What We're Reading: November 27, 2014

 

Who was the genius that first deep-fried a turkey? [Serious Eats

 

Advocacy group Food Chain Workers Alliance has released a comic book called Food Chain Avengers in the hope of reaching a wider audience. [Civil Eats

 

Today’s the day for indulging, but here are some healthy options for tomorrow’s parade of leftovers. [NYT

 

The Atlantic answers all your pressing Turkey Day health questions. [... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Parsnip Cake

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. 

 

With only a day left before the great feast, Thanksgiving cooks are often forced to choose between efficiency and creativity. Fortunately, this recipe for parsnip cake allows for both. Delight your diners with this seasonal yet unconventional dessert, which takes advantage of parsnips’ natural sweetness to balance the warming fall spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Using basic pantry ingredients and with a cooking time of under an hour, this cake will impress without throwing a wrench in your holiday schedule. Get the recipe.

 

Maggie Borden is assistant... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Turkey for 65,000

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Now that you’ve finished planning, prepping, basting, baking, serving, and cleaning, imagine this: Thanksgiving every day. For six months. 

 

During next year’s Expo Milano, launching in May 2015, that’s just what the USA Pavilion will be serving up—Thanksgiving piled on a bun at our Food Truck Nation exhibit, and in all of it’s prandial glory at the full-service, pop-up James Beard American Restaurant located in Central Milan.
 
Some 65,000 guests are expected to come to sample the food of this great American Holiday. The logistics of sourcing, shipping, receiving, preparing and serving thousands of turkeys, tons of sweet potatoes, vats of cranberry sauce, and a shipping container full of stuffing in Italy are no small feat. Our culinary team is hard at work making the plans, standardizing the recipes, setting up the kitchens, and getting everything ready for the great USA Pavilion Thanksgiving celebration. Won’t you... Read more >

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What We're Reading: Thanksgiving Prep 2014

 

Find a dish native to your home state. [NYT


Avoid those uncomfortable moments with these etiquette tips. [BA


Turkey carving made easy. [WaPo
 

From centerpieces to lighting, this Thanksgiving guide has you covered. [LAT


25 ways to cook your turkey. [Saveur


Burnt your pie?... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey Redux

 

Not to knock a next-day turkey sandwich, but sometimes we crave a little variation in our post-Thanksgiving fare. To the rescue: one-pot poultry dishes that will shake things up while keeping you out of the kitchen as much as possible. (Editor's note: All of these recipes originally called for chicken, but turkey can easily be substituted. Use the bird you have in hand.)

 

Turkey and Sausage Jambalaya

Old-Fashioned Rich Turkey Pie

Cornbread-Crusted White Chili... Read more >

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JBF Wants to Know: Thanksgiving Pie

It's not Thanksgiving without pie, but which of these all-American varieties graces your table after the turkey and stuffing have been devoured? Vote for your quintessential Thanksgiving pie below!

 

 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Stuffed Artichokes

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As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. From now until the big T-day, stay tuned for great dishes to wow your guests with this holiday—we'll be posting every day!

 

A staple of the Italian diet, artichokes also make a festive and creative addition to your Thanksgiving table. Stuffed with mint, garlic, onions, anchovies, and bread crumbs, this recipe makes for a beautiful presentation, and more importantly, packs a lot of flavor into an often lackluster component of the menu: the vegetable side dish. They also work well as an enticing, individually packaged appetizer at the start of the meal. Get the recipe... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Heritage Turkey

 

WHAT? If the Pilgrims did in fact feast on turkey at the first Thanksgiving in 1621, it's unlikely that the bird bore much resemblance to the turkeys on today's Thanksgiving tables. It may have looked more like a heritage turkey, the ancestor of the Broad-Breasted White turkey now sold in most supermarkets. Wild turkeys, which were native to the Americas and a primary source of meat for many Native American tribes, were domesticated in Europe and North America to create heritage breeds such as the Standard Bronze, Bourbon Red, Narragansett, Jersey Buff, Slate, Black Spanish, and the White Holland. By the 1960s the industrialized Broad-Breasted White, bred for its breast meat and ability to reach maturity in just two months, began to dominate the market, and by 1990 heritage turkeys were almost extinct. Usually raised on pasture, heritage breeds develop stronger legs, thighs, and breasts than their industrialized brethren, but since they take up to 30 weeks to reach market weight they are more expensive to... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 24, 2014

 

The rich history behind tacos al pastor. [HuffPo

 

Turkey is attempting to build a city that runs on pistachio shells. [NPR

 

From waffles to muffins, shake up your stuffing routine with these unconventional takes. [Serious Eats

 

An expert... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

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With so many flavors on offer at Thanksgiving, the task of finding a bottle that plays nicely with all of them can make us even grouchier than our in-laws. Thankfully, we’ve enlisted Terroir's Paul Grieco, who won the 2012 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, to do the pairing for us. His suggestions, which range from values to splurges, will take you from stuffing to turkey and back to leftovers.

 

Hirsch Zöbing Riesling 2009 ($24)
"Because nothing needs good, bracing acidity and crunchy terroir like a plate full of turkey and all the fixings."

 

Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini 2009 ($20)
"This Greek wine’s salty tang and bright, lively flavors make it the perfect palate-mate for stuffing and sweet potatoes."

 

Jean François Ganevat Les Chalasses Marnes Bleues 2009 ($65)
"When the aromas of this nectar fill the room, all... Read more >

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