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Gobble Gobble! Get your Turkey Recipe Here! #cognitive power at play! #ibm

Yes, I am going to cook a Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Yeast Rolls, and to die for chocolate killer brownie cake!

But also I am trying tomorrow the Watson recommended appetizer !!!

Turkey Meatballs with Tomato-Hard Cider Sauce

Tomato-Hard Cider Sauce
Makes sauce for 18 meatballs
5 slices bacon (about 4 oz), finely diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 medium onion (about 6 oz), peeled and diced

14 oz canned chopped tomatoes

Salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

1 tsp lemon zest

Minced leaves from 2 sprigs oregano

14 fl. oz hard cider

1 tbsp sugar
In a pan over medium heat, sauté the bacon until brown. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the canned tomatoes, then season with salt and pepper, and add the lemon zest and oregano. Bring to a boil. Mix in the hard cider and sugar, adjust the seasoning, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Coarsely blend the sauce using a hand blender, and reserve.

Turkey Meatballs
Makes 18 meatballs
1 lb ground turkey

1 egg, beaten

1 garlic clove, peeled and minced

2 oz white mushrooms, finely diced

2 oz kale, finely diced

2 oz Swiss cheese, finely diced

0.5 oz panko breadcrumbs

2 oz hard cider

Leaves from 2 sprigs oregano, chopped
½ tsp ground cumin

Salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

Heat the oven to 500 F. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure the mixture is generously seasoned. Scoop out the turkey mixture with a spoon, and form into balls (you should have about 18). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing at least 1” apart. Cook the meatballs in the oven for 12-14 minutes. Add the meatballs to the tomato- hard cider sauce, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Fun topic: Why do we call it a Turkey!? #socbiz #cloud #thanksgiving

Why Do We Call It a Turkey?

Turkey—the bird itself—is native to North America. But the name turkey is a geographic pretzel. As you might suspect, the English term for the bird comes from a country called Turkey. But more precisely, the word stems from Turkish merchants who, in the 16th century, imported guinea fowls to Europe, where they were called Turkey-Hens.

When similar birds were found in the Americas, they were mistaken as Turkey-Hens. So the name Turkey stuck and is now used worldwide for the bird.


Thanksgiving Reflection – Social Helping on the first Thanksgiving

It is interesting to learn that on the Mayflower there were 24 families that arrived in the New World on  November 11, 1620, first stopping at Cape Cod, MA, after 66 days of sailing across the Atlantic.  A couple of weeks later they sailed to Plymouth, where they began to build their rustic homes.  It was the beginning of Winter, and it was not long before the settlers began to get sick and die.

By Spring of 1621, of the 24 women, 4 survived; of the 24 men, 11 survived.  All of them were from the working class, town laborers ~ people who knew nothing about farming and cultivating the land.   They were faced with the task of growing enough food to last a year.  They would have failed had it not been for two people who came to their aid.  Two Native Americans came out of the forest to help the dying settlement.

The astonishing thing for these pilgrims was that these Indians, Samoset and Squanto, spoke English!  If we probe how it was that these two Indians coming from the forest could speak English, we get to one of the important meanings of our Thanksgiving celebration. 

Samoset and Squanto had been captured by English soldiers and made slaves on a British warship.  The history books do not tell us how they escaped.  What we know is that there on that inhospitable shore, two strands of humanity met, both of whom had been much defrauded and abused.  These two peoples the dying group of pilgrims and the escaped North American Indians found each other, as brothers and sisters, in the same human family, recognition born of their common experience of tragedy and misfortune.

The first Thanksgiving was a thankfulness not for abundance, but that God had kept their settlement from extinction through the gift of two strangers who shared their knowledge and their friendship.  The power and the gift here lay in the respect for equality and mutuality of two races, two peoples, who needed each other in order to survive. 

This story tells us that survival and nurturing on our Earth is a function of our relationships. When people come together, reach out to one another in the spirit of mutual care and concern, it is in that Spirit that our world will endure and from which thankful hearts will be born!