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This Thanksgiving we’re going to skip the apocryphal tale of the Pilgrims and jump ahead to some tastier American culinary history. After all, a close examination of history tells us that the meal we’ve come to think of as “the first Thanksgiving” most likely included venison, not turkey, and probably geese and even lobster and mussels. However, by the time of the American Revolution turkey was a staple on American dinner tables. President John Adams was intrigued by the origin of the turkey and in 1779 speculated that “the French names [for the bird]…indicate that the fowl was imported from India.” In spite of this odd bit of deduction, there’s no doubt John and his wife, Abigail, enjoyed their turkey…

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