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Culinary Queens “Early American Thanksgiving” at Murski Homestead

December 8th, 2009 by Pamela Murski

Another fantastic luncheon with the culinary queens from our Pioneer Herb group celebrating a tradiontal Early American Thanksgiving.  Though herbs and spices were not a plentiful nor wide ranging as what we have to offer today, the food was hearty and nourishing.  Great thought and preparation began months in advance of the wonderful celebratory meal in the territories to order  and stock enough “special ingredients” to make their feast the highlight of the season.  Staples included corn, wild game, dried fruits, bread/biscuits and honey, mustard and vinegar. 

Our menu consisted of buffalo steaks ( due to the $40 per  pound cost of the buffalo we substituted game hens prepared with dried apricots and rosemary….not quite equal in substitution but we could imagine), wild greens salad with  honey-mustard vinaigrette, pumpkin soup,  biscuits made with “emptyins”, mushrooms in wine for the hens, corn custard, lima beans in cream, Grandmother Tilsby’s Cracker Pudding and homemade wine!  Learning about herbs and their uses is one of  the experiences you’ll have when visiting the ranch for a foodie weekend……come on up for some fun and great food!

 Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2/3 cup good quality vegetable oil
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon good quality mustard (not yellow)
fresh pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients and  adjust to taste.  Make a salad of fresh garden greens (we used mesclun mix, arugula, Black Seeded Simpson and Buttercrunch lettuces),  fresh herbs of choice (we used basil, fennel fronds, parsley leaves, nasturtium leaves & flowers), Orchid peppers,  dried fruits & nuts (we used cherries, cranberries and almonds).  The greens, herbs and peppers came from our gardens.  Be sure to wash thoroughly before using.    Toss salad with vinaigrette just before serving.  May add shaved hard cheese of choice, such as  Manchego.  Enjoy!

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