Christopher Columbus discovered America, whether by fluke, by luck, or by navigational talent. Columbus’s lineage is debatable but the majority of historians believe he was Italian. When the Pilgrims and the Native Americans ate the Thanksgiving feast, according to legend they enjoyed a hearty meal and shared their thanks at the dinner table.
Turkey is traditionally the main centerpiece of the table. This year instead of spending hours slaving away in the kitchen roasting, basting, and cooking a large bird why not make a meal honoring Christopher Columbus and his Italian heritage.

Instead of turkey make a steamy Spaghetti Carbonara:

Ingredients:
– 1 lb. spaghetti pasta
-4 slices bacon
-2 egg yolks
-2 Tbsp. milk
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:
Cook the bacon in a heavy skillet until crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Set bacon aside. Cook the pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks, milk, and garlic in a medium bowl and beat until well blended. When the pasta is cooked, drain and immediately return to the pot. Stir in the egg mixture and toss thoroughly until combined. Add the bacon and cheese and toss again to coat.

Instead of biscuits make healthy herb pull-apart bread:

Ingredients:
-1 can refrigerated soft breadstick dough
-2 Tbsp. butter, melted
-1/4 tsp. dried basil leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate dough into 8 rounds but do not unroll. Place rounds on a cookie sheet, slightly overlapping dough, in 2 rows of 4. In a small bowl, combine butter and herbs and mix well.
Brush this mixture over top of rolls, using all of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Instead of the mundane pumpkin pie make:

Ingredients:
-1 can refrigerated soft breadstick dough
-2 Tbsp. butter, melted
-1/4 tsp. dried basil leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
-1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate dough into 8 rounds but do not unroll. Place rounds on a cookie sheet, slightly overlapping dough, in 2 rows of 4. In a small bowl, combine butter and herbs and mix well. Brush this mixture over top of rolls, using all of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

This year doesn’t have to be conventional; make a meal in honor of the Italian heritage of the founder of the United States.

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