Yeah, Kalen Allen’s shtick includes more than a little racism – and cultural appropriation since he’s not Southern – but he’s still “on point” to many foodies and he’s funny while doing it. And, frankly, even though the Philadelphia-born-and-raised, Los Angeles-living food critic isn’t from The South, just about everything he’s saying could, would, and probably has come out of the mouths of Southerns – White, Black, and/or Whatever – when we’ve seen “gentrified” Southern food recipes.
It’s Thanksgiving and, if you and your woman are hosting tonight’s feast, that means she’s likely going to be working hard in the kitchen most of the day. One, that is itself something to be grateful for. Two, kiss the cook – often and with intent.
You might also want to consider that pie – nudge, nudge, wink, wink – isn’t just an after dinner treat and won’t spoil your dinner. 😉
Separately, you might just ask yourself why you’re not in the kitchen too, helping make Thanksgiving dinner. C’mon, Gentlemen! Cooking is a basic life skill, not merely something controlled by gender roles.
In America, we’re about ready for Thanksgiving, our particular riff on the age-old harvest festival. Tomorrow the majority of us will be enjoying some variety of variants of our Thanksgiving dinner. Hopefully, most of us will enjoy our feasts and the company, be it family, friends, or both, that we are surrounded by while doing so.
One thing though – Thanksgiving, despite America’s spin upon it, is still at its heart a harvest celebration. Hence, I believe that we should spare a moment or more to consider our Thanksgiving dinner’s origin. And by that I do not mean the well-known legendry of Thanksgiving or the murkier and more complex history thereof; No, I mean the origins of the delicious food upon our tables.
Spare some time this Thanksgiving to think about and be grateful for the efforts of all those “rural folk” – the farmers, ranchers, and such along with the men and women who get those crops from the farms across the land to the stores you buy it at.
Yeah, it would be good and very likely pleasant to pause and consider the farm workers and such in those so easily dismissible fly-over districts, counties, and states. Instead of repeating the urbanites’ and suburanites’ mistake of considering the America’s rural population as forgettable but unforgivable, deplorable, uneducated hicks and rubes, consider that there’s a reason why they make up the heartland of America.
Yes! The majority of Americans want to see our nation reborn and renewed and restored. We want to America great again. And, while there’s a plethora of opinions upon what exactly this restored greatness would look like, few disagree with the fact that, if America is to be made great again, then American culture and values must be restored to their previous importance and prominence.
Well, it’s not just charity that begins at home, it’s proper action and righteousness as well. In other words, we need to clean our own houses first and pull the logs out of our own eyes before we can expect to enact real change upon society as a whole. A good place to start would be with the Sunday dinner – or supper if you prefer.
The Sunday dinner used to be ubiquitous in American culture. While based upon the Sabbath, even irreligious families would come together once a week to sit down to a big meal and just be together. Often extended family members or family friends without family of their own nearby would join in the fun. No matter what though, parents and kids sat down for one family meal every week.
We really need to restore this tradition. It’ll go a long way towards making America great again because at the heart of it American greatness is, was, and shall be based upon the greatness of the American family.