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(NPR)   NPR declares war on Thanksgiving by declaring Americans should eschew traditional turkey, ham, stuffing, and mashed potatoes in favor of "French food"   (npr.org ) divider line
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2013-11-24 07:40:28 PM  

ThatGuyOverThere: I will eat my traditional American thanksgiving food, thanks.  If that author hates American thanksgiving tradition so much, maybe they can try some nice traditional British food.  Like eating a spotted dick?


How about Poutine. Can we have Poutine?
 
2013-11-24 07:44:19 PM  

Inquisitive Inquisitor: The French are integral to the history of our nation.  Without them it's conceivable that we would not exist.  Whatever recent history they may have, they still deserve our respect and our thanks.  I'd be happy to recognize them on Thanksgiving and remember the sacrifices they made so that our nation could be born.


If I recall, had it not been for Mexican peasants defeating the French on cinco de mayo, the French would have been off to supply the south during the civil war...  So yeah, I guess they did something?  Also, I'm from Detroit, which probably has more French influence than anywhere else in the country.  I'm not seeing it anywhere but on the street signs.

/pulled a gun on a carjacker on Cadieux
//we call it "cah-jew", not "ca-dee-yoo" or "cad-e-ux"
 
2013-11-24 07:46:14 PM  

OgreMagi: I'm hoping my favorite Indian restaurant will be open for the day. Chicken Tikka Masala would be perfect.


Turkey Tikka Masala. I See A Great Need.

Kit Fister: How about Poutine. Can we have Poutine?


He who denigrates poutine denigrates Canada. And the only people what can denigrate Canada are Canadians, eh? Poutine for everybody! It'll keep the beavers happy!

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2013-11-24 07:46:34 PM  

theflatline: Tonys Seafood.


Merci .
 
2013-11-24 07:47:37 PM  

Kit Fister: ThatGuyOverThere: I will eat my traditional American thanksgiving food, thanks.  If that author hates American thanksgiving tradition so much, maybe they can try some nice traditional British food.  Like eating a spotted dick?

How about Poutine. Can we have Poutine?


You could probably do a Thanksgiving Poutine with mashed potatoes, gravy, and cheese curds. Not quite the same, but if you already have the first two, and can find the proper cheese...

/Mmmm, poutine.
 
2013-11-24 07:50:28 PM  
I'll be brining & frying our turkey, just like I've done for several years since I found out how good it is.
The problem with frying the bird is no stuffing, but I never liked the traditional stuffing anyway.

Used to have a recipe for blue corn, green chile & piñon nut stuffing (can you tell I live in New Mexico?) but I lost it :(
 
2013-11-24 07:53:46 PM  

danceswithcrows: OgreMagi: I'm hoping my favorite Indian restaurant will be open for the day. Chicken Tikka Masala would be perfect.

Turkey Tikka Masala. I See A Great Need.

Kit Fister: How about Poutine. Can we have Poutine?

He who denigrates poutine denigrates Canada. And the only people what can denigrate Canada are Canadians, eh? Poutine for everybody! It'll keep the beavers happy!

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...but I love poutine...especially when they throw in medium rare beef tips...
 
2013-11-24 08:00:23 PM  
I can't speak for anyone else but, with the possible exception of a couple side dishes, I only eat a traditional turkey dinner once a year so I fail to see how you can really get bored with it.
 
2013-11-24 08:02:23 PM  

12349876: TV's Vinnie: Turkey & stuffing only happens once a year. GTF away from me with your meddling, stupid coont!

Because whole turkeys and stuffing ingredients disappear from the grocery store from December-October.


Sucks to be you, I started buying Butterball turkeys at 59 cents a pound over two months ago, 59 cents.
 
2013-11-24 08:12:51 PM  
Libtardism in all its glowing glory...both the "recipes" and NPR. Move to France the lot of you already.
 
