When the first Thanksgiving was celebrated 400 years ago, the world was a different place. In fact, it was a lot of different places. What we now call America, was divided into different nations, some with sophisticated ways of cooking. Amazingly without gas—or electric—stoves!
They didn’t have electric refrigerators or microwaves. When’s the last time you’ve used a microwave? They didn’t have Whole Foods or the pressure of making the perfect dish to bring to a cousin’s house they see once a year. They didn’t have the pressure of pretending they care about cooking.
They certainly didn’t have time-suck activities like parades and football.
They had other time-sucking activities like having to grow and cook food for survival, without the luxury of modern appliances. They spent time procuring clothing from the environment.
The first Thanksgiving was a harvest feast that lasted three days. Three days! Essentially, it was the Pilgrims and their Native American land hosts—who showed them how to plant and grow food—celebrating the Pilgrims first successful crop of food, since leaving their English home.
It was a harvest feast.
Harvest feast is where people were eat a lot of food to celebrate the fact that they grew enough food to not die during the upcoming season.
Where are we going with this? Things have changed, bb! We all know those Thanksgiving Pageants are bullshit! But the turkeys you draw with your hand—those are kind of fun.
This Thanksgiving, why pretend you grew your food or even cooked it? Unless you like to cook—which is awesome.
For the rest of us, there is takeout.
1. OCHRE BAKERY
After making our favorite sandwiches, salads, and Anzac cookies for years, our friends at Astro Coffee finally opened a restaurant and bakery, where they now make all of that all the time, plus bread. That place is Ochre Bakery, and thanks to head baker Max Leonard, they also make some of the best bread we’ve tasted in this city.
If you email them this week to place an order, they will make some of these delicious offerings for you and your family.
An event space and kitchen based in Dexter Michigan and comes highly reviewed by some of our favorite Detroiters. Spend a day with your family feasting at their farm or place a large carryout order for you and yours. Menu items include Roast Beef Yorkshire Pudding and Steamed Ginger Pudding with cream.
A very special bakery, located inside Trinosophes inside Eastern Market. They make pastries that art artful and decadent, inspired by founder and pastry chef Warda Bouguettaya’s travels and life in North Africa, France, and Asia.
If you want to impress your family, order the Big Lemon Mascarpone tart, and tell them you made it.
4. SISTER PIE
The Salted Maple pie is a modern classic. Preorder has sold out. You can take your chances at the door if you arrive early. Pastry chef and owner, Lisa Ludwinski, released the Sister Pie cookbook this year, so you can always make your own. Make it a family affair?
You know what goes great with Tofurky? Piles of hummus and warm, warm falafel. JK. Is Tofurky still a thing? Cedarland in Dearborn is a year-round favor. Carryout a Middle Eastern feast or pop by for a second dinner, as they’re running regular hours this holiday.
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