In the spirit of holidays past, we set out to recreate a Thanksgiving similar to many our 1790's house had seen before. Our goal was to cook our thanksgiving meal, consisting of garden harvested items, without the help of our propane fueled Maytags or instantly gratifying GE microwaves. Instead, we would used that which the house was formally equipped with; a hearth, a beehive oven, and a wood stove.
Smells of roasting turkey and burning wood commingled while piles of mash potatoes warmed atop the wood stove. The chefs of that day collectively attended to the iron pots placed around the hearth and waited for the smell of freshly baked bread to waft from the beehive oven alerting them to it's doneness.
Here is what our 1790's Thanksgiving looked like.