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I can’t wait – my favorite holiday is right around the corner. That’s right – Thanksgiving is upon us and if you’re anything like me (all but this year) – you’ve probably been keeping a mental list of dishes to cook since July. Oh yes, I get excited for Thanksgiving pretty early on – I clip those recipes early and create an abominable pile through which I sift the first of October and which I eventually wittle down to about 12 dishes in total. You see, every year, but this year, for reasons I’ll explain shortly, I’ve cooked a monster feast for friends because for one reason or another I couldn’t go home for the holiday and at one point decided that the holiday won’t be taken away from me.

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It all started out innocently enough with a couple of college friends and me stranded in Pittsburg for Thanksgiving one year – I had so many projects, I needed to stay on campus to work through them – my friends found themselves in a similar predicament. So we up and cooked a bunch of dishes and had our own perfect meal, accompanied by some excellent micro-brewed beer. This created a tradition.

When I moved to New York, I was a junior member of a team in an investment bank, so taking the Friday after the Thanksgiving Thursday was out of the question. And so the dinner tradition continued first starting with three people. The following year, it was eight. The year after seventeen. Last year it was thirty-one. A few friends of mine and I made dinner for thirty-one people! And it was amazing and great and delicious and warm.

This year, I simply couldn’t get around to it. Every weekend in November, including this one (we have a bat mitzvah service and party today to attend early this morning) is filled with festivities. My work has taken a very front seat and I’m exhausted when I come home. With two weeks a year for vacation, that doesn’t a restful girl make. So I am opting out of hosting a feast. Will KS and I sit down to a quiet festive meal of our own for two? Quite possibly. But no large feasts for me.

However, I’d like to share with you some of my all time favorite holiday recipes here if you are looking for something new to bring to your Thanksgiving table. Maybe you have a few traditional dishes you’d like to keep, but introduce a few new ones to the table. I hope you find these helpful and if you try them, let me know how you like them. Happy planning!


Spiced Glazed Carrots
How to find The One (turkey, that is)
Apple Celery Salad & Cranberry Sauce (2 recipes!)
Porcini Mushroom Soup (my favorite soup in the whole, wide world – a family tradition)
My thoughts on roasting a turkey.
Apple Pie (sorry, I cheat with a pre-made crust!)
Acorn Squash – roasted
And my personal, favorite dish now: Pumpkin Bread Pudding Souffle – a dish that renders me speechless and elated, and the first dish to get devoured at the Thanksgiving table every year!

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The Real First Thanksgiving

No, it had nothing to do with puritans or even what was to become present Day New England. According to the fine folks over at Historical Text Archives, it took place in April of 1598 close to what is now El Paso Texas.

On April 21, 1598, the exhausted expedition reached the banks of the Rio Bravo where they set up camp near the present day San Elizario, Texas. They soon found their scouts who had arrived several days earlier, and Oñate sent them out to find a place where the expedition could ford the Rio Bravo and cross into Nuevo Mexico. They traveled upriver to present day El Paso where they found a village of Indians they named “Mansos” and who they befriended with gifts of clothing.

Safe and grateful for the expedition’s deliverance from the extreme hardships of the journey, Oñate ordered that the travelers construct a church with a nave large enough to hold the entire camp. Inside the church, on April 30, 1598, the first Thanksgiving celebration of European colonists in the New World was held. The Oñate expedition and their Manso guests celebrated their April 30th Thanksgiving with a feast of fish, “many cranes, ducks and geese”, and supplies from their stores. 

Hmmmm…I could get down with a Thanksgiving Holiday in April.

via Food Museum Blog

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Thanksgiving Haikus

In what is now becoming a tradition…I offer you several Haikus about T-giving (in lieu of a well-thought-out post, or a new recipe that I’ve tried).

O’ Tangy Berry
So tart yet sweet in my mind
Makes a great Jelly

Oh please. Tofurkey?
Is it really that tasty?
True envy of meat

Traditions with Food
Are quite worth celebrating
Pass me the gravy

Turkey in Oven?
Get Jiblets out of the neck
My cook’s tip for you

Even if bad meal
Remember to give real thanks
to the ones you love

Add your own Haikus in the comments. Meanwhile, I’ll be back on Friday.

