Test Your Eat-Q: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving trivia Every year on Thanksgiving, Americans throughout the country sit down to a feast of traditional dishes, continuing a harvest ritual begun almost four hundred years ago. But how much do you really know about the history of those tried-and-true Thanksgiving foods? Try this question: Which of these sea creatures was served at early Thanksgiving celebrations?
A. Shrimp B. Lobster C. Abalone D. Shark
Click through for the answer and more Thanksgiving trivia questions.

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Recipe: Jose Garces's Ham Hock and Tomato Stew

Jose Garces's Ham Hock and Tomato StewFor this hearty and flavorful stew, JBF Award winner and Iron Chef Jose Garces takes smoked ham hocks—the tough cuts of pork located between the leg and foot—and simmers them for hours in a spicy, tomato-rich base.

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James Beard's Recipe Box: Snickerdoodle Cake

Snickerdoodle cakeWelcome to our third guest post about cooking from James Beard’s American Cookery. In this installment, blogger Debbie Koenig experiments with Beard's Snickerdoodle Cake. (You can find the guest post archive here.) In 1972, my baby brother was born. That’s right, I said my baby brother, as in he’s younger than me by quite a few years. Fine. Do you know what else was born in 1972, weighing nearly as much as that gurgling infant? James Beard’s American Cookery. This glorious doorstop of a cookbook includes more than 1,500 recipes and explores American home cooking in nearly encyclopedic fashion.

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Quick Bites: Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Turkey making you too tired to cook? Here are some easy day-after ideas for using up Thanksgiving leftovers.

Mashed Potato Pancakes
Mix leftover mashed potatoes with finely diced ham, shredded Parmesan, and one egg. Chill mixture and then mold into small patties. Dip each patty into flour, then beaten egg, and then bread crumbs and panfry in vegetable oil over medium-high heat until golden brown.

Stuffing Hash
Fry leftover stuffing in olive oil until crisp. Top with a poached egg.

Curried Turkey Salad
Mix 3/4 cup plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Combine with 3 cups cubed turkey, 1/2 cup shredded carrot, ½ cup shredded cucumber, and 1/4 cup dried cranberries. Garnish with chopped cashews.

Cranberry Cheesecake
Top cheesecake with chilled cranberry sauce.

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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Eye Candy: Gala Dinner and Auction, Part Two

Here's another helping of photos from last week's gala dinner and auction at the Four Seasons:

Miniature duck burgers

Miniature duck burgers

Guests check out the silent auction in the Four Season's Grill Room

Guests check out the silent auction in the Four Season's Grill Room... Read more >

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Recipe: Nico Romo's Curried Crab Soup

Nico Romo's Curried Crab Soup This makes-itself soup from Nico Romo of Charleston's Fish gets some big kick from red curry paste and sriracha.

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On the Menu: November 14 through November 20

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 14, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Pismo Beach, CA Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean while feasting on chef Evan Treadwell’s California coastal cuisine. Treadwell takes seasonal and local cooking seriously, changing the menu with each solstice and equinox and airing his regionally sourced creations with exciting and often little known Central Coast wines. Monday, November 15, 7:00 P.M. Taste of the NFL An all-star group of Texas and New York chefs is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Taste of the NFL, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, won our 2010 Humanitarian of the Year a

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