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A Nantucket Thanksgiving, Vintage Bon Appetit

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Nantucket, MA
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When I joined Bon Appétit many years ago as a contributing editor, my first “Entertaining with Style” Thanksgiving feature was a friend of a friend’s family on Nantucket. It is still one of my favorite stories, not just because living on an island I feel a kinship with another popular island so close to us. This particular menu says New England so well — the curried squash soup, sausage and herb stuffing and minted sugar snap peas and pearl onions — served in a home that was built in 1695 (see drawing above.)

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Thanksgiving gives us all the opportunity to share and appreciate the regional cultures of our great country. Here’s hoping these Nantucket dishes might inspire an addition to your traditional menu.

Enjoy!

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Charles Kilvert at work: “Charles has made the Thanksgiving pies for years,” says his wife, Jacqueline. “He covers the sideboard with all different kinds — mince, lemon meringue, apple.” Says Charles with classic Yankee self-reliance: “I like good pies, and baking them yourself is the best way to get them.”
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Jacqueline pauses in front of the dining room cabinet. Setting the table is Jacqueline’s domain. “Come Thanksgiving Day, the house is absolutely full,” she says. “It’s a miracle, but we all sit down to dinner.”
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The Thanksgiving feast stars herb-roasted turkey with sausage stuffing and features such Kilvert specialties as cranberry-tangerine relish with walnuts, minted sugar snap peas with pearl onions, and sweet-potato casserole. Casting a glow over the meal are two hurricane lamps in a design that dates to the eighteenth century, a time “when people on Nantucket began to get fancy and stay up after dark,” says Charles.

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Wishing you and your family a tasty and memorable Thanksgiving!

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8 thoughts on “A Nantucket Thanksgiving, Vintage Bon Appetit

  1. What a wonderful menu. I know the house well because I spend the summers on Nantucket. I have watched the “renovation” of this historic house on the corner of Main and N. Liberty and it doesn’t look the same. The beautiful sunken garden is gone-given way to another house. Hmm, when will they stop this?

  2. Dear Bettie,
    What a lovely roundup of Thanksgiving delights. I subscribed to Bon Appetit for years and years! Thank you for the memories!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

    1. Those were great years when I was there; I love reliving them by posting old issues. The recipes are truly the best!
      Happy Thanksgiving, Karena.

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