Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Thanksgiving Feast of Links

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM

By OWEN MORRIS

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Former New York Times dining editor Regina Schrambling has it right: Food writers (and bloggers) hate writing about Thanksgiving. It's been the same damn meal for 200 years!

By the time you've reached 30, you've had a full month of nothing but Thanksgiving dinners and should be able to mash some potatoes, follow the recipe for Stove Top stuffing and put a turkey in the oven.

Instead of writing yet another Thanksgiving-themed post that would just blend in with the thousands of other ones on the Web, I've decided to make a list of Thanksgiving articles that are actually somewhat helpful.

Not being a vegetarian or a fan of meatless substitutes, I did not feel qualified to write about a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Juliet Lapidos of Slate is a vegetarian, though, and she went through the unglamorous job of trying several turkey substitutes to find the best-tasting. Her winner is Whole Foods' Garden Protein stuffed veggie turkey roast.

If you're struggling with cooking traditional Thanksgiving fare, maybe these links will help you. Especially if your problem involves green beans or the perils and joys of making pumpkin pie from scratch

Also from the NY Times is this great video about cooking a full turkey in 45 minutes (35 minutes in the video) using no secret cooking methods but just removing the backbone.

If you need the whole meal in a rush, not just the dinner, Chef Jonathan Waxman explains to New York Mag in 18 steps how to do the whole shebang by yourself for up to 10 people in just under two hours. 
 
My Thanksgiving dinner, on the other hand, is more along the lines of a Hillbilly Thanksgiving.


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