A Thanksgiving feast on the Chesapeake Bay celebrates the foods of Virginia’s earliest settlers.

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Family on the Eastern Shore of Virginia
From left: author Bernard L. Herman, his sister, Fredrika Jacobs, and her daughter, Jessica Roussanov, outside the author’s home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Beth Rooney
A path to Westerhouse Creek
The path from the author’s home to Westerhouse Creek.
Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving dinner at the author’s Eastern Shore home. Clockwise from top right: hominy, oyster, and sausage stuffing; cranberry-horseradish relish; roasted oysters; yeast rolls; Brussels sprouts and potatoes, creamed spinach with spiced bread crumbs; sweet potato casserole; pickled figs, gravy; fresh cranberry relish; roasted vegetable terrine; and okra pickles. See the recipe for Roasted Oysters with Green Tomato Pickle and Cranberry-Horseradish Relish »
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See the recipe for Okra Pickles » Beth Rooney
Cooking in the kitchen
The author (left) and his brother-in-law, Paul Jacobs, in the kitchen of the author’s home. Beth Rooney
Pumpkin cheesecake
Pumpkin cheesecake. See the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake » Beth Rooney
rum Bundt cake
The author’s grandnephew, Peter Rusanov, samples desserts, including rum Bundt cake. See the recipe for Rum Bundt Cake » Beth Rooney
oyster cages in Westerhouse Creek
The author heads for his oyster cages in Westerhouse Creek. Beth Rooney
Roasted sugar-glazed pears
Roasted sugar-glazed pears. See the recipe for Roasted Sugar-Glazed Pears » Beth Rooney