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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thanksgiving Menu Idea: Crispy Deep Fried Turkey

Thanksgiving is celebrated in a number of traditions around the globe.. In America, it is a time we put aside to give thanks for all the things that are important to us and pay homage to an exceptional dinner with an afternoon of football watching and shouting at the television screen (at least that is what you do if you live in Detroit). In other areas of the country, friends and families actually do things together including playing board games, playing catch or any type of other activities that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Other traditions are to get the men together on the front porch to talk about the current basketball season or about their new cars.
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However, the traditions that go along with Thanksgiving and giving thanks don't resolve the dilemna that many face each time Thanksgiving comes around. That dilemna would be what to cook for the big meal. Each year there are plenty of tremendous options. Since you are responsible for preparing the meal, you are entirely in charge as to what the menu will be.. The best piece of guidance that can be presented is that the earlier you cook the meal, the less stressful you will be on that wonderful day..

Here is a cool idea for a menu item that you have possibly never had before. First things first. Forget about cooking the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Deep frying turkey is becoming increasingly popular every single year. Yes, there was a time in which these fryers were tremendously dangerous but those times have passed. Through the use of ingenious design and technology, deep frying turkeys is uncomplicated for everyone.

Previously, the most precarious aspect about deep frying turkeys was the hot peanut oil itself. You will be surprised to know that there is an infrared turkey fryer that requires no oil at all! Just put your turkey inside the cooking container, seal it shut and cook. Also, most people believe that all turkey deep fryers are for outdoor use only. This is a false statement as well. There are a few turkey fryers that are made for indoor use. The bottom line is, after preparing a turkey in any type of fryer, you will surely enjoy the most delicious, tender, crispy, juicy turkey you have ever had. Most turkey deep fryers are less than $100 and you can prepare a full 11-pound turkey in roughly 45 minutes.

How much time does it take to cook an ordinary turkey? As times change, the conventional Thanksgiving menu has changed. Deep fried turkey is becoming more and more popular every year though out the country. But turkey deep fryers can also be used for your every day frying needs such as chicken, fish, onion rings and hush puppies. Because of the quick cooking time, you can easily prepare an entire turkey on the morning of Thanksgiving. Or, if the weather is nice outdoors where you live, you can fry the turkey with your guests present as if it was a summer cookout.

The most crucial part of the Thanksgiving dinner is that you get to enjoy it yourself. Don't get stressed out from the preparation by planning ahead and trying something new. If you choose to serve deep fried turkey this Thanksgiving, your relatives and friends will experience the absolute greatest turkey they have ever eaten. Believe it or not, there might not be enough turkey leftover this year for making sandwiches.

For those who wish to find out more regarding the most popular and safe turkey deep fryers (including infrared, electric and propane), you can view my exclusive reviews by logging in to Best Electric and Gas Turkey Deep Fryers.
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If you found this article beneficial, please pass it along to your friends who may want to experience deep fried turkey as well.. Check Out These Turkey Fryers Bradshaw Polamalu is a writer specializing in growing tendencies in society, especially throughout the holiday season. He loves to pass these trends on to others searching for new ideas. Article Source: http://www.upublish.info

Sunday, November 10, 2019

What Happened After The First Thanksgiving?

Various stories of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving exist. Some are conflicting while others have been greatly embellished. But, everyone concurs that the first winter at Plymouth was brutal, and deadly, with half of the colony losing their lives. It is not my intention to prove or disprove some of the stories told about that first Thanksgiving. Instead, I hope to share with you a story you may not be familiar with.
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While there are many stories that have emerged around that first Thanksgiving, you may not have ever heard what you are about to read. It is more than a story. It is based on accounts from the diary of William Bradford, the first governor of Plymouth. Anyone who takes the time to read what Bradford wrote will not only learn a great deal about the early days of the Pilgrims, but, in many cases, gain an accurate and true account of what really happened. Some may even been shocked to find out that some of the things that have been told about the Pilgrims are absolutely false.

What happened after the first Thanksgiving, after a very brutal and deadly year? The colonist decided to make a major change. They agreed that what had been set up was not working, and, that their very survival depended upon making a drastic change. Before they sailed to America, the investors financing the trip entered into a contract with the Pilgrims on July 1, 1620. It was a seven year partnership. In the contract, the investors were called, "Adventurers," while the Pilgrims were called, "Planters." At the end of the seven years, all profits would be "equally divided betwixt the Adventurers and Planters." The contract called for all property, as well as the fruits of all labor, to go into a common pool to be divided equally among all the Pilgrims. There was to be no private property. They called this arrangement a "commonwealth." Today, it would be easily identified and labeled as, socialism, or communism.

