Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Scents of Aromatic Foods Heighten Thanksgiving Excitement Linda Maintanis, Governor Francis Farms

"The pleasure of the mouth is the nose before..."
This quote from Lorna Doone is most appropriate for our Thanksgiving feasts. Few aromas could be as memorable as those we recall of Thanksgiving's past. Only then could you experience such a hypnotic fullness that left all the senses feeling completely satisfied.

Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, thanksgiving, governor francis farms

Each of us has memories of those wonderful wisps of hot vapor that escaped from the open oven door while the blessed bird was being basted. Like silent fingers they crept up the staircase and waited outside of your bedroom door until you finally opened it. It hit you like a wall, a warm sweet wall that wrapped itself around you, euphoric, and effortlessly drew you downstairs to the source of the scent.

Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, thanksgiving, governor francis farms

Or do you remember coming home from school on that last Wednesday before Thanksgiving? Your nearly frozen fingers clutching a colored paper turkey or perhaps a small pair of Pilgrims or Indians. Upon opening the back door another aroma told you that great things had been baked in your absence!

Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, thanksgiving, governor francis farms 

The particular scents that stir memories within me are those of sausage and sage (which were always in our stuffing), spices, which were evident in nearly everything baked, and all of the bourbons and brandies. My paternal grandmother was well known for putting a liberal splash of either of these into nearly every dish at the table.You can imagine the intoxicating fumes that would cloak her kitchen for many days up to Thanksgiving.

Linda Maintanis, James Maintanis, thanksgiving, governor francis farms