History behind Thanksgiving foods

By: Amanda Bream
Bark! Voice of the Bulldogs

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many debate on which foods are the best.
When one thinks of Thanksgiving, the first thought is of food. Delicious and mouth-watering food. The reason why everyone makes a feast on Thanksgiving is because the Plymouth colonists and the Native Americans planned to share a feast.
Turkey is eaten all over America during Thanksgiving. This is because it is said that the Native Americans were inspired by the queen’s actions and wanted to honor her by cooking her up a turkey. This may not be true but it is an interesting theory.
Stuffing is also another big side dish to have on the table during Thanksgiving. Historians say that Native Americans made a kind of stuffing with chestnuts, onions, and herbs. Now many people use butter and other things to make stuffing.
Mashed potatoes were not around when the first Thanksgiving took place, so many question how it became a part of one of the most beloved Thanksgiving dishes. Sarah Hale, a novelist, saw Thanksgiving as something very important for families and wanted it to be a holiday. Hale went to officials asking for it to be a holiday. Finally, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln made it a holiday. After that, Hale shared recipes, and one of the items was picked up fairly quickly around the states, and that was mashed potatoes.
Many popular dishes have an interesting history and if one is interested in the rest of the history, look up The history behind 10 Thanksgiving dishes.