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White Castle Turkey Stuffing

I admit it…I have a soft spot in my memory for White Castle. Most of it is due to that period of my life when I was trying to prove that I was the love child of Terrence McKenna and the St. Pauli Girl.

In addition, I’ve seen several restaurants place their interpretations of “sliders” on their own appetizer menus. What other fast food restaurant recieves that sort of homage?

So when a publicist sent me this recipe, I realized I wanted to show them a little bit of love. Yes, the recipe is a novelty, something which the person who sent me this will never likely admit on record. But hey, it’s the start of the holiday season…and I’m feeling a bit generous.

Meanwhile, White Castle has also published a recipe book, “By the Sackful: A Scrapbook with Recipes from 85 Years of Craving” which is also available online at www.whitecastle.com. Proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the non-profit group Turkeys4America, Inc. The cook book is stuffed with quality recipes submitted by White Castle fans in contests over the past 14 years.

  • 10 White Castle hamburgers, no pickles
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground sage
  • 1 ½ cups celery, diced
  • ¾ tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 ¼ tsp. ground thyme
  • ¼ cup chicken broth

In a large mixing bowl, tear the burgers into pieces and add diced celery and seasonings. Toss and add chicken broth. Stuff cavity of turkey just before roasting. Recipe makes about 9 cups (enough for a 10 to 12 pound turkey) Note: Allow one (1) hamburger for each pound of turkey, which is the equivalent of ¾ cup of stuffing per pound.

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Jones Soda Holiday Pack – Marketing at its best

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Here’s a little love goin’ out to a Seattle based company.

In the picture, you’ll see this year’s version of Jones Soda Holiday Pack. This is a continuation of their annual holiday promotion that has been so successful that they’ve created two seperate production releases:

  • A national release containing sodas flavored like Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, Turkey & Gravy, Wild Herb Stuffing, or Pumpkin Pie.
  • A regional release with sodas flavored like Broccoli Casserole, Smoked Salmon Paté , Turkey & Gravy, Corn on the Cob, and Pecan Pie.

I had purchased the Regional release and had set my sights on creating a witty, whimsical post for Thanksgiving day. Tara and I took a drink from each flavor (and yes, broccoli casserole soda is as nasty as you might expect it to be), and I took notes like a good reviewer should.

Then the blazing hammer of common sense smacked me on the head. Jones Soda doesn’t give one rat’s tuckus on what I have to say about these flavors. What I found myself participating in, even now, is possibly the best marketing campaign in the past two decades, if not longer.

Here we have Jones Soda, selling several horrible, horrible products — So horrific that people can’t help but notice, and in many cases, willingly taste these drinks. All the while, the phrase “Jones Soda” is repeated on the lips of people throughout the land.

There’s also something to be said about those of us who drink these concoctions. How does one rationalize drinking a bottle of Salmon Pate Soda? Probably the same way the one rationalizes eating Rocky Mountain Oysters or Silkworm Pupas.

Kudos to Jones Soda — the only company that intentionally sells crappy sodas which consumers willingly drink, and then gets everyone to talk about them. It takes a bit of genius to accomplish that.

Conversely, Coca-Cola unintentionally sells crappy sodas which consumers willingly drink.

It’s a funny world, I tell ya’.

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Some Thanksgiving Haikus

O’ delicious bird
with your cranberries and pie
Jump in my belly!

Why do I now sleep?
Tryptophan is thy culprit
I shall dream of feasts

Pumpkin pie is swell
but please make your own whipped cream
Less Money for Kraft

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Feel Free to add your own haikus in the comments.


Heritage Turkeys Redux

Never let it be said the Accidental Hedonist isn’t at the cutting edge of food journalism. Back in early October, as I was walking through the Canadian mountains (which is correct in fact if not in spirit), our guest poster Jack, of Fork & Bottle, wrote a post about Heritage Turkeys.

His post must have hit the food zeitgeist, as there have been, not one, but two articles in the mainstream press about said Heritage Turkeys, one at the San Francisco Chronicle and one at the New York Times.

What is the summation of both articles? They’re a result of the Slow Food movement, they taste very good, and you should probably order one now.

Of course, if you’ve been reading this site, you knew that a month ago.

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