Tips and information to make your Thanksgiving Day a little special.
Obscure fact about the first Thanksgiving in 1621: The meal may have been a little difficult to eat without any forks, which weren’t introduced to Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren’t commonly used until the 18th century. They used spoons, knives, and—like many Americans today—their fingers.
Service with a smile: If you prefer to leave the kitchen clean on Thanksgiving Day, there are plenty of places to enjoy a great dinner in the area:
Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora, 352.383.4101 (reservations recommended)
Highway 441 Diner, Tavares, 352.508.5494
Cracker Barrel, Leesburg, 352.315.8447
Cracker Barrel, Clermont, 352.243.9608
Blackwater Inn, Astor, 352.759.2802
More sweet ways to enjoy pumpkin: Pumpkin is not just for pie, as pumpkin spice bread is a popular year-round treat at Florida Porch Cafe in downtown Leesburg, and Gourmet Today whips up pumpkin cheesecake. The winter squash also can be used to make tasty smoothies, flan, scones, cake, and even fudge!
Make a new tradition: “Turkey on the Table” gives you a great centerpiece and a wonderful new Thanksgiving tradition. Create a sense of gratitude around the table as everyone writes something they are grateful for and adds the “feather” to the cute turkey’s tail. Visit turkeyonthetable.com to get info, and it comes with a great book the little ones will love.
Favorite brews to go with the Thanksgiving meal: In keeping with the season, try Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale or Abita Pecan Ale. Otherwise, Rolling Rock is a cool, crisp beer that goes down like water and won’t fill you up on top of a heavy meal. If you celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in October each year, try Labatt Blue, a Canadian brew with great flavor and no bitterness.