When we think of fall, we think of holidays; and when we think of holidays and food, turkey is what we most often picture ourselves gobbling up. Though George Washington proclaimed November 26 an official holiday of "sincere and humble thanks" in 1789, it was celebrated only regionally in New England until Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863. Back then, venison was probably more of a menu-mainstay than turkey, but by the time Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the third Thursday in November (1939), turkey ruled the table [source: National Archives]
Whether you like to roast your turkey, deep fry it or buy it already cooked and sliced, as soon as the seasons change, turkey -- from Butterball to heirloom -- will be everywhere. In fact, turkey and fall go together almost as well as pumpkin and pie, which brings us full circle in this top 10 list. Our number one terrific fall food, pie, is up next.