2013-11-24 08:16:11 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Turkey sucks. No other meat requires so much tinkering to make it vaguely edible. (Admittedly, I've never had a wild turkey or even heritage bird. But I suspect they aren't worth the effort either.)


This always puzzles me.  My mom always bought your basic store turkey; I do the same.  We stuff it, put it in the oven, ignore it for hours, and then pull it out.  It's always moist and delicious, and a very simple gravy (flour/salt/pepper/turkey drippings) compliments it well.

I hear about people doing crazy things with their turkeys, and as far as I can tell, this just ruins them.  Buy your basic turkey, stuff it, roast it, profit to your tastebuds.
 
2013-11-24 08:20:49 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Turkey sucks. No other meat requires so much tinkering to make it vaguely edible. (Admittedly, I've never had a wild turkey or even heritage bird. But I suspect they aren't worth the effort either.)


What are you on about? It's possibly the easiest thing to cook. You put it in a pan, cover it with foil and bake it for 5-6 hours or so and you're done. perfectly moist, tender and delicious every time.
 
2013-11-24 08:32:31 PM  
1 cup (250 ml) coconut juice, preferably organic
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 tablespoon Vietnamese fish sauce, preferably Red Boat brand
7 ounces (200 g) fresh crabmeat


I always forget this part.
 
2013-11-24 08:37:44 PM  

aerojockey: I regard sweet potatoes as acceptable break from regular potatoes; duck, goose, or even chicken to be an acceptable substitute for turkey.

Why not both?
/hooray!

Seriously.  Same for duck and goose, if the hunters in our family get any.  They're a side dish for those that like game meats.

Chicken though?  Blasphemy.
/Unless maybe you're having a very very small gathering and do not want leftover turkey for several days worth of meals.

It's always a smorgasbord here, everyone get's their favorites, no one makes the kids eat veggies, etc.  It's one of two meals a year we do that way, the other being christmas(not that we're religious or traditional, it's just that it's an excuse to have a huge meal and family gathering twice a year, celebrate to get through the monotony of winter).  The only time we have enough people to finish off the lion's share of the dishes we prepare.

For most people, if they get turkey(and the other staples) any other time during the year, it's lunchmeat or frozen dinners or cafeteria style food.

OgreMagi: megarian: TofuTheAlmighty: Turkey sucks. No other meat requires so much tinkering to make it vaguely edible. (Admittedly, I've never had a wild turkey or even heritage bird. But I suspect they aren't worth the effort either.)

You shut your whore mouth.

I'm going to have to agree with Tofu.  Turkey is rather tasteless in my opinion.  It's all the "fixings" that make a turkey feast worth while.  Personally, I prefer prime rib or venison for t-day.  And some really good wine, of course.


You shut your whore mouth too!

If your turkey is tasteless, you're either doing it wrong or you've desensitized your tongues with years of overspiced or otherwise extreme foods.
 
2013-11-24 08:40:36 PM  

Lsherm: Nick Nostril: doglover: Cilantro

Dial is cheaper and already a liquid you can find in your kitchen.

Heathen!

It's genetic.  For some people cilantro smells and tastes like soap.


Cilantro tastes soapy to me when stems are a plenty.  It's a frustrating and tedious job.  Rremove all stemmy parts and a well made cream of cilantro soup is killer.  Also, cilantro tastes icky when cooked much at all.  Add finely chopped and stemless cilantro at the table or right before serving.
 
2013-11-24 08:44:53 PM  

Kit Fister: ...but I love poutine...especially when they throw in medium rare beef tips...


Poutine with beef tips? Euh... sounds a bit like gilding the lily to me, mais chacun à son goût. Pas de problème! Poutine pour les gens de Canada!
 
2013-11-24 08:45:12 PM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: Hermione_Granger: I sent my daughter off to college a heterosexual carnivore. They're sending me back a lesbian, possibly bisexual vegetarian.

