Diving into popular Thanksgiving foods

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With the beginning of November, Thanksgiving —  the holiday of gratitude and community — approaches. Typically, it is celebrated by eating various foods ranging from turkey to pumpkin pie. 


As the main spotlight of the Thanksgiving feast, turkey is renowned for its soft and juicy interior and crispy baked exterior. Roasted turkey has a unique herb-filled aroma from sage, thyme and parsley. Its tender texture and flavorful aroma remind people of the essence of the special holiday. 

Mashed Potatoes :

From its warm, creamy texture to its slightly salty taste, mashed potatoes complement turkey, gravy and vegetables well. Sometimes, mashed potatoes are mixed with ingredients like rosemary, pepper, garlic and chives. The addition of butter also gives the food a rich flavor. Its buttery smell fills one’s kitchen and carries one of the staple scents of a Thanksgiving. 

Pumpkin Pie:

Pumpkin pie is a popular dessert with a soft inside and crunchy crust. Its warm, sweet flavor from nutmeg and cinnamon reminds many of Autumn. When its vibrant orange-colored filling is paired with marshmallows, the sweet dessert becomes light and fluffy. 

Grilled corn on the cob:

Slightly charred, grilled corn aids in transitioning between the different taste pallets of Thanksgiving. Typically, it is brushed with butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. From its crunchy and sweet taste to its juicy interior, grilled corn compliments the taste of Thanksgiving food items. 

Thanksgiving dinner brings people together through sharing various foods. (Photo/Paulo O via Wikimedia Commons) 

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