I'll never solve my grandma's green bean casserole recipe, but I won't stop trying

This isn’t exactly a recipe. There will be a recipe at the end of this page—go ahead and scroll down if you don’t trust me, I’ll wait. But I want to tell you about my grandmother’s green bean casserole, and it’s a dish for which I don’t exactly have a recipe. I make it every year, and every year it’s different; every…

I may eat Starbucks’ Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini every day through 2018

It is no surprise to me that stuffing is America’s favorite Thanksgiving leftover side dish; it’s easily my favorite part of that holiday meal. But it’s one of those foods that is absolutely season-specific; you would never bring stuffing to a July barbecue, for example. Granted, if you did, people would probably love…

Ham company commissions survey for favorite Thanksgiving leftover and no one said ham

When it comes to America’s favorite Thanksgiving leftover, there can’t be too much controversy. Most people are bound to gravitate toward the holiday-specific side dish of stuffing. My family use to slice it and fry it on that Friday morning for my favorite breakfast of the year, plus it’s great in sandwiches.…

CDC: Don’t let a pesky salmonella scare keep you from your Thanksgiving turkey

Recent headlines about the U.S. Department Of Agriculture and Centers For Disease Control investigations into a multistate outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella tied to turkey may have you looking askance at your Thanksgiving bird. But don’t overreact! Yes, drug-resistant salmonella sounds terrifying, but according to…

Keep the gelatinous monstrosity off my Thanksgiving table and make real cranberry sauce

It’s not like my family consisted of Thanksgiving gourmets or anything. We weren’t a fancy people. The crescent rolls came from Pillsbury, the pies sometimes from Bakers Square, the gravy base from a packet. But there were some things my parents (mainly my mother) would never have dreamed of compromising on: the…

The TSA kindly requests you keep jars of gravy off the plane this Thanksgiving

As a former newspaper journalist, I’ve spent my fair time covering media events put on by low-level government agencies. These productions are innocuous affairs (“Flinty the fire department guinea pig sez change your smoke detectors!”) but they’re also usually not particularly newsworthy. It was something the summer…

Pringles offers Thanksgiving dinner chips in turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie flavors

Even woke high schoolers know the whole Pilgrims-sitting-down-charitably-with-Native-Americans-to-eat-turkey thing is probably a historical recasting, so why treat Thanksgiving food with such reverence? Instead, let’s turn those nostalgic foods into processed powder and blast-spray them onto potato chips! Yes friends,…

Last Call: What food are you most looking forward to eating on Thanksgiving?

The Takeout will be spending the next few days with our friends and families—we hope you are, too—but before retreating to our barcaloungers, we wanted to kick off the holidays with a question for our staff and community of readers: What food are you most looking forward to eating this Thanksgiving? We’d love to hear…

Americans are desperately seeking ham shops and other Thanksgiving Google-search revelations

How many times did you Google “ham shop” this year? We’d cop to fairly regular internet sweeps of pork purveyors, but the phrase really spikes in national searches around noon the day before Thanksgiving. Google Maps and Google News Labs teamed up to visualize some of the more unique, location-based searches around…

Popeyes’ Cajun turkey is tastier than whatever you’re roasting this Thanksgiving

I just about fell out of my chair when a colleague suggested turkey meat tastes better than chicken. Taste is subjective, but still, the clean neutrality of chicken is more delicious (and versatile) than the gamey undertones you get with turkey. At the risk of heresy, I’m of the opinion Thanksgiving dinner is the…

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