Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. In both the United States and Canada, celebrations include family gatherings, parades, football games, and feasts. Both countries were first settled by native peoples later “discovered” by Europeans seeking wealth, trade routes, godliness, or adventure. As Canadian families gather to celebrate family and food, what do Americans share at the table with Canadian cousins, and what is different?
According to Canadian Living, there are four basic differences on the menu. Do you know what they are?
Q. Stuffing is found alongside most turkey dinners in both countries, but how does stuffing vary by region?
A. Canadian stuffing traditionally has no meat. American stuffing often contains giblets and other turkey parts. Also, stuffing is the term for the mixture when it is inserted into the bird’s cavity. Dressing is cooked separately and served as a side.
Q. Sweet potatoes are found in both Canadian and American Thanksgiving feasts, but how do they differ?
A. Canadians will traditionally eat their sweet potatoes baked or mashed into a puree. Americans like to combine their sweet potatoes with sugar, spices, and butter, often turning it into a casserole topped with marshmallows.
Q. Most Thanksgiving meals are served with bread on the side. What bread is common in the U.S. that you rarely see in Canada?
A. Corn bread. Canadians traditionally serve wheat-based rolls with Thanksgiving dinner, while Americans tend to serve corn bread rolls, muffins or sliced up loaves.
Q. Canadians and Americans both love pumpkin pie for dessert, but how do our Thanksgiving pies differ?
A. Canadians serve a spicy pumpkin pie infused with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Americans like a more custardy, sweet pie made with eggs, butter, milk and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Click here for links to recipes.
Follow all the news about Green Living, American Made, Pets, Education and Child Health by subscribing to my articles. Click on the "Subscribe" button, or here: http://www.examiner.com/user-bmader.