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November 2015 Newsletter

November 2015 Newsletter
Balanced Health Healing Center is proud to announce…
           We now have a full service wellness center staffed with Nutritionists, an Aesthetician, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Therapists. We are also looking to add a Wedding Planner to this unique team so call us at (210) 764-2121 if you or someone you know is interested in renting an office space in our unique wellness center!
The Original Thanksgiving
by Chef Andrew Paparella
            In recognition of the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration we wanted to share the history of the original Thanksgiving that took place in 1621. As time has gone on, things have certainly changed drastically from the original dinner table. The English colonists we call Pilgrims celebrated days of thanksgiving as part of their religion. But these were days of prayer, not days of feasting. Our national holiday really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.
         Wild turkey was indeed plentiful in the region and a common food source for both English settlers and Native Americans. But it is just as likely that the fowling party returned with other birds we know the colonists regularly consumed, such as ducks, geese and swans. Instead of bread-based stuffing like today herbs, onions or nuts might have been added to the birds for extra flavor. Winslow wrote that the Wampanoag guests arrived with an offering of five deer. Culinary historians speculate that the deer was roasted on a spit over a smoldering fire and that the colonists might have used some of the venison to whip up a hearty stew.
         Local vegetables that likely appeared on the table include onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas. Corn, which records show was plentiful at the first harvest, might also have been served, but not in the way most people enjoy it now. In those days, the corn would have been removed from the cob and turned into cornmeal, which was then boiled and pounded into a thick corn mush or porridge that was occasionally sweetened with molasses. Mussels in particular were abundant in New England and could be easily harvested because they clung to rocks along the shoreline. The colonists served mussels with curds, a dairy product with a similar consistency to cottage cheese. Lobster, bass, clams and oysters might also have been part of the feast.
        Both the Pilgrims and members of the Wampanoag tribe ate pumpkins and other squashes indigenous to New England-possibly even during the harvest festival-but the fledgling colony lacked the butter and wheat flour necessary for making pie crust. Moreover, settlers had not yet constructed an oven for baking. According to some accounts, early English settlers in North America improvised by hollowing out pumpkins, filling the shells with milk, honey and spices to make a custard, then roasting the gourds whole in hot ashes.
Overall, it sounds like they enjoyed quite the amazing feast back in 1621.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers!
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November 11th- Financial Planning for the Holidays
November 14th- Healthy Holiday Alternatives with Chef Andrew for $30!
November 17th- How to Prevent Weight Gain During the Holidays
November 18th- WIT Seminar Having Gratitude and Being Thankful
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