Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as we work out our virtual gathering and plan a menu for those who are coming in person, we are also in serious countdown mode: It’s almost time to dust off the 33s and put Perry Como on the hi-fi, comfy slippers on the old dogs, fatback in the crockpot and the color wheel behind the tinsel tree.
Translation for those of you who have no idea what any of that last sentence means, we’re pining for Christmas music, indoor Uggs , comfort food and lighted holiday cheer!
This week we’re happy to spotlight some yummy ideas from our friend René Hardwick at the National Onion Association, and we also have a couple of great recipes from retailers we’d like to share as well.
And as we bring more retailer ideas that prominently feature onions to you, we’d love to include recipes from readers as well. If you have favorite Thanksgiving and/or Christmas onion recipes you’d like to share, please send them to Sherise Jones at email@example.com. We LOVE photos, too.
This week, among the retailers who are providing their website and social media followers some lovely recipes are Smiths Food and Drug and Kroger/City Market. We love Smiths Thanksgiving food ideas and recipes that include onions. You’ll find one very yummy example at https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/food-tips/cooking-skills/slow-cooker-recipes-for-a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
Kroger/City Market has a scrumptious Cheesy Chicken Rice Bake which is easy and quick – perfect for a delish meal during an otherwise hectic week before Thanksgiving. Find it at https://www.citymarket.com/f/whats-for-dinner?cid=ema.pro.PDC_SS_20201111_ENT_1111&xg=190919148
History factoid: OK, the slow cooker is a bit more recent in its importance to the Thanksgiving meal, but onions have been a part of that bountiful meal of gratitude since the very first harvest celebration was eaten by the Pilgrims at Plymouth colony. In fact, an article found at the online version of Smithsonian Magazine notes that the Thanksgiving bird was more than likely stuffed not with bread. “It is possible that the birds were stuffed, though probably not with bread… The Pilgrims instead stuffed birds with chunks of onion and herbs.” Works for us. Read the rest of the story at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-was-on-the-menu-at-the-first-thanksgiving-511554/.