particularly delectable.
Bainbridge Island, Washington. Lauren at Dropstone Farms made pumpkin seed snacks, stuffing with local ingredients including apricots, and a homegrown turkey.
Seattle. Eigth of an Acre Bounty has tips for a Thanksgiving dish made of squash, leeks, sage and goat cheese.
Washington. Laura's eat local Thanksgiving of crab, prime rib, stuffed mushrooms and twice-baked potatoes on Urban Hennery has me ready for Thanksgiving right this minute.