November means Thanksgiving with families getting together to gorge on turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, but there was a time on Shelter Island when turkey was a luxury and our celebration dinners were homegrown vegetables and hunted meat. We couldn’t find a recipe for turkey in any of our old cookbooks, but here is one for duck, short on vegetables but long on fat and onions. It comes from “The Rumford Complete Cookbook” that belonged to Fannie Cartwright and is dated 1912. It sounds so good that I think I’ll give it a try.


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