Day 9: Thankful for a Bounty of Fresh Food

Have you ever considered how far humans have come with food, and how truly awe-inspiring that is?

We started with ordinary plants and animals. Then came fire. Today, food is both a science and an art form.

On Day 9 of our 30-Day Thankful Challenge, we'll ponder the wonder of food, glorious food!

How did humans instinctively know that certain food combinations just go together, not only for taste but to facilitate digestion and absorption of nutrients?

Did you know that when you cook spinach and serve it with olive oil and a splash of lemon, the fat from the oil, the minerals in the spinach, and the acid of the lemon all work in concert to help deliver nutrition, strength, and immune-boosting power to your body?

Bet your grandma didn't know the science behind making a big pot of chicken soup, but she sure knew that it would help you get over your cold faster.

How is it that cultures around the world, who were once separated by oceans from each other with the truly rare opportunity to venture to different continents, managed to create such similar types of foods as each other?

Think about it- take pasta, for example. Italians have ravioli. Chinese made the wonton. Polish claim the pierogi. And Jewish cooking boasts the kreplach. All very similar - a small pillow of smooth pasta, stuffed with savory meat or other delicious fillings. Yet, all are slightly different from the next, with their own unique texture and contents of stuffing.

Here in America, many gather around the Thanksgiving table in celebration of the bountiful harvest.

This and every Thanksgiving, be thankful for the bounty of fresh food on your plate!