Vegetarians are the most annoying people on the farking planet. I want my money back. Her new girlfriend is nice though. They're settling down in Chicago after graduation. fark both of them for not eating turkey though.

giggity.


Don't worry next woman she loves is gonna be a cattle farmer who enjoys football and beer.
 
2013-11-24 08:54:43 PM  

Kit Fister: alice_600: Kit Fister: In other words, if you're bored of turkey and stuffing and whatever, try something different. Its almost as if the food itself has nothing to do with the original meaning of the holiday, and thus eating the same shiat every year might not be as important as trying new things while enjoying family and the bounty of your life.

You have turkey and Stuffing one day every year, How is it you are bored?

Didn't say I was. However, I stand by my point: The holiday is about giving thanks. It's not about what you eat, etc. etc. You want turkey? Great. Have turkey. Want duck? Do it. Ham? Go for it. giant farking omaha steaks? you bet. Elk? Delish. WHAT you eat has NOTHING to do with the holiday.

/I find turkey a little bland/tasteless unless REALLY prepared right, which in my kitchen includes marinating the bird overnight, then baking after stuffing with beer-soaked stuffing for cooking.


I know that aspect but the way they presented this it sounded like a sullen 14 year old who had his xbox and phone taken away because his grades sucked.
 
2013-11-24 08:57:34 PM  

SevenizGud: Libtardism in all its glowing glory...both the "recipes" and NPR. Move to France the lot of you already.


Hey, I'm borderline libtarded, and I think this is BS. Eat turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving folks, or for you PC panty-twisters "fall feast".
 
2013-11-24 09:05:29 PM  
I wait all year for turkey, ham, and stuffing. Screw You NPR!
 
2013-11-24 09:05:55 PM  
Thanksgiving is the only holiday my family celebrates. For us it is about tradition and actually being thankful for what we have.

I think we'll keep it that way.
 
2013-11-24 09:08:25 PM  
My grandma was an awful cook...every thanksgiving that she hosted was jello "salad" with carrots,celery and olives in lime hello,  green bean casserole and those nasty canned sweet potatoes.  She did ok on the turkey but cooked it in the plastic bag until it was falling apart.  Homemade riced potatoes (hard to mess those up) but with canned gravy.  My mom would bring salad, pies and a fresh veggie tray.

My dad hates turkey so me makes venison, pheasant or salmon.  Ash Roasted squash or sweet potatoes and what ever green vegetables my mom insists on. Pie...
 
2013-11-24 09:21:05 PM  
Or she, and NPR, could go fark themselves sideways.
 
2013-11-24 09:44:19 PM  
I'm cooking for about half a dozen friends on Friday. Spaetzle, German potato salad, meatless cabbage rolls (barley instead of ground beef), whilted lettuce, and blackberry pie.

Vegetarian, but no one will notice or comment there's no meat. Eat what you like, not "traditional"
 
2013-11-24 09:50:10 PM  
Green bean casserole? Traditional. Turkey and stuffing? Traditional. Pumpkin pie? Traditional.. What the fark is wrong with tradition?
 
2013-11-24 10:02:13 PM  

lewismarktwo: grumpfuff: lewismarktwo: spidermilk: The real problem is when people who only cook twice a year try to cook a 20 lb bird.

If the only other thing you can cook is spaghetti then I see how you can hate turkey.

^This people.  Your mom can't cook worth shiat. Sorry.

Or - maybe, just hear me out here, maybe taste is subjective and some people just don't like the same things you like.

HOLY shiat WHAT A CONCEPT!

So do you like chicken?


Depends how it's cooked. I suppose I could like turkey if it ever came in a form other than Thanksgiving turkey or deli slices.
 
2013-11-24 10:04:03 PM  

SevenizGud: Libtardism in all its glowing glory...both the "recipes" and NPR. Move to France the lot of you already.


Even for you, this is retarded.

And showing you DNRTFA.
 
