I recently watched a Thanksgiving themed episode of Top Chef. The chefs had to cook a Thanksgiving meal using only food and equipment that was available at the time of the first Thanksgiving. I was surprised to learn that turkey was not served at the first Thanksgiving. I was equally surprised and impressed with how delicious and inventive their dishes were despite the obstacles thrown at them.
The episode made me think of how different things are now compared to the first Thanksgiving. We now have a wide assortment of food and gadgets at our disposal. But while modern technology brings convenience, modern food bears very little resemblance to the food served at the first Thanksgiving.
For instance, whole ears of corn were available at the first Thanksgiving. Nowadays, we are much more likely to consume corn in the form of highly processed high fructose corn syrup than we are to eat it in its whole and natural form. My kids love eating corn right off the cob. One way you can keep the traditions of the first Thanksgiving while also enjoying corn in an innovative way is to grill corn and serve it with a chili mayo like I did in the following video:
Have a great Thanksgiving Day!