Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and often most significantly, food. With this idea in mind, Twin Pines decided to take a hand in sharing recipes for Thanksgiving foods that make the holidays great in your home. We collected recipes from over 60 blogs, websites, and personal cookbooks, and compiled them into an album on our Facebook page titled Twin Pines’ 2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Book, which gave us an easy way to share these tasty treats with all of our followers!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have had the time to reflect on the delectable dishes contributed to our album, and analyze what truly made them special. For example, even though each contribution had to include a fruit or vegetable, we received recipes for everything from pumpkin cupcake desserts to turkey-cranberry-walnut salads. The array of flavors and uses for these produce were truly incredible, as was the creativity and distinctiveness of the recipes.
Yet, despite the unique uses for these fruits and vegetables, it came to our attention that many of the recipes utilized the same produce, just in different ways. Being a landscaping company focused on anything that has to do with nature, we at Twin Pines decided to take it upon ourselves to graph the use of each fruit and vegetable as seen in our recipe book, and see which were in fact used the most.
As you can see, some of the vegetables that appeared most frequently in the recipes were not surprising—people often think of pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes as go-to Thanksgiving foods, and that truly showed in our graph results. However, some of the more popular items in these recipes came as a surprise to us. For example, we fully expected vegetables like corn, potatoes, or cauliflower to take the lead over a vegetable like onions, but as it turned out, almost a third of the recipes we gathered included onion as either their base ingredient or an added flavor choice. We also never expected cranberries to make such a significant ingredient compared to other common holiday veggies, but this fruit managed to be the fourth most used in recipes this Thanksgiving.
With these results under our belt, we at Twin Pines wanted to figure out a way to use our landscaping expertise to your advantage. We thought about how many fruits and veggies were required for recipes during Thanksgiving season, and how much money the average person is spending making family-sized portions of those recipes. Then we considered which fruits and veggies were used most this season and how simple and delicious these recipes would be if you could grow those fruits and veggies in your own backyard.
This is where Twin Pines’ experts come in! We have constructed the Twin Pines Gardening Guide that you can use to create your own garden and begin to grow your own produce, as well as a specific segment found exclusively here focusing specifically on the four fruits and veggies we found most common in your Thanksgiving recipes—onions, pumpkins, squash, and cranberries! Use this guide to start growing delicious produce for next year’s recipes, today!