2013-11-24 10:06:54 PM  
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2013-11-24 10:15:13 PM  
Duck is superior to turkey.  That is all.

Alleyoop: [lh4.googleusercontent.com image 546x680]

You're aware that you're posting this in a thread where NPR is saying "Here are some new things to try.", right?
 
2013-11-24 10:33:45 PM  

Frantic Freddie: I'll be brining & frying our turkey, just like I've done for several years since I found out how good it is.
The problem with frying the bird is no stuffing, but I never liked the traditional stuffing anyway.

Used to have a recipe for blue corn, green chile & piñon nut stuffing (can you tell I live in New Mexico?) but I lost it :(


That was our biggest complaint about the fried turkey. My mom came up with a pretty novel idea. She bought a turkey breast (skin on), put the dressing in a baking dish, and roasted the breast on top of the dressing.

It wasn't a perfect solution, but it was close enough.
 
2013-11-24 10:47:04 PM  
I'm making roasted Cornish game hens this year with an assortment of traditional sides not making it to family this year for TDay.

Any suggestions on rubs or seasonings? Was contemplating citrus.
 
2013-11-24 10:48:51 PM  
And if someone shows up at my door with the French onion soup complete with gryere cheese, they are most welcomed.
 
2013-11-24 11:13:14 PM  

grumpfuff: lewismarktwo: grumpfuff: lewismarktwo: spidermilk: The real problem is when people who only cook twice a year try to cook a 20 lb bird.

If the only other thing you can cook is spaghetti then I see how you can hate turkey.

^This people.  Your mom can't cook worth shiat. Sorry.

Or - maybe, just hear me out here, maybe taste is subjective and some people just don't like the same things you like.

HOLY shiat WHAT A CONCEPT!

So do you like chicken?

Depends how it's cooked. I suppose I could like turkey if it ever came in a form other than Thanksgiving turkey or deli slices.


Try this. Take turkey breasts whole turkey breasts  Grill it with take turkey breast debone and tenderize it season with Cayanne pepper and Seasoned salt. Let sit over night. Wrapped in plastic wrap. Before you cook. Spray the Grill with Pam and pre-heat on medium heated grill. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce till turkey is cooked. Slice and server over salad. Or parried with wild rice and vegetables.
You can use turkey in quesadellas, salads, heck turkey sausage is awesome!
But what I love about thanksgiving is the next day Hot Turkey sandwiches. The most indulgent thing ever. Put between two pieces of bread turkey put on a plate scoop on top of that some green bean casserole, dressing, potatoes then cover that bad boy in gravy. Then put some cranberry sauce on the side. Get yourself a beer or soda, take a fork and knife cut yourself out a portion and put some cranberry sauce on the fork and enjoy. Soak the rest of that bad boy up with a roll or whatever. Have a slab of pie and coffee then pass out watching Christmas specials.
 
2013-11-24 11:47:41 PM  
Duck is a substitute for rancid rib-eye steak. That is all.
 
2013-11-24 11:53:01 PM  

Inquisitive Inquisitor: The French are integral to the history of our nation.  Without them it's conceivable that we would not exist.  Whatever recent history they may have, they still deserve our respect and our thanks.  I'd be happy to recognize them on Thanksgiving and remember the sacrifices they made so that our nation could be born.


Uh, well, let's see. At the time of the first THANKSGIVING the French were hardcore paying their northern indians and collaborating with the Spanish to kill as many englishmen as they could between them, which would include your Pilgrims. So eating french food on Thanksgiving seems pretty moronic and disrespectful.

Of course, if we want an authentically symbolic meal, we could try to find an actual injun to convince to provide the turkey meal, then stab him in the back after we steal it.
 
2013-11-24 11:58:03 PM  

danceswithcrows: OgreMagi: it looks like my t-day feast will be whatever fast food restaurant is open.

I take the bus to work most days. My bus stop is right next to a Jack-In-The-Box. This fast-food place has had signs up saying "Open Thanksgiving!" for the last 2 weeks. One of my co-workers is in roughly the same spot as you are (no family nearby, all friends out of town) so she was planning on having a turkey TV dinner. I told her that at least some JITBs were open Thanksgiving, and she said something like, "Oh wow. That sounds horrible. I might have to go there."

Note that YMMV and all that. I think you could do worse than a JITB Thanksgiving, but that's just me.


Waffle House never closes, greasy food and entertainment!
 
2013-11-25 12:26:52 AM  

ilgette: danceswithcrows: OgreMagi: it looks like my t-day feast will be whatever fast food restaurant is open.

I take the bus to work most days. My bus stop is right next to a Jack-In-The-Box. This fast-food place has had signs up saying "Open Thanksgiving!" for the last 2 weeks. One of my co-workers is in roughly the same spot as you are (no family nearby, all friends out of town) so she was planning on having a turkey TV dinner. I told her that at least some JITBs were open Thanksgiving, and she said something like, "Oh wow. That sounds horrible. I might have to go there."

Note that YMMV and all that. I think you could do worse than a JITB Thanksgiving, but that's just me.

Waffle House never closes, greasy food and entertainment!


Cracker Barrel has thanksgiving dinner so does Bob Evan's
 
2013-11-25 12:35:37 AM  

Kit Fister: In other words, if you're bored of turkey and stuffing and whatever, try something different. Its almost as if the food itself has nothing to do with the original meaning of the holiday, and thus eating the same shiat every year might not be as important as trying new things while enjoying family and the bounty of your life.


Nonsense!  I want my can of cranberries, soggy dressing, wet mashed potatoes, and a dry bird, and I want it, um, Thursday!

/will actually have ham on Thursday
 
2013-11-25 12:42:22 AM  

Terrible Old Man: Inquisitive Inquisitor: The French are integral to the history of our nation.  Without them it's conceivable that we would not exist.  Whatever recent history they may have, they still deserve our respect and our thanks.  I'd be happy to recognize them on Thanksgiving and remember the sacrifices they made so that our nation could be born.

Uh, well, let's see. At the time of the first THANKSGIVING the French were hardcore paying their northern indians and collaborating with the Spanish to kill as many englishmen as they could between them, which would include your Pilgrims. So eating french food on Thanksgiving seems pretty moronic and disrespectful.

Of course, if we want an authentically symbolic meal, we could try to find an actual injun to convince to provide the turkey meal, then stab him in the back after we steal it.


Why would you do that?  Thank him for the food, and out of consideration for the cold weather, gift him with some nice warm blankets.
 
2013-11-25 12:43:15 AM  
Typical of the elitists at NPR. I'm weary of people who "know what's best for me".
 
2013-11-25 12:53:38 AM  
weak
 
2013-11-25 01:04:04 AM  

alice_600: ilgette: danceswithcrows: OgreMagi: it looks like my t-day feast will be whatever fast food restaurant is open.

I take the bus to work most days. My bus stop is right next to a Jack-In-The-Box. This fast-food place has had signs up saying "Open Thanksgiving!" for the last 2 weeks. One of my co-workers is in roughly the same spot as you are (no family nearby, all friends out of town) so she was planning on having a turkey TV dinner. I told her that at least some JITBs were open Thanksgiving, and she said something like, "Oh wow. That sounds horrible. I might have to go there."

Note that YMMV and all that. I think you could do worse than a JITB Thanksgiving, but that's just me.

Waffle House never closes, greasy food and entertainment!

Cracker Barrel has thanksgiving dinner so does Bob Evan's


I'm not white enough to be allowed in a Cracker Barrel.
 
2013-11-25 01:22:00 AM  
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2013-11-25 01:29:06 AM  

Coastalgrl: I'm making roasted Cornish game hens this year with an assortment of traditional sides not making it to family this year for TDay.

Any suggestions on rubs or seasonings? Was contemplating citrus.


Have you ever used tamarind? It has a deep smokey citrus flavor.  It's added to most BBQ sauce and some rubs.
 
2013-11-25 02:41:30 AM  

OgreMagi: alice_600: ilgette: danceswithcrows: OgreMagi: it looks like my t-day feast will be whatever fast food restaurant is open.

I take the bus to work most days. My bus stop is right next to a Jack-In-The-Box. This fast-food place has had signs up saying "Open Thanksgiving!" for the last 2 weeks. One of my co-workers is in roughly the same spot as you are (no family nearby, all friends out of town) so she was planning on having a turkey TV dinner. I told her that at least some JITBs were open Thanksgiving, and she said something like, "Oh wow. That sounds horrible. I might have to go there."

Note that YMMV and all that. I think you could do worse than a JITB Thanksgiving, but that's just me.

Waffle House never closes, greasy food and entertainment!

Cracker Barrel has thanksgiving dinner so does Bob Evan's

I'm not white enough to be allowed in a Cracker Barrel.


No one is white enough for Cracker Barrel.
 
2013-11-25 02:54:27 AM  

alice_600: OgreMagi: alice_600: ilgette: danceswithcrows: OgreMagi: it looks like my t-day feast will be whatever fast food restaurant is open.

I take the bus to work most days. My bus stop is right next to a Jack-In-The-Box. This fast-food place has had signs up saying "Open Thanksgiving!" for the last 2 weeks. One of my co-workers is in roughly the same spot as you are (no family nearby, all friends out of town) so she was planning on having a turkey TV dinner. I told her that at least some JITBs were open Thanksgiving, and she said something like, "Oh wow. That sounds horrible. I might have to go there."

Note that YMMV and all that. I think you could do worse than a JITB Thanksgiving, but that's just me.

Waffle House never closes, greasy food and entertainment!

Cracker Barrel has thanksgiving dinner so does Bob Evan's

I'm not white enough to be allowed in a Cracker Barrel.

No one is white enough for Cracker Barrel.


Have you ever been in a Walmart?
 
2013-11-25 02:57:15 AM  
We can't all eat Chaton pressé avec les graines de canard, pâté tumorale importante avec une tarte et le côté d'éclaboussure de vol stationnaire.
Just roast something ugly and cork off a box of Canadian sunshine.
 
2013-11-25 08:06:08 AM  

Rapmaster2000: If you wanted to be traditional you'd be eating venison and oysters.  So make this oyster stuffing recipe from Paul Prudhomme.  It is outstanding.

http://articles.philly.com/1988-11-23/food/26244585_1_place-oysters- lo uisiana-oyster-oyster-water


Grew up in New Orleans and every year my mom would buy a bucket of oysters (basically a big plastic bucket like cheap ice cream comes in filled with shucked oysters and juice) and make oyster dressing.  She would also make oyster patties.  That stuff was so good it would make you cry.  The oyster patties are basically the same stuff in the dressing minus the bread crumbs so it was like a chowder poured into hollow pastries and baked.  There a lot of things I don't miss about New Orleans, but that is not one of them.
 
2013-11-25 08:24:44 AM  
Meh. I don't really like "Thanksgiving" food. Except stuffing. Basic Stovetop boxed stuffing is some magical shiat. Other than that I don't really care. This Thanksgiving I might do takeout breakfast food from a local Greek place. It's what I did last Christmas. They're open 24/7/365. I used to go there for late night (2-4am) meals during college. Food is good but the owner is a cheap bastard.

/Apple pie is better served cold.
 
2013-11-25 08:29:07 AM  

SmithHiller: Green bean casserole? Traditional. Turkey and stuffing? Traditional. Pumpkin pie? Traditional.. What the fark is wrong with tradition?


There's nothing wrong with tradition. But there is absolutely nothing "right" with it either.
 
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