It wasn't until 1863 that President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday, urged by Godey's Lady's Book editor Sarah Josepha Hale, for which we are all thankful.
Make this traditional dessert ahead of time and let it cool while you use the oven for the turkey. Reheat it in the microwave and serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Add 1/2 cup raisins, if you wish.
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- 4 cups milk, divided
- 1/2 cup yellow or white cornmeal
- 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon