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"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln High School Statesman

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln High School Statesman

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Artwork by Sara Mathison
Four of the five essential elements to Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, pumpkin pie, gravy and cranberry sauce.

For Thanksgiving dinner, I have pieced together the essential elements. Turkey, mashed potatoes and, most importantly, traditional pumpkin pie. Unusually, certain items like deer, cranberry sauce and mac & cheese can make an appearance on the dinner table. So, what is the fundamental Thanksgiving line-up?
1. Turkey
88% of Americans consume turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey has gained popularity because of its moisture and outstanding flavor. It was first introduced when early settlers were inspired by the queen’s actions; she roasted a turkey instead of a goose. From the past to the present, more than 46 million turkeys have been sold and eaten.
2. Gravy 
Gravy is often served with mashed potatoes, but developed as a topping on other cuisines. Flavors range from sweet, chocolate gravy from Appalachia, to salty, chili gravy from Texas. The most familiar flavor on Thanksgiving is turkey gravy. It is poured effectively on the stuffing to douse it, soak the mashed potatoes and provide extra flavor to the turkey.
3. Mashed potatoes 
A dish made from mashed, steamed or boiled potatoes with milk, butter, salt and pepper; mashed potatoes. They are the second favored consumed meal on Thanksgiving. The first known recipe for mashed potatoes was published in The Art of Cookery, a recipe book written by English author Hannah Glasse, in 1947. After gaining popularity, mashed potatoes are featured by 77% of Americans on this holiday.
4. Pumpkin Pie 
Although pecan and apple pie make an appearance on the Thanksgiving menu, pumpkin pie exceeds the list of all-time favorites. In fact, 31%, the highest percentage, of Americans devour pumpkin pie. The vast majority of people enjoy a dessert pie with a warm mix of spices and pumpkin-based filling.
5. Cranberry sauce 
By the 1860s, cranberry sauce was practically established as an American dish. It rarely presents itself on other holidays, but it has the largest debut on Thanksgiving day. The sauce contains a relish of cranberries more commonly served as a condiment for Thanksgiving turkey.

From honey-roasted turkey to potato recipes to countless appetizers and mouth-watering pumpkin pies, there’s no doubt the traditional Thanksgiving dinner will satisfy every craving. Despite the fact that countless dishes are not present on this list, these five platters need to make an appearance on the menu.

 

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Sara Mathison, Staff Writer
Sara Mathison is a sophomore, first-year staff writer for the Statesman. Mathison is involved in the LHS softball program. In the off season, her time is occupied with her traveling team, the Renegades. Outside of school, you can find her spending time at the  lake, going to concerts and arguing her way into the Hughes’ Sunday family dinners. In her free time you’ll catch her daydreaming about her infamous, rich adult life.  
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