"Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house" was a common refrain across America during Thanksgiving. It still is, but years ago, it meant sumptuous dinners and pies cooked with grace by knowledgeable matriarchs. Never once were the curtains raised to reveal anything but one true wizard behind every meal. For myself and many others of my generation, it was magical.
It was a time when television, airports and supermarkets were commonplace. If cooking was a daunting tas