But after that first Thanksgiving, the leaders of the colony decided to make a very big, and in their eyes, a very critical change in how the colony operated. Seeing the results of the commonwealth, they chose to replace it with a system of private property. In observing how the commonwealth operated, they noticed the resentment by those who were working very hard only to have the fruits of their labor given to others who chose to not apply themselves equally as hard.
Bradford noted this at length in his diary: "For this community was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort." He also referred to those who imposed such an operation, "vanity of that conceit...as if they were wiser than God."
The leaders realized that in a commonwealth society people could not be expected to do their best work without some personal incentive. The solution was more than just private property. Each family was assigned its own parcel of land to work. They not only kept and enjoyed the fruit of their own labor, but they could then market what they did not need. Bradford later wrote, "This had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been." They began to set up trading posts with the Indians. With their profits they were then able to pay off their debts to the Adventurers back in London.

And as you might imagine, news of their success traveled fast. Their prosperity began to attract more and more Europeans who also wanted to live in a society where there was promise and reward for hard work. The Great Puritan Migration began.

Even though this account is rarely taught in schools, it was recognized by the founding fathers as they labored to put together a viable government and constitution more than 150 years later. The phrase, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" echoes what the Pilgrims decided to do. They worded it as, "the pursuit of happiness," not "the guarantee of happiness."

One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, James Wilson, who was later appointed as an associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, mentioned that critical decision by the Pilgrims. In 1790 he wrote, "The introduction of exclusive property immediately produced the most comfortable change in the colony, by engaging the affections and invigorating the pursuits of its inhabitants."
On that first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims were grateful to God for all that they had. They were thankful to God to be alive. They celebrated their thankfulness to Him. And then they made a very important decision. A decision we ought to be very thankful for, and never forget.
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thanksgiving - Understanding The Holiday

Thanksgiving to most folks means family and friends and Turkey, or maybe beer and football. Many do not know or even care about the significance of the Holiday. Way back in the 1600's a group of people who were members of the English Separatist Church (Puritan's) in England fled their homeland to escape religious persecution. They boarded a ship and sailed to Holland in the Netherlands. In Holland the people enjoyed a brief time free from the religious persecution they faced back in England, but they soon became frustrated with the Dutch peoples bad morals and what they considered sinful lifestyles.
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Seeking yet a better way of life, the Separatists made a deal with a stock company in London to finance a trip to America on a ship named the Mayflower. There were others from England that were not separatists, in fact the majority that made the trip on the Mayflower were not.

The group arrived in America on Dec 11, 1620 and they set ground at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first winter season the pilgrims encountered in America was horrible. With extreme cold and blizzard conditions, they lost 46 of the original 102 who came over on the Mayflower. But the spring and summer of the next year was wonderful with most of the days pleasant and nice and most of the pilgrims staying healthy. The local Indians showed them where and how to hunt and trap for the available game, and shared their secrets on growing and storing of the native crops. The harvest of 1621 was very bountiful and the pilgrims along with the local Indians who had helped them survive their first year, decided to have a huge feast to celebrate and give thanks.

The feast or as it's commonly called 'The First Thanksgiving' was probably held outside on handmade tables and benches, most of the people sat on blankets on the ground while eating, because records show that the colonists didn't have a building large enough to accommodate all the people.
From an original letter of a member of the colony, Edward Winslow, here is the actual account of the First Thanksgiving celebration:
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"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, Many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."

From the hand written letter we can see that 1 Indian Chief or King and 90 others (91 total indians) that were invited as guests attended the event along with the pilgrims, and that the feast or celebration lasted 3 days. The celebration or feast was not repeated again until the year 1623, when during a severe drought the pilgrims all gathered and prayed for rain. The next day, a long steady rain occurred, and Governor Bradford proclaimed another day of Thanksgiving, and again the pilgrims or 'colonists' invited their Indian friends to celebrate.

The next Thanksgiving celebration did not occur until the year 1676, when the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting on the best way to celebrate and give thanks for the good fortune their community had experienced. By voting, they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29th as a day of Thanksgiving.

Other dates that were important to the Thanksgiving Holiday were October of the year 1777, when there was a Thanksgiving holiday that was celebrated by all 13 colonies that had been established. In 1789 George Washington proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving, and after a campaign of letter writing to presidents and governors, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. The date was altered a couple more times, but finaly in 1941 it was sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, on the fourth Thursday in November, where it remains yet today.
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