Rutabaga will test you

We’ve been invited out for Thanksgiving dinner this year so it looks like come Thursday afternoon I should have all ten fingers intact. That’s something I worry about when we are cooking at home and serving rutabaga, an Ackerman tradition. I was a full grown adult when I learned not only is rutabaga not on the Thanksgiving table in every home but also there are a whole lot of people who have never even heard of it. Rutabaga is a root vegetable that is a cross between the cabbage and the turnip. It’s flavor bears that out. In our house,… Continue Reading

The Thanksgiving Rutabaga

I never realized how much my dad loved us until the Thanksgiving after he was gone and the job of peeling and deicing the rutabaga fell to me. Rutabaga, or as my dad would pronounce it “rutabeggers” (no, I don’t think he was trying to be funny) was always a part of our Thanksgiving dinner. A key part, I might ad. It never occurred to us that this was unusual until I, or one of my siblings, invited a guest for Thanksgiving. No one, it seemed, outside of our family ever heard of rutabaga. At first we found this curious.… Continue Reading