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Thanksgiving dinner recipes with Iranian flavors
By Maryam Kamarei Sagheb
November 13, 2003
Thanksgiving seems to be every immigrant's favorite holiday.
It certainly is my family's favorite, because unlike Christmas
and Easter that are religious, and the Fourth of July which is
patriotic, Thanksgiving is universal and all encompassing.
Thanksgiving's adaptable tradition allows persons
of different cultures to incorporate their unique elements within
So, for us Iranians, it means we can give thanks after and not
before the meal, and have our turkey with rice and barberries
(zereshk) stuffing and still feel American.
In my family, the dinner table plays a central
role in our celebration of Thanksgiving, partly because it brings
the family together,
but mainly because my mother is a wonderful cook and a professional
caterer. Like most other Iranians, our dinner table includes
the traditional American Thanksgiving dishes, yet accented
with Iranian flavors.
In the spirit of the season, I would like to share
some of my mom's favorite Thanksgiving recipes, which include
rice stuffing with zereshk; cranberry quince chutney; torsh sweet
potatoes; mashed potatoes with dill; and pomegranate gelatin.
To view these recipes, please visit www.sofreh.com.
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