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A Thanksgiving Feast With Recipes from the Californio Period

When I chaperoned Riley's field trip to the Cooper Molera Adobe and the Custom House last week, we ground corn, learned to embroider, branded leather and so much more. I also picked up a cookbook with Mexican recipes from nineteenth-century California, the Californio period. I figured I could support his study of California history by creating our Thanksgiving feast around foods that would have been eaten during that time. What fun!


Riley has been busy embroidering our placecards, but, somehow, I thought I had more time to prepare. With Thanksgiving a week from tomorrow - yikes! - I hammered out our menu. Look for photos and recipes next week.

Albóndigas de Frailes Friars’ Meatball Soup
Pancitos de Quinoa Quinoa Dinner Rolls

Codornices en Almendrado con Puntas de Esáprragos
Quail in Almond Sauce with Asparagus Tips
Pescado Relleno y Empapelado Stuffed Fish Wrapped in Paper
Alcachofas Artichokes
Arroz guisado a la Española Stewed Spanish Rice
Tres Ensaladas: de lechuga, de pepinos, y de remolacha
Lettuce, Cucumber, and Beet Salads

Almendras Sopladas Almond Puffs
Café y Chocolate en agua Coffee and Chocolate in Water

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