From the Colonial Williamsburg foodblog comes this interesting article observing that our Thanksgiving feast comes much closer to the way our 18th century ancestors served and thought of food. It's a fairly short post, and well worth reading, but the following passage from it sums up the gist rather nicely:
Or to put it another way, candied yams and pumpkin pie are both sweetened vegetable dishes, so why not serve them with the main meal?To the modern diner a dish such as an apple pie or a custard tart would be a dessert item. Modern folks think - first your savory then your sweet. 18th century people see no need for that distinction. They think - heavy first, then light. Thus, that apple pie goes right alongside the roasted beef and potatoes, or THE PUMPKIN PIE next to your TURKEY. That’s right!
Happy New Year, since I have not said so on this blog sooner. Hopefully, I'll be able to fit in, and write about, a food experiment